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The Senses: Wing Yau on Approaching Style and Wellness with Intention

Style awakens the senses – and in the same vein as our

ethos – we’re excited to explore the important role creativity and style play in our lives through a different lens. Welcome to The Senses, a new interview series here on The Style Line which gives a platform for our interviewees to share ideas, products, and routines that empower them to not only dress well but live even better. If we’ve learned anything from our vibrant community, it’s that it is just as important to celebrate what we put into ourselves and our lives, as it is to focus on what we put on.

Today’s installment features musings from the talented designer behind one of our favorite jewelry brands. Enter Wing Yau of WWAKE who chatted with us about harnessing simplicity and intention when it comes to personal style, wellness style, and more. From sight to sound to skin care, read on to find out (and shop!) what’s currently inspiring Wing’s creative senses in our condensed conversation below and catch up on last year’s team visit with Wing at the WWAKE offices here.

CATCH UP ON OUR INITIAL VISIT WITH WING AND THE WWAKE TEAM HERE

Hi! My name is Wing Yau, and I’m the designer and

founder of the cult jewelry brand WWAKE. Since our last interview with The Style Line, we’ve been super busy! We won one of the CFDA x Lexus Fashion* Initiative awards for our work as a sustainable fashion brand, we’ve become new members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and we’ve also launched our sculpture sister brand, Closer by WWAKE.

As a designer, this has been emphasized by how I’ve learned to design our jewelry to build wellness in a holistic way. Our jewelry is designed to help the lives of others, at the source of our materials. Currently, we have designed 4 collections to support our small mining partner in Malawi, Africa. This mine has introduced fresh water and the first health center to the local villages, and also brought education to over 900+ kids! It’s the main source of income there, and we’re dedicated to growing it (and other renewable streams of income) with every WWAKE collection.

I’m really interested in the history and function behind creative gestures. Like, what is the history behind wearing a ring? How has it evolved to become decorative and in what ways? I think that rediscovering the purpose behind aesthetics fuels my strongest creative endeavors.

My approach to personal style is always with intention and simplicity. Over time, I’ve become even more this way. Rather than simply dressing well, I now believe in eating well and taking extra care of my skin in ways I didn’t think to before. I believe in investing in well-made, quality materials and shapes that will last my lifetime – both in what I wear, put on my skin, and how I put together my home. And, I try my best to approach these objects with care and thoughtfulness.

After approaching jewelry design in this way, sustainability plays a much greater role in my everyday approach to wellness. My awareness of how everything is connected is my guidepost to simple living. It’s important to make these themes personal, to live them earnestly.

The Senses:

Sight:

This incredible footage shot live from last week’s eclipse

Sound:

This new song, Home, by Kinlaw, is simply beautiful.

Touch:

The lancet earrings from Closer by WWAKE – are such a beautiful, sculptural effort. The pieces are hand folded from sheets of silver, just you fold origami from a piece of paper. This process captures delicate details that only a sculptor’s hands can evoke.

Taste: 

Any foods picked fresh from the Brooklyn Grange.