Uno pieces a good draw
A CHANCE meeting with Camilla chief executive Jane Mcnally was the start of a collaboration between the kaftan brand and Perth jewellery designer Keiko Uno.
Keiko, who has just released her latest collections, Jewel of the Sea and Octopus, said she had long admired the brand and was excited to work with its Claremont store.
“Camilla Franks and I are both artists with our own very distinctive and instantly recognisable aesthetic,” she said.
“Our lives have been touched by the beauty of coastal Australia and as businesswomen, we both focus on designing and creating exclusive, stunning and elegant pieces.
“Last year, Jane (McNally) attended the Woman of Substance luncheon and we both expressed admiration for each other’s creations and thought it was a natural fit between the brands, and from there things just evolved organically.
“Camilla’s Claremont Quarter boutique now houses a great edit of colourful and bold Keiko jewellery pieces.
“Keiko Jewellery and Camilla’s luxe offerings cater to a very similar demographic, so many of my clients wear Camilla, so we’ve now made it more convenient for our clients to purchase vibrant and bold Keiko Jewellery pieces to complement their exquisite Camilla prints.”
She said she drew her inspiration from influential women such as Layne Beachley, Steph Gilmore, Ros Worthington and Dr Anh Nyugen.
“I feel very blessed to meet and have so many inspirational women wear my jewellery and while these women are from very different fields, each continuously strives to achieve more and they all possess the same core traits of allure, sophistication and confidence,” she said.
“It’s these qualities that have inspired my latest works.
“The collections feature handcrafted rings, earrings, pendants and cuffs adorned with luminous pearls and vibrant gemstones, and hand-finished with 18-karat gold accents.”
Keiko jewellery is also available at Aspects of Kings Park, Yallingup Galleries, Karma Rottnest,
Elle Boutique, the Maritime Museum of WA and Mundaring Arts Centre.
Perth jewellery designer Keiko Uno. Picture: Martin Kennealey