Charles Albert is a jewelry designer from South Florida. For the last 21 years Charles has successfully produced one of a kind contemporary styles of sterling-silver jewelry and has recently expanded to create a new gold tone fashion jewelry line. He is also soon to receive an award for his design work at the Curaçao Fashion Week (http://www.curacaofashionweek.com/ ) between 21st – 25th May 2012. We were delighted that despite his hectic schedule he agreed to share some of his experiences and interests with Urbanity Chic. Read the full in-depth interview below to discover, amongst other things, where Charles gets his creative inspirations, what he does to relax and how he’s hoping to develop his jewelry line over the next 12 months.
Q: What are you currently working on?
We are further developing our Alchemia Collection (which was initially launched in August of 2011). We have many amazing project coming up.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Awesome! Our Alchemia Collection has been so well received by Magazine Editors, Stylists, Celebrities and fans of the brand. We are truly grateful for the overwhelming response. We have so many big projects in the works and I feel the upcoming year will be our best ever!
Q: What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion can be a very personal thing. For me it means feeling very comfortable with who you are and fashion is an excellent way to express it.
Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?
Iris Apfel because she is a true icon and Michael Kors because I admire his business savvy.
Q: What was the first thing you ever designed?
I used to tie flies’ for fishing, and I designed several unique flies the fish couldn’t resist.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from any and everything around me. The world is a wondrous place. If you look close enough you can find inspiration in anything!
Q: Who inspires you?
My wife, Beth, who is a cancer survivor. Her strength and courage in the face of uncertainty and grave danger is awe-inspiring.
Q: How would you define the style your work exemplifies?
Bold and edgy.
Q: How would you define your personal style?
Whatever I am most comfortable in. When I’m working I’m usually in the design studio and living in South Florida, shorts and sandals are my usual daywear. But for evenings and events my style is clean and crisp; a suit and collared shirt is what you’ll find me in.
Q: Where are you based?
Sunny South Florida; Pompano Beach to be exact.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Fun in the sun, warm tropical breezes with 3000 hours of sunshine every year. I live where everyone else vacations!
Q: How would you define your city’s fashion?
Clothing almost optional.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Developing and launching our new Alchemia line. I truly believe it is the vehicle of launching Charles Albert to the next level.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?
Q: What do you do to relax?
I like to visit unusual places. I really enjoy seeing ruins and remnants of ancient cultures.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
I really want to visit Machu Pichu in Peru. I am sure the site is completely overwhelming and breathtaking.
Q: Do you have interesting hobbies?
I love to travel, collect rocks and minerals, and play racquetball in my spare time.
Q: Where can we find out more about or purchase your work?
You can find out more the Charles Albert brand at www.charlesalbert.com.
Q: How did you become involved in Curaçao Fashion Week?
We were contacted by them and told about the award I would be receiving. I was truly grateful.
Q: Are you looking forward to your trip to Curaçao?
I can’t wait to go! I have heard nothing but great things about the island.
Q: What aspects of the Fashion Week are you particularly looking forward to?
Networking with other designers, seeing different collections from around the world & how their cultures influence the designs. I am also looking forward to enjoying what the island of Curacao has to offer.
Q: What motivates you to do what you do?
I love my business; I have truly enjoyed building something from nothing. I started my company with just $60 and it has grown every year.
Editor’s Note: Charles Albert’s impressive array of jewelry draws its influence from nature and embodies his creative personality. It is equally at home on the red carpet or for anyone that would like something fun and exciting to wear. His new gold tone fashion jewellery line has added a
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Web page link: http://www.charlesalbert.com