The Fashion Informant
Bobbi Twohey, Of Whiskey & Pearls, Opens Up About Designing Jewelry And Her Favorite Local Spots
When did you start designing jewelry and why?
Four years ago, I walked into a tiny little jewelry store in Islamorada, quite by accident really. Sitting behind the counter was this beautiful Tibetan girl. I was in love with her jewelry designs and would stop in every time we were in town. We became very close—the best of friends. She taught me the Tibetan way of making jewelry. I have many cherished memories of time spent laughing and talking while we created pieces together. So I guess you could say my life changed the day I walked into her store.
How do you get inspired to create new pieces?
I’m a daydreamer and a night thinker. I lay in bed during the night and design jewelry in my head. Most of my collections were born this way. I am inspired by everything around me. I love when the creative juices start flowing, and at the end of the day I have created something that wasn’t there before. When I tell you each piece is a love story, it could not be more true. I begin each design never knowing where the journey will take me—we go through our ups and downs, but we come out a one-of-a-kind. I never make the same piece twice.
What can people expect from your newest collection?
I love bringing together the old with the new. I’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. Whether it’s interior design, oil painting or fashion, I almost always mix the two. You will definitely be seeing a lot of pearls, vintage amulets, Tibetan beads, rough cut semi-precious stones and stunning pavé diamond pendants.
Who’s your style icon?
To say I have always loved fashion might be an understatement. I may even go as far as to say I am obsessed with it. I remember my husband telling me he should have been a rockstar or a racecar driver. Well, I should have been a fashion designer. Except one very important thing... I have no business anywhere near a sewing machine. It’s ugly. Creating and designing jewelry gives me that connection to fashion that I need. I take a simple black dress, layer it with one or more of my collection pieces, and you would not believe the transformation. If you were to define someone as a style icon, you are saying they are important as a symbol of fashion. So I choose to be my own symbol.
What’s your favorite local lunch spot?
You really can not go wrong with any of the restaurants in our historic building. The vibe is contagious. It’s a great place to hangout.
What’s your favorite boutique to shop locally?
Hands down April Daze [Boutique].