Interview with Natasha Scott, jewelry designer and Penn alum!

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Interview with Natasha Scott, jewelry designer and Penn alum!

Natasha Scott graduated from Penn just last year (Class ’11). She was our favorite model coordinator for The Walk and we miss her! We heard about her new jewelry line, Tashii, and knew it was too great to keep a secret. Below, Natasha talks about how she started, her experience designing at Penn, and how Tashii has become a success! (We also love that her pieces are reminiscent of Aurelie Bidermann’s braided bracelets— just as beautiful, and way more affordable!)

The Walk: What inspired you to start Tashii?

Natasha Scott: One day I was perusing the Internet and came across a bunch of DIY (do-it-yourself) jewelry and fashion websites. I saw alot of projects I wanted to make for myself and then I thought, hmm…this might actually be a great new hobby and a way to make some extra money. I’ve always loved jewelry and accessories, but haven’t always been able to afford some of the stuff I read about in magazines or see in blogs. I just figured, if I can’t get something, why not make it myself? I’ve also always wanted to start my own business of some sort based around doing something creative. This dream plus my strong desire to just have something I can call my own and be my own boss is definitely a driving factor behind the World of Tashii.

Walk: Did any of your activities or experiences at Penn impact your decisions to start the jewelry line?

NS: Last spring, I designed clothes for Dzine2show’s fashion week. Being a completely amateur student designer with no sewing skills was definitely a huge challenge, but I loved getting to work with a seamstress and see my ideas come to fruition. With making jewelry, I’m getting those same feelings of excitement, but even more so because I hand make each and every item and feel pride and complete ownership over my pieces.

Walk: What are your future plans for Tashii? Is this a side project or your main venture at the moment?

NS: Right now the World of Tashii is just a side project, but I’m having so much fun and success with it that I can’t wait to see where it all goes. My online shop has been booming since the very first day I set it up and I’ve shockingly been contacted by multiple stores in Australia (of all places!) interested in placing wholesale orders to sell my jewelry in their stores! It’s unbelievably exciting to know that people on the other side of the world might be wearing my items. I didn’t grow up with aspirations to be a jewelry designer; this is something completely random, but I’m having fun with this and have so many ideas, so we’ll see where it takes me.

Walk: Do you have any advice for Penn students hoping to join the fashion industry or start their own jewelry line?
NS: There are millions of fashion industry hopefuls and aspiring jewelry makers out there, but you have to be proactive about putting yourself out there and making your dreams a reality. If you have an idea, don’t sit on it. Figure out what you need to do to make it real and just do it!
– Elonia McHenry and Jocelyn Teece

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