Venessa Arizaga: the Importance of a World Heritage
For Venessa Arizaga, her need to create jewellery stems from her need and joy from travelling. Her heritage comes from all over the world, from Puerto Rico to Korea, although she was born in New Jersey. Now, living between New York and the island of her father’s birth, she manages to balance the big city and the mellow seaside vibes into her vibrant collections that already have actresses Leighton Meester and Dakota Fanning head over heels.
Before starting her eponymous brand, Arizaga had already built a successful career in fashion. Graduating from Parsons in 2003, she started working as a designer in Tuleh and later on moved on to Carolina Herrera (one of her idols) and Zac Posen as a Design Director. Stocked up with experience, Venessa Arizaga decided to start her own brand of jewellery collection with her powerful style and the images that are close to her heart like seashells, natural stones, charms.
"I like to think of each piece I create as a treasure and a good luck charm, something special to keep close to you to reflect upon good times and evoke your fondest memories"
Her pieces could be defined as mixed-media contemporary fashion, chic and playful, to be worn by the jet set with a taste for the exotic feel. A key to her success is that her jewellery can be worn as elegantly with blue jeans (her favourite piece of clothing ever) as with a fancy dress for a special night out. Venessa also charges her jewels with memories and meaning as each one represents an experience, a memory or a certain point in her life.
Venessa is a true magpie, always on the lookout for inspiration in fashion magazines, books, and the everyday life which she treasures in her mood board and finally transforms into easy-going fashion in her colourful pieces. However, all the hard work becomes automatically worth it the second she sees a girl walking down the street with one of her creations or passes by the newsstand to see a piece on a glossy magazine cover. Crochet and charms never sounded so good.