Uno pieces a good draw

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - With Belinda Cipri­ano

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.­mu­ni­ d489826

Perth jewellery de­signer Keiko Uno. Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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