#VENDORSWELURVE: LA KAISER

 
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Our #VendorsWeLurve series explore the awesomely talented peeps behind our favorite brands.

First up—we sat down and chatted with Cindy Kaiser of Chicago based jewelry line, La Kaiser.

Best known for their unique designs and usage of beautiful materials like opals, rainbow moonstones, diamonds, rose quartz and turquoise, La Kaiser offers simplistic pieces with a touch of contemporary and a pop of color.

Keen to learn more? Check out our interview with Cindy below! Stockist/location info can be found here.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND...

"I grew up in Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa for college. After college, I moved over to the States and lived in Los Angeles—where I originally started La Kaiser!"

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HOW DID YOU ENTER THE JEWELRY DESIGN GAME?

"When I was applying to colleges in South Africa, I saw a program that specialized in 'Jewelry Design' and I thought that would be such an amazing and unique thing to do! So, I enrolled in that college and received a BFA specializing in Jewelry & Metal Design and that evidently is where I first learned the tricks of the trade and became an actual trained gemologist and metalsmith."

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Where are you located?

"We have a showroom/studio that is located in downtown Chicago on Jewelers Row, so we are right in the midst of the action and a lot of our manufacturers and stone suppliers are in the same building as us, so it makes production a lot easier and very efficient.

Our studio is open Monday-Friday from 10am-5.30pm daily, and by appointment only on the weekend."

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Where do you source materials from?

"All over...and I mean literally ALL OVER the world. From India to Australia to Africa, we source gemstones from all over the place, including locally in the USA too."

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What's a typical work day like for you?

 "Every day is SO different. Some days are spent working on Photoshop, developing the new collection and editing new product shots for the website along with planning out marketing campaigns etc. Other days are spent doing admin for the accountants, vendors and manufacturers—and some days are spent just catching up on a laundry list of to do's ranging from catching up on Facebook ad tutorials, emails, packaging updates etc., etc. It's basically nonstop!"

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PRICE RANGE & SHIPPING

"We have two collections; one collection is vermeil (gold over sterling silver) and is priced between $40-$130 and then we have a solid 14kt fine collection that is priced between $130-$3000. And, YES, we ship worldwide!"

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What is your most popular design?

"At the moment, our Rainbow Moonstone and Opal Ballerina Ring—we can't seem to keep this piece in stock and will be adding a pendant and cuff version of this design to our Fall/Holiday collection."

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What can we expect to see from you in the future?

"We're slowly introducing a wider range of gemstones into the mix, including lilac quartz, rose quartz and emerald. We're also planning on expanding our bridal collection and coming out with a customized 'build your own pendant' collection (hopefully next summer!)."

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What makes you unique as jewelry designer?

"The overall brand aesthetic is very simplistic and minimalistic, along with our prevalent use of opals and diamonds."

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What tunes are you playing in your studio right now?

"Coldplay...one of my faves."

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CREDITS:
Jewelry & images La Kaiser