Design duos really don’t get much more fierce and fantastic than Lisa and Tida Finch, the twins behind jewellery brand Finchittida Finch. How’s this for a mission statement: “We design for ladies who are daring but chic, rebellious yet altruistic, game-changers and audacious risk takers. Strong women inspire us.” Pretty cool eh?

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Since the British-Laotian pair launched their label in 2011, they’ve gone from strength to strength – and although we don’t really like to name-drop, we should mention that Beyoncé, Florence Welch and Mila Kunis have all sported Finchittida Finch’s intricate designs. Not bad at all. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, 10% of the label’s profits help humanitarian charity MAG which clears landmines and supports communities affected by conflict. So yeah, we’ve got a bit of a girl crush on Lisa and Tida – and it’s such a pleasure to find out a little more about the game-changers behind the brand…

Motivation for us is all about…

Working towards something we really believe in and having fun doing it! So we love doing events like pop-up shops and throwing parties, where we can connect with our customers and celebrate our handwork with our friends!

Success means…

Having a positive impact beyond yourself. Life and work is much more fulfilling when it helps and inspires others. Our goal is to be a brand that not only makes you look good, but feel good about yourself and – most importantly-  does good for people and the planet.

We couldn’t have got there without…

Each other. We’re like Ying and Yang; we balance each other out. We share the same goals, ethos, interests and sense of humour. Obviously we argue – what sisters don’t?! But we get over it in an instant!

We always start our day with…

A good old stretch, ginger & lemon tea followed by *’Porridge of the Gods’! We’ve just moved to a new flat with a roof terrace, so are really enjoying breakfast with a beautiful view of London. Once a week we start the day with yoga, which makes us feel amazing. (Porridge of the Gods is a Leon recipe & the best thing ever: a bowl of jumbo oats, topped with dark chocolate, banana slices & honey.)

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When we don’t feel inspired we…

It means it’s time for a break! It’s so important to get out of the studio, so we’re trying to find a exercise class we’d like to commit to… we’ll be having a go at boxing next! We’re also really inspired by the words and works of philanthropists, other designers, artists and business gurus. The most inspiring book we’ve ever read is The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama, we recommend it to everyone we meet!

The landscape for women in business today looks like…

It’s going to boom! We were recently invited to 10 Downing Street to discuss how the government can help small businesses, and incredibly 13 of the 15 entrepreneurs there were women! We’re really proud to be two mixed raced girls starting our own business from scratch, for which people are actually taking us seriously!

Finchittida Finch twins

The trait we most deplore in others is…

Negative vibes like moaning – it’s unproductive and boring! There’s a classic quote from Bambi that’s stuck in our heads since we were little; “If you can’t say something nice… don’t say anything at all.”

We’d like to be remembered for…

Creating audacious designs that make women all over the world feel sexy and empowered like our chokers and body harnesses. But also for being a fashion brand that has a positive impact on people and the planet, and inspiring others to do the same! We attended the WOW festival earlier this year, and were really inspired by Dame Vivienne Westwood, not only for her innovative design but they way in which she has always used fashion to open our eyes to world issues in a way that people can engage with.

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What makes us happiest is…

Making ideas and designs we’ve envisaged in our heads come to life. Recently FKA twigs performed on her UK & USA tour in Finchittida Finch jewellery, we were honoured to be recognised by an artist who embodies such a profound representation of our brand’s identity and ethos. Just check out the footage of FKA twigs ‘vogueing’ in our jewels online, it’s mindblowing!

Can we run in heels?

Lisa can, but Tida can’t! Told you we were Ying & Yang!

Finchittida Finch collection aw 2014

 
For more information on Finchittida Finch, see the website. You can also find the brand on Facebook, and follow on Twitter @FINCHITTIDA.