JCK Asks…Jewelry Designer Emily P. Wheeler

The California designer taps into “the colors and textures of ’80s surf culture” for her new pieces If things had gone differently, Emily P. Wheeler could have been a model on the cover of JCK. When she was 16, Peter Lindbergh photographed her for Vogue Italia. But she took another direction, and now models—and celebs such as Taylor Swift and Rachel Brosnahan—wear her jewelry. Her new line, Kitty Hawk, is as cool as she is: “I grew up going to North Carolina with my family where my dad loved to windsurf, and the highlight for me was always visiting Kitty Hawk Kites,” she recalls. “The time and place has a distinct color palette in my memory. Bright neon sails, pastel bathing suits, natural wood decks, black rubber booms, and salty wet suits.” Surf’s up! Age: 35 Number of years in the biz: 7 Number of employees you oversee: 0 Family and pets: Very tall and fun

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