Still feeling that Olympic pride? That’s just one more reason to try out the flag-printed lip pendants from Kiss & Wear. As designer Katrina Caspelich notes, a statement piece doesn’t always have to be big and chunky just to be noticed.
“I thought that adding prints to the lips would be interesting. It’s something that I haven’t really seen before, especially in jewelry,” says Caspelich, who used to work in fashion PR before venturing into entrepreneurship in 2015. “Prints are also big in accessories and they’re everywhere. If there’s anything that I learned from my last job, it’s that people go crazy for fun prints!”
More than being cute, these necklaces are just $68. According to Caspelich, she wanted to produce quirky accessories that can be classified as a middle ground between upscale and fast-fashion.
“After the recession, consumers became more educated on how to spend their money wisely,” says Caspelich. “When I was working in PR, I noticed that a lot of stories were capped at the $100 mark so I saw that as a market opportunity. I think that if you brand yourself as a lifestyle company like I do, your products should be affordable.”
Since launching Kiss & Wear around 10 months ago, Caspelich says that she has received positive feedback about her merchandise. Aside from the “lips” necklaces, Caspelich is also selling other types of jewelry and even sundries such as mugs and iPhone cases.
“My vision for Kiss & Wear is for it to become a fun go-to accessories brand,” says Caspelich, adding that she’s open to doing wholesale with interested retailers. “Right now, I’m expanding my jewelry selection through using materials like yellow and rose gold, as well as doing rings that would make for fun cocktail pieces. I also hope to release more lines such as pins and T-shirts in time for the holidays. I’m always open to new projects!”
Retail: $68 (“Lips” necklaces)
—Eugene Y. Santos