This Rihanna-Approved Indie Jewelry Designer Should Be on Your Radar

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Sabino prefers a direct approach to promoting himself, saying, “I have a genuine love for advertising, and I think outright saying, ‘Hey just to be clear, I’m trying to sell you something,’ is a change of pace from being told how your laundry detergent understands that you have social anxiety. I try to treat my ads like any other storytelling medium, where they can exist outside of their main purpose and just be enjoyed for what they are.”

Sabino handles every facet of his burgeoning business on his own—an increasingly common trend among today’s emerging designers. This includes sourcing diamonds and jewels, creating 3D mock ups, and paying upfront costs sometimes (which, obviously, are high, sometimes prohibitively, in the world of jewelry). Sabino says his self-reliant approach has its upsides and downsides. “It’s really helpful not having to worry about the cost of a studio or outsourcing work to other places when I can just keep it literally in-house,” he says. “At the same time though, there are certain processes like casting 3D shapes that I can’t do because of the cost and hazard involved with the equipment, but I like that those limitations force me to problem solve which winds up leading to more unique feeling work.”

Sabino is happy with the increasing emphasis on jewelry taking place within the world of menswear right now. “I get a lot less weird looks for wearing rings and necklaces,” Sabino, who loves layering pieces to maximalist proportions, jokes. “I definitely love that more people are wearing silver now, and recognizing the character that it has. I love the storytelling that comes with jewelry, the scratches and patina over time reminding you of previous parts of your life, it really can become an extension of you.”

Surprisingly, and perhaps unconventionally, Sabino says he does not have hopes to grow his business out to mammoth scales. He would like to work for someone else, actually. “Whether it’s through collaboration or a directorial position, he says, “I’d much rather apply my ideas to something that already exists and that already has capable production methods rather than create more.” Still, Sabino has high hopes for himself and his creativity. He hasn’t abandoned that dream of working with Nike one day. Again, that is. 

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