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Gia Bahm founded her jewelry line, Unearthen, in 2007. With her enchanting creations, she seems to effortlessly transform raw and organic materials into otherworldly objects. Her final designs have a luxuriously mysterious quality that truly sets them apart. Gia took some time out of her week to talk to Wiseling about her work and inspiration.
When did your interest in jewelry design begin?
It all started when I was a kid. Jewelry was so fantastical and mysterious to me, it was (and still is) easy to get lost dreaming about the origins of a special ring or necklace. I’ve always loved looking at jewelry. The mysteriousness of heirlooms and what inspires designers to choose the imagery and styles that become a little wearable treasure is so fascinating to me. I took a few classes as a kid, then got back into it when I was doing a lot of wardrobe styling when I moved to New York in my early 20s.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Music has always been my biggest influence. I don’t design collections around songs or musicians or anything, but when I find myself lost in a song, it puts me at peace and all sorts of ideas come to me.
What materials do you use in your work? Why are you drawn to these?
I use silver, gold, bronze, and a variety of raw and specially cut precious and semi-precious gems and crystals. I’m drawn to the natural raw crystals because - man - how mind blowing and genius is nature at creating beauty?! The cut stones are always fun and exiting to see how you can add an extra sparkle, or shape that takes a little gem to an elevated level.
What is your favorite thing about being a jewelry designer?
I have a few favorite things about being a jewelry designer. The first being creative and working with my hands. There is something about my nature - the only way I can feel complete and find happiness in my life, is by working with my hands. This sounds extreme, but it’s true!
Another favorite thing is problem solving, the never ending challenges and lessons I learn in the process of making my designs.
Last, but definitely not least, it’s just a consistently inspiring occupation to create jewelry.
You also work as a wardrobe stylist. Does your experience as a jewelry designer influence your styling, or vice versa?
I have recently transitioned almost completely out of styling. I would say though, that my styling work influenced my jewelry. I would be creating wardrobe looks, and think “AH! If only I had (fill in the blank) special accessory. I should make that!”
Describe a typical day in the life of Gia Bahm.
A typical day consists of a lot more computer work than you could ever imagine. Lots of emailing, accounting, designing, and general internet puttering. Working with my amazing staff, and having fun at the studio. A nice afternoon coffee. I mostly find myself doing more of the hands on designing in the evenings or on weekends, or early mornings when no one can disturb me and I can disappear into my imagination with a good record playing.
What do you wear when you’re working?
Whatever feels right for the day. Sometimes I’ll feel a bit fancy, but mostly whatever is comfortable like an easy dress or jeans and a t-shirt. I feel lucky that I hardly ever feel like I need to look right for anyone else but me. One of the perks of working for yourself for sure!
Where is your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place in the world would be anywhere with water and woods.
What is your favorite vintage era?
High waisted jeans are a staple in my closet. But how can I pick! I love them all.
Street Style: This New Yorker mixes layers upon layers of textures and colors to protect against the late December chill.
Via Lord Ashbury.
Street Style: This stunning New Yorker epitomizes downtown cool.
Via Lord Ashbury.
When he was 18, a woman approached Simbarashe at an airport, complimented his appearance and suggested a career in modeling. Considering the words of a stranger, he decided to move to New York. The shift was a new beginning, opening his eyes for fashion, and changing his life completely. He did some time in front of the camera, but decidedly preferred to be the man behind the lens. It was a passion he adopted as a teenager, taking photos with disposable cameras. As digital technology developed, he switched to cellphone photography in a time before Instagram, before mobile devices were being used to produce artistic images. Finally he splurged on his first DSLR. He started his style site Lord Ashbury (lordashbury.com) in February 2012, photographing celebrities and people on the street.
How did Lord Ashbury start?
Simbarashe:I started by photographing people at my friends’parties and just uploading the images to Facebook. After a while I started coming up with these running themes. Let’s say I took 50 photos at a party, I would then thread them all together with made up dialogs. I would try to make it funny so that even people that hadn’t attended the party or knew the people in the photos would find them interesting. That’s where the idea of creating a blog came from.
What did you wear when you were 13?
Simbarashe: Before I was 19, I had no fashion sense at all. I didn’t know what it meant to clash or what my pallet of colors were. I didn’t know what I looked like in clothes unless someone took a photo of me, and there are very few photographs of my childhood. When I was 13, I probably wore something stupid and awkward.
Where do you find inspiration?
