Catbird Spotlight: Stacey Nishimoto

I'm a longtime admirer of Stacey Nishimoto and her emphasis on elegance, ease, open and quixotic specificity, vulnerability, and the beauty of every day. I've been screenshotting her posts on Instagram for as long as I can remember using Instagram (a mixed blessing, that IG, but oh the glory of peeking into lives!), and I'm so thrilled to work with her and say that Catbird is her first retail account.

xo Leigh

What is your first jewelry memory?

My first jewelry memory was watching Dynasty. Jewels that matched the actual dresses worn seared through my tiny brain.

What does jewelry mean to you?

Jewelry means everything to me. Although I own a few key pieces, I wear them carefully daily. Jewelry holds energy. When I slip on a large stone on my finger or a delicate gold chain on my neck, it literally elevates my soul. I feel like jewelry acts like an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence, it does the same thing to my outfit no matter how casual the outfit is.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I find divine inspiration in music, vintage interior books, random people who I come across in my life that become my muses, my city, Los Angeles.

How do you like to wear your jewelry?

I am a minimalist and a maximalist. I switch back and forth with moods. I like to wear one giant ring. Other days I layer with delicate sensual yellow gold. I  also like to wear jewelry unexpectedly, for example I like  to wear my pearl choker casually like with an old oversized t-shirt.

Can you share with us a challenge in bringing your (very singular) vision to life?

Honestly the biggest challenge is that I am self-funded so I have to carefully release pieces that are without time. Pieces that you could wear easily three years later. My brain is bursting with ideas that I wish I could pour out into the world. I don’t want to clutter the world with a bunch of products regardless, everything I put out will always be practical and forever. Hopefully one day I will be a full on fashion house representing the raw beauty of my world in Los Angeles, the city of angels.

Do you take your jewelry off at night? Leave it on? We know that you are a bather (oh, Instagram!), do you wear jewels in the tub?

 I bathe with gold. But anything that has a stone I take off :)

Take us through a perfect day in LA.

A perfect day in LA  starts with an iced espresso and a chorizo and potato burrito with a side of pickled carrots and jalapenos. Then heading to the beach with a bottle of chilled amber wine and poké and basking under the beautiful California sun. Night capping at a crazy friend's house in Echo Park.

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