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Interview | Luiny of FiLiLí

July 30, 2014

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?! 

What gave you the push to create FiLiLí?

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?

For me: Hard working, Fun/Not fun, Creative

FiLiLí customers: Eclectic, Self confident, Unique

Favorite designers? Favorite local designers?

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?

Frida Kahlo

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.
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Into the Heights

July 9, 2014

Paige denim overalls (SHOP HERE)
Johnny Was top
UGG sandals
Vanessa Mooney choker
Threadsence coin necklace
Brooklyn Heights is one of my favorite places to visit in my favorite borough on the weekends. There’s just something so old school, so charming, and so stoic about the calm and quiet streets of Brooklyn Heights. Every stoop has its own unique personality, each standing out with its distinguishable assortment of flower pots, ivy and decorative vintage bikes. The neighborhood smells of warm bread, even in the summertime. Every window pane tells a story and every door knob has a tale to top it. Bricks painted blue or left a classic burnt red. A picturesque view that makes walking down the street that much more imaginative and like something out of a childhood novel. It was the first neighborhood I ever experienced in NYC when I was 15 and first visited this fine city. And every time I come back I still get that exact same feeling of awe to go along with an emotional rush forward in life to me as a grown up, settled down and pushing a baby to my Brooklyn Heights brownstone with a little red welcoming door. Now that’s a story for ya!
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HOME SWEET HOME

July 1, 2014

There’s nothing that brightens up my day and gets me daydreaming more than home decor inspiration. I’m moving in August (still plan on staying in Brooklyn), and I plan on getting rid of all my old furniture that I brought to the city from Philadelphia. Starting with a fresh slate. This means that all directions are possible when it comes to decorating my future apartment and truly calling it a home that embodies my creativity and personal style. The idea of finally investing in new plates and glasses get me just as excited as the possibility of a much larger cooking space. Exposed brick? Yes, please. A light flooded living room that makes me feel like I’m floating on a cloud? I’m getting shivers. A white washed wooden dresser to go underneath a wall full of differently shaped picture frames, and that sits upon a vintage Persian rug . . . a wall of memories and nostalgic inspiration. 
I’ve been renewing my obsession with Pinterest, taking a browse through the boards that revolve around home decor. I’m taking it all in, making note of what draws me in the most. A particular placement of a coral Versaille-style pillow upon a creamy bedspread is just the perfect amount of attention I want to be making. Dream home, you couldn’t come to me sooner. 
Make sure to follow me on Pinterest HERE!
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Update from Austin

March 15, 2014
Natalie and I are already on our 4th day in Austin, TX for SXSW with Minnetonka Moccasin and we are having a blast! This city is so friendly, laid-back, and colorful. Not to mention there is MUSIC everywhere and FOOD TRUCKS around just about every corner. We’ve been getting around on pedicabs ridden by cute hipster boys and people watching like its nobody’s business. SXSW really attracts an amazingly eclectic group of people and we are always meeting new friends. This is just a small peek at what we’ve been up to in Austin these past few days. Lots more to share, but already we’ve got to run if we plan on seeing some day shows. The best thing about this city is that you can be sure to find something fun to do by randomly strolling the streets. Music is spilling out of every bar, they serve whiskey out of winnebagos and little coffee shop and vintage store gem are hidden throughout. Catching a cab out of downtown to our hotel room is kind of a nightmare, but everything else about Austin makes it worth it! We’ve been going around with our Minnetonka shoes on our feet, so more to come on our SXSW fashion choices, as well 🙂 On Wednesday Natalie and I attended the Heartbreak Banquet on Willie Nelson’s ranch outside of Austin. We shot a look book with Minnetonka and enjoyed a whole line up of bands with an awesome mix of of rock, bluegrass and country sounds. Also, we drank a lot of Moonshine! haha. More to come from that, as well!
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