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Introducing: The Kamea Earrings

Allison Asis

Wishing you all a prosperous 2017, filled with much love, happiness & success. Let's continue to fight for what we love & believe in this new year. The opportunities are endless!

I couldn't be more excited to see all that unravels for Cadette throughout this new year. And it begins with the release of two new pieces! For 2017, I aim to create a journal entry whenever a new piece is introduced into the line. I love having the opportunity to explain the general inspiration behind a design, with accompanying visuals that can put the final piece in context.

This entry will speak specifically to the new Kamea earrings.
Being heavily influenced by artists who capture the beauty of irregular, imperfect, a-symmetrical forms, Arp, Matisse, Kelly - I wanted to create a new pair of statement earrings with a similar sentiment.

It was my cousin who suggested the name Kamea. In Hawaiian, it means: one and only, or one-of-a-kind. So suitable in this case, as each earring is created unique. I form each of the Kamea earrings by hand, mimicking the same general size & concept for each, so that they resemble each other enough to be a pair, however, no two will be the exact same. It's this beautiful irregularity that I've always been drawn to, and believe makes a piece much more memorable. 

With this first launch, I'm offering them specifically in brass, polished to a high shine. These beauties are eye-catching enough to create a statement when worn, but still have a lightness them, so they can easily be worn from day to night. Now available in the shop!


Wearing the Kamea earrings (Outfit: Zara top, The Frankie Shop jeans, Celine mules)

Wearing the Kamea earrings
(Outfit: Zara top, The Frankie Shop jeans, Celine mules)

Wearing the Kamea earrings

Wearing the Kamea earrings

Wearing the Jean earrings

Wearing the Jean earrings

Wearing the Kamea earrings

Wearing the Kamea earrings


Allison Asis

It's Christmas evening and I felt the sudden urge to get some words onto this blog. The official kick-off to 2017 is just around the corner, and I'm overwhelmed with various emotions: the first being pure JOY, as I think about Cadette's continued growth over this past year (BECAUSE OF ALL OF YOU!). From gaining a few new amazing stockists, to continuing to be part of artisan markets around the city - where I constantly meet such incredible individuals. From fellow entrepreneurs and makers, to those who stop by the Cadette booth to observe, inquire, admire, and potentially purchase one of the pieces - these encounters alone are *pinch me* moments of motivation that mean much more than you know!

At the same time, however, I feel moments of stress, worry, fear. This happens when I think of my urging dreams, goals and must-dos. I can only hope, pray, and of course, work as hard as I possibly can to produce these ideas and concepts I have brewing in my mind. 

This January, I'll be partaking in another metalsmithing program, which will allow me to diversify the line, even more. 

So these emotions that are coming over me right now, I'm taking in whole-heartedly. I see them to all be positive forces, ultimately telling me that there is much more to be dreamt, learned, done, executed - and share with all of you. So stay tuned.

I will leave it at that for now. Thank you thank you thank you, always. Happy holidays & Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! *Cheers* to an exciting 2017 ahead!



(Left - Selfie post-Christmas Eve '16 dinner with the fam. Blouse wrinkles courtesy of sitting for lengthy periods of time due to over feasting :P. Right - Artwork by Pablo Palazuelo, whom I'm v inspired by at the moment).

(Left - Selfie post-Christmas Eve '16 dinner with the fam. Blouse wrinkles courtesy of sitting for lengthy periods of time due to over feasting :P. Right - Artwork by Pablo Palazuelo, whom I'm v inspired by at the moment).

Introducing: The Braque Cuff

Allison Asis

I am often asked where I find inspiration behind the designs for Cadette Jewelry, so I thought I would share that here. I can credit a lot of the overall aesthetic of the line to my travels thus far: the cultures, energies and raw styles I've been fortunate enough to experience. During my past trips to Amsterdam & Berlin, for instance, I discovered this understated cool-factor, effortlessness to pushing the boundaries, and honesty to their creative edge. It was something I admired and hung on to straightaway, allowing it to completely influence my design process from there on out.

Moreover, I can also attest to the fact that most of the distinct & unique shapes that you can spot throughout the line are inspired by artists & artwork that I've greatly admired for as long as I can remember, some of the usual suspects being: Henri Matisse, Ellsworth Kelly, Georges Braque, Josef Albers. As well as the architectural greats like Jean Prouvé, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, etc.

I had a revelation the other week with the immediate desire to create pieces that paid homage to these artistic leaders who have always inspired me. I find myself digging through their notable as well as more 'hidden' or underrated pieces, constantly in search of the ex factor within their work that will literally stop me in my tracks (or researching). I'll then focus on that singular element, sketch it in my book, and then determine how best to create my own version of it into a new piece, and get to work; that is how the Braque cuff  came to be. 

I'm so excited about the new Braque cuff for numerous reasons. First, seeing and feeling something come to tangible fruition, when it was initially just a mere concept in your head, is definitely one of the most gratifying feelings. Second, I had been so drawn to Georges Braque's painting, "La Liberté des mers," 1959 (see below), for months now, where he created 3 organic, oval-like shapes. I immediately knew that I wanted to create a standout piece that re-introduced this shape, while remaining aligned with Cadette's signature simplicity, and I feel that the final result achieved just that. 

And here she is. The Braque cuff  that is now available in brass or sterling silver. As always, the piece is made to order. Each oval shape is sawed out by hand (yours truly), therefore, no two will be the exact same. Its wearer is hopefully fond of the fact that their specific piece is unlike any other! 

Shop it here.

Georges Braque, La Liberté des mers, 1959.

Georges Braque, La Liberté des mers, 1959.