Meet the Designer of Kardinal Kandy
K'Asha "Kandy" Davis grew up mostly in Maryland and Pennsylvania but now resides in Georgia. She is the adventurous, goal-oriented, meticulous, and courageous woman behind polymer clay jewelry brand Kardinal Kandy. She prides herself on her eclectic-prep-romance design aesthetics and loves to travel the globe for inspiration. Read on to find out more about K'Asha personally and as a jewelry designer...
TCBJ: How would you define yourself?
K'Asha: In addition to the words above, I love a good challenge whether it be traveling abroad, being the first to try something or being in the front during dance class - I'm okay with being vulnerable in front of others.
TCBJ: How would you describe your jewelry design aesthetic or design process?
K'Asha: Eclectic, prep, romance!! HAHA! I try to create pieces that add a splash of color for the girl who loves neutral, I have animal print that’s the perfect complement to the gingham shirt, and tassels galore for the gal who'll be rocking an off the shoulder bell dress! There's something for everyone.
TCBJ: What three items would you never leave home without?
K'Asha: Mascara, my planner, Kardinal Kandy earrings!! I mean!
TCBJ: Describe yourself using 4 words.
K'Asha: Adventurous, goal-oriented, meticulous, courageous
TCBJ: How do you define your personal style?
K'Asha: I've struggled with my style all my life. I was teased for wearing converse the year before everyone else, I wore pink and purple pants, before everyone else, and I was rocking nude shoes for years and my friends would tease me - now everybody wanna purchase nude shoes!! Meanwhile, I gave away like 5 pairs because I thought I needed to add color!! But all and all, I'd call it eclectic/prep/romance - random colors, pencil skirts, dresses, frills, bows, peplum, high structure, stripes, clean lines, but snazzy. I like a polished look that has an air of prep, but dreamy and girly and colors that may not "match." My students would tell me - you know those colors don't go together...."Ya momma"
TCBJ: What are you inspired by, or what motivates you?
K'Asha: Travel. So far, I've toured 24 countries, and each has shown me a different thing about myself that I didn't know I loved or even existed. Getting to know myself inspires me.
TCBJ: Where does your personal inspiration come from?
K'Asha: Photos and memories of places that I've traveled. Everywhere I go, I take pictures of buildings, structures, fabrics, clothes, earrings!!
TCBJ: How did you get into your designing jewelry?
K'Asha: Traveling. The last couple of countries my husband and I have visited have been South American countries and the ladies there love them some earrings. Big Bold, vivacious, over the top, girl stop - what you are doing and look at these earrings, kinda earrings. I wanted to be like them! I wear a lot of solids and so, I felt earrings were a great way to add pizzazz without losing polish.
TCBJ: Imagine that you were featured on the cover of an international magazine in the year 2020, what would the title of your feature article say or be about?
K'Asha: A story of how traveling helped one woman discover her life's purpose and how earrings helped her promote that in other women!! Life is a journey and no two journeys are the same. My earrings mimic that, a lot. While I create earrings from the same canvas, no two pair are the same - same colors, same prints, yes, but the style the shape, the curves - like women - every single one - unique.
TCBJ: Where do you see yourself and/or your career in the next 5 years?
K'Asha: Personally, probably an Assistant Principal and 3 kids. That would be grand!
I like the exclusivity of Kardinal Kandy. On one hand, I want to be in several boutiques, but then I know that includes mass production and multiple pairs of the same kind of earrings - not my goal or purpose. So, definitely hoping for a true community of followers who support my vision and help me to sell out every restock.
TCBJ: What is your favorite quote or what is a statement/mantra you try to live by?
K'Asha: "Be YOUR best to be the best."