Q&A with Parme Marin

Posted by: Véronique Eshaya

It is difficult not to fall in love with Parme Marin’s bold jewelry in which each piece is unique and eye catching in its own way.

Meet the designer behind these works of art – find out what materials she uses, where she finds these pieces and her favorite places to hang out in New York City! Parme has been through quite a remarkable journey and truly makes you believe in destiny!


A: Tell us about your start in designing jewelry.

PM: I started creating my own jewelry because I couldn’t find what I was looking for anywhere. Every time I wore the jewelry I made, people would ask me where it was from (my friends or random people in the streets) – so I began to sell them. One day I was at a Birthday party in New York and I was wearing one of my pieces. I met this very nice girl who asked me about my necklace. Three days later she contacted me again to ask me if she could borrow all the pieces that I had for a shooting for Vogue Italy. Imagine my surprise when I read the email!

A few months later my pieces were featured in the magazine.

After this I decided to create my own company. Sometimes you have to believe in destiny.

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A: You design such beautiful statement pieces – can you tell us about your selected materials?

PM: What I really like is to divert things. My goal is to use materials that are not usually used for jewelry; like bones, horns, feathers, horsehair or buttons. I love raw textures.

Furthermore, I have always been obsessed with leather. It has a soft side but also a very powerful one.

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A: Where do you find the most unique objects in the world?

PM: During my travels; in markets and tiny shops. The most unique objects often come from Flea markets!

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A: What is your favorite city, and what do you find most inspirational about this place?

PM: With no hesitation I would say NYC – a city where you can be 100% yourself without being judged, and you are surrounded by creative people. I also like the geometric and rough side of this city.

Marrakesh also inspires me a lot – the colors and the textures are pretty captivating.

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A: Your favorite restaurant/café/spot in NYC?

PM: My favorite spot is “All good things”. It’s a place where you can buy flowers, bread, have a drink or a bite of fresh and very healthy food. The atmosphere is great, the owner is a sweet heart and the location is cool.

My favorite shop is called Fabulous Fanny’s. It’s a vintage shop in the east village (they have clothing but also the most original and unexpected glasses )

Every time I go to NY I book classes at AQUA STUDIO. It’s the first aqua cycling studio in NY! The space is absolutely stunning and the concept is amazing!

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A: In your collection, which is your bestseller? How do you style it?

PM: The bestseller is Plastronomie III. It is a great piece, very different from what we are used to see and you can be sure that people will notice you when you wear it.

You can actually wear it with everything and throughout all seasons with a white T shirt, a black dress or a turtleneck.

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A: Can you tell us about the Parme Marin women?

PM: Parme Marin Women are strong, independent  with great personalities. They know what they want. They are elegant but with a tiny touch of craziness.

They don’t necessarily work in fashion, they can be architects, photographers or work in finance but they want to show their personality throughout the way they dress up.

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A: Any current projects/collaborations you can share with our readers?

PM: I am actually working on several projects, but I can’t really talk about them. I can only tell you that Parme Marin Jewelry will be doing a co-branding will a very cool and elegant French clothing brand.

Looking forward to know which French brand you will be co-branding with! Thank you for your time Parme Marin!

To keep up with Parme, follow Parme Marin Jewelry on Facebook today!

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Q&A With Barcelona Fashion Blogger BarnaChic

Posted by: Verónica Maya

We recently got to catch with Barcelona based fashion blogger Elizabeth, whose love for fashion and keen sense of style is clearly captured in each and everyone of her posts. A blog full of fashion & beauty tips, trends and Barcelona’s most romantic venues. We are addicted. Please meet Elisabeth, the wonderful blogger from BarnaChic!

A: Tell us a bit about why you created BarnaChic? 

BC: BarnaChic was born after good friends of mine insisted I start a project of my own. As a child I loved the whole world of fashion – catwalks and designers – along with my daily ritual of flipping through magazines and documenting this world of fashion and trends. October 2012 I decided to start this adventure. Zero regrets. And I encourage all those who have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to turn your hobby into something more to go for it!

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A: And Barcelona?

BC: I chose to write about Barcelona to address a specific target and focus on a specific topic. Besides being my hometown, Barcelona is such a cosmopolitan capital full of glam and touches upon so many artistic industries, including fashion.

A: How would you describe the style of your blog? Where do you pull inspiration?

BC: BarnaChic follows a very clear and simple style featuring the current trends, beauty tips, charming shops and the countless charismatic venues including bars, restaurants, terraces and hotels that Barcelona has to offer. In short, I aim to provide a digital window to all those who want to know more about fashion and trends of the Catalan capital.

It’s a blog inspired by everyday life and in what makes this city come to life, its street style. In combination with my personal style and my passion for writing I pamper each post with continuous enthusiasm in the hopes of growing as a fashion blogger.

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A: Agorique is a major independent fashion fan, so we want to know: Which is BarnaChic’s emerging designer to follow?

BC: At 080 Barcelona  I found that there were certainly some interesting and distinguishable collections, however and unfortunately, many Barcelona emerging designers aren’t necessarily featured in these high profiled events and really their collections are beautiful.

I couldn’t pin point one designer in particular, there are a number of them that I think are fantastic and are one’s to watch!

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A: You cover a ton of events, what’s the quintessential fashion event for anyone interested in this world?

BC: One of the cornerstones of the fashion blogging world and as editor is discovering new brands, meeting influencers and going deeper into the sector than your average every day exposure. In the case of BarnaChic, 080 Barcelona fashion shows and ​​trade events at The Brandery are critical to understand and visualize the fashion landscape in Barcelona.

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A: Let’s talk about what you’re wearing this summer, what trends are you highlighting?

BC: Denim, bright colors and pastels. But each season has its own essence with its different concepts and I think the best part about that is the mixing and matching between seasons for countless day-to-day looks. Welcome diversity into our closets!

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A: How would you describe your own style? 

BC: My own style … hard to say. I’m guided depending on the occasion, but comfort and elegance is my main priority. I try to combine must-have pieces of the season with wardrobe basics like jeans and white t-shirt.

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A: You never leave the house without ….

BC: I never leave home without my Bimba & Lola makeup case! You never know where you’re going to end the day, and a touch of color can provide a completely different look.

A: Let’s talk about past and future, what were your best projects and what new surprises are in store BarnaChic readers?

BC: To continue growing I definitely need patience, effort and enthusiasm which I think are the basic tools to conquer the present and the future of BarnaChic. It’s also important to be optimistic and have a very open mind and share the wealth of knowledge! We live in the era of networking!

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 Definitely one of the best projects was the collaboration with emerging designers BRAS. They were the first to support BarnaChic, there will be more news of their new collections coming soon.

Also I’m currently working on highlighting more designers. They struggle every day to gain a foothold in an industry that is always growing.

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Thanks Elisabeth!