M a blog/Tyler Askew

My buddy Tyler Askew gave me a little love on his blog. Tyler is a mult-talented designer, art director, writer, and deejay, but in all honestly, should be a librarian as well! We both share a big love for collecting art/fashion/design magazines.

He pulled these pix of little sister Kat for the blog, which I check out regularly - he has a great eye for finding inspirational material.


Animals of the Forest (My Parent's Backyard).

The photos below are part of a mini-series I did (for a giggle) of my parent's "animals" in their backyard forest in Edmonds, Washington. To see photographs of real deer, check out Peter Sutherland's photo book entitled Buck Shots that was published by powerHouse Books.


I Heart Dolly

One of my friends, the handsome and super talented Adam Selman, styled a shoot for Dolly's new music video. Amazing. One day I am going to make it to Dollywood! Amy Sedaris makes a cameo appearance as well and I am also a huge fan from her Strangers with Candy days.

As a child, I always tried to emulate her bold style in my own wacky and handmade (usually by myself) ensembles. Dolly definitely has style, which is totally over-the-top, a bit off kilter, definitely gaudy, but my goodness does she know how to show off her curves!



Crunchy Friends: Jason G. Lewis & L.A.

My other half and my partner-in-crime Jason G. Lewis and I were flown out to Los Angeles last month to work on an ad campaign for Intel documenting video gamers. We stayed in the swanky Standard Hotel in Downtown L.A. but we were working so hard that there wasn't much time to play while we were on the job. The Murakami show was opening a few days after our gig (click here to see photos of our museum trip), so we extended our trip, much thanks to Cousin Malakhi. He generously let us stay at his place in Silver Lake for a few weeks. We were loving the sun and stayed for a month mainly to hang out with new friends and photograph skater kids. Jay and I traveled to four different skate parks and it was incredible experience spending time with these kids and hearing their stories, but also seeing their style. Too cute! Once Jay posts those photos, I will update with a link.

Some photos of our trip....

During our lunch break, we hung out in the parking garage of the L.A. Convention Center and did an impromptu shoot because we had this huge space all to ourselves - you never know when you'll be inspired, right? This is my photo of Jay shooting, but check out his blog for the photos he took of me here.

Cousin Malakhi with the camera on the right! If it weren't for him, I may have been left in Joshua Tree Desert to wither away ;-).

The back lot of the HVW8 Gallery - Tyler G and his lady Kim took us around L.A. to see some art exhibitions and we just chilled. Great people to be around when I was homesick for Brooklyn.

A picture taken by Jay of me in the sun and next to our favorite Pho Cafe restaurant that we went to about 20 times during our stay. We can never get sick of Vietnamese food. Another discovery for me personally were the FISH tacos.

Those are all the photos I have for now - traveling with Jay means I can rely on him to document our trip. =)

We have more projects lining up when we return to Brooklyn. Stay tuned! View his photographic work on his blog. Jay and I always have so much fun working together and the more I work with him, the more I am impressed with his work. You will be inspired by his imagery too! I have been the fashion director/stylist (A.K.A. fashion police) for a several of his shoots, check out the installments on DJ Spinna & Karizma. I am going to be producing more fashion and style-oriented shoots with him when it is warmer in NYC - so if you are a hair stylist or make-up artist interested in working with us - drop me a line for sure and send me examples of your work!



Librarian Tendencies.....

I have a serious book fetish. I have curbed my book addiction and have not been to the Strand Bookstore in months though! I also do not have room in my house for any more books because it is starting to seep into the common areas. So, I made a deal with myself that I had to finish cataloging my book collection - I am halfway there. See my personal library and the progress thus far:


I often have friends come over to do inspiration research - I also collect vintage fashion periodicals and have hundreds clothing patterns. Maybe one day I will open a library/archive of my own if my collection continues to grow.

My design process can be a bit tedious and mimics my librarian tendencies - I have a thing for sorting, organizing, collating, labeling, archiving and inventorying pretty much everything. The chains I collect start out in this huge mountain of chains (see the photo below of my tabletop - you can't even see the table itself!) and I simply start pulling out pieces that stand out to me. Then, I separate my vintage chains on bulletin boards by width and type of links. The way I go about making pieces is both orderly and a bit chaotic....



