Do you believe that jewelry can give you superpowers? That it can give you the confidence to feel comfortable in your own skin?
My true understanding of importance of confidence started when my family immigrated to the United States when I was thirteen. We started our new chapter in a neighborhood of Metro Detroit and let's just say I didn't quite fit in. What empowered me to feel a little bit more normal and complete were the few pieces of jewelry that I brought with me, they became my talismans - the memories and meaning attached to them gave me strength to face my insecurities. With time, jewelry became my channel to express my own style - I loved to mix and layer pieces from my jewelry collection - old with new, classic pieces with more edgy ones, simple and understates pieces with bolder ones. Creating my signature style allowed me to show who I am, what I about.
This notion of feeling complete and confident is what motivated me to design jewelry rooted in simple elegance and timeless edge. Designed to be worn with a casual day outfit for an extra dose of polish, or with a chic evening ensemble for even more dazzle - I wanted my jewelry to make you feel complete and confident just the way you are, imperfectly perfect in your own way.
Another big source of inspiration for Imperfect Grace is my heritage, being born and raised in Ukraine, I wanted to pay homage to my roots by incorporating patterns of Ukrainian embroidery into my designs. I am fortunate to work with a talented team of artisans in Detroit specializing in all aspects of fabrication and production, who turn my sketches into fine jewelry made with the highest quality craftsmanship. It is important to me to retain production of Imperfect Grace brand locally to showcase and support the manufacturing talent in the thriving city of Detroit.
My love affair with jewelry started at a young age - I collected it, obsessed over it, and created my own designs out of my grandmother's old jewelry. After graduating from college and landing my first job in the corporate world, I started filling my creative void by taking metalsmithing classes at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. It felt nothing short of empowering to hold a torch and bring my designs to life. After my move to Chicago, I continued exploring various metalsmithing techniques by taking metals classes at a local art center.
Launching Imperfect Grace is a realization of a life-long dream, and I hope that you will find a piece that will complement your own jewelry collection and will inspire you to exemplify your individual style in a whole new way.
If you are wondering about the name...
Over the years, I've learned time and time again that striving for perfection is not only boring, but also is a waste of time. After all, it is our imperfections that make us who we are and beautiful in our own way, let's embrace them. Grace, or that simple elegance, is a quality that I truly admire in others, and aspire for all of my jewelry to represent.