Detroit Di­a­mond

Hong Kong Tatler - - Twinkle, Twinkle -

JEW­ELLERY de­signer BACK­GROUND Be­fore mak­ing his name as a rap­per, Detroit Di­a­mond was work­ing at vis­ual art and writ­ing. As a young­ster grow­ing up in Detroit, Michi­gan, he’d dis­played a flair for the arts and earned a place at the state’s Ken­dall Col­lege of Art and De­sign. But he com­pleted only one se­mes­ter be­fore set­ting off in a new di­rec­tion—hip hop. He recorded four al­bums in New York and Los An­ge­les—while also main­tain­ing his pas­sion for art and writ­ing. Di­a­mond moved in 2009 to Hong Kong, where he of­ten per­forms, and the city’s Cat Street Gallery staged an ex­hi­bi­tion of his art in late 2014. Di­a­mond re­cently pub­lished his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, More than Lyri­cal.

JEW­ELLERY BREAK Frus­trated by the lack of in­ven­tive­ness and di­ver­sity in men’s ac­ces­sories, Di­a­mond added jew­ellery de­sign­ing to his cre­ative pur­suits. He has col­lab­o­rated with Bel­gian de­signer Au­drey Savran­sky on a bold but wear­able line for her Hong Kong-based brand, AS29. The pieces in his Bridge col­lec­tion are in­spired by cities Di­a­mond has called home at some point—detroit, Los An­ge­les and New York. While tak­ing cues from the flam­boy­ant style of hip-hop leg­ends Slick Rick and Tu­pac Shakur, Di­a­mond takes things down a notch, opt­ing for cleaner, more sub­dued lines to cater to a wider range of jew­ellery fans.

DE­SIGN STYLE The think­ing be­hind Di­a­mond’s de­sign phi­los­o­phy is sim­ple: “Will they re­mem­ber my work?” For him, a key fac­tor is a qual­ity of time­less­ness. He es­chews trends, aim­ing to cre­ate pieces that can “dance for­ever.” Detroit Di­a­mond’s first col­lec­tion for AS29 is hip hop at its core but re­fined for ev­ery­day wear

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