FAD: We know and love your jewelry but tell us a little bit about the person behind these incredible designs.
Izaskun: In addition to being a jewelry designer, I’m also a palm reader and a yoga enthusiast. I have a curious mind and I’m a big believer that life is about experiences.
FAD: You have an interesting backstory that involves getting fired from your job as a design assistant at Stella and Dot. How did that influence you to take the plunge into starting your own line?
Izaskun: When you work for a corporation they want you to be 1,000 per cent submissive – yes, 1,000 per cent. I communicated my thoughts about what I saw the design team was lacking in terms of organization and execution. Two months later, I was fired.
While it wasn’t an ideal situation initially, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I took advantage of a full year of unemployment and was finally able to travel for an extended visit to my family home in Basque Country. That amazing year gave me the time and space to really think about what I wanted the next chapter in my life to be.
And with that, my company was born.
FAD: What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting his or her own business?
Izaskun: If funding your dream is what’s holding you back, there are options you can explore. I started my brand with just $5,000 and contacted all the non-profit organizations in NYC that support small businesses. I found great resources that helped me with things like trademarking my brand’s name and bookkeeping, and built strong professional relationships that have lasted till today
FAD: Where do you get the inspiration for your designs?
Izaskun: Everywhere. But especially from ancient wisdom and sacred sciences such as astrology, geometry and the moon.
FAD: Do you have a favorite piece from your collection?
Izaskun: I love the Galactic Ring from my Cosmic Seed collection. It’s the perfect statement piece – chic, contemporary with an air of ancient mystique.
FAD: We’re celebrating Brooklyn-based brands. Tell us one thing you love most about Brooklyn.
Izaskun: The people and their sense of community. The multicultural, eclectic and artistic energy that emanates from the neighborhood.