MARLU truly caught my eye when I first stumbled upon their pieces browsing the net. Simple and clean lines, yet there is something edge that stands out in all of their pieces! I had the chance to get a sneak peek at their S/S 2012 collection – if you think their F/W 2011 is to die for wait until you see S/S 2012! Read below to find out what they had to say about their collections and to find out a little bit more about the very talented sisters!
1. What inspired you ladies to become jewellery designers?
Monika: I have always buried myself in fashion and lifestyle magazines. To this day it’s my favourite way to pass time and be inspired. I have a bit of an entrepreneurial streak so I think it was a natural transition for me to figure out how I could make a career out of something I really enjoyed.
Marta: I had a really hard time finding jewellery that I liked and the stuff I loved was out of my price range. I also found it difficult to commit to investing in one great piece. So I started to make my own jewellery. Monika approached me about putting my skills into a business for us and so MARLU was born.
2. Tell us a bit about the collections from Marlu Jewellery.
We create go-to statement jewellery for everyday and special occasions using metals and natural materials. Our pieces are strong, sleek, and classic with an edge.
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3. Where do your inspirations behind your designs come from?
We travel and read a great deal and keep finding new things that spark our interest and imagination. In the design process you have to keep an open mind for that next thing that will catch your eye. However, most of the time we are inspired by women with a unique fearless sense of style like Carine Roitfeld, Giovanna Battaglia and Olivia Palermo.
4. Who is your personal style icon?
Monika: Carine Roitfeld has the perfect balance of feminine and rock and roll style. She was a muse to Tom Ford and she famously said “I dress for women, I undress for men”…what more can I say.
Marta: Kate Moss has unapologetically wicked style. She is fashion royalty in my mind.
5. How is it working together as sisters?
We love working together! We have the same vision of what we want MARLU to be and where we’d like to see it in the future. Although I’m more involved in the practical side of the business and Marta deals with the creative, we both are deeply involved in the design and production of all MARLU pieces. Every piece passes the Marta and Monika inspection!
6. One place in the world you would live and why.
Monika: Anywhere in Italy. The people, the food, the culture all inspire me to look better and feel better. And all that sunshine doesn’t hurt.
Marta: Capri, for the spectacular scenery, the sun, the sea, the gorgeous people and the fact that the whole island smells like Limoncello.
7. Favorite Food?
Monika: I love risotto. It’s like a decadent comfort food warm, and creamy and all the time you have to put into making it correctly makes it extra special.
Marta: Spicy tuna tempura rolls. There never seems to be enough of them.
8. Where can you buy Marlu Jewellery?
MARLU is available on our website www.marlujewelry.com, as well as Ukamaku, Saffron Road in London Ontario, and the Velvet Room Boutique in Vancouver.
9. What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
- Make MARLU an internationally recognized brand.
- See our pieces in an editorial in Vogue.
- Take a trip on the Orient Express
Monika: The right pair of jeans can take you from day to evening so invest the time and money into finding the right fit for you. And indulge in manicures as often as you can! I’m very expressive with my hands so people are always looking at them.
Marta: I’m a big fan of jackets and blazers. With a figure-flattering blazer you can be instantly chic and pull off almost any outfit combination. As for beauty, the right shade of bright lipstick is really the icing on the cake. It can brighten up your complexion and expresses confidence in your personal style.
12. Favorite designer and why?
Too many to name! Any designer that pushes the envelope while still maintaining the look of their house is tops on our list, for example, the late Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs. Some of the creations by Mary Katrantzou render us speechless.
13. What can buyers expect to see in the near future?
We’re continuing to build on the MARLU signature look of metal and natural materials, but we’re adding more colour and texture and really bringing out the feminine aspect of jewellery. We’re also working on making our jewelry accessible internationally.