LargeUp: So what inspired your first collection?
Mateo Bijoux: It started with the zipper necklace. And it actually zips! Then Rihanna wore it and everybody was like okay you need a full collection. It took me two-and-a-half years to really complete it. I don’t think its still even finished.
LU: Do you release a collection twice a year like most designers?
MB: We had two other collections out and we just pulled it right back in because we have to build a brand around one collection and build an identity first. The moment you see a tool you know, that’s us. The moment you see [jewelry with] anything industrial, you know its Mateo Bijoux.
LG: And how has the collection been received?
MB: It’s done well, especially in December we launched at Macy’s Herald Square. We were stocking the shelves and we literally sold out. Right there, on the spot.