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House of Laurel welcomes Joyce Makitalo to their fashion mansion.
Body Armour House of Laurel welcomes Joyce Makitalo to their fashion mansion.

Fashion meets attitude. This best describes Joyce Makitalo's collection of scarf bib necklaces, skinny cuffs, and tension-set knuckle duster rings that are now available at House of Laurel. Almost all of them chunky and asymmetrical, her pieces are made from oversized semi-precious stones, which are raw or irregular-cut. Each piece is created in solid brass, then triple-dipped in 24K gold.

Joyce's jewelry is for the lady who is prepared to flaunt sartorial choices. It is for the woman who is confident with a bold streak, in much the same way that these pieces exude a hippie-luxe vibe that feels old world but in modern proportions, looking as though they could have been worn by an Incan princess.

It's also interesting how each stone has its own unique setting, which cannot be duplicated since the stones are all irregularly shaped. Joyce's pieces may not have that “manufactured jewelry” look but the irregularity brings out the earthiness of the stones with a lot of spunk, stirring the imagination more than the ultra-clear cut ones.

“I draw inspiration from the hippie-luxe fashion, music of the '60s, old world traditions, Gustav Klimt, Art Smith, India, and the beautiful Krishna,” Joyce shares. “I am also inspired by the works of Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli and Dries van Noten.”

With art and fashion being two of her passions, Joyce is able to celebrate both in designing jewelry. “My latest collection is a celebration of what the Filipina has become: more stylish, more sophisticated, and bolder. And I am very happy to be designing for her,” she says.

Joyce Makitalo Jewelry is available at House of Laurel and at the Ayala Museum Shop. See the Store Directory for details.


-Nikki Santiago, Fashion Assistant

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