A chance meeting at an event celebrating and honouring inspirational women was serendipitous for Keiko Uno.
Well-known on the local social scene for her generosity at charity events, the Perth born and based Japanese jewellery designer found herself on the receiving end of some good fortune when she met chief executive Jane McNally and State manager Zoe Eygelaar of the luxe bohemian Australian brand Camillar. The three were soon excitedly discussing the potential for a collaboration. Uno’s lavish creations are born from the unique synergy of the youthful Australian spirit and traditional Japanese principles. The meeting came as Camilla was launching its Japanese-inspired collection The Girl I was, The Woman I Am.
“Over the years, I’ve noticed that many of my clients wear a lot of Camilla,” Uno told AAA. “Australia is the envy of the world for our quintessential laid-back ocean vibe and Camilla’s garments and my ocean-inspired jewellery capture this essence.”
”We like to celebrate the fact that Keiko is a Perth designer and that she’s of Japanese origin to tie in with the current collection,” Eygelaar said.
“The brief was more is more,” Uno continued, “so I’ve brought in my more colourful designs. Statement pieces focussing on all natural gemstones from aquamarine to lush prehnite an vibrant and unique amazonite. They are all handcrafted in pure sterling silver with hand-painted accents in 18-carat rose and yellow gold.”
Keiko Uno Jewellery has now become part of the Camilla Claremont Quarter boutique and there is talk of taking the brand into two more Sydney outlets.