Career Code: Meet the Designer Who Combines Fashion, Food and Art

In honour of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s new book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($22), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honour of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry. So far, we’ve tapped Pip EdwardsRebecca MinkoffSally SingerRachel Zoe, and more. Up next? Jewellery designer Lucy Folk.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of being aquainted with Australian jewellery and accessories brand Lucy Folk, let us introduce you. Founder and creative director Lucy Folk has made a name for herself with “signature interpretations of her favourite things”, combining her love for food, art, travel, fashion, and design to create wearable pieces of art. Folk’s pieces are instantly recognisable—chances are you’ve seen her signature box clutch all over Instagram, or you’ve lusted after a pair of her statement earrings.

Since opening her second store late last year in Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Folk has continued to shine and grow, and we’re so excited to see where the brand goes next.

To celebrate its success so far, we caught up with Lucy Folk for our latest edition of Career Code. Keep scrolling!

"It's fun, hectic, exciting, and my passion." 

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"That I am currently in store working the floor!" 

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"I honestly can’t remember. Probably something pretty grungy as it would have been in the '90s."

"Fashion designer Consuelo Castiglioni." 

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"I regret not studying overseas or doing a stint over in Europe and interning. You just gain so much extra experience."

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"Happy, passionate, conscientious, ambitious, and energetic." 

"A fabulous coat, good shoes, lots of colour and a plethora of jewellery. I don’t really want to look powerful. Rather, I prefer to look comfortable and happy." 

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"Chill but can delegate without hesitation. Happy but a bit nuts. My attention span is very limited." 

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"Go for a walk to clear my head and the ideas usually start flowing."

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"Be honest and tell your employer in advance so they aren’t left high and dry!"

"I make friends with salad on a daily basis. Avec protein usually." 

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"They don't ask enough questions. You need to ask questions, in order to learn and grow."

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"Morning: 

On rising I have hot water with apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper. Then do some Pilates and meditation. 

Evening:

My routine changes daily, but I usually eat dinner out, have a tea before bed, take some magnesium then have a hot shower. I spray This Works Deep Sleep Spray Pillow Spray ($28) on my pillow, and then I'm out!."

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"To go for it in life. You only have one chance." 

"Curating my new store PLAYA." 

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Opening image: Emily Abay / The MECCA Memo. 

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