Launched in 2010, Balyck is known for its worldly craftsmanship that draws inspiration from different places and cultures. After studying at The Fashion Studio in Sydney, Jessica Balyck built her skills and experience in fashion and the arts. She began teaching herself the skills and craft of jewellery making. In the process she formed her own distinct style, which can now be seen in the beautiful collections of Balyck. We sat down with Jess to talk all things travel, inspo and accessories.
Why did you start Balyck?
The Balyck label came about for three reasons:
First, I was always dissatisfied with jewellery I would purchase on travels, which would lead me to dismantle and rework them into something customized for myself.
Secondly, I wanted to bring something different and unique to the Australian market as I'm a huge advocate of supporting the Australian fashion industry and businesses.
And thirdly, I'm very family-orientated and have grown up watching my father work very hard. I wanted to give something back and named the label Balyck (being my last name). That in itself is the most rewarding thing about the label.
Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?
Yes! From a very young age. In fact I was dubbed ‘Piccolo Picasso’ (‘little Picasso’), as I was always painting walls and creating art from the moment I could pick up a pencil. So naturally the progression into becoming a designer was my given path. It was just harnessing that energy into my niche that was the process.
Who is the Balyck girl?
The Balyck girl is timeless, strong and an individual in her own right.
How do you describe your aesthetic to someone who has never seen your pieces?
Unique versatile designs with a mix of eclectic materials and concepts.
How do you imagine the pieces from the latest collection being worn?
Individually for the more simplistic wearer or layered together to create a statement.
Where are you most inspired to create?
I'm most inspired on my travels. In the same way memories are created on holidays, I like to translate this into my designs to create a memory for the customer.
What are you bored of seeing?
I'm bored of seeing generic trend-based designs that the customer then discards rather than a timeless creation that they can value for longer.
What jewellery do you yourself wear?
I personally always have a classic necklace and earrings on and then layer additional jewellery depending on my outfit.
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