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FIVE MINUTES WITH FABIENNE COSTA FROM YCL JEWELS

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we sat down with Fabienne Costa, Founder and Creative Director of YCL, and discovered there are no rules when it comes to jewels.

“My style is chic, minimal and comfortable.”

What’s the worst part of your job?

I think sometimes when people talk about running a business, they think of it with rose coloured glasses on. Not only is it physically and emotionally hard work, it also takes a toll on you mentally. As a business owner you need to be adaptable and open to change and yet through all the challenges I’ve experienced, it is through these that I grew in the most profound of ways and found a whole new side of myself that I never knew existed.

What’s your favourite piece at YCL?

My favourite YCL product would have to be our Full Bloom Earrings. I first made the prototype for these earrings three years ago and we now stock a beautifully crafted finished design that you’ll find in my ears daily!

What’s coming next for YCL?

We recently launched compostable satchels for our International orders and we are looking to introduce this to our Australian orders very soon. Early March will also see the launch of our very first astrological line, featuring 12 star sign necklaces & a customisable necklace that can feature both your star and rising sign’s pendants, or for women born on the cusp.

What’s your favourite item at The Love of Grace?

My style is chic, minimal and comfortable which is why I’ve chosen the Aglaia Silk Flared Panel Skirt as it embodies just that.

What factors have been critical to the success of your business?

I would definitely say when it comes to milestones in one’s business, that resilience and self belief play a huge role. Without doing the internal work, no matter how many external resources you have playing at one time, no one else has the vision or drive that you do and that’s why it must be nurtured.

“No one else has the vision or drive that you do

and that’s why it must be nurtured.”

What advice would you give to a young designer starting out?

To not feel like you have to follow the rules or adhere to stereotypes. I did not have any previous design, jewellery making, business knowledge or experience before starting YCL.

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job would have to be the flexibility. It is something that I cherish dearly, as well as being able to create art everyday. I also love seeing our YCL women all over the world wearing our pieces after nearly 6 years. Especially when I am interstate sitting at a random cafe by myself and the lady across from me is wearing YCL. This still gives me butterflies!

“It is through these challenges that I grew in the most profound of ways and found a whole new side of myself that I never knew existed.”