“Pussycat pussycat where have you been?”

“I’ve been to London to visit the Queen obviously”

“Really you never cease to amaze… Ah you mean Kate Middleton’s wedding dress don’t you. Did you see the tiara too?”

“I did. It would have looked sensational on me.”

“Did you know Ladbrokes had 3-1 odds on Vinnie Day designing a modern headpiece?”

“Wow. Next you’re going to tell me you managed to see Vinnie for tea and steal all her Princess secrets…”

Vinnie’s Rock & Roll Necklace for LUX-FIX.com sees Tiffany’s hearts…and raises them.

Q.  You grew up in a ranch in Laikipia, northern Kenya. Are there any childhood memories you’d like to share with us?

A. When it used to rain, which didn’t happen very often, my siblings and I would go swimming and naked mud sliding in the dam. The roads, made from mud, would turn into rivers and so the dams would fill up and we (the children) would pretend we were on rafts in a monsoon!

Elephants at Kamogi Ranch

Q. It seems you are very much still drawn back to Kenya as an adult…

A. Although I was born in Ireland and live in London, if somebody asked me where me home is, I would always say Kenya. Once you’ve been taken by Africa it’s in your blood and I will always, always, always want to go back there. Either you get it or you don’t. I go back once a year. I will always want to go back and never want to lose that.

Vinnie Day

Q. Your leaf collection is inspired by the acacia leaf; what other influences do you take from Kenya?

A. Nature, the natural form, and the shapes that the Samburu tribe wear; which is the main tribe up by us in the Northern area. There are over 40 different tribes in Kenya and they are all incredibly colourful. Initially when I started off my jewellery it was really colourful and bigger, chunkier, but then I ended up refining it to make it more wearable. I get lots of charm ideas from Kenya and put them all together.

            

Acacia leaf and as one of Vinnie’s signature creations

Q. How did you first become interested in design and jewellery?

A. When I moved from Kenya to my great aunt’s house, in Donaghadee (Northern Ireland), my interest and fondness for jewellery really kicked off. When I first explored the house I discovered a huge array of trunks of jewellery in the attic that my ancestors had brought back from their travels around the world. My ancestors were huge travellers and they picked up loads of stuff from India and Africa, beautiful jewellery and paintings. I kept the jewellery.

Q. LUX FIX is running an exclusive for an elegant, yet a little bit bad-girl, necklace you have designed. Can you explain to us the process behind creating a new piece?

A. Generally the process starts when I’m in India because I sit in workshops immersed in charms and jewellery and silver and colours and beads and then I put them all together and draw pictures of what I want. My collection normally starts with around 5 pieces and it grows into maybe 10 pieces. I experiment. I go to antique markets and get inspired by form, texture, feel and then see what I come up with. But the pistol was just about fun.


LUX FIX / Vinnie Day Limited Edition – Rock and Roll Necklace

Q. Where would you wear the Rock and Roll necklace?

A. I would wear it layered up with other VD jewellery. It would look fantastic layered in amongst other chains. I like the combination of silver and gold and the whole charm feel, so love to layer the two.

Q. Your jewellery is very delicate and feminine, what kind of woman wears Vinnie Day jewellery?

A. She is unique, she is independent, shes fashionable, but she isnt obsessed, shes sophisticated but quite a bit daring. She wouldn’t wear a Tiffany heart, she might have that in her collection someone probably gave it to her as a gift. Shes just quite like Kate Middleton.

Q. Kate Middleton has often been pictured wearing your jewellery. Which other princess, real or fairy-tale, would you like to dress and why?

A. Oh, Queen Rania of Jordan. She and Kate Middleton have that same beautiful hair and the dark striking look. I love her morals and ethics. I just think she’s amazing.

Another of LUX FIX’s favourite princesses


 

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and fashion icon has been snapped in everything from Alex McQueen to Zara, and as everybody knows, no outfit is complete without the right accessories. We couldn’t help but notice some of our very own designers featuring in her collection…

Kate has been spotted several times in Vinnie Day Gold Plated Logo earrings. She wowed Canadians on her Royal Tour of North America, wearing the Vinnie Day earrings with everything from demure print dresses to cowboy hats and jeans – versatile, pretty and elegant, they epitomise the Duchess’ covetable style and her ability to make her accessories multitask. Vinnie Day’s stamp of approval also comes from Kate’s sister Pippa, often seen in the Gold Plated Twisted Leaf earrings and the Gold Plated Heart Disc earrings. Well, if it’s good enough for the Middletons…

Above: Kate Middleton in Vinnie Day Gold Plated Logo Leaf Earrings 

Above: Pippa Middleton in Vinnie Day Gold Plated Heart Disc Earrings

Above: Pippa Middleton in Vinnie Day Gold Plated Twisted Leaf Earrings

At an Imperial War Museum Reception, Kate looked stunning with a hint of a smoky eye, coiffed hair and striking gold Temple of Heaven Girandole drop earrings by Cassandra Goad. Inspired by Goad’s travels in Japan, the earrings are the perfect accessory to add timeless glamour to any outfit. Kate has made hers work at evening events, weddings and an LA reception – now that’s what we call multi-tasking.

Above: Kate Middleton in Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven Girandole Earrings


Words: Anna Prendergast

Photos courtesy of dianasjewels.net, ibtimes.co.uk, vinnieday.com, bagtrends.com, allaboutkatemiddleton.blogspot.co.uk


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What is Vinnie Day inspired by?

Vinnie was brought up on her parent’s ranch in Laikipia and is inspired by the colours, shapes and sounds of the jewellery traditionally made by the Samburu and Turkana tribes of Kenya. She develops these African concepts in London, resulting in a unique collection, which combines the very different and vibrant cultures of these two continents.

What are Vinnie Day’s design signatures

The logo gold leaf earrings and necklaces: the leaf is the acacia leaf worn by the Samburu of Kenya because it resembles the top of the spear but Vinnie has managed to adapt it to become more chic!

Handcrafted from silver plated with 24 carat gold Vinnie’s designs feature a unique and distinctive texture; the silver is blasted with sand to acquire the desired matt affect before gold plating to make the gold plate look enticingly like chocolate.  Everyone loves charms as they can be added to other chains, layering up for an amazing look.

How would you describe the Vinnie Day woman?

She is boho-chic – sophisticated, fashionable and stylish but prefers to have unique pieces rather than follow the crowd.

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