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Back in June of last year, I had attended The Set NYC – Fashion Night Out! event for the first time and really enjoyed capturing the “style from the aisles” as noted in this blog post. This past September I had the pleasure of attending again. This was one of the events that I was looking forward to the most, as it encompassed fashion, food, drinks and shopping. The Set NYC charity and fashion event also tends to showcase up and coming designers as well as other fashion creatives. This time I focused more on getting to know the designers that were showcasing there work on the outskirts of the runway. The first highlighted designer that caught my eye had models standing on a platform showcasing very exquisite and unique jewelry pieces, which truly looked like works of art!
As I approached the models to get a better look and to take a few pictures, I noticed that the designer seemed to be standing close by. I introduced myself and told her how amazing her collection of work was, as we chatted she seemed so humble and excited to be showing off her work. I had to stay in contact with her as I knew she would be up to great things and I wanted a front row seat to her journey. As usual with all my interviews, I thought it would be great to share with you the person behind this amazing work. Read on and get to know how broken jewelry made her who she is today, why Taylor Swift is her style crush and where in the world you will be able to shop Aisa Marie Corrales Designs soon!
Aisa Marie Corrales – Photo by Sym’s_Photography
Describe yourself using 4 words
AM: Dreamer. Creative Thinker. Driven. Adventurous.
What’s your personal space personality: Hugs or Handshakes?
What three items would you never leave home without?
AM: That would be my cell phone, some cash, and my EOS Strawberry Sorbet lip balm.
Describe what you are wearing right this moment
AM: I’m still in my jammies 🙂 I love spending Sundays at home in my pajamas!
What type of music are you currently into/listening to?
AM: It all depends what I’m doing. When I am working on my jewelry pieces I like to listen to Spa Radio on Pandora it relaxes my mind and soothes my senses. When I am out ice skating (yes I do a little bit of figure skating) I love to listen to ballads and pop. And if I’m just at home doing some chores I love to listen to contemporary country music. (laughs)
Who is your style crush?
AM: Oh, I like Nicole Warne, Julia Engel, and Taylor Swift! No matter what type of clothes they wear, they still look elegantly polished.
How do you define your personal style?
AM: I have to say I have a thing for Boho chic, vintage and romantic style. Even my jewelry designs I used a lot of antique brass/silver components, floral cabochons, and crystals. I love butterflies, colors, and anything that glitters!
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When did you fall in love with fashion or art?
AM: I have always loved and appreciated fashion and art all my life. Even though I grew up in a small beautiful island in the Philippines called Camiguin, my parents never failed to send me clothes, bags and accessories from the latest fashion/style trend here in the US.
Do you have any favorite jewelry designers and artists?
AM: There are a couple talented jewelry designers that I really admire and follow on social media mostly on Instagram like Madrina Sofia, Alicia Schmitt, Ella Renee, Jan Adrian Merritt Skopes, Lea Estella, Natalia Zamparini, Tara Marler, Andrea Rose and Christine Middlecamp. They all inspired me and I love their work!
How did you get into this (business/industry)?
AM: Honestly speaking I have never thought that I would become a jewelry designer or be a part of the fashion business. Becoming a jewelry designer was quite of an accident 🙂 I went shopping one day, bought 5 pairs of earrings and did not realize that one earring was broken until I got home. I wanted to fix it myself, so I looked it up on YouTube and voila! A new chapter of my life began. From there I started designing my own jewelries as a hobby. Jewelry making surprisingly became my stress reliever. Few of my friends encouraged me to sell it online. I bravely opened up my store at Etsy and I also signed up on social media outlets to promote my jewelries. And one day I received an invitation to join a fashion benefit during New York Fashion Week sponsored by The Set NYC and Freedom Ladder. I was so happy and excited! That day I officially labeled myself as a jewelry designer (I know it’s silly) And from there forward I did a couple more shows, met a lot of talented people from the fashion industry, strive to create beautiful one of a kind pieces and I never stop learning and looking for new inspirations/concepts. It all started from a broken earring that needed fixing and from there everything else flourished. It is amazing what a person can do if you just put your mind to it and embrace possibilities.
Where does your personal inspiration come from?
AM: My inspiration swings freely in all direction – nature’s beauty, a unique artistic work, an interesting personality trait, a beautiful season in New York, an inspiring story, antiquities. I love to play with colors so even by just looking at a beautiful color palette that alone drives me to creative mode.
Tell us about your most recent event…
AM: I recently showcased my spring collection at a New York Fashion Week Benefit last February 18th hosted by Freedom Ladder and The Set NYC. I also showcased my pieces at their event in September 2015. What I liked about the event, it was not just about a celebration of talented designers and artists but it was also for a good cause. Donating some of my jewelry to Freedom Ladder is my way of giving back to the community and I wholeheartedly support the organization. As a jewelry designer and a registered nurse, I do believe I have a responsibility to raise awareness to help end child trafficking and to help young children reclaim their lives that was stolen from them.
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What new ventures/events are you looking forward to for the rest of this year?
AM: I have decided to open my own boutique in the Philippines this year called “Bricolage” where I can sell my jewelries as well as the latest fashion/style trend here in the States. Construction of the building starts this week, I am so excited and the same time nervous! But like Judith McNaught would say – “You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little sidebets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you do not play at all. And if you do not play, you cannot win.”
Hopefully in the near future I would be able to open one here in the U.S. and that would be a dream come true!
What is your favorite quote or what is a statement/mantra you try to live by?
AM: “Haste does not bring success. If it’s meant for you, it will happen.”
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