It’s not often that you find male jewellery designers, especially young, male jewellery designers with a large following but that is exactly what jewellery designer, stylist and Fashion Writer, Gbenga Dada has successfully accomplished. With his focus on statement beaded jewellery for weddings and special events and features in lifestyle magazines and on platforms such as Bella Naija, Africa’s largest online magazine, he has captivated an audience of women looking for jewellery with colour and impact. Based in Lagos, Nigeria and starting with little capital (a mentor gave him his first set of beads) he has transformed his gift of creativity and eye for the beautiful into a thriving business.
Interview by Zinny Ogundoyin
Photos by Gbenga Dada
It isn’t often that I meet jewellery designers who are also stylists so I have to ask, does your experience as a stylist in anyway influence your design process?
Being a stylist influences my jewellery design process a great deal. As a stylist, I understand the importance of coordination (of colours and elements), so for example, you won’t find me making bold earrings to match a flamboyant neckpiece and I will never combine certain colours because my styling instinct knows better than to mix such colours.
Is there any one project or client that has stood out for you as ‘the most exciting project?’
Hmmm, this is a tough one as every of my design is an exciting project; If it wasn’t, I won’t even bother myself with it. Lol
What feeling do you hope every client that wears one of your pieces experiences?
I always want everyone who rocks my jewellery to have a feeling of them wearing a truly exclusive piece that sets them apart from a crowd.
With over 13 thousand followers on Instagram alone and an enviable client base, it is clear that there is something that sets your pieces apart from the rest, what do you feel that is?
I will say the ingenuity of my pieces sets them apart. The kind of ingenuity that conjures that “how-in-God’s-name-did-he-dream-that-up” thought in the mind of every beholder. Every of our designs is peculiar to Artsmith Collections; that alone accounts for the brand’s uniqueness.
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