In a trunkshow exclusive to Moda, designer Vania Leles takes us on a sartorial journey, one inspired by her life travels and rich cultural heritage. Center stage are the stones, ranging from Paraiba tourmalines to Zambian emeralds responsibly sourced in partnership with Gemfields.
Here, Vania reveals her inspiration...
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Dido Elizabeth Belle and Sarah Forbes Bonetta, women born into slavery and later liberated before living in Great Britain.
“Both women influenced a shift in societal views of black women in the 1800s. Lady Sarah in particular had a strong connection with Great Britain. Her story shows courage and strength and inspired this jewelry with its strong, defined lines and regal aesthetic.”