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Designer Spotlight: Aziza MondoÑedo

There's a new jewelry designer on the scene, and sparkle is her business.
Designer Spotlight: Aziza MondoÑedo There's a new jewelry designer on the scene, and sparkle is her business.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME AN ACCESSORY DESIGNER?

My love for jewelry and fancy things. I love anything that sparkles, from my clothes to my makeup, anything. My dad was the one who suggested I create my own pieces instead of buying and buying. 

HOW DID YOU START AS A DESIGNER?

My father suggested I create my own jewelry, initially for myself. According to him, I have an eye for pretty things. So instead of buying accessories/jewelry whose details I wanted to edit, he suggested I design my own pieces so that they fit exactly what I want with regards to style and statement. After that, he suggested I turn it into a business, in case other people like my creations as well.

WHERE DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR DESIGN TRAINING?

I've had no formal training; I guess just looking at pretty things helps.

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?

Try anything! Experiment with as many combinations as you like.

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WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

Mostly from history, movies, music. I love the ancient Greek and Egyptian styles. I also love the Tudor and Renaissance periods. I suppose you can say that my creations are modern interpretations of what the ancient civilizations wore in the past.

WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS? YOUR STYLE INFLUENCES/INSPIRATIONS?

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, and my mom. My mom is the type of woman who is not afraid of being noticed and whose presence is felt once she enters the room.

WHICH DESIGNERS/ARTISTS DO YOU ADMIRE MOST?

For jewelry, Nicole Richie, Ivanka Trump, and Kim Kardashian, because they were businesswomen, or rather, had a different line of work before designing jewelry, which is similar to my situation now.

WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF TIMELESS STYLE?

Natalie Portman, Audrey Hepburn, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and my mom.

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WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS A DESIGNER?

Making things pretty and wearable at the same time. Sometimes I have a design I want to carry out, but it can't be done due to the technical side of things. So in that respect, sometimes I have to adjust the design for it to fit the setting.


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