All moved into my new place finally so I can finally kick back hardcore. So I’ll leave ya’ll with a throwback to gorgeous day a few weeks ago. Was having a good messy hair day. These are very, very rare. Let’s pretend that today is one of those days, too.
One of the coolest parts of running this blog is the chance to meet so many talented and good-hearted people in this city that I live in. It always starts with a mutual appreciation of each other’s work, and it all just sort of grows from there. It’s amazing how much support spreads in all directions in this industry. The connections I’ve made so far have been so worthwhile and fruitful, and there has been so much storytelling involved, that I learn something new every time. One of these beautiful souls that I have had the pleasure to meet in person after months of emails back and forth is Luiny, designer of jewelry line FiLiLí. Luiny creates all her stunning designs out of her cozy, light filled Bushwick home. I was introduced to her brand by another vintage shop based in Bushwick, and I have been hooked ever since, sporting at least one of her designs every single day. Thank you Luiny for letting me into your home and sharing these gorgeous pictures so that my readers can get to know her and FiLiLí a little better.
Define what FiLiLí means and how does it fit into your brand’s aesthetic?
FiLiLí is a spanish adjetive that means something good, pretty and well done, I think it fits perfect, right?!
The need to make something creative and different to what is already out there.
How has NYC played a role in the growth of your jewelry brand? And how does it keep on inspiring you?
NYC has taught me a lot and has transformed the line completely. In Puerto Rico, I started as an artisan, making one of a kind designs that were very unique, artsy and colorful. In NYC I learned new techniques and other ways of designing. The line now is streamlined and has opened up to a wider market.
What are some of your favorite NYC spots, and especially in Bushwick?
There’s no place like home! So these days of hard work, I have to say that my garden is the place to be! In Bushwick, Northeast Kingdom, in my opinion, makes the best burger in NYC!
FiLiLí feels very worldly to me, and exotic. What are some of the places that you have been able to visit that have stood out to you the most, and how have they made an impact on your designs?
I am from the Caribbean! What more exotic than that! But I have to say that NYC has made a big impact on me and the way I work.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself? What are three words you would use to describe the girl that wears FiLiLí?
I use mostly vintage. Lately, I’m into shoes, like Y.R.U, Acne, YES . . . As for jewelry, I like the work that Aoko Su and Unearthen are doing.
Who is your style icon?
How important is sustainable fashion and supporting the awareness where products of the industry are made and how? How do you feel what you do adds to this more conscious fashion outlook?
It is important to have that consciousness, a past collection of mine was created using recycled materials for the most part.
What’s something about yourself that not many people know.
Better keep it that way! ; )
What is it that you love most about fashion and where do you take most of your inspiration from?
Through fashion, one can manifest a lot about oneself and one’s culture and it’s alive like us, changing and evolving continuously. These days most of my inspiration has been coming from the African tribal culture.
Where do you see FiLiLí in say 1 year? In 5 years?
I see FiLiLí available in more stores in and out of the United States.
What’s your favorite quote and why is it so impressionable on you?
Not a quote, but the phrase ‘Same, same but different.’ has stuck out for a while, because that’s how I feel about myself: constantly changing while being the same.
I’ve been loving a more body-conscious, mid-length dress for the summertime. It feels classy and sexy, but still laid-back. I found this one during a random browse through Crossroads Trading Co. a few months back. As many of you know, I shop a lot of second hand and vintage, and especially so in Brooklyn. It’s the easiest way to throw something offbeat into the mix of your everyday wardrobe. Plus, you get more bang for you buck, and that always feels good.
Shop more gorgeous Jen’s Pirate Booty styles below:
I’m quite strapped for time as I finish up moving to my new apartment in Brooklyn, so I’ll let the photos do the talking this time around. A throwback to a few weeks back at a beach club in Connecticut. Living it up waspy east coast style for a weekend was pretty nice. These people have it good, let me tell you. Being around our friend’s kids was quite refreshing. I had to capture every moment.
I can’t believe its nearly August. Summer still feels like it JUST began for me. Not an end in sight. Best east coast summer so far, I have to admit. Wouldn’t change a thang. Here’s to endless summers and being kids at heart forever. xo
Totally behind on posts, I know. So much has happened since these pictures were taken. Look forward to more updates on here soon! Trying my best to catch up amongst the craziness.