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Current Crush: Anna Beck

July 30, 2015

(Elaina) I first met Becky about 7 years ago, I had recently moved to Bali and was put in touch with her via a friend to help her decorate her Villa. I remember thinking she was so full of life and had such an amazing vision, not just with her jewelry but with everything she did. I was in awe of her talent as a jewelry designer, still am. Her jewelry is timeless and makes you feel so feminine.  
When we started her project she knew exactly what she liked and disliked. What started out as a client relationship, quickly grew into a close friendship that has grown over the years. Becky was one of our first clients where I felt so at ease and really enjoyed working with her. We had so much fun running all over Bali sourcing amazing pieces and turning her Villa into a beautiful home. She reminded me why I love what I do so much and how intimate of an experience it is to design someone’s home. To see the personal transformation they go through in creating a space that makes them happy and is a reflection of their life. I see her as a friend for life, an auntie to my boys and of course one of the most amazing jewelry designers today. I’m usually always wearing something Ana Beck, so should you! 

What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I am inspired by life around me and constant change in my environment. Whether I am spending my afternoon in Venice Beach or taking a trip somewhere, I am always gathering inspiration.

In a few sentences how would you describe your style?
My style is primarily classic with a little bit of edge and sometimes a dash of something bohemian. I am generally very relaxed but I also really love a chic and tailored look.

What does good design mean to you?
Good design is something that is well-made, has a unique feel yet timeless. A good design is something that can be invested in due to it’s versatility and knowing I will have it for many years to come.

When and how did you first find your passion for the jewelry world?
My passion for jewelry evolved over 20 years ago as a student in Nepal. I studied abroad there doing an internship with a local silversmith where I made my first pair of lapis earrings.

What do you love most about your career/passion?
What I love most is that it’s always changing and it stems from my own creative journey. I am inspired by all of the amazing women that become connected to the brand and the stories they share with me.

Who would be your dream client to design for?
Isabel Marant, my favorite French designer. I admire her style and her story. Her designs are very chic, eclectic and edgy but still maintain a relaxed and free spirit energy. City girl meets a free spirited traveler.

How do you typically start your day?
Normally I begin with 20-30min of meditation then I will spend some time journaling while I indulge in a coffee and snuggles with my dog, Lucy.

How do you typically end your day?
I find that I unwind best by reading a good book and relaxing in the tub.

What do you love most about the city you live in?
I love the diversity of cultures and that every neighborhood has a very distinct feel. Many people view LA as a large city but when you look at all of the different areas, it’s really the perfect balance between city and nature. You can experience so many different things in just one place.

Where is your most favorite place to travel and why?
I have so many favorites but I would say Bali, Indonesia because it still feels like home after living there for 5 years. It’s a place where I have discovered a lot but there is still so much to explore and uncover.

What was the best piece of advice given to you when you were first getting started?
Not to quit my day job and test the market out. I learned the industry by getting into it wholesale sales and learning about different markets. By not quitting my day job I was able to expand my knowledge about the industry until I was ready to launch my business and fully do my own thing.

What’s the best piece of advice would you give to someone starting off in the jewelery business?
Create something that’s unique and recognizable but that’s distinctly yours. Find your signature look that others will recognize. Create a brand that is distinctly you and easily decipherable.

What is your favorite go to product at the moment?
Right now I would say, Lotus Love Beauty. I love their coconut & verbena candles & bath products. I love her products and can’t get enough of them.

What is your astrological sign?
Taurus

What are you most proud of?
I would have to say the women that buy and collect Anna Beck. I love that they buy and invest in themselves. I’m also proud of our involvement with Bumi Sehat, our Bali based charity that we continue to work with. They provide free healthcare for expectant mothers in Bali and other places in Southeast Asia.

What projects are you currently working on?
I am creating a new necklace for Bumi Sehat where all of the profits will go to help expectant mothers in Nepal that have been affected by the recent earthquakes.

What’s next for you? What’s your future looking like?
Creating capsule collections that expand into lifestyle and branching into other product categories.

You can follow Becky and keep up with all things Anna Beck on annabeck.com, InstagramFacebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Love, 
The Sisters

Current Crush: Designer Molly McGrath

June 25, 2015

(Elaina) I first met Molly while studying at UC Berkeley. She was studying architecture and at first site I remember thinking she was so pretty with her rosy cheeks, bright green eyes and blond bob. She had great style, she was smart and had such fun energy. I was immediately drawn to her and knew we would be good friends one day. A few years later after many outings and parties together we got to be room mates. This is when I really saw what an incredible artist she was through her architectural designs. I have always admired her eye for design and aesthetic.
We’ve remained close friends over the years and I’ve watched her evolve from being a successful architect to recognizing that there was something more brewing inside her creative mind. She listened and decided to risk it all and follow her desire to design jewelry. I love this about her.
She applies her knowledge of design, materials, surface and shape to her jewelry. Her designs are fun and feminine. They’re smart and unique. I love keeping an eye on her to see what she continues to create. I encourage you to do the same. Please meet our long time crush: Molly McGrath.

What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from? 
  • I’m inspired by surface design, be it architecture, graphics, or textiles. I draw a lot of inspiration from my travels, and from new materials and production techniques – I love figuring out how to make things.
In a few sentences how would you describe your style? 
  • Brightly minimal, playful, and precise.

​When and how did you first find your passion for the jewelery, art, design world? 
  • My mom is a landscape designer, and her mom was an artist, teacher, and world traveler. They have both filled their lives with beauty and have definitely passed on their appreciation of design to me.
What do you love most about your career/passion?
  •  The thrill of discovering a new way of making something, sharing my work with other people, and the satisfaction of running my own business.

Who would be your dream client to design for? 
  • Maharam or Marimekko.

How do you typically start your day? 
  • Coffee and getting the laser cutters running!

How do you typically end your day? 
  • A walk in Corona Heights Park or a run on the Wiggle, hanging out with my husband Sai.
What do you love most about the city you live in? (San Fransisco)
  • I love living in the city where my Dad grew up, the natural beauty, the food …

Where is your most favorite place to travel and why?
  •  Hmm, tough one. Probably Morocco and Japan because they were the most foreign and visually stimulating in all regards – landscape, design, craft, culture.
What was the best piece of advice given to you when you were first getting started? 
  • People were so encouraging, I really remember that!

What’s the best piece of advice would you give to someone starting off in the jewelery/design business? 
  • Do what excites you and also what differentiates you from other designers.
What is your favorite go to product at the moment? 
  • I’m obsessed with dutch supertax fabrics. 
What is your astrological sign? 
  • Libra

What are you most proud of? 
  • My relationships with my friends and family. : )
What projects are you currently working on? 
  • Laser-etched leather pillow and succulent vessels
What’s next for you? What’s your future looking like? 
  • I really want to get into textiles – I envision spending a lot of time on that in the future!

What does good design mean to you? 
  • I’m not sure I could really say, it is so subjective! It is so difficult for me to sum up the types of design I like – there are so many!

See more of Molly’s work on her website and Instagram @mollymdesigns.

Love, 
The Sisters