Machine guns, teddies and jewels: meet kooky jewellery designer Kirsten Goss
It’s not often you see jewellery modelled by machine gun wielding women wearing nipple tassels and crazy shoes whilst teddy bears fly through the sky, but don’t take our word for it, check out Kirsten Goss’s mini film for her new collection Arcade.
South African-born Kirsten has been designing jewellery for ten years; her jewellery is fierce yet feminine and edgy yet elegant. She uses strong geometric shapes in a tribal meets art deco style to create stand-out pieces. You can feel the passion that has gone into every part of the design, and Kirsten only sells online and at her stand-alone store in Kensington, ensuring the brand stays true to its ethos.
The Upcoming met up with the designer to find out more.
What was the inspiration behind your new collection Arcade?
Subversive glamour and femininity; it’s a celebration of decadence and frivolity from the Gatsby era with a distinctive dark edge.
How would you describe your own personal style, designer or high street?
Irreverent melange of designer and high street; I call it couture mood swings.
Who is your favourite singer?
Who is your favourite artist?
The photographer Cindy Sherman.
What was it like growing up in South Africa?
“Kiff” – a South African colloquialism for all round milk and honey; a bit spoilt!
Who do you admire the most?
Forrest Gump .
Favourite London restaurant?
Impossible question! But maybe Bob Bob Ricard for now.
What are your most treasured possessions?
My iPhone 5.
My Bespoke Bill Amberg portmanteau.
My grandmother’s diamond engagement ring.
Milly Jones’ “rock man” painting.
Ruan Hoffmann ceramic plates.
My invitation from the Queen.
What is your favourite holiday destination and why?
It’s a very special and remote place on the wild coast of South Africa. My family has a beautiful isolated house there. It is prehistoric pristine coastal landscape and all-consuming nature. I love cities but this place replenishes every sense.
What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
When I was invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
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To view the Arcade collection mini film click here.