For our first-ever Designer Spotlight series, we had the chance to interview the lovely Melanie Auld. Cool, colorful, and modern, her jewels are the epitome of on-trend. It was great to chat with Auld about everything from perfecting the layered look she’s known for, to her creative process, to her go-to coffee drink. Read on to get to know a little more about one of our favorite designers in the gallery.
You’re all about that layered, lived-in look. Any styling tips on getting it right?
I am all about that layered look. To me, it creates an individual aesthetic rather than everyone wearing the same piece the same way. There’s really no right way to layer – it’s more of a personal thing. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, textures, and what makes you comfortable.
How did Melanie Auld come about?
I’ve always been interested in fashion. I went to college in London for fashion merchandising thinking that I would become a buyer (doesn’t everyone?!). My boyfriend at the time was playing professional hockey and asked me to marry him, so right out of college, I gave up that normal 9-5 lifestyle since his job would take us all over the world. Melanie Auld Jewelry was born out of my passion to create. I find the world around us so inspiring, so it really started out as a creative outlet. Soon, people started noticing, and I realized I could create a really cool brand that would speak to and inspire women.
Tell us a little about your creative process.
Creatively I am a little all over the map. I find inspiration everywhere and it strikes me randomly. I often find myself thinking up different concepts right before bed and when I’m driving. Those moments when you aren’t putting any pressure on yourself to create are the times I have my best ideas. Then I will sit down with my notebook and sketch out designs for hours before finally perfecting a piece.
When did you know you made it?
I still don’t really feel like I have “made it.” We are growing like crazy and have been getting an amazing response, but I have big dreams and goals for this brand. I’m not sure I will ever feel like I have made it because my lists are endless!
How do you get inspired?
Trips really inspire me. However, with 2 kids, there haven’t been as many of those as I would like. I am most inspired on the weekend when life is a little slower and I’m not frequently responding to emails, etc. Sometimes it’s just sitting down with a coffee, a sketchpad, and a quiet house.
Favorite Coffee Drink?
Vanilla latte with just a splash of vanilla.
How do you like to pamper yourself?
Pampering for me at this point is just taking some time out of my day for a haircut or to get my eyebrows threaded. It’s not overly luxurious, but spending just a little bit of time on myself really makes me feel good.
What’s your favorite fall piece from your line?
The piece that I wear every single day is our Mini Double Tusk in gold. I literally never take it off. I’m also really into our handchains – they’re so delicate and pretty.
Favorite vacation spot?
My husband and I love Cabo. The flight’s quick, and it’s so beautiful and relaxing. I love the One & Only Palmilla and Las Ventanas. In November, we’re staying at The Resort at Pedregal- it looks unreal!
What’s next for Melanie Auld?
Our goal is to keep pushing forward and paying it forward. We’re coming up with a super-fun campaign to celebrate cool individual women. I can’t say too much about it but we are really excited to be able to give back and brighten people’s days. We plan to keep reaching for the stars!
Shop our collection of Melanie Auld jewelry and stay tuned for our next Designer Spotlight!