When Seohee Koh started at RISD, she had every intention of studying architecture—until a visit to the school’s jewelry studio changed her mind. “I don’t know why I felt this way, but after I went there, everything was different,” she recalls. But she didn’t totally abandon her original blueprint: When Seohee graduated four years later with prototypes for her own collection, the geometric and monolithic rings and earrings were inspired, unsurprisingly, by the buildings she loved.
Despite having a solid foundation for her own biz, Seohee’s path to entrepreneurship wasn’t quite as easy as it was for some of her fellow students. Since she came to the U.S. for school from Korea, she needed a work visa. She made lemonade, though, and spent a decade working with dreamy diamonds at a few places you might have heard of, like Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef and Arpels. While holding down those full-time roles, Seohee pulled late nights working on modern pieces for own line, S/H Koh, and introduced it to the world in 2014. “I’ve always been interested in structures and geometry and the way materials and forms combine to make something new,” says Seohee, who got to where she wanted to go, even if it wasn’t a straight line to get there
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