Not only is she known for her striking looks, versatile style, and charismatic presence, our Jewellery Cover Star also features a blend of modern elegance and timeless craftsmanship in her captivating swoon-worthy designs.
Our Jewellery Cover Star for the November Issue, Kimberly Underwood, who delivers her stylish sensibility in an elegant collection of her creation. By shifting gears and applying her honed sense of style and affinity for all things chic, Kimberly has shaped the realm of jewelry designs in her line flourished with fine pieces. With a brand boasting luxuries, high-end appeal of precious gems and the sentimental value of her personal touch, get to know all about the brand and our Cover Star in an exclusive conversation! Read on.
“Our collection is designed to be versatile, and edgy, seamlessly transitioning from day to night, and something that complements casual to formal.”
Welcome to L’Officiel! Before we begin, we would like to know your story. How did the art of jewellery design find you?
That’s a great question! When I started designing the collection 5 years ago, I was going through a period of growth and renewal and wanted my designs to reflect the impact of my experiences. That is where the idea of the serpent was born. Serpents symbolize a variety of things – wisdom, protection, rebirth, fertility, healing, renewal, and primal energy. Few creatures embody the process of spiritual transformation as well as the snake, who must repeatedly shed its skin in order to grow. A snake is also a powerful healer and a symbol of rebirth and eternity. These qualities embodied my journey through the most precious chapter of my life, the birth of my son.
How would you describe your style of jewellery and the wearers who buy them? What type of materials do you use in designing your collection?
Our collection is designed to be versatile, and edgy, seamlessly transitioning from day to night, and something that complements casual to formal. L’garé transcends trends by blending modern style with the everlasting allure of heirloom jewellery.
We use 14k, 18k and 24k gold, ethically sourced gemstones, and conflict-free diamonds from around the world. With an avant-garde aesthetic and a commitment to creating pieces that captivate the senses, our collection is tailor-made for individuals who seek jewellery that makes a statement.
“With an avant-garde aesthetic and a commitment to creating pieces that captivate the senses, our collection is tailor-made for individuals who seek jewellery that makes a statement.”
What inspires you? Is there a particular era, person, or place that you gravitate towards?
My inspiration to create L’garé jewellery comes from a combination of personal passion, my love for artistic expression, my connection to materials and gemstones, and the desire to bring a beautiful, timeless edge to those who wear my creations.
What have been the toughest challenges since you began your journey in this industry?
I would say one significant challenge while starting a new business is securing adequate funding and managing finances effectively to sustain and grow the venture.
What do you do to ensure that fashion, something ephemeral by nature, can last in each piece?
I try not to rely on current trends. I always keep in mind that simplicity and classic elements often contribute to timelessness. Quality materials, craftsmanship, versatility, symbolism and sustainability are all contributors to a successful brand.
“My inspiration to create L’garé jewellery comes from a combination of personal passion.”
If you hadn’t chosen this profession, what you would be doing?
I can’t imagine a life without creativity!
What is the next big thing we can look forward to seeing from you and your brand?
I’m really excited about the future of L’garé. We’re currently in the planning stages of some exciting developments. While, I can’t reveal all the details just yet, I can tell you it’s definitely going to be a game-changer for our brand!
Lastly, what advice would you like to share with the next generation of creative minds who aim to carve a niche for themselves in the jewellery industry?
Embrace passion, prioritize originality, focus on quality, and persist through challenges to leave your mark in the jewellery industry.