Crunchy Friends:: Jiminie Ha

All of Crunchies are named after my favorite ladies & gentleman. Eventually, I am going to get portraits of them wearing the Crunchy of their namesake, so stay tuned!

The Jiminie Crunchy series are jewelry pieces made entirely out of necklaces fasteners - about 100 individual clasps to make an entire necklace. I also love the Jiminie rings. I am hoping to find some teeny tiny clasps to make rings in different sizes as well as creating a Jiminie series made of real gold and sterling.

Miss Jiminie Ha is one of my favorite artists & graphic designers. A graduate of Yale University, her work is a endless source of inspiration for my own creative endeavors. We attended graduate school around the same time, so it was always nice to have someone to commiserate with and toss ideas back and forth to.

Last summer, Jiminie was invited to be a part of the P.S.1 Poster Series and being the groupie that I am, I went to see her work live in and person. Agnes B took notice to her work and so she was asked to create an installation for the SoHo store with Field of Grey.

Jiminie and I been sisters for many years now. We love to cook together and I feel as though lately, all my dishes are definitely Korean infused by now. During the summers we get invited to all the barbeques because we make the BEST Korean-Vietnamese BBQ burgers. Ever. They are so good all you need is the bun and nothing else. I'll start blogging about food and posting recipes since that is one of my other passions.

Check out her website at www.jiminie.org, she has a lot of cool projects she will be working on during the next few months.



How do you like your Crunchy?

Many of my necklaces feature a series of clasps masked as a decorative chain such as the Jiminie, Kathy, Adriana, and Ajiri Crunchies. My pieces look great on their own or layered with other necklaces, but you can also personalize your piece. I had my sister Kat model the different ways you can wear your Kathy Crunchies.

Style # 1: Kathy Crunchy necklaces worn as bracelets.

Style #2: Kathy Crunchy necklace worn as a Y-Necklace

Style #3: Multiple Kathy Necklaces wrapped around as a choker.

Fashion Geek Blog

My friends at Fashion Geek blog of Citysearch gave me a little mention in their blog early this month - so sweet! It is all about the GOLD CHAINS.


Crunchies in the Forest

I am currently in Washington hanging out with my little sister Kat - we're the complete opposites in personality & looks, but these photos where she is dressed up as me are uncanny! Our parents backyard is the forest that connects to Puget Sound, we did not venture out too far though.....it started to rain and poor sister sat on a slug!

So here are some fun snapshots of Kat wearing the Lizette Crunchy necklaces in both the long and short version and around her wrist is the Kathy Crunchy necklace wrapped around as a bracelet. I am by no means a photographer whatsoever - these pics were taken with my little Sony Cybershot camera, ha. For photography, I leave that to my partner-in-crime Jason Lewis.

Sooner than later, I will be preparing to do a real deal photoshoot of my Crunchies with Jay - these are just for a fun time. Enjoy!


New York Observer Press

The New York Observer stopped by my friends' shop Stuart & Wright this past weekend and pulled some Crunchie for a photo shoot they did with their intern:


Nylon Magazine Press

My first press article written by Eviana Hartman in the 2006/2007 holiday issue of Nylon Magazine after debuting at Stuart & Wright in last September.


Crunchy crunch crunch


This is Julie Le, the almost official librarian, former figure skater, bikram yoga obsessed, art lover, puddle jumper, never in pants, always in red, and designer of Crunchy Jewels. I am very excited by the response to my new line of one-of-a-kind jewelry made entirely out of broken vintage chains. I will be using this blog to post my various sources of inspiration, press, progress reports, and other miscellaneous news relating to me and Crunchy Jewels.

I have amazing people in my life. A special thanks in no particular order to:

Jason Lewis
Little Sister Kat
Alec Stuart
Celeste Wright
Hiroko Sakurai
Jiminie Ha
Sean McNanney
Lauren Tremaine
Randa Eid
Lizette Vieni
Eviana Hartman
Ajiri Aki