By Amy Sciaretto
Beauty News and City Pulse love the edgy, youthful chic of Chelsea Kolakowski of CB Designs. The local designer employs the “more is more” philosophy when mixing materials in her jewelry, which is at once edgy, dainty, tough and cool! It’s rocker chick chic with a prettiness not often translated into this street style! She even said, ” My goal is to create pretty jewelry that people have fun wearing!” I own a darling skull bracelet that garnered no less than 11 compliments the day it first dangled from my wrist.
All of her jewelry is available for sale on her Etsy store (http://www.CBdesignsNYC.etsy.com) and she has Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/CBdesignsNYC) where fans can stay up to date on sales and new additions. Be sure to check the page, as the designer updates it regularly. She hopes to expand into NYC boutiques and will create a custom piece, if you ask nicely by emailing her at CBdesignsNYC@gmail.com.
How would you describe your design style or aesthetic?
My style is a mix of hard with soft, tough with pretty, dainty with edgy and color with texture. I am inspired by heavy metals, unique stones, skulls in nature and the colors of the cosmos. I like to pretend I’m a ’70s rock star some days By mixing styles together I find that my jewelry can be worn with endless types of styles. I create designs that are standout pieces on their own but can easily be layered with other pieces from my collection or pieces you already have in your collection. I’m one of those people that believe more is more!
How long have you been making your own jewelry?
I have been making my own jewelry for my personal use since my days at summer camp. But I only started to develop my line for commercial sale at the beginning of 2011. I began wearing more and more of my own creations and getting compliments and questions on them, so I decided to expand my craft into something others can enjoy as well. Getting positive feedback and seeing other people excited about
wearing my designs has really been the most inspiring part.
Who are some of your favorite designers, accessories or otherwise?
Pamela Love is a real inspiration to me as far as jewelry designers go. She blends nature and edginess in such a wearable way, as well as Rachel Roy who combines Eastern styles in a bold yet pretty way. I am obsessed with the pieces and styling of the Ralph Lauren Spring 2011 collection, which incorporated Western American styles with fringe, lace and romance perfectly, an aesthetic I would love to work into my collection in the future.
What are some of your favorite pieces that you’ve made?
Since I’m a more is more person, my favorite pieces are the ones with the most skulls, heaviest chains and brightest colors. I am regularly wearing a heavy woven gold and pink curb chain bracelet, shades of silver body chain and white and gold wire ring.
What are you favorite materials to work with?
By far, I get most excited when looking for new chains to work with. I love experimenting with different colors, finishes, weights and shapes of chains. Even when I was a kid, I could stare at the wall of chain at the hardware store for hours! Then when I find the right chain(s) to start with I decide whether metal crosses, earthy stones or delicate threads will achieve the look I’m going for.