North Shore jewelry designer to exhibit at Vancouver Fashion Week

Natural elements of the Pacific Northwest have found their way into Sinem Akin's latest jewelry creations. Pieces in her Wanna Collection include a rose gold necklace with a maple leaf-shaped pendant and silver earrings that resemble falling raindrops. Allusions to the local environment, such as these, mark a relatively recent design venture for the jeweller, who moved to North Vancouver from Turkey in 2010 "It's been a great adventure for me to be in British Columbia for the last five years," says the busy soccer and sailing mom to three children under the age of 10. Prior to her big move, Akin ran her own jewelry shop in the coastal city of Bodrum, Turkey, from 2006 to 2010. Her design partner, Inci Denizel, still lives in Turkey and, despite the geographic distance between them, the two women still collaborate as closely as ever. "We continue to work together because we have been together so many years and we have our own workshop and we do everything ourselves and we're just so proud of that," Akin says. They source their raw materials from Europe rather than North America, to keep costs down. The Wanna Collections features necklaces, bracelets and earrings distinguished by bold shapes and elegant lines. "It's very classy, it's very edgy, it's very different." Read more

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