Meet 24 year-old jewelry designer Daisy Bandera-Duplantier of Lanyapi. I came across the link to her Etsy website via Twitter and decided to check it out. I found her jewelry to be so cute and quaint. I really wanted to introduce my audience to her work, so I contacted her and asked a few questions about her background and jewelry. She also sent me some pictures and even they’re gorgeous. Enjoy!
Q: What does Lanyapi mean & how did you come by that name?
A: Lanyapi is derived from Lagniappe which is a French word common in Louisiana. My parents grew up in New Orleans and that word has always been a part of their vocabulary. It means “a little something extra”, so for example, if you are buying a dozen cookies and the baker throws in some free extras for you. You’ll often hear them say, “I threw in a little lagniappe for you”. I actually didn’t really know it was a unique word until I moved to the east coast for school and found out that not too many people knows what it means. I love the name because it shows my roots and has a great message. Everything I make has a little something extra you won’t find anywhere else.
Q: Did you go to school for design?
A: No, I actually studied Spanish and painting in school.
Q: How did you get into designing jewelry?
A: I took a class with a friend and haven’t stopped creating since.
Q: How long have you been designing?
A: I have been designing for about 2 years now!
Q: What inspires you?
A: I am inspired by nature, vintage style, and travel. Usually my items fall into one of these themes.
Q: Where do you find the items you use to make your jewelry?
A: I am always on the hunt for supplies and creative findings. Whenever I travel I make sure to stop at a local bead store and a local flee market. I’m always looking for vintage pieces I can incorporate into something new and fresh.
Q: How often do you make new items?
A: I make new things every week. I always have ideas floating in my head and don’t want to forget them so I try to keep jewelling on the regular to keep it fresh and exciting. Often many of my pieces are one of a kind and can’t be recreated.
Q: Is there anything we should be looking out for from you?
A: I am most excited for my pieces that are functional. I love art that is useful. I’ve created new necklaces in the shop that feature pens, perfume bottles, mini pocket knives, and other practical items that I just adore.
Q: What is the price range for your jewelry?
A: I have something for everyone’s price range. Items start at $10 and go up to $70.
Q: Any recent news, articles, or posts on you and your work?
A: I was recently featured in the DC Examiner and The Frisky! I also list all my press on my Etsy site.
Q: Is Etsy the only place we can buy your jewelry? If not, where else?
A: I also sell my jewelry in boutiques in DC. Nana‘s on U street and Nido in Georgetown. Both great shops!
Q: Is there anything else you want people to know about you or your jewelry?
A: I accept custom orders. I am always willing to work with a customer to make their vision a reality.
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