Welcome to our first blog post, an interview with our current Featured Designer, Rosie Kent.
Posted: Dec 22 2015
Welcome to our first blog post here at Saxon and Wolf, to start with we are pleased to introduce our first featured designer, Rosie Kent. I have been a huge fan of hers since borrowing some spectacular jewellery for a photoshoot a few years ago. It became a bit of an ambition to feature her on the site; thankfully, she agreed! Read on for our interview with this very talented designer.
What drove you to set up your business?
It began simply as the satisfaction of seeing my friend’s faces light up, when I made something personally for them. That’s how it started and through recommendations and word of mouth I now see the faces of strangers light up in the same way.
What female designers, if any, do you see as role models? Is it important to you to have role models in your industry?
I like the empowering ideal of not having any heroes. Having said that reading an autobiography of Janet Reger, at a young age really stuck with me. Her struggles and achievements were a great driving force, seeing her commitment and hard work pay off.
What challenges have you faced in establishing your business? Have you encountered any barriers based on being a woman in business?
As a young female the preconceived idea of naivety is ever apparent, especially in the world of stones and gold. I learned this quickly during my degree, and so began building up a solid network of trusted traders and dealers.
If you were starting out again now what, if anything, would you do differently?
I am very much in the early stages of my business. I’m trying to have the patience to enjoy my beginnings and build a solid client base that understands and appreciates what I’m trying to achieve.
What advice would you give to a young female designer wanting to set up her own business?
Don’t expect it to happen immediately, take your time learning from people who have got it right. The expensive nature of jewellery can be crippling so be realistic. If you love it keep doing it.
Where do you see your business in 2 years’ time?
I want to build up a brand that is synonymous with fantastic design and true elegance. If I can achieve this then the rest will follow.
When did you realise you wanted to become a jewellery designer?
My grandma was an antiques dealer and my favourite childhood memories are dressing up in all her finery. Every opportunity I could I wanted to wear all the fantastic Art Deco, Victorian, diamond rings. However she always kept her most valuable pieces down her bra. This made dinner a memorable experience. My grandma was fearless, a lady with impeccable taste.
What is your career highlight to date?
My brand is very much in its early days, debuting my first collection at IJL. For the past few years I’ve been focussing on handmade engagement and wedding rings, working closely with the client to create bespoke pieces unique to them. When a ring brings a man to (happy) tears that’s a pretty nice feeling.
What is the inspiration behind your designs?
The collection is inspired by the Palladian era of architecture. Vibrant columns of colour are present in the form of sapphires and enamel. I’ve tried not to over complicate structures but focus on symmetry and simplicity. Drop earrings and pendants are classically channel set with coloured diamonds, aspiring to old-fashioned elegance and luxury.
What is your favourite piece of your own design?
I love bold statement jewellery, wrists heavy with bangles and elegant neckpieces. The largest piece in this collection is a torque. It’s a heavy simple cuff shape with hollow intricate domes at either end. The decorative scallop motif softens the masculine form. I like creating bold pieces that are delicate and light.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m looking for stockists in Europe and the U.K. I want my collection to be worn and enjoyed, but mainly I’d like to take over the world one finger at a time.