It's time for a little 'Q' and a little 'A' from a favorite jewelry line of mine, Les Amis...
Meet Ami Doshi & Amisha Patel, the two friends, namesakes, and design duo behind the amazing jewelry line that redefines the term 'arm candy,' and doesn't stop there. ..The Les Amis collection continues to serve up serious design with significant inspiration behind it each season. But don't take my word for it, this is all about their words. I asked, they told.
See what they had to say:
1. Where did the name Les Amis come from?
Les Amis -It’s a little play on our names and an ode to the fact that we are friends as well (les Amis is friends in French). We love that the name shares a little piece of our story, and portrays that the spirit of friendship is the basis of our partnership. It grounds us, and is a great reminder to us to work together as a team.
2. What is your inspiration behind the line (especially those bracelets)?
We both share a love for travel and are often inspired by the beautiful things made by the people we come across. We found the Jadau beads on a sourcing trip to Mumbai and immediately knew we wanted to incorporate them into our private label. We are both familiar with Jadau and Meenakari jewelry – it’s a craft that is used to ornate a lot of traditional Indian jewelry. We both love the history, the gorgeous colors, the beautiful skill that goes into it, and were inspired to create jewelry that celebrates this craft that is both contemporary and modern.
3. What makes Les Amis, Les Amis?
Amisha and I bring a slightly different aesthetic to our jewelry. She has spent a lot of time in India, Africa and the UK, combined with my background in India and Singapore – we find ourselves creating jewelry that combines different cultural influences in a fresh way. Also, our tag line is Shop Here. Give There. 10% of our net proceeds benefit the Global Fund for Children, whose mission is to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world. Les Amis is committed to donating 10% of our net profits to this innovative organization.
GFC uses donations from its strategic partners, including Les Amis, to fund grants to community-based groups that work with some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
4. What are your favorites & why?
My favorites are the single bracelets. They look so pretty worn singly, and so striking when stacked – either in the same colors or in an assortment. The little Jadau center bead is so delicate yet it stands out. We have them in 15 different colors and sell them as singles and in sets of 4 on our website.
5. Tell me something I don't know about the line...
Our collection pays homage to the traditional Indian craft of Jadau jewelry. Jadau, which means ‘Enameled & Engraved’ originally flourished under the Mughal Era (16 C) in India and is now the specialty craft of Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Our Jadau accessories are handmade in lakh (a kind of wax), covered in copper and gold plated with 22k gold. They are decorated using natural pearls or semi precious stones in the Kundan tradition. The sides of the beads have been decorated in the traditional Meena Kari method which is the art of decorating metal with enamel. It involves decorating the surfaces of metals by attaching, or fusing colored glass powders, precious and semi precious stones. Before the introduction of claw settings for securing gems, stones were set in ornaments in the Kundan style by embedding stones in lakh and gold plating it. Meena Kari was often used to ornate the reverse side of such pieces so that both sides looked beautiful.
– Ami & Amisha @ Les Amis
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