Call it first timer’s luck, but everyone is buzzing about jewelry designer Kelsey Quan. And it’s pretty hard to miss her. With spring’s bold, neon hues popping up everywhere, the climate is just right for Quan’s collection of brightly colored statement pieces.
Trained as a stylist and clothing designer, Quan’s eye for eclectic mixes and bold patterns helped shape her debut collection of handcrafted pieces. Each necklace boasts a playful juxtaposition of rope, mesh, natural stones, snakeskin and leathers, representing a welcome break from the gothic and heavy metal pieces that have dominated the accessories market of late. “I love when people get excited to wear my jewelry,” Quan says. “I love seeing people’s reactions. They really show it in their faces and how they carry themselves. It is very fulfilling to see that people appreciate the hard work I put into making each necklace special.”
Indeed, all that hard work was met with almost instant enthusiasm during this past New York Fashion Week. After lending a few prototypes of her designs to industry friends to wear at the shows, Quan began receiving glowing praise from bloggers, buyers and designers alike (Ohne Titel’s Flora Gil even had two pieces personally fashioned). Bolstered by this positive response, Quan was inspired to launch a full-blown collection. “I couldn’t believe the reception I received,” Quan modestly admits of the initial accolades, “it was a real wake up call for me.”
Quan has since established an e-commerce site with her signature necklaces illustrated by Tree and Treasure’s Elyse Saunders and was featured on Elle.com’s accessories blog as a designer to watch as well as in the New York Times and IntoTheGloss.com. The future of Kelsey Quan is looking refreshingly bold and bright.