Sea-in­spired ac­ces­sories

Di­ver­sify your wardrobe with th­ese un­der­wa­ter recre­ations

Northern Living - - CONTENTS - TEXT JAMIE NAVARRO PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PA­TRICK SEGOVIA

The Philip­pine seas are home to var­i­ous crea­tures: 2,000 fish species, 5,000 species of clams, mol­lusks, and crus­taceans, 22 species of whales and dol­phins, more than 900 species of seaweed, and more than 400 species of corals. Al­though we haven’t seen even half of what else lies un­der the ocean, de­signer Ken Sa­mu­dio al­ready culls in­spi­ra­tion from the di­ver­sity of life it sup­ports.

His back­ground in bi­ol­ogy and ma­rine bio­di­ver­sity led him to mimic the vast won­ders hid­den un­der­wa­ter in his ev­ery­day ac­ces­sories. “I find the un­der­wa­ter equally, if not more fas­ci­nat­ing than what’s found above the wa­ter. There is so much life, so much color—[th­ese crea­tures are] obliv­i­ous of one an­other yet ex­ist in a sym­bi­otic, har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship that makes up one of the most eco­log­i­cally di­verse ecosys­tems in the world,” he says.

From his re­cent co­ral- in­spired col­lec­tion, Sa­mu­dio con­tin­ues to de­sign ac­ces­sories with the con­cept and ma­te­ri­als cen­tered on the ocean. This time, he cre­ated ear­rings in forms of a sea­horse, a starfish, and other sea crea­tures. Fea­tur­ing re­spon­si­bly sourced and nat­u­ral mother-of-pearls in­laid in brass, the col­or­ful ear­rings are all hand­made. Wear them ei­ther in the city or by the beach and feel like you’re part of the mys­te­ri­ous (wa­ter) world.

Ken Sa­mu­dio. Ken-sa­mu­dio.com. 0917-4946140.

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