British contemporary jewellery brand Astrid & Miyu has partnered with Central St Martins to launch a brand new initiative called the Design Project.
Always on the lookout for young new talent, Astrid & Miyu is working with students from the art school to launch innovative new collections each year.
By working with students, the brand will be able to help support emerging designers and gain a fresh perspectives for designs.
Atrid & Miyu founder Connie Nam explains: “Whilst living in London for the last nine years working with various creatives I’ve always been impressed by how much creative talent there is in the city, and how brands aren’t taking advantage of this. I came across Matilde Mozzanega and Rebecka Arneberg, both final year students at Saint Martins, looked at their portfolio and decided to work with them to launch the first collections for the Design Project.
“I am planning on launching one collection a year with design students going forward.”
For 2018, Astrid & Miyu is working with final year students Matilde Mozzanega and Rebecka Arneberg.
The first of the two Design Project collections, launching in April, has been created by 22-year-old aspiring designer Matilde Mozzanega.
Named the Maiochiru collection, the designs take inspiration from the movement of cherry blossom, and includes three versatile earrings.
As Astrid & Miyu’s most versatile range yet, the earrings come in different lengths and can be worn in multiple ways across the ear. As with all Astrid & Miyu products, they can be stacked up with ear cuffs and pulled through different piercings in to create a completely different look each time they are worn. Specifically, the peculiarity of the earrings swells within the movement of the pieces as they are worn and catch the light.
Matilde Mozzanega is currently in her final year of jewellery design at Central Saint Martins and also works across Astrid & Miyu’s two central London stores to gain more experience within the jewellery industry.
She says: “I have been passionate about jewellery design since I can remember and have always dreamed about studying and pursuing a career within the industry. The opportunity at Astrid & Miyu means I can live out my passion. Having had the chance to design my first ever commercial collection has allowed me to focus on a whole theme and see all of this inspiration come to life.”
The Maiochiru Collection launches on April 26, while the range by Rebecka Arneberg will be unveiled in August.