www. kjoo.etsy.com

1.Where are you located and how long have you been designing?
I am Portuguese 27 years old.I live in Palmela witch is a very small village situated in the mountains with a beautiful castle at the top

2.How did you come up with the name for your line/label?
kjoo doesn´t have any meaning as far as I know, I was actually working on some lettering for some graphic design work and I accidentally typed kjo when testing some font types. I found the combination of letters very interesting and I researched the meaning.I found the combination very catchy, so I added just one more -o- and that´s it. No Japanese philosophical meaning like some friends used to ask me…

3.What inspires your designs?
I inspire myself in everything, can be some African pattern (that I love), or a simple book…I don’t think there’s one particular thing that inspires me, everything can be an inspiration.

4.What are one of your favorite Indie Designers/Brands?
Ok I have lots of favorite independent designers (we all do). I am going to give you one Portuguese named Liliana Maia you can see her blog here: http://www.limalha.blogspot.com/.

5.What’s next for your designs?
This question is very difficult I have lots of things I need to try out just need time and coordination… I love illustration and I have a few ideas to try out. I would also like to try some bigger items in the same “style” I am working on jewelry maybe some housewares…Not sure what will come out first.


***And the winners are….Lesha from Indiana and Tisa from Washington!!! Congratulations and lookout for the next giveaway soon!!!…Thanks to everyone who participated


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1.Where are you located and how long have you been designing?
I live in NYC (Harlem as a matter of fact). I’ve been making earrings for about 5 or 6 years, but my etsy store is a few weeks shy of a year old.

2.How did you come up with the name for your line/label?
Well, my name is Tyra. Before I started selling on etsy,
I would sell to friends and family. One of my good friends bought some
earrings for her cousin’s birthday and in a conversation shereferred to buying some “tyra made” earrings. That pretty much sums it up.

3.What inspires your designs?
I loooove
earrings myself so I usually make what I like. Most of the time the
materials I use dictate the designs,and I put my creative spin on

4.What are one of your favorite Indie Designers/Brands?
I love sulu both personally and professionally. Susan Lutjen is actually a big inspiration to me and the way I run my etsy
shop. In fact, I borrowed a lot of ideas from her. Although she has
since moved to Portland, she used to be an NYC public school teacher
like me, which besides her adorable designs, attracted me to her shop.
She’s also just an all around great, down to earth lady.

5.What’s next for your designs?
I’m still updating my etsy shop, so be on the look out for what’s to come.


for a little girl….



1.Where are you located and what is your age?I’m in Brooklyn, NY and I’ll be 25 a wee bit over a month…hint! hint!

2.How did you come up with the name for your label?
Well I was a bit of an ‘anti’ while I was in university so while my fellow photography major classmates were attempting to make ‘fine (fragile, special unique) art’ I photographed junk, printed junk etc. After a few series of junk photography the name kinda stuck so I kept it and started doing design an photography under that moniker.

3.Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?
For me clothing is a forum for my graphics,photos and illustrations. I think galleries are strange…designated spaces for art, like handicapped parking or something. I feel like that forum support a categorical social structure that I’m not really feeling. Clothing is a fantastic forum for me because I believe that imagery, media and ideologies have a relatively short lifespan. They are still very important but to drag out the life can create unnecessary bureaucracy. I’ve digressed…Back to your question: social structures, propaganda and human interaction inspire my designs…hope your aren’t snoring yet.

4.What is one of your favorite inide brands?
When I first read that question, I thought It said ‘indie bands’, so I’ll answer both
Fav Indie Bands: well I’m really feeling Kudu, The Noisettes (not really indie anymore,still amazing)
Fav Indie Brands: Sass and Bide, The Cute Institute, Mina Stone, Imaginary Foundation, Quiet Doing, Greedie Genius

5.What’s next for your designs?
I just started (with the clothing)…so now that I’ve successfully figured out how my ups account works, I guess I’m on to designing more of the same…but umm better


***And the winner is(drumroll please)….Michelle from Cleveland!!! Congrats and I’ll be sending your pouch out to you soon…Thanks to everyone who participated and be sure to enter the ***TYRAMDE JEWELRY GIVEAWAY!

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