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Q&A | YENDEN

J.  /  Jenny den Hartigh

What do you do?

I’m a jewelry designer.

How did you get into doing what you do?

I've always been an avid 'collector', our home is filled with shells, stones, antiques and other treasures picked up all over the world. I probably made my first piece of 'jewelry' when I was about 8, most likely made out of shells and beach glass that I had collected visiting the Mediterranean every summer with my family.
After moving to the US I worked in the fashion industry for many years, was always making new pieces and bringing them to photo shoots since people were always asking... I just kept creating and selling what I made, had trunk shows here and there and many lovely private clients. Slowly this turned in to my brand Yenden.

What are the best things about what you do?

Meeting interesting people from all over the world, being able to be creative and independent.

What are the challenges?

Time management…Having my studio at home … Since I’m a bit of a micro manager, it is hard to give up parts of my business that I really should …

Describe a perfect day:

I wake up somewhere in a village in the Mediterranean in the late summer,  go for a walk, ,smell the pine trees, the water, swim, have an outdoor lunch with friends then get transported to a cosmopolitan city like NY,  Paris, Barcelona,… and go to all the flea markets, vintage, antique jewelry and design stores, walk around all day , visit a museum, go for drinks and a nice outdoor dinner, talk til late and end up in my bed in Miami where it is winter.

List your 3 passions in life: 

Traveling , jewelry , interior design (as a spectator sport)

If I could transport you, where would you want to be right now?

Mediterranean. 

Travel bucket list/Next travel destination:

Maybe Vietnam, mainly for the food

Alter ego:

Minimalist and organized ☺ 

What’s on your turntable/Spotify?

Jamiroquai, Talk Talk,  Faithless

Favorite color combo:

Camel with most colors.

Top food memory:

Having barbecued fish on the beach in the Algarve

What’s your go-to specialty dish/cocktail?

Roasted chicken, simple salad, glass of wine.

Last meal on death row:

Fries from Belgium ( no, they are not from France…), a mâche salad with mayo, a crusty baguette with Jamon Serrano , sliced very thinly and eaten separately but at the same time …not as a sandwich, I mean.   I gave up eating pork and beef and only allow myself this a few times a year so most definitely on death row. How did I end up here?

Favorite Mandolin moment:

When I walked in and discovered there actually was a place like this in Miami…

Favorite Mandolin dish:

Toss up between the grilled prawns ,octopus and the roasted branzino. Take the yoghurt home for breakfast yoghurt should stay in the bowl when you turn it upside down , in my opinion.

What is your definition of simple pleasures?

Being with friends, having a nice dinner and a good conversation