Aye Shanti Earrings

Jewelry: Aye Shanti

Model: Akemi Kobayashi-Po
Photography: Pong Rama


Aye Shanti pieces are handcrafted and designed by Brooklyn-based artist, Shanti Vincent.

I love to produce striking designs with elements of culture, fantasy, and unique conversation piece.

An ode to her Caribbean background, she’s inspired by the vibrant colors, rhythms, and breath taking natural scenery of her years visiting the Spice Isle, Grenada with a mix of her urban upbringing here in Brooklyn, New York. Known for her flower pieces and carnival jewelry, she incorporates eye-catching designs in anticipation of her clients bringing them to life. Eventually cultivating her passion for wearable art, she successfully keeps a studio in Brooklyn and creates pieces for shows, designers, carnival costumes, and weddings.

I treat each day like its carnival, full of color and mas’!



Tokyo-based Akemi Kobayashi-Po is a Japanese-Filipino who was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. Her deep passion for makeup and beauty products landed her multiple careers in makeup artistry, product endorsement, event promotion and modelling.

Using her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, she has been teaching English for 4 years. On the side, she blogs about beauty, fashion and lifestyle. Akemi also is an editor and columnist in Japan-based Club Filipina and Philippine Digest magazines.

Nadia Dafri – Designer

A Nadia Dafri neck piece is a thing to treasure; with its sensual mix of African Ankara fabrics and vintage glass beads delicately handmade to create objects with their own soul.

Nadia Dafri was born and raised in France to an Italian mother and an Algerian father. She had always loved fashion and during her teens she worked as a seamstress. Later she decided to pursue her childhood dreams of becoming a teacher. When teaching couldn’t bring her satisfaction she focused on design.

Nadia Dafri pieces personify the multi-ethnic world around us and are made for the woman who loves colour and well-crafted, sculpted jewelry.


Images courtesy Nadia Dafri

Akilah’s Jewelry – Made In Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago is known for its Carnival, Steel Pan and delish food. The island nation is also home to some of the Caribbean’s most lush forests. It is in these tropical jungles where designers Akilah and Kemba Jaramogi find inspiration for their small, family-run business, Akilah’s Jewelry.

All pieces in their collection are original and hand made with organically-grown seeds from Trinidadian forests. Donkey Eye, Lucky Seed, Bamboo, Soap Seed, Mogumbo-Velvet Seed, Juju Seed, Flamboyant Seed, Jumbie Bead, Stinking Toe Seed, Palm Seed, Wild Serrette and Monkey Basket Pod are just a few of the colourful names of the seeds Akilah’s Jewelry incorporate into their wearable art.

Akilah’s Jewelry can be found at Carnival Village in the Queen’s Park Savannah from late January to mid-February 2013. Prices range from $50 – $700 TTD.314649_395609290521523_2084013047_n 399624_355689147846871_1890793254_n 426946_404816799600772_1411527837_n 375303_396642183751567_1173880170_n