Black Enterprise: October 2011
How I Did It: Celebrity Jewelry Designer Aklia Chinn’s Custom-Made Success
Using a love for travel and unique craftwork, she turned passion into profit
by Janell Hazelwood Posted: October 19, 2011
Aklia Chinn is a jewelry designer who is a vet in the business, with more than 15 years catering to celebrity clients including Blair Underwood, Lisa Bonet, James Pickens and Lawrence Fishburne. Developing a hobby into a lifetime career, Chinn’s pieces have been worn in films including Spike Lee’s Crooklyn and TV shows including Living Single and A Different World, and featured in several national publications. Today, she still caters to a celebrity and every day professional clientele, with pieces custom-made with exotic materials she gathers from her international travels.
BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Chinn on how she’s been able to remain viable in the accessories industry, why she continues to pursue her passion in a saturated market and how other up-and-comers can remain competitive.
BlackEnterprise.com: How did you get started in the accessories industry?
Aklia Chinn: It was a hobby that blossomed into a lifetime career. As a very young girl, I had a major obsession with baubles, brooches and beads, and a dear friend of my mother’s used to let me explore through her vast collection of small treasures whenever we visited her. That obsession blossomed into a penchant for crafts, and I learned to macrame, crochet, solder metals,and laminate…
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USA Weekend, July 2010
I love the Fox series Bones. Where does the show get the jewelry worn by the character Bones?
– Marta Sturgis, Redford, Mich.
Two Los Angeles designers are the primary sources for the jewelry worn by Emily Deschanel’s character, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, on the crime drama, Bones costume designer Cynthia Summers tells us. Most of the jewelry is from Aklia Chinn of Aklia (aklias.com)….
USA Weekend, July 4, 2010
Lenny Kravitz wearing a necklace by Aklia.
Comedian Eddie Griffin wearing necklaces by Aklia.
Titanic: Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart, wearing earrings and necklace by Aklia, as seen in the film Titanic.
Vibe Magazine: Lisa Bonet
Lisa Bonet wearing a belly chain by Aklias, Vibe Magazine
Vogue Magazine: Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz, wearing a necklace by Aklia, Vogue Magazine.
XXL Magazine: Cree Summer
Cree Summer, Editorial Mention, XXL Magazine.
Vogue Magazine: Gary Dourdan
Gary Dourdan wearing a necklace by Aklia, Vogue Magazine
Savoy: Matthew St. Patrick
Matthew St. Patrick wearing a necklace by Aklia, Savoy Magazine.