Shanghai is becoming the fashion hub of Asia. As the biggest city in China, Shanghai never lacks talents local or otherwise. Every corner you turn, chances are high you will meet someone with a unique story; someone to amaze you. That’s just how we felt when we met Canadian jewelry designer Jasmine.
We found her pop-up store on the basement floor of the famous art mall K11 in Shanghai. You can’t miss it, as the layout of the store and beautiful displays lure you right in. There Jasmine sat wearing a fierce red feather headpiece. It was a vintage French piece, like the others in the shop being sold by a friend.
She stood up to introduce herself, a small and delicate woman that soon exhibits a huge amount of energy. In a pair of burgundy shiny leather knee high boots and a vintage blue velvet dress paired with a pair of dark green tights, something about her outfit makes you want to get to know the owner of this unique look.
Jasmine has lived in Shanghai for more than ten years, and she started selling her designs at this pop up shop in December. Among the vintage hats from France and the USA and ornamental preserved flowers, Jasmine and her daughter Nicole sell her handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces. We sat on the chaise lounge while she described her studio in Shanghai, a collective where every artist contributes materials and they all share ownership. Jasmine contributes gemstones and has become a de facto dealer only sourcing directly from mines she acquires each type of gem from the best region. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, she is of Vietnamese and Malaysian origin. Even though she grew up and was educated in a western environment, you can still see the Asian culture influence in her designs. She quickly flips from Russian, to Chinese to English with her daughter and begs off when we asked her how her Russian is. Clearly a multifaceted woman, we asked how she started making jewelry. Working with projects where she can control the process from start to finish is something important to her about jewelry design. “It’s a way to get all this in my head out.” She said to me. Her pieces are each completely unique as the stones she uses are left mostly natural.
After chatting with us, she patiently showed us most of her designs in the store. We were in awe of the craftsmanship and all her designs carry a personality. In the times of fast fashion, we are always looking for something unique to stand out from the rest, and Jasmine’s jewelries are exactly that. If you are in the neighborhood, don’t forget to check out her shop. There’s no better time than now to discover some new styles.