Katra Awad is a jewelry designer (http://katraawad.com/) and Cali native turned Brooklyn resident. She shared with us the inspirations behind her designs, her philosophy on style, and the book she reads again and again.
Where are you from?
I'm from San Diego and currently live in Brooklyn.
What do you do?
I design jewelry.
What's the biggest risk you've ever taken?
It was deciding to pursue what I love and staying true to my passions as an artist. Moving out to NY was a risk. I was yearning for a new challenge so I took that leap and got out of my comfort zone.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
A girlfriend once told me: "Protect your magic." It's about staying grounded and maintaining grace; to never stop being your true self.
Where do you get your inspiration?
From my travels and my Egyptian heritage on my Dad's side. I'm inspired by my culture. I think about my ancestors and have designed collections that shine light on my heritage.
What does time mean to you?
Time is infinite. It's always the right time. You could be in your 60s and continue to learn. I even know people in their 70s who still have drive and do so many wonderful things!
How would you describe your style?
I'm usually attracted to solids and prints but I may wake up and feel like wearing all black. It depends on my mood, really.
Do you have any style secrets or tips?
I like DIY sometimes. I've cut pants up into shorts and dyed a shirt to make it feel new again. One of my friends had a clothing swap party recently and I get tired of my clothes often so we all swapped clothes. It was so fun and we all left with so many outfits. I also love to go thrift shopping to change up my wardrobe.
What’s your favorite place?
New York City is my favorite city so far. Travel-wise, there are so many places that I love but Italy, Guatemala & Zambia have been the most memorable for me.
What’s your favorite book?
The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It's about life lessons. I love it and read it over again and learn something new every time.
What is currently on repeat on your music playlist?
Always Sade and lately I've been listening to a lot of Tinariwen, music from the Sahara.
What is your favorite thing about NY?
The energy. People from all over the world come here in pursuit of something.