You heard it here first! NYC-based jewelry designer Vanessa Bellan is about to be design’s next IT girl. From starting her career in fashion PR by working with reputable brands such as Proenza Schouler and Versace, to creating her own line of luxurious and one-of-a-kind custom jewelry pieces with the Enteresant brand. Her impressive portfolio is just getting started.
Vanessa’s background experience in working in PR and product development, has also garnered her work some recognition in major magazines.
Meanwhile, when she reached out to me…..my initial thought was perhaps she has contacted the wrong person. How could I interview such a talent? I glanced over at her site and the photos looked as if I were browsing through the pages of a prestigious magazine. Excellence personified.
Therefore, I took some time to chat with the woman behind the brilliance. Here’s what she had to say:
PYG: First, thank you for choosing PYG to showcase your beautiful collection today. Let’s start with telling the audience a bit about you and how the Enteresant brand came to be?
Thank you so much for featuring Enteresant! I’m truly humbled and grateful for the opportunity. Well first, I’m a Boston native who came to New York City to attend my undergrad studies. After completing my Bachelors degree in Marketing, I began my career in fashion PR working with brands such as Proenza Schouler, Dries Van Noten, Rag & Bone and Versace at a PR Agency. I wasn’t making much money there, so I got a gig doing freelance PR for an up and coming jewelry designer. From doing PR for her, and helping her tweak designs and create pieces for placement – the owner gave me an opportunity to create a collection with her. From creating that collection, she saw I had talent with creating that collection that she asked if I wanted a full-time position as the Product Development & Production Manager to see that collection come to life.
During my years working in the jewelry industry (about 6 years now), I learned and developed a keen sense of jewelry metals and craftsmanship. While working closely with vendors and leading the design teams – I soon started to make personal pieces for myself that represented my own unique style; which quickly caught a lot of attention from strangers, family and friends, that I started producing private orders over the years as a “side hustle” while still working my 9-5 job. After getting a good amount of orders from chokers to custom wedding rings, I decided to launch Enteresant in the Fall of 2016 and create a real business creating custom fine jewelry and brass jewelry collections.
PYG: I like the name of your company, because it is very distinct and set apart. What does the name Enteresant mean?
Enteresant is a slang word used in the Haitian culture that basically means something that gives off a luxe feel; similar to the word “boujee”. Growing up my family members used to call me Enteresant because my parents always dressed me up in very fancy clothing and I always had big curly hair and wore lots of gold jewelry.
PYG: I did some research on your site and noticed that you mentioned the jewelry pieces is the first installment of your brand, what other designs are you hoping to add to the Enteresant collection?
I hope to make Enteresant a lifestyle brand. First starting with jewelry, then leading to other accessories like bags, hats, clothing, etc. I’m just getting started…
PYG: What sparked your interest in becoming a jewelry designer?
From working and learning from major designers like Sarah Chloe and Jennifer Fisher, it felt very natural coming up with collection concepts, sketching, and the love of production and seeing creations come to life; In addition to seeing my ideas being featured in major magazines, I knew I was on to something that was bigger than just being an employee doing my job. It was a natural transition that I knew I could handle, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
(Double Bar Cuff, $80)
PYG: You are a New York based company. Are most of your designs manufactured in New York?
Yes! Everything is designed and manufactured in New York City.
PYG: Who is the Enteresant customer?
The Enteresant customer is ambitious, has effortless style, and is someone who is confident in his or her own personal brands.
PYG: If you had to pick 2-3 must-have pieces from your current collection, what would they be?
It would be my Ball Chain Pendant Necklace, Round Signet Pinky Ring and Brass Double Bar Cuff. I love personalized fine jewelry! I grew up on it and I want to bring back heirloom jewelry to our generation. Also, my Double Bar Cuff has been a top seller for both men and women.
PYG: What is your favorite part about being a jewelry designer?
Creating pieces that I personally want to wear and seeing others love it just as much as I do, and wear it daily! It literally makes me so happy to see that my pieces are apart of someone’s daily essential finishing piece. It’s an epic feeling.
PYG: You are a Haitian American jewelry designer. What advice would you give to little Haitian girls and/or women who aspire to work within your line of work?
I would say never give up, keep going even when obstacles come in your way. If there ever seems to be a moment where you can’t find a way – create one. Be relentless in the pursuit of your dreams.
PYG: What are your plans for the future?
To continue designing, producing both custom fine jewelry and my brass collections; and eventually start rolling out the next Enteresant sector. I want everything to have a natural transition and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
(Cage Sleeve Cuff, $98)
PYG: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Best advice I got was to “work hard and be nice”. You never know who you will meet, and who someone knows. Being a genuinely good person takes you very far.
I love those great advice! It was a pleasure interviewing and getting to learn more about Vanessa and her wonderful brand. My favorite type of jewelry is gold, so I’ve got my eyes on those cage sleeve cuffs and pendant necklace.
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