“I design and manufacture unique and wearable art. My clients range from Kate Moss and Nicki Minaj to all kinds of people who love to express themselves through what they wear.”
I feel really blessed to be able to do what I love on an everyday basis and not follow the rules. I feel like a lot of different brands feel it’s necessary to have seasonal collections, but I operate on a different level. My pieces simply get created when I have that itch. I believe a real artist can’t be limited to create by season; it should come by inspiration.
Fashion is such a trial and error process. You have to experiment. You have to explore. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to look stupid. Sometimes you see all these cool trends and then you try them and realize that they’re not for you. Still, it’s worth it to try them. But once you find your style, it’s so rewarding. So go out there, look dumb, and one day you’ll find that perfect combination.
My style is really inspired by the projects that I do. It’s constantly changing and evolving according to what I’m working on. For instance if I’m working with Hello Kitty, what I wear is more colorful and bubbly and maybe even with little bows. If I’m working with a company like Volcom, it’s more angular and more geometric in shape. But if I wake up and feel gloomy or dull, I do know I have a tendency to match what I wear to my mood. So if that’s the case, I know to go in the opposite direction and wear bright colors. I just think fashion is really magical in that way. It’s like therapy—something that can uplift you. I believe it’s important to constantly reinvent yourself, and one of the easiest ways to do it is through your style. And if Madonna reinvents herself, we should too.
“I believe it’s important to constantly reinvent yourself, and one of the easiest ways to do it is through your style. And if Madonna reinvents herself, we should too.“
Since I incorporate so much color in my design, people don’t know that actually I’m color blind and that I can’t see the colors red and green. I can only see them when they’re presented by themselves, and if a lot of colors are mixed together, I can only see whatever other colors are the majority.
Regardless, I don’t think it actually really affects my designs. But from what people tell me, the colors I use are always really vibrant and saturated. Sometimes I wonder if it’s because my eyes see things a little differently.
I feel that childhood is the one thing that people really miss after they grow up. Personally, I always think back to mine. So if there’s anything I can do to help myself remember that feeling of excitement and freshness, I do it. It’s what people crave. And I think that’s also why there is this new generation of Bronies and Hello Kitty lovers who are all a little older. They’re people who used to love all the characters, cartoons and brands as kids, and now that they’re grown up, they want to revisit them because it takes them back to happiness. I think that has a lot to do with why I love to shop. And thank God for Wanelo that my love for shopping will never end.
ON PASSION AND BEING AN ARTIST
My biggest passion is to design things that make people think. As an artist, it’s really important to make people think about the work that you’re doing and drive an emotion from them. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad. If you get a reaction from them, then you’ve succeeded as an artist.
Like any addicted shopper, I have issues because I love new things, and these become my new favorites that I obsess over. When a new package arrives at my door, that new purchase is all I can focus on until I order something new. This is how I am with music, too. I was just telling my friend that I am a song murderer. I buy a song from iTunes once a day and then I murder it because I will play it on repeat until it dies a horrible death. It’s the same with shopping. I just love it too much.
ON WANELO COLLECTIONS
I try to give all my collections a little twist by naming them according to what I like. I have one collection that’s called “Glowing Anything” because I’m personally obsessed with things that glow - anything with light coming out of them. Everything in my “Opulent” collection is so out of this world that I can’t even actually imagine owning any those products.
Every time I go into each collection, it brings out a certain mood in me. So if I go into the “Rainbow Life” collection, I immediately feel happy because everything is so colorful and bright. And when I go into “Opulent,” I feel the elegance of the gold oozing out of my pores. So really, Wanelo is a big mood board but a shoppable one, which is even better.
The last purchase I made from Wanelo is my fish phone case, and it’s getting so many saves on Wanelo that it’s insane (almost 42,000!). It’s a blue phone case with liquid inside and two fishes floating. I’m so in love with it. It took two months to get to me, but it was well worth it. It’s the best thing ever!
I created a Wanelo collection filled with my Onch Movement pieces that I designed. It’s very strange because when I see my own collection, I actually see the elements of my other Wanelo collections all combined into one. My jewelry is very fun and colorful like the “Rainbow Life” collection, but at the same time, I have gold pieces adorned with gold Hello Kitty’s, which is similar to the “Opulent” collection.
I’m a collector. I love to collect everything, and if there were a show for hoarders for cute stuff, I would be on it! I appreciate stuff that is well designed. I appreciate a colorful mess over a clean room. When I see my Wanelo, it brings me back to my childhood. Wanelo reminds me of all my favorite things, but it also gives me a sense of accomplishment, which is kind of unexpected. Wanelo also gives me something to look forward to because it means the hunt for more things to buy! It’s like a vicious cycle.
ON WANELO IRL
Wanelo has definitely influenced by daily routine because it helps me recognize that I only surround myself with things that I love and are well designed. It helps me seek out only unique products, which makes sense because who would want to live a life of mediocrity? Wanelo is a place for you to discover products that are magical, mystical, amazing and very well designed. Using Wanelo has helped me realize we are speaking a whole new language when it comes to shopping. You know that, right? It’s Wanelo language.
“Using Wanelo has helped me realize we are speaking a whole new language when it comes to shopping. You know that, right? It’s Wanelo language.”