Simbarashe: I’m not sure if this will sound creepy. When you are surrounded by other people, at some point you check other people out. Some people check other people out more than others, and people have different motives for it. I check people out all day long. And not only for the blog, it could be for writing or for creating something. The blog has been very helpful for me in a personal way. When you are carrying a camera in your hand, it’s suddenly not creepy at all to check people out. It’s empowering. If I want to see what you are wearing, with a camera in my hand I will just turn around and stare you down.
What’s your favorite place in New York?
Simbarashe: Where I find the most people isn’t my favorite place. My favorite neighborhood is Greenwich Village, I really like the the area around 7th Avenue and Christopher Street. Aesthetically it’s nice and not too crowded and not too many cars on the side streets. The problem is that I walk around there all the time but I don’t always find someone to shoot. Everyone can find someone in Soho.
What would be your super power?
Simbarashe: I wish I could be intangible, just walk through walls and jump through the subway without having the doors close on me. In a more serious tone, I wish I had a greater persuasive skills. If I had that I think it would be more easier for me to get the photos that I want.
Any last advice you want to give to our readers?
Simbarashe: I go to Soho a couple of times a week, and I see street style photographers parked on the same corner every time I go, now that’s dedication. The same thing could be applied to sports or any skill a person has or wants to define. If you like to shoot, just go outside and shoot. If you can’t go outside to shoot just shoot inside your house.
On a rainy afternoon in the Flatiron district we sat down with blogger and fashion PR assistant Landon Miller (fashiongoggled.com) for a cup of coffee. He’s got an eye for thrift finds and a style that can be described as “a preppy kid who went to boarding school, then got kicked out”.
He has always had a strong opinion about what to wear and what not to wear. As a kid, he was very picky when shopping. “Cargo shorts where huge when I was little, and from a very young age I knew cargo shorts where not ok, I refused to buy them.” His mother had to take him to older mens store “to avoid the hammer loop on weird cargo shorts.” This was around the age of 7 or 8. Before that his favorite outfit was a pair of oversized biker shorts paired with cowboy boots that he wore all the time, to his family’s despair.
A year an a half ago Landon moved to New York and he has no plans of leaving the city. “I get so much inspiration, on the subway and on the streets here. I really like the L-train for people spotting and I feel like everyone always looks fly on the westside highway.” Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg is also a place Landon visits often, both for people spotting and buying vintage accessories.
"Big cities are good for finding cheap good new basics, but smaller towns have better vintage." He later admits that there are some stores in New York with amazing vintage pieces, but he then adds that they are always overpriced.
Maybe as a true vintage fan, Landon picked time travel as his superpower. Not to visit the future but to go back in time. “I would start with visiting Marie Antoinette and Versailles. I have always thought that time was super, super frivolous, everyone was so over the top and ridiculous.” We asked him to be careful because mixing with the past can have serious consequences. He told us he just wants to observe, be a fly on the wall. But after meeting Landon, we are convinced that he could never be just a fly on the wall.
For the summer he will leave the “kid who went to boarding school, then got kicked out” behind for a Rihanna We Found Love video inspired look. “Acid washed bleached denim, pastels, shredded and a lot of confetti. It’s gonna be a hood summer.” We are looking forward to it too.
Kelsey photographed by YoungJun Koo (via koo.im)
On the Streets of New York
Herland Petion with an amazing metal collar.
On the Streets of New York
Jennifer di Leonardi with the perfect necklace, bracelet, and sunglasses.
Once upon a time (last week) in a thrift store far, far away (Queens), a pair of white, high waisted Miu Miu trousers were hanging lonely on a hanger. They where smothered between jeans from the 1980’s and some nylon sweatpants. Nobody knew where they came from nor did they know what life they once had lived. But I knew that for seven dollars they would be mine. I knew they would have a new life.
One problem with amazing thrift finds is that the previous owner may not always be the same size as you. With dresses, skirts, and shirts this problem is not so significant. You can easily alter the size by using belts or simply wearing the garments in their oversized state. Trousers are a bit more tricky. Luckily, there are many great tailors that can solve this issue.
The Miu Miu trousers went for a short visit at Wiseling’s go-to for alterations, Ramon’s Tailor Shop in NoHo. The results were no short of perfection. Don’t you just revel in that feeling when your garments fit just precisely?
On the Streets of New York
We met the lovely Irish model Hannah May in SoHo looking great in floral trousers.