IF you are yet to hear of Penny Winter then it is our pleasure to introduce you. A lady of many talents and trades - philanthropist, fashion designer, costumier and sailor to mention a few - it is her latest role as jewellery designer that has us most excited.
Since moving to Africa in 1997, Winter has established a creative hub in central Nairobi, out of which her jewellery business - which uses native materials and employs local craftsmen and women - exports globally. Describing her aesthetic as "bohemian rock fusion", her debut collection combines nature with opulence - a covetable amalgamation indeed.
"I couldn't do what I do anywhere other than Kenya really," Winter told us. "The combination of the workmanship from the different tribes who have their own skillsets make to my pieces unique - the Kamba stone setters, the Kikuyu horn carvers and the Luo metalworkers combine together to make a completely Kenyan affair."
Get a deeper insight into Winter's sourcing and design process as she talks us through the making of and inspiration behind her collection. (Vogue U.K.)
|Clawhorn choker with Rubies, Lanradorite and red Garnet|
|Gold bead necklace with faceted rutilated Quartz|
|"The stones and other components are sourced on my journeys - from the Nigerian dealers in downtown Nairobi, to the Swahili island of Lamu, to the bush where a lot of the mines are."|
|Labradorite necklace with 36 faceted beads.|
|Dark horn collar with rubies and amethyst.|
|"Everything is bought and mainly set raw, and most stones (the rubies for example) happen to be from a region in Kenya I am very familiar with, near where we have our family farm."|
|Dark horn leaf pendent with two labradorite stones and one pyrite stone.|
|Tasselled choker with 17 faceted agate strands with gold dividers and labrodorite tips.|
|"The stones I use for my work have an extra value to me as they are hand-picked - from real stone merchants - often from the backstreets of downtown Nairobi."|
|Bone ring with rubies and a pyrite cabochon.|
|Dark horn hoop earrings with faceted labradorite stones.|
|Dark horn bangles with rough rubies, sapphires, white topaz and labradorite.|
|Stone ring with rubies and red garnet.|