In August, I attended the MODE Accessories show in Toronto! I was able to network and meet some very interesting accessories designers. One of my most favorite was Monica Graves, the designer for glamjulz! glamjulz was founded in 2000 and is based in Burlington, Ontario. What caught my eye about glamjulz, was the uniqueness of each piece! Monica uses semi-precious stones, crystals and high quality glass, to make sure each necklace, bracelet, ring and earring are very exclusive and individual! glamjulz has been worn by the hottest celebrities in Hollywood, Elisha Cuthbert, Lily Allen, Fergie, Jay Manuel, Nelly Furtado, Paris Hilton, Vanessa Millano, Tori Spelling and many more!
1. What made you become a designer? And when did you start?
My first taste of “designing” was in 1985, at the age of 16 I started my own business hand-painting pop-culture icons on T-shirts! Later that progressed into murals.
In the early 90’s a friend took me into a bead store in Toronto and I fell in love with jewelry design! It came easily to me and my creations seemed endless. I never picked up a paint brush again, I found my true love.
2. Tell us a bit about your collections?
All of our pieces are handmade at our Burlington studio, the beads we use are semi precious, crystal, and glass. Every season the colour palette changes, we love to co-ordinate the julz with the colour trends that are happening in fashion. We also add new styles each season and a huge part of our business is that we offer CUSTOM, all of our designs can be made to match ANY outfit!
3. Who is your personal style icon?
4. Where do your inspirations behind your designs come from?
All the best parts of 70s and 80s pop culture.
The movie Xanadu, The Archies, Charlies Angels, Three’s Company, The Love Boat…….the list goes on!
5. One place in the world you would live and why.
I would LOVE to live in California part time. It embodies all of my influences. Including the beach, the sand, the ocean, perfect weather. Everything is vibrant and colourful there and although it may also be known for it’s superficial side there is so much natural beauty to it. That’s what I truly love.
6. Favorite Food?
Seafood is always a treat! I LOVE sushi, lobster, oysters, scallops….I could live on it!
7. Where can you buy your pieces?
100 independently owned boutiques across Canada and the US (list of stores on our website) We have a studio for appointments, and you can also order directly from our website
8. What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
– Meet Daryl Hall (long time crush since 1981)
– Shop in Manhattan with a Stylist
– Travel wherever I want, whenever I want with my husband and friends.
9. Favorite item in your wardrobe?
My 1984 Duran Duran concert T-shirt! Still in mint condition!
10. Best style & beauty advice?
Be yourself, appreciate your own inner beauty. NEVER compare yourself to others! Confidence is the sexiest form of both style and beauty!
11. Favorite designer and why?
Gwen Stefani, I LOVE listening to her being interviewed about both music and her clothing line. I appreciate her honesty and how she never claims to have original ideas, she embraces the fact that she has been influenced by people like Vivian Westwood, Jean Paul Gauthier, Madonna etc….. I think it’s so humble of her and it also really puts things in perspective. I think there is so much pressure out there to be original and always fresh! My motto has always been, show me a design you love and if I can design the glamjulz version of it I will!
12. Favorite celebrity to wear one of your accessories?
Olivia Newton John
13. What can buyers expect to see in the near future?
That glamjulz will continue to do what we’ve always done best…. fun and colourful julz to make you look your best every season!