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The Mixologist – AMEE PHILIPS
Born and raised in Penang, Malaysia, jewellery designer Amee Philips started as a gemstone wholesaler in Georgetown in 1992, before setting up a retail business seven years later and finally taking the plunge into design and launched her own label in 2002. She now has ashowroom in Kuala Lumpur and has been presenting her designs in New York during fashion week for a couple of years now, thanks to a collaboration with New York-based Malaysian designer Zang Toi.
Philips often mines the Peranakan heritage of Penang to design her bold jewellery pieces that fuse the elaborate style of traditional Nyonya (female Peranakan) with a contemporary touch. The Peranakan of the Straits of Malacca are the descendants of mixed marriages between Chinese migrants and local Malay people and they have developed their own distinctive, hybrid culture. One of the designs often found in this culture is the Phoenix, a symbol of prosperity and the flamboyant mythical bird was the inspiration behind Philips’ most recent collection.
She loves versatility and created the V-clip and E-clip, which allow the wearer to easily secure additional pieces of jewelry to an existing design, in effect creating their own interpretation. The V-clip received Malaysia Good Design Mark Award in 2006.
Primarily designing on request, Philips says her starting point is often the lady who will wear the piece. “The woman gives life to jewelry;” she muses, adding, “without her, jewelry should still be a piece of wonderful art.” Philips also points out that ultimately she hopes to create heirloom pieces that can be passed down generations.