Be juled.

If you haven’t noticed by now we at Team K live for anything shiny. It only makes sense for us to be drawn to the jewels and gems crafted by Jules Kim. The appropriately named Bijules line has paved the way for a new understanding of how to wear your favorite pieces. To those not familiar with Bijules (and it’s equally awesome creator) get ready to fall in love and into debt.

Jules Kim Modeling her Nail and Stackable Rings

Her work with statement pieces, such as the nail and single bar ring, has opened new doors in the industry. Suddenly the hard decision of which of your favorite pieces to rock has all but been eliminated. Jules mainly works with collage rings, and has been a major influence in the popular trend. Her aesthetic incorporates the use of previously forgotten placements such as her knuckle rings and “handlets” that use the entirety of your hand as a canvas.

Jules Kim Modeling her "Handlet" Piece

Kim has yet to lose her wow factor and has even gone as far as to create custom pieces for close friends in the industry, and if you are lucky enough to get your hands on one hold on tight. Kim’s shock factor has been perfectly matched with one of her biggest supporters, Rihanna (don’t believe us? Peep the pictures below.) She even found her way to becoming the solo force behind the twisted accessories of the psychological thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The reasons behind this amazing opportunity can be summed up from a pull from Jules’ own website,

“Jules Kim, the creator of Bijules, is unapologetically conquering the balance of art and aesthetics in jewelry. This makes her one of those rare artists who harbor the ability to create objects that mirror the beautiful and chaotic world we inhabit: with all its humor, tragedy, ambivalence, love and hate…”

Candid Photo of Rihanna Wearing Bijules

Jules Kim finds a way to put her energy and personal aesthetic into every single piece and at times it is hard to imagine her work on anyone but the artist herself. The whimsical and dark understanding she holds inside of her brings forth an energy understood by anyone, and manages to mold itself to every individual seamlessly. It is a rarity for such a strong voice to find a way to transcend a single aesthetic and customer base. This understanding of herself and the industry makes her a force to be reckoned with. Kim has charted her life and experiences around finding a truth in her work that speaks to her. Jules separates herself from the masses with her underlying belief that every piece in the collection reflects  a struggle, accomplishment, and a memory in an individual’s life.

Rooney Mana Modeling Bijules Pieces Especially Made for the Film

We are hypnotized by her amazing beauty, talent, and understanding of the human condition. Bijules has been featured in numerous fashion editorials including juggernauts like Italian Vogue, Numero, and L’Officiel. We highly suggest following her blog and keeping and eye on her steadfast progression as a staple in accessories design. We look forward to running into her at a dark smoke filled bar in paris, and picking her brain in exchange for a few glasses of red wine.

Jules Kim Modeling Her Work

Looking up with Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea

Design: Lucia Sanchez Barrenechea Photography: Urko Suaya Models: Maita Barreneachea, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, Catalina Sanchez Barrenechea and Lucia Sanchez Barrenechea

We finally caught up with our favorite fashion entrepreneur, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, after she arrived back in NYC from Paris. I have had the honor to intern under her creative mind at one of the top high fashion advertising agencies in the world, and was delighted to hear that while she conquers her hectic work schedule she will be co-managing (with her two equally as talented sisters) our new favorite  online boutique Underoursky.com . We were very gracious and humbled that she had the time for a short interview:

Q: You have been working in the fashion for several years. What inspired you to stay in the industry?
A: The more I worked in the industry, the more I got to know how it worked, and it fascinates me experience it on my own, with my own business, my own achievements, and my own mistakes.
Q: Do you think being signed with a major modeling agency helped or hurt your career?
A: I don’t think it made any difference. In NY, if you work hard and you are passionate, you can achieve any goals. When working as an Art Director I never consider myself a model, I totally separated the two roles.
Q:  You recently started up an online boutique store called “UNDEROURSKY.com”. What was the inspiration behind the precise direction and audience?
A: The inspiration for this Argentinian Designers Store was my love for my country, it’s people and it’s talent. When I moved to NY, I constantly got stopped and asked where I had bought something I was wearing that caught their eyes. These pieces were always Argentinian, and not available here in the US. So after a while I decided to make that gap disappear, by providing my favorite Argentinian Designers a place where they could sell their products to the whole world.
Most of the products we sell are hand made and one of a kind, which attract a very fashionable and strong audience. This niche I feel is growing bigger and bigger every day, and people are looking for unique things that they feel special with, not a big logo, not a repeated trend, just a different and rare piece.
 Q: Who has influenced you the most in your progression from creative to entrepreneur in the industry?
A: My parents are both entrepreneurs, and since I was young I admired their courage to work in new fields and succeed in a not very predictable economy.
Q: You have been featured in numerous publications for your personal style, including Vogue. What is the one fashion piece you cannot go without in your
closet?
A: My black leather jacket and my Perez Sanz Clutch
Q: You recently came back from Paris. Which city are you drawn to creatively or for inspiration?
A: I prefer nature than cities, I get more inspiration in the middle of nowhere than in the center of the world. That’s why I think it’s completely necessary for creative people to go out, to explore, and to see the world.

Kanye West After Party at Silencio Anthony Vaccarello’s sharp dress and Cabinet Oseo Rings Tags: Kanye West Silecio Cabinet Oseo Anthony Vaccarello

We could not agree with her assessment on staying true to your personal style and fashion roots. There is no accessory that ties together an outfit better than the heritage of good design and aesthetics. I myself have often said that what the industry needs a less narrow-minded understanding of what beauty is, and that competitors offer you clearance items while Under Our Sky offers you that unique piece that will catch everyone’s eye.
We look forward to watching Sofia and her company flourish in only ways we can imagine and you can too by following UnderOurSky on twitter and tumblr. With the holiday season coming up do not forget to visit Under Our Sky for everything from dining to handbags. We know we will!!!