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SHK: WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START CAVANA?

SYLVANA KISS: My passion for anything fashion. I love jewelry. I love to accessorize. Cavana right now, at the time being, is comprised of only jewelry, but in the future, my partner and I plan on finding other sorts of accessories. Scarfs, belts and bags. Headpieces, you name it. Whatever accessory. Our passion for all accessories made us start cavana.

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IS THERE ANY SPECIAL MEANING BEHIND THE NAME OF THE COMPANY?

Cavana stands for Carla, Sylvana, and Valentina. Carla is my mother, I am Sylvana, and Valentina is my business partner. The ca- is for Carla, the va- could either be for Sylvana or Valentina, and the na- could also be for either Sylvana or Valentina.

WE’VE NOTICED A LOT OF EMPHASIS ON SNAKES, EYES, SPIKES AND ESPECIALLY SKULLS. WHAT DREW YOU TO GRAVITATE TOWARDS THOSE THINGS IN YOUR COLLECTION?

Well, the snakes, we love animals. We also have a lot of ladybugs and spiders. We love bugs and reptiles and love to see them translated into jewelry. We also carry a lot of good luck charms, hence why we have a lot of evil eye inspired stuff. We have a lot of horseshoes, clovers, horns, and just good luck charms. The spikes and skulls we carried in this collection because we wanted to keep up with the current trends and spikes and skulls are in right now. Not to mention, we really do love spikes and skulls.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OVERALL DESIGN AESTHETIC?

I would say, eclectic, and at the same time we do carry some stuff that is a little bit more edgy, and other stuff that is more soft, feminine. Some of our jewelry could be categorized as dainty, and other stuff could be categorized as really chunky and bulky. There really isn’t a definitive direction. We want be able to cater to everyone out there and have stuff that is more scandalous and stuff that is more toned down. You know, something with everyone in mind.

WHO AND WHAT DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FROM?

Most of our inspiration we’ve drawn from our travels throughout the world. For the time being, we draw inspiration from different kinds of jewelry pieces from around the world. Our travels and our connections to these different cultures that we’ve encountered have definitely influenced us. All of the animals that we design have been inspired from the original home of both Valentina and myself: Venezuela. A large portion of Venezuela is rural jungle, so the animal pieces stemmed from that.

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WE HEAR YOU ALSO HAVE A NEW RESTAURANT IN BROOKLYN CALLED KNIFE. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THIS NEW VENTURE?

Yes, Knife is a small sandwich shop and café. We just opened. My partner Nicola, who is from Serbia and I came up with the idea while at a dinner party a few years back. The idea is actually a reality now! It’s up and running and it’s very surreal and I’m there every single day of my life. It’s going great. I have a huge passion for food and I think about food and jewelry all day. I look forward to see what Knife has in store for me and how my partner and I can get creative to create new dishes. Maybe that, in a way can inspire me with Cavana, or that Cavana can inspire me with the restaurant. I’m very excited.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU NEXT?

We are planning on a jewel-embellished scarf line. We are also planning on a handbag line and a new jewelry line, which we will design ourselves rather than buy from vendors. So that is all in the works. It should be out and about in the next three to six months.

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WHAT SHOULD WE SEE, HEAR, AND KNOW?

See: Watch out for Cavana’s new collection coming soon!

Hear: Wolf + Lamb radio podcast on iTunes!

Know: For a delicious sandwich in Brooklyn, come to Knife

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