Behind The Scenes - ESA EVANS05-Jul-2017
What’s the story behind ESA EVANS?
It all began as a hobby about 6 years ago. I simply wanted to make distinctive jewellery that I wanted to wear. My first designs were acrylic, but I increasingly wanted to make jewellery that more elegant than acrylic allows. Stainless steel gave me the affordability and ‘sparkle’ I was looking for – and I’m happy to say that customers loved it too.
Where does your love of fashion come from?
I’ve been into clothes and accessorising from a very young age. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to look like and what my looks were. They could be quite eccentric as most of my clothes came from jumble sales and my older sister's hand-me-downs. As I got older, I had quite a vintage look, I love the 70s and have a number of floor length 70s dresses. My mum was very into clothes and had some great looks! I'm not sure I had fashion heroes exactly, I just soaked it all up.
What’s catching your eye this season?
Gorgeous jumpsuits, geometric lines and shiny brogues are top of my wish list. Oh – and the combination of navy blue and hot pink!
Earlier this year, I spent some time in New York – the architecture and art deco style was wonderful. You can see all this coming through in the geometric collections. We gave our photo shoot the full Gatsby look for our Chevron and Chandelier collections!
I also used enamels to inject a shot of colour into this year’s collections. It meant we had a LOT of fun in our SS17 photoshoot. These are really pretty, bright pieces with the strong lines of deco design.
Tell us more about your latest collaboration.
I studied art at University, and from my perspective, designing jewellery is like making wearable pieces of art. My latest collaboration is with the artist Rebecca Mason – our bold collection of word necklaces is launching at Home & Gift Show this year.
It’s always really exciting working with artists and galleries. I was so proud to be asked by the William Morris Gallery to create a collection inspired by Morris’ original posters and bookplates.
You can meet Esa and see the complete ESA EVANS collection on Stand DPD-15 during the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival, 16-19 July.