Jewelry design wasn’t Paris-based talent Anissa Kermiche‘s first calling. While the French-Algerian’s strict upbringing initially led her to complete a degree in engineering, it wasn’t long before she moved across the channel to study her true passion at Central Saint Martins. Since launching her namesake fine jewelry label last February, she quickly caught the attention of cool girls across the world, including Camille Charrière and Leandra Medine. Always on the hunt for fresh inspiration, Kermiche sets out to transform shapes from her daily life into wearable art. On the eve of her latest collection showing in Paris, she sat down with Fashion Unfiltered to talk her female-centric designs, middle finger motifs, and the beauty of being a nerd.
Jessica Minkoff: Tell me a little bit about your childhood. Was anyone else in your family in the jewelry business?
Anissa Kermiche: I was born and raised in Paris in an exclusively female environment. My mom played the role of both parents—she was extremely strict and obsessed with education and academics. She left school to marry my father before she managed to graduate from engineering, so her aim was definitive: I was going to become either a doctor or an engineer. As far as I know, I have no ancestors involved in the jewelry business. My mom is a great painter, though.