The prevailing fashion these days is handmade jewellery according to this innovative entrepreneur.
In the past few years, handmade jewellery has made a major comeback and it seems the uniqueness is not going away anytime soon. Wearing handmade jewellery, especially those made from pearls signify class, wealth and luxury. And they can be yours at an affordable price.
Yesterday I interviewed Ojoye Yewande Oluwakemi, a young entrepreneur – Owner and Creative Director of House of Kits Pearls, a Lagos based handmade jewellery and accessories outfit. Chatting with Ojoye, it was impossible to ignore her passion and when I saw her collection, it was impossible to ignore her creativity, flair and talent. At a point I begged her to take all my money.
See excerpts of the interview below:
How did you come about the name House of Kits?
The name ‘KITS’ was formed by combining the first letter of the names of my siblings and I. (Kemi, Iyanu, Tosin and Samuel) was how I came up with the name Kits. Later, when the vision of my beads journey became clearer, I needed a unique brand name that would differentiate me from other sellers of popular crafts and beads. So, I came across pearls beads by accident and decided to add ‘Pearls’ to the name ‘Kits.’ But when I wanted to register Kits Pearls, I was told it wasn’t available and because I loved the ring of the name and didn’t want to lose it, I settled for House of Kits Pearls.
What materials do you use for your handmade jewellery?
Generally, I use pearls, crystal beads, stone beads, coral beads, gemstones etc.
Enlighten me please, what is the usage of handmade jewellery these days? Is it casual or formal?
I create the beaded designs to be worn on any outfit and occasion to be honest. They can be worn in casual, corporate and even wedding settings on wedding dresses. Also, they are not exclusive to traditional African attires, they can be worn with anything.
How trendy are your jewellery compared to traditional machine-made, mass-produced ones I can purchase in shops like gold, silver and platinum?
Handmade Jewellery is prevailing fashion now or ‘in vogue’ as Nigerians will call it. This could be due to their prices. There is always a piece of jewellery to suit every pocket. They are so popular that even celebrities like Katherine Marie Heigl, Kate Middleton and Audrey Hepburn adorn them. African celebrities especially Nigerian ones also love them. Stars like Tara Durotoye, Pastor Evelyn Paul and Nkechi Harry Ngonadi love them.
When I hear the word pearls or even handmade jewellery, I immediately think they are made for females only. Is this true?
No not at all. They are unisex. There are items for male and female, young and old. We can even make bespoke designs if you require.
What is the price range of your items?
It differs. I determine the price range from the kind of style, type of materials used and the man-hours needed to make them. But like I said earlier, there is flexibility in the price structure and there is always a piece of jewellery that suits every pocket, from the very cheap to the very expensive.
How long is the process of making these jewellery?
It all depends on the design. Sometimes a day or two, but sometimes it takes weeks for really complicated designs.
How can your product be found and bought?
At the moment, we are working on a comprehensive website as we don’t have one yet. However, while we wait for our website development to be completed we can be contacted via our Facebook page – House of Kits Pearls. We update our latest designs there daily. You can also find us on Instagram. Our handle is House_of_kitspearls. We can be contacted via phone on 08132940787 and via email on HouseofKitspearls@gmail.com. So please contact us and buy our jewellery, I can promise they are lovingly made and each design will be unique to you.