Get to know: Sophie Buhai

Sophie Buhai designs sculptural, bold jewelry that is handmade in Los Angeles. Previously, Buhai was one-half of the line, Vena Cava. The jewelry itself is simple yet striking, using architectural sterling silver and hand-cut wood.  Read on for our interview to learn more about what inspires and moves her.

 

WHY START A JEWELRY LINE?

I did an Art/Designer residency in Italy and I needed to pack materials that could travel on the plane. I packed a lot of beads and metal parts and ended up making a jewelry collection while I was there.

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR FALL 2015 COLLECTION?

I was looking at a lot of sculpture books such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Brancusi. I was trying to make jewelry that felt like mini objects.

WHAT KIND OF WOMAN IS WEARING YOUR COLLECTION?

I really love my customer. She is ageless. I sell to women from 30-90. She loves art and is thoughtful about the pieces she invests in. She wants things that will last.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL UNIFORM RIGHT NOW?

A white shirt, jeans, bun, silver jewelry. If I want to dress it up I will put on black wide leg pants, blazer and red lipstick.

WHAT IS THE AESTHETIC OF YOUR HOME?

It's very spare and calming with time worn objects. Someone called it "Sophisticated Primitivism" and I loved that!

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY PRODUCT?

A nice, pigmented lipstick.

HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE?

It's a constant struggle! Acupuncture, long California walks and disconnecting from e-mail after 7:00 every night. Also, a good social media diet is necessary to stay sane. Reading actual paper helps. A good glass of Tequila in moderation is nice medicine.

Shop the collection HERE.

 

September 06 2015