Easy Conversation: Julia Vallelunga

Julia Vallelunga embodies the true spirit of a creative entrepreneur.  At  30 years old , this young  women is  not only one of Montreal top  bloggers with À la mode Montréal, but she’s also a talented jewelry maker and her latest collection of necklaces  for Anthropologie can only attest to that.
We had a chat with her and it went a little something like this.

Tell us a bit about yourself, who is Julia Vallelunga?
I’m a 30 years old jewellery designer / fashion blogger. I grow up in beautiful Montreal in an half Italian, half French-Canadian family. Beside designing jewelry, I love travelling and having my friends over for dinner.
 When did you start creating jewelry? When I was a kid, I used to create jewelry and expose it in my room but it was just for fun. I had no idea that I would become a jewelry designer! I started three years ago and I’ve been doing it full time for a year now.

Tell us about your creative process? Who / what inspires you?
I usually start sketching what I want my collection to look like. Then I start making the samples. At that point, my idea usually evolved and the entire collection starts making sense. My travels inspire me. I like looking at traditional costumes and old pictures.

Growing up what did you want to be / do?
I wanted to be a diplomat! I studied in Economics and Politics at l’Université de Montréal. I didn’t end up being a diplomat but I worked as a lobbyist in Brussels and worked closely with them. I also worked as a business adviser for start-ups. It’s with working with entrepreneur that I realized I was one.

Who are some of the artists who've influenced your work? Everytimes I looked at Frida Kahlo work, I get inspired. I love the mix of colors.

How did your collaboration with Anthropologie come about? Are you working on any other projects? I just sent them an email! I wasn’t really expecting an answer but I got an answer an 1 hour after I sent it. It was a great collaboration. I did 200 necklaces for them. I hope to have the chance to repeat the experience. I’m working on it!

 What's playing on your Ipod these days?
Devendra Banhart, love his song Shabop Shalom.

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