Laurie Simpkins of Smitten Designs focuses on creating sleek, modern designs, mixing semi-precious stones or Swarovski crystals with sterling silver, gold-plated or silver-plated chains. She often uses vintage chains or findings, juxtaposed with contemporary elements to create a unique, sophisticated look that’s chic and fashion-forward, yet also timelessly classic.
“Smitten” speaks to the inner love affair that we women have with accessories — be they shoes, handbags or most importantly, jewellery. It beckons to us, not just as a means to express our own personal style, but because it makes us feel uniquely feminine and beautiful.
Laurie is a born and raised Vancouverite as well as a longtime Yaletown resident. Before turning to designing jewellery, Laurie studied Fine Arts and later, Art History, at UBC, where she obtained her B.A., with a focus on eighteenth and nineteenth-century French art. She started designing jewellery only a year ago. In fact, she registered for her first jewelry making course right around Valetine’s Day last year.
MMV: What sets you apart from other jewelry designers?
Laurie: I think my look is unique as I generally keep it simple and classic, yet with a modern edge, to keep it fashion-forward. I always use only semi-precious stones or Swarovski crystals with fine chains and I also like to incorporate vintage pieces (be they findings or chains) into my work to create a juxaposition between the vintage aesthetic and a more modern look.
MMV: What are your goals for Smitten in its 2nd year, in 2012?
Laurie: I would hope that this year is a really successful year for smitten. I hope to expand a lot in the retail sector as well as launch online sales from my website (smittendesigns.ca) in the near future. Smitten truly is a love of mine; a great passion, which is subconsciously perhaps why the name appealled to me so much.
MMV: Anything to say to Modern Mix readers about the upcoming Valentine’s Day?
Laurie: I was saying to some friends the other day that Valentine’s Day is a day that singletons dread and couples just pray their partners will remember; so no matter which category you’re in, I think it’s important to be smitten for YOU, as the most important relationship we have is with ourselves.
Smitten Designs is available for purchase at Lord’s Shoes on Granville, Jules & Eve in Kerrisdale, as well as Changes on West 10th.
MMV Giveaway: Modern Mix Vancouver is giving away a pair of Gold and Red Swarovski Earrings (see image above) by Smitten Designs. Leave a comment below telling us what being “smitten” means to you and a random winner will be chosen from the comments below. Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you’re a winner. Contests ends Tuesday February 14th (11:59pm PST). Open to Canadian mailing addresses.
For additional entries, you can do the following things;
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Smitten means not being able to see someone’s faults.
To be completely infactuated and head over heels
feeling butterflies in your stomach when you see the person.
Being smitten means feeling like a queen!
Smitten, to me, means – to be totally and irrevocably head over heals taken by the target of your affection.
Gob smacked, head over heels, over the moon, infatuated.
Smitten is a warm and fuzzy feeling about the one you love.
When your special someone surprises you with a small gesture and makes you love them even more 🙂
Smitten is to see the perfection in the imperfections.
Smitten is feeling like a princess
Smitten to me means lots of “awwwws”.
to express infactuation
Smitten means totally in love with someone!