Accessories, an option to some, an addiction addiction to others.
As a t-shirt and jeans girl finding the perfect necklace or earrings to compliment an outfit or a delicate stack of rings to show off a manicure is essential, it makes getting ready each day a little more exciting. I love layering delicate gold chains over a classic white-t and stacking up my fingers with thin golden bands. Because of this fact I am always on the lookout for new up and coming brands who take simple accessorizing to the next level.
Fresh Tangerine is one such brand. With perfectly thin stackable rings, delicate gold chains, and slender bracelets they most certainly live up to the mantra of, "minimalist jewelry for maximum impact". Sounds pretty great right? I thought so too.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Kim, the designer and fearless leader behind the brand. She has amazing vision and impeccable taste. As an added bonus to the interview, Fresh Tangerine and I are partnering together to bring a little something sweet your way this spring! (details after the interview)...
Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what it is that you do-
I'm Kim, and I'm the owner and designer behind Fresh Tangerine. I come up with all of the designs for our jewelry, manage our team, and maintain the creative voice behind the brand.
Where did the idea for Fresh Tangerine come from?
I started my business while working at a day job that I didn't like. I loved the idea of being my own boss and having the freedom to travel and potentially move abroad. I'm a super visual thinker, and at the time I was really into the color orange, so I came up with the name Fresh Tangerine to describe that.
What style of girl do you design for?
I would describe the Fresh Tangerine girl as someone who is career-focused, likes simple but unique pieces, and loves to know the story behind the products she's buying. She doesn't necessarily have time throughout the day to make outfit changes, so pieces must be versatile. When I'm working on a new design, I become almost obsessive about the wearability of a piece. Pretty designs are great, but I think that function is what's most important. I will usually wear new designs for a few days to see if something catches or is awkward, and will make changes based on these observations.
Do you have a person (grandmother, mother, friend) who has helped shape you as a designer?
Growing up, my mom was super crafty. We spent a lot of time making things, and I owe a lot of my creativity to her.
What are you listening to these days?
My music taste is pretty much all over the place. Lately I've been listening to a mix of the Alabama Shakes, Justin Timberlake, and 80s pop.
Favorite city to visit?
Paris! I spent a semester studying there, and I have been obsessed ever since. I hope to one day own an apartment there and spend part of my year living the Parisian dream.
I love how stacking rings is such a trend at the moment, what do you see as being the next “trend” in wearing jewelry?
I'm starting to see dainty necklaces being layered in lieu of big statement necklaces, which I love!
Given that you are in the accessories industry, you understand that no outfit is complete without a little finishing touch; do you have a signature lip color or nail polish?
My favorite go-to lipstick is Schiap by Nars. It adds that perfect pop of color to any look.
Little life luxury you can’t live without?
I can't live without my daily coffee and my favorite pink lipstick.
Do you have a personal favorite within the line? And what can we look forward to from Fresh Tangerine in 2015?
I love all of the pieces for different reasons, but I would say that the crescent necklace is one of my all time favorites. I wear mine almost every day. I'm working on a new collection, and I've been focusing on simple pieces with unique design elements that are meant for everyday wear. We're also starting to open up our studio for workshops, so I'm excited about that new aspect of the business.
Ok ok, now that all of you are obsessed with Kim and her amazing line, how about a chance to win one of her amazing Arc Rings!? You all know I'm not really a 'give away' kind of gal, but I mean, sometimes you have to bend the rules... that being said-
Follow @freshtangerine and yours truly @kelseyzahn on instagram, tag some babes who would also like the chance to win some bling in the comment section and/or repost the pretty picture above with the hashtag #KelseyZahnGetsFresh for your chance to win!
Sounds good right? I know.