Suzzan Atala 29 NYC-Mexico
Categories: Fashion, Jewellery Designer

Posted: 16th August 2016

We first stumbled upon Suz Atala’s beautiful jewellery on Instagram. It takes a lot for us to pause in our tracks and screenshot something, hit follow and love the crap out of an account, but that’s just what happened with Suz’s Tuza jewellery.

Why? It was largely down to Suz’s heavy golden vagina pendants. Yes, gold vaginas, that look like Virgin Marys or half blossomed roses from afar, but are most definitely labia on closer inspection. A staunch feminist, her vagina and sex charm pieces were cooked up by herself and Maia Ruth Lee, a super talented NY-based artist. Suz couldn’t have predicted the pick-up her vagina necklaces would get. Everyone from Scout Willis to Chelsea Leyland and BabyFace favourite Adwoa Aboah was rapping their womanhood on their chests, courtesy of Suz.

Suz’s incredibly detailed and even more beautiful in the flesh designs are a thing to behold. Chunky curb chains with flaming hearts, genital shaped charms and pizza slice pendants, enamelled monochrome hoops and single pearl drop necklaces. They are as idiosyncratic to Suz and her heritage as they are unique and timeless. Inspired by her Lebanese, American and Mexican roots, Suz’s designs embody her own sense of gravity, spirituality and light-hearted humour that she radiates and they’re a joy to wear. Each of the pieces are handmade in her workshops in Mexico, and, while she’s not visiting her team in Mexico she’s working from her East-Side Manhattan apartment-some-studio, with her faithful pooch Lola at her side.

It’s hard to believe that Suz didn’t always set out to be a jewellery designer, and her journey from young girl kicking around Mexico to being stocked globally and fast amassing a cult following as a designer to watch, is something we’re inspired by. In fact, it was only during her degree in Technical Sculpture that Suz first dipped her toe in the world of bling. She started to create kitschy, glittery hoops for pals at university, and a subsequent internship at a jewellers post-graduation sealed the deal for Suz and her journey into full-blown jewellery designer.

Her new collection, of which we have seen sneak peaks is inspired by rivers and has a more than a touch of Pocahontas’ blue choker about it. But lips sealed on that– you’ll have to wait until Tuza shows at London Fashion week this September in London as part of the Designer Showrooms to see the whole shebang. Oh, and the name Tuza? It was her nickname given to her from her dad who raised her single-handedly. It comes from an old Mexican film, that centres on a young girl named “Tuzita” whose father is a badass villain who only shows compassion for his loving only child.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:Hiiiiiii! I am a jewellery designer and maker and have a jewellery line called Tuza.HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?"Tell Suz its at 5 so she gets there at 8" #notproudA DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOU…Will take the pooch for a walk then will try to go for a run or yoga and then go to work and go through everything that has to be sorted out - will normally take a break to go and get a an almond matcha latte but will probably be there or going to the diamond district for the rest of the day. I make dinner plans with my friends almost every night so I have a something that will force me to leave the studio - and obviously to see them!WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET UP?I have some hot water with lime and then some green tea. Check my emails, go through insta, fb, snapchat and then take Lola, my dog, for walkies.WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?I LOVE my friends. They are the family I chose and hanging out with them makes me super happy and wholesome. Also when a collection comes together and I have physical results of my team and our hard work.WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?I admire a lot of people as I think everyone has personal battles to fight but I do tend to surround myself with people that I look up to. My female friends have taught me a whole new meaning of what friendship is. They are all wonderful talented clever women that inspire me to be better and not to give up. Also My dad in particular is someone who is in constant search of self improvement and it's the most resilient person I know. I don't think I've ever heard him say something isn't possible.WHAT'S YOUR CURRENT OBSESSION?Selfies ! Jk that's has Been an ongoing obsession for a while. WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?Never take things personal. Don't talk badly about other people especially other girls - empower your fellow females instead. We need to support and empower each other now more than ever.WHAT COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?My Spotify account!BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATION?Lately I've been reading books from the current political situation in Mexico but a book that I really enjoyed and gave me a boost to start my own business was "Girl Boss" by Sophia Amoruso.WHAT'S YOUR SIGNATURE DISH?Uhhh definitely my guac and shrimp and fish ceviche!WHAT WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE?"Everything happens for a reason and everything will be fine"WHAT'S NEXT?So many exciting opportunities for Tuza in Mexico and in NY that are on gestation at the moment but also looking to collab with talented artists and designers! AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Jemma Tibbles
Why: Because she is the yummiest of all mummys!
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