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If you can’t always get what you want, maybe it’s time you make what you need—that was Kylie Nakao’s approach. “I was a buyer for a small boutique, and I felt there was a place for delicate, stackable jewelry at an affordable price point,” she explains. So she got busy: With a degree from Parsons and some serious fashion-world experience—she’d worked as a stylist and visual merchandiser, too—the Toronto-born whiz started playing around with various metals, interesting finishes, and out-of-the-ordinary stone shapes to whip up some rings to fill that void.
In May 2013, she went official with her line Tarin Thomas, and though jewelry design has most definitely taken over her life—and her studio on Manhattan’s Lower East Side—Kylie is primed for more. “I’m working on a vintage-looking line of men’s rings, based on signet rings and class rings. I’ve actually always wanted my line to be unisex,” she notes. “The name Tarin Thomas comes from my middle name and my brother’s.” And that’s a mash-up you’ll want to remember. —jane gauger
BEHIND THE SCENES
Seriously tear- (and screenshot-) worthy inspo.
Get Outta Town Kylie Nakao’s 3 Very Favorite Beaches Near NYC
Um, she even hits the waves before she starts her day.