Yayoi Inada

Born near a small forest in Japan, designer Yayoi Inada has long cherished the calm moments spent observing and appreciating nature's beauty. After working as an account executive for an advertising agency in Tokyo, she switched paths and enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where she could follow her passion of becoming a jewelry designer. In 2004, she opened her own studio in Brooklyn, New York. Yayoi individually crafts all of her designs by hand using 14k gold or sterling silver. She specializes in hand-etching techniques and detailed wax carving to accentuate her appreciation for organic shapes and natural beauty. "I like to put the feelings of my childhood in the forest into my jewelry, such as the smell of rain, the warm touch of tree bark on your skin, or sitting on a beautiful old tree stump just thinking up fairy tales," she says.