Jewelry artist Kristine Dee has come a long way from furniture. She trained in industrial design at DLSU-College of St. Benilde, worked in her family's furniture company for a year, and then left for New York to take her Master’s in Industrial Design focusing in furniture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. To further hone her craft, she took up furniture making in Denmark Design School with her husband Sheldon.
It was by accident that she stumbled upon the jewelry workshop at Pratt. She found it so fascinating that she signed up for classes in metalsmithing and found so much joy crafting pieces she designed herself.
After graduating from Pratt, she worked for a design studio that created home accessories for the likes of Banana Republic and MoMA. When she and her husband moved back to Manila, they put up their furniture company Duo Living, but rather than forget her love for jewelry design, it only intensified. Today, Kristine has made a name for herself in creating fine jewelry pieces that are testaments to her eye for form, line & function. The same goes for her taste in shoes - it runs the gamut from pretty & delicate to classic & functional to architectural & sculptural. The common denominator: great design.
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
About 60 maybe (only what can fit in my closet).
Here is the picture of our shoe cabinet. Share kami ni hubby, of course, I get more space than him!
To keep my shoe collection well edited, I give away what cannot fit in here. - Kristine
What's your shoe size?
Size 6 sometimes 6 1/2
Which pairs are your favorites?
Top 1 : Dries Van Noten I bought 10 years ago in New York
Top 2: white Prada wedge sneakers
Top 3: new silver Birkentstock sandals ( if you consider these as shoes) just because they are so comfy
Top 4: Stella Luna black gladiator boots
Top 5: Alexander Wang heels (but they are too high to wear for a long time)
If you could only wear one pair of shoes, which one would it be?
Silver Birkenstock sandals :)
What are your favorite shoe brands?
Dries Van Noten, Alexander Wang, Birkenstock, Jeffrey Campbell, Prada, Stella Luna
Jeffrey Campbell Tick NS bought at SM Fashion Forum
Stella Luna bling sandals
Stella Luna party shoes
Stella Luna wedges
What's in your shoe lust list?
More Alexander Wang, more Dries Van Noten and more Prada
Where do you buy shoes?
While traveling, online, and locally at Stella Luna
Brogues from Giordano Ladies, one of her favorite stores
Cole Haan peep toe pumps which go with everything
Stephen booties bought from a store in Philly, which can be worn two ways
Via Spiga peep-toe booties
What's that one shoe you can't bear to give away or throw out?
10 year old Dries Van Noten shoes ( because they have lasted me for such a long time and still in good shape)