COOL COLLABS: WARIS LOVES YOU
Style is more than fashion—it’s the canvas for self-expression. Everything we wear represents who we are and what we stand for. It is for that very reason we teamed up with designer and humanitarian Waris Ahluwalia CEO of House of Waris and Waris Loves You. Along with designing precious items (and being at the top of Best Dressed lists), he shares the same values of love and compassion as we do, and like us, has founded his companies on these ideals.
We caught up with the globe trotting tastemaker on invaluable lessons of love, beauty found in the meaningful and the wise words he lives by.
1. You’re a well versed designer and known for your impeccable taste. What is it that attracts you to creating jewelry?
It is my belief that craftsmanship is not a thing of the past, nor a fleeting trend of today. Rather it is a timeless practice that connects mankind with one another, with Earth, and with the great unknown; a creative spark that lives within each of us. I’m drawn to anything that connects us to humanity. Over the years, I’ve worked with stone cutters, enamellers, carpenters, marble makers, weavers, loomers, cobblers, batikers, silk screeners, tailors, embroiderers, glass blowers and the list goes on. This devotion to craft is a chance to bring tradition into the modern age – a chance for beauty to survive in an otherwise cold and homogenous world.
2. Charms are very symbolic, and you mention infusing love and history in your pieces. What influenced you to create an arrow for the AFA bracelet?
The arrow symbolizes truth, justice and forward movement. The friendship bracelet is about standing side by side with friends and loved ones for what’s right and noble. It’s a powerful way to create change.
3. You’re no stranger to causes. What sensitized you to partnering with ALDO for our cause? And what makes you believe in it?
One of my first companies was non-profit, and its cause was AIDS in South Asia. Awareness leads to knowledge which leads to prevention; not a complicated formula. ALDO has been bringing light to this since 1985 so I was happy to do my part. Creating a dialogue is as important as raising funds for research and treatment. The fight isn’t over.
4. What do you think it takes to bring social change and a difference in society?
It’s really quite simple: a sense of personal responsibility. Starting with one’s self and extending that awareness into larger circles.
5. As a spiritual person, what would you say are your favorite words to live by?
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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