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Conversation with Elizabeth Roselle/Part 2

March 22, 2017

Elizabeth Roselle  

Owner. Designer. Curator at Punk Sophisticate: an island-meets-urban cause-driven lifestyle brand. “Let your inner yogi meet your inner Bowie”

 

 

This is part 2 of my interview with designer Elizabeth Roselle. Learn about her morning ritual, vulnerability, and her stunning 2017  yoga and Hindu-inspired collection.

Samadhi Kitchen: Where are you from and where are you now living?

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now I split my time between Eagle Rock (Los Angeles’s east side) and Bali, Indonesia.

 

SK: Noticed you have a jewelry line. How did you come up with the idea of creating jewelry? Where did the inspiration come from? Can you tell us about your latest collection? Where can we find your line? Website?

I do. Bali is what inspired me to create jewelry. I studied Philosophy in college, so I don’t have a design background, per se, but I do incorporate a lot of eastern philosophy themes in my collections. My latest collection has a lot of Hindu and yoga inspired themes weaved in — lots of Om symbols and crystals. But it’s also a little bit California and a little bit rock-n-roll. I recently went through a rebrand and have packaged my new line up as a lifestyle brand. I describe it as “a place where your inner yogi meets your inner Bowie.” That’s actually my tag line, and the brand isn’t just jewelry anymore. It’s called Punk Sophisticate, and It’s home goods, food, recipes, DIY projects, etc. It’s also cause driven. A percentage of my sales go to a foundation on Bali called Yakeba and they provide outreach for recovering addicts on the island. Many of their clients are also H.I.V. positive and getting incredible treatment through the foundation. I’m gearing up to start a non-profit on the island with them, hopefully sometime next year but I’m going to wait to share details for when we actually get the project off the ground. You can learn more about the actual organization, Yakeba, at www.yakeba.org.

silver and rose gold yoga and balinese inspired jewellery gold quartz earrings

SK: What inspires you?

Everything. That’s a pretty vague answer but it’s kind of true. I try not to limit myself to specific types of people, places or things when it comes to finding inspiration. I keep an open mind and allow everything in front of me to inspire. 

SK: What makes you vulnerable?

Sharing my fears, having people know that I’m not perfect (duh), and sharing my gifts with the world. I’ve gotten pretty accustomed to living permanently in that vulnerable space. It hasn’t been easy, but this is where the magic comes in. 

SK: What has been the biggest risk you have taken that has paid off?

Heading to Bali to start a business. 🙂  

SK: Do you have a morning ritual that allows you to stay grounded?

I meditate for 20 minutes as soon as I wake up. And I have a group of friends that I meet with who share similar interests. We often meet in the mornings and talk about what scares us, what inspires us, and what we’re going through. It’s actually much more organized than how it sounds, but it happens to be an anonymous group so I’m just going to leave it at that. I’m sure many readers will figure out which “group” I’m talking about. We’re everywhere. 😉  It has changed my life. Oh, and I love to start my day playing the piano as well. I started playing when I was three years old. I’m classically trained and it’s only recently that I’ve picked it back up again. It’s another meditation for me. 

SK: What is your favorite food?

Greasy vegetarian Padang food in Indonesia. So bad, but so good. That’s my kinda fast food. And Pho comes in at a close 2nd. I was just in Vietnam for the first time and tasted the best Pho I’ve ever had. It was pretty dreamy. 

SK: What is your favorite country you have traveled to and why?

Indonesia. Because Bali is there. 😉 But also because even as Bali becomes more touristy (don’t get me wrong, it’s still magical), Indonesia is such a great country to explore because there are so many cool islands that are much quieter and less discovered. It’s also really close to other really great parts of Southeast Asia, like Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and a bunch of other countries that I’d still like to visit. 

SK: Next country you want to visit?

Morocco for the textiles. It also just looks magical. 

SK: What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Getting lost, trying new food, meeting new people, and doing all sorts of things that scare me. I guess that’s four things. It’s really hard to pick a favorite because everything about traveling is my favorite. Except maybe standing in long immigration lines. But even that can be an adventure. 🙂

 

 

Be sure to visit Elizabeth’s Instagram page.

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