Esa Evans is the designer behind the eponymously named contemporary brand that is garnering a well-deserved reputation for wearable, desirable fashion jewellery. Drawing on art, music and an all round love of good times and strong design, Esa’s latest collections for SS2017 communicate an irresistible sense of energy and confidence.
As a fine arts graduate from Sheffield Hallam University, Esa looks beyond the fashion trends to work with other contemporary artists and designers. From collaborations as diverse as street artist, Carl Cashman, illustrator Laura Robinson and the arts & crafts of the William Morris Gallery, Esa brings an exciting, truly contemporary edge to her jewellery.
We caught up with Esa for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.
I live in Whitstable in Kent now, but I like to return to The Dove on Broadway Market for a Belgian beer. The nearby delicatessens are among the best in London – I love it.
Favourite place for brunch:
At heart, I am an East London girl and rarely skip breakfast. So, let’s call this elevenses and I’ll have a cream cheese and smoked salmon bagel from Beigel Bake on Brick Lane.
Best coffee in London:
I steer clear of the big chains – which means I get the pleasure of discovering all kinds of independent cafes across London. If I’m feeling nostalgic, I drink black coffee at Bar Italia in Soho, where I can time travel back to being an 18 year old art student all over again.
Favourite gallery or museum:
The Tate Modern’s mix of permanent collections, exhibitions, location and the huge turbine hall sets it apart for me.
Tell us a secret
Good friends never tell. We are good friends, aren’t we?
Favourite place to shop:
For clothes I love shopping online with Uniqlo and ASOS, but for browsing for homeware, kids clothes and vintage, I head to Columbia Road. I love Mexican homeware store Milagros for hand painted tiles.
Favourite place to find inspiration:
I find inspiration everywhere, but I think art, architecture, street fashion and the natural world probably lead the way.
I was lucky enough to spend some time in New York this year and found the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent display of feminist art to be truly inspiring. I’d recently seen the Photographers’ Gallery’s exhibition of feminist avant garde art of the 1970’s: the combination of both exhibitions was strangely timeless!
Best London destination for a date:
You can’t beat strolling along the South Bank, passing the galleries and the skater-boys, towards a fabulous meal at the Pont de la Tour. Conran restaurants did some great deals back in the day, and yes… Reader, I married him.
Regents Park – it’s got a zoo! An open air theatre! A rose garden!
Favourite food market:
Borough Market. Is that too obvious? I still remember my first taste of pickled garlic. It was a great foodie inspiration for me when I had the tiniest, yet most productive London garden made out of hanging baskets and troughs.
Your sanctuary in the city:
If I want to chill out in London, I go to my friend’s shop in Leytonstone for a coffee and a chinwag. Her place, Laura Lea Boutique is right by the tube station and is a welcoming, lovely, treasure trove of art and design-led home and giftware.
What inspires you?
Art, design, architecture and Matthew Bourne’s ballet does it for me. My design assistant also happens to be my best friend. We studied art together and now go to exhibitions together. We are always talking through ideas for new collections and collaborations with other designers and artists. I’m a visual thinker, so you can see it all on Instagram @EsaEvansJewellery.
This season I’m loving:
Hot pink. I’ve been a fan of hot pink for a while and I’m adding it to my navy-based capsule wardrobe. I’ve got my eye on some pink, tasseled, slipper loafers from ASOS…
The Wallace Collection is now selling ESA EVANS jewellery. It’s a fabulously eclectic gallery of old masters and insightful exhibitions, so I’m very proud to see my jewellery in its shop!
I’m also featuring hot pink in the S/S2017 collections. These have recently gone online at ESAEVANS.com.