Accessories For Summer Stylin’
Summer is here, so, girls, it’s time to pull out those bikinis and maxi dresses from your closets and get ready for some fun in the sun. And we all know that an outfit is not complete without some fabulous accessories to match.
Enter Marylea Conrad, designer and owner of [ki·ele]. [ki·ele] launched in 2008 and offers fashionistas an array of jewelry, including handmade, hammered sterling silver and 14-karat gold-filled earrings, necklaces, rings, bangles and anklets that are perfect for summer.
“Toward the end of my university year in Sydney (Australia), I started to make jewelry as a side hobby,” Conrad says.
“Coupled with this new passion, I had always (and still do) had a love for the beach since growing up around the beaches in Sydney,” she adds. “I had a collection of shells that I collected from the beaches back home and here in Hawaii - I knew I wanted to make some beautiful jewelry with them one day.”
[ki·ele] is named after Conrad’s youngest daughter, and means “fragrant blossom or gardenia.” According to Conrad, her business is all about delivering high-quality, reasonably priced, chic beach jewelry to her customers.
Conrad designs and creates all of her jewelry masterpieces by hand with prices ranging from $35 to $120 apiece. [ki·ele] designs are available for purchase at Fighting Eel, Nohea Gallery (Ward Warehouse, Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Waikiki) and Red Bamboo in Kailua. For the online shopper, ki-ele.com can meet all of your jewelry needs.
“I always do my very best to work with the jewelry from the inception of the idea to the finished product,” Conrad explains, noting, “being a perfectionist, I feel I present a quality product that is in line with my brand.
“This is not to say that other brands don’t offer this, but good quality, excellent customer service and creativity are elements I like to do my best to focus on.”
Conrad hopes to expand her business beyond Oahu in the coming years, opening locations in the Neighbor Islands and on the U.S. mainland.
“It’s cliché, but my job is absolutely rewarding - I’m getting paid to do what I am so passionate about,” she says. “I really enjoy working with individuals, especially on custom orders, and designing ideas with them to help reach an idea that they like.”
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