Frankie Lea Jewellery profile: Who was your earliest influence when it comes to fashion? leaarna: Probably my big sister. I’ve never really been one to get caught up in celebrities or fashion icons, and as a kid I was a bit of a tomboy. It wasn’t until I was around 10 or 11 that I started noticing my “cool” older sister and wanting to dress like her. profile: How would you describe your own fashion style? leaarna: I like to weave together a classic and modern look, I tend to start with something simple as a base for an outfit then accessorise and layer from there. I think fashion is important but believe wearing what suits your shape and your personality is a good base for style. profile: Where does your inspiration come from when designing? leaarna: I’m mostly inspired by the people in my life. I look to my customers, friends and local culture. I’m more drawn to what’s going on locally rather than looking too far afield for inspiration. profile: Why did you choose to have your jewellery made from sterling silver? leaarna: Using sterling silver means I can offer my customer a product that is affordable yet of exceptional quality. I think there is something beautiful and natural about wearing something that is sustainable and not a throwaway product. profile: What is your favourite season to design for and why? leaarna: Jewellery tends to be pretty versatile when it comes to seasonal change, I think sterling silver is especially beautiful in summer though, I love sun-kissed skin, a casual dress and layers of Frankie Lea Jewellery! profile: What is the current fashion trend you’re loving? leaarna: I love the geometric shapes that are trending at the moment, I’m seeing it everywhere from jewellery to print and homewares. profile: What is the must-have fashion item we should all have? leaarna: Earrings, it doesn’t matter if it’s a tiny stud or a statement ear jacket. Earrings are a must-have fashion accessory – I don’t leave the house without them. profile: What do you always have in your handbag? leaarna: Business cards, mobile phone, doo-doo bags for Frankie, eyeliner, zip pouch for jewellery and paw paw ointment.]]>