JCK Asks…Andrea Fohrman

Looking into the L.A. designer’s colorful world

It seemed appropriate that we were clutching a bag of jelly beans when we visited Andrea Fohrman at Las Vegas Market Week. Spread across a velvet tray was an array of her Kat earrings in shades as varied and enticing as our cellophane-wrapped treats: bubblegum pink opal, strawberry rhodonite, lime green chrysoprase, tangerine carnelian, chocolate moonstone.… If there’s a unifying theme in Fohrman’s designs, it’s color. In fact, when asked to define the style of her newest collection, she replied with three words: “Color, color, color!” Read on for her, ahem, colorful replies to our questionnaire.

With Sidney, Grace, and Beckett

Age: 38

Number of years in the biz: 10

Number of employees you oversee: Five, plus many subcontractors

Family and pets: Sidney (hubby of 13+ years); Grace, 7; Beckett, 4; Tucson (British Golden, love of my life)

Describe your personal style: I am all about dressing casually but tailored with a pop of some unexpected texture and/or color.


First piece you ever designed: Big cocktail ring with lots of filigree and prongs

The single piece of jewelry you’re most proud of: I “updated” the engagement ring my husband gave me 14 years ago, and it is my most favorite piece of jewelry I wear to date! (It took him a while to believe I used the same stones.)

Favorite gemstone: Always has been and always will be opals—both kids born in October

Fohrman’s filigree cocktail ring

Best piece of advice you ever received: “Think less, feel more.”

Worst piece of advice: “Think less, feel more.”

First job ever: Bagging groceries at Marin County local Woodlands Market

How did you get started designing jewelry?­ Walking [past the jewelry shops] across the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Firenze to class every day.… I was hooked.

Fohrman’s ­favorite gemstone: opals

If you weren’t designing jewelry, what would you be doing? Blowing glass

Jewelry you’re wearing right now: An armful of ­colorful friendship bracelets made by my kids mixed in with my Kat collection bracelets of round and oval stones with colorful trim

Five items on your desk right now: Production ­envelopes; Sharpies in every color; drawing tools; random stones in a tray; the book Love Is in the Earth, describing metaphysical properties of minerals and stones

Five songs on your playlist: “New York City’s Killing Me,” Ray LaMontagne; “Love Interruption,” Jack White; “The Funeral,” Band of Horses; “Montezuma,” Fleet Foxes; “I and Love and You,” the Avett Brothers

Exercise regimen: Ashtanga, hike, Bar Method

What did you have for breakfast? Three shots of espresso over ice

Guilty pleasure: FrütStix Dark Chocolate Creamy Strawberry Bars

Drink (daytime/evening): Chardonnay, Dark ’n’ Stormy

Fohrman’s Luna Moon pendant

First website you check every day (not your own): WWD.com

Scent: Auric Blends Fine Perfume Oil

How do you unwind? Late-night strolls with my dog

How does living in L.A. inspire you? It’s easy being inspired here—the Pacific Ocean, the majestic cliffs and mountains, the sunshine, and people willing to put their own spin on a trend to make a style their own.

Superstitious? I used to be extremely superstitious, but I’ve realized that as long as you learn to read the signs, you have nothing to fear.

© 2012 Hachette Book Group

Books you’re reading: Bossypants and Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself with my daughter!

Book you’ve been meaning to get to: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Preferred news sources: Huffington Post and Real Time With Bill Maher

Main means of transportation: Unfortunately my car—a negative in L.A.

Favorite movie: Tie between Fletch and Fletch Lives

Who would play you in your life story? Kate Hudson

Personal motto: “There is little success where there is little laughter.” —Andrew Carnegie

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