Apostyle's Exclusive Interview with
the Designer of Lisbeth and
Birds of a Feather, Sophie Alden
The names Lisbeth and Birds of a Feather- where are the names from/why did you decide on them?
Lisbeth is actually my middle name. I always thought it was a pretty and unusual name and it was the first thing that came to mind when I was thinking of a brand name. It felt right because it is personal yet most people don't identify me with it and it seemed to perfectly suit the style of jewelry. For Birds of a Feather, I always loved the saying Birds of a feather flock together and I wanted a name that was total departure from Lisbeth Jewelry.
How did you get into jewelry design?
I have always been creative and loved making things that I could actually use and wear. I got into jewelry design kind of by accident. I was working at a local boutique and we had a hard time finding local jewelry brands that suited the store and I thought 'hey! I could do that.' I was fortunate enough to take a year off to travel and live in another city. I spent all my time making jewelry and taking some courses. When I came home I created my line and first collection and it grew from there.
Who are some of your top fashion icons and why?
Obviously Kate Moss. I love the blend of classic/bohemian/rock n'roll which is totally my aesthetic. Sienna Miller would be another. I also really like Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow for classic elegance.
What styles are you loving right now?
Well I'm loving that the 70's are big for Fall because that is probably my favourite fashion era.
When you aren't working, where would we most likely find you?
Right now at home! I am actually just moving into a new house and have been spending all of my spare time renovating and decorating which is a full-time job but kind of a dream.
For people visiting Vancouver, which 3 places would you suggest they go to?
Only three! That's hard. One of a Few for shopping. Spanish Banks or Canoeing up the Indian Arm for outdoor activities. Dinner and drinks in Gastown/Chinatown. Bao Bei is one of my favs.
What the best advice you've been given? OR What's your personal mantra?
My personal mantra is "be the good you want to see in the world."