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Niki & Lola, a collection of one-of-a-kind, hand-soldered jewellery in mixed metals and semi-precious stones, is co-founded by Angie Tingas and Michael Proteau. It is named after their daughters, and inspired by how little girls (much like parents) are so uniquely different. Sophia Niki likes things that are pretty and delicate, and is sophisticated yet a perfectionist at heart. Alexia Lola is jovial, smart and funny, always raring to go, and independent to a fault.
Take a look at a few pieces from Niki & Lola and their Thght Process Interview below. Be sure to check out their site.
www.nikiandlola.com
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UTW-Who are you?
Niki & Lola-We are Angie Tingas and Michael Proteau and together we make up Niki & Lola. For those who don’t know that is the name of our Handmade in Toronto jewellery label.

UTW-What is your passion?
Niki & LolaMike- My passion is being creative and working with my hands.
Angie– Ohhh tough question… I am a Fashion Trend nerd, I like to create and idea what will be trendy. My girls are my world and they inspire me to make more of myself.

UTW-What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
Niki & LolaMike– Other than my family and kids…
Angie– Just launching, when you have plans to go big or go home which has been our motto in the office, trying to accomplish that is a hard feat to pull off. We definetly psyched ourselves out and disbelieved how close we were getting to launching, and I even had a good cry the night before our launch – Just launching, when you have plans to go big or go home which has been our motto in the office, trying to accomplish that is a hard feat to pull off. We definetly psyched ourselves out and disbelieved how close we were

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getting to launching, and I even had a good cry the night before our launch. This has been my baby in the works for 4 years and I have never been more proud of it. So launching it is huge for me.
Mike– I am just so proud of the positive feedback we are getting, it’s our art. Scutiny is scary, putting yourself and your product out there is scary. So getting positive feedback is like a good pat on the back.

UTW-Perseverance is key in proving to yourself AND any detractors out there. We tell em’ “You thought wrong” what else would you like to say to any doubters right now?
Niki & LolaMike- You ain’t see nothing yet!
Angie– I’m going to show you how it’s done, and I am going to do it with class even if you don’t understand. People don’t believe someone Canadian can make a statement in the industry. We have a bum rap for not getting the attention of NY. Our markets are little and well your friends don’t register that you are about to go for broke. I have read and read and read again about doing this… we plan on making a mark and staying the course. There is no giving up on this.

UTW-Thanks for everything, where can people find your work and get in contact with you?
Niki & Lola-We have an e-commerce site www.nikiandlola.com but you can also pick up our pieces at The Devil’s Workshop at 890 Queen St. W. Other than that we are a bit social media crazy, you can find us at www.facebook.com/nikiandlola on twitter and Instagram we are @nikiandlola

We have our first video interview with the amazing Shah of 3Shahs Jewelry.

3SHAHS is a Canadian jewellery line created and designed by Shah Emily Noaman. Since its launch in 2000, 3SHAHS has been featured in magazines and fashion shows across the country and collected by fans worldwide. The “3” represents the trinity of Shah, her mother, and her sister, and in the Persian language, the word, ‘Shah’ translates to ‘King’. “Who said women can’t be kings? I believe in equality among everyone,” says Shah for those wondering about the name of her line.

We did the interview at her store Bask Boutique, where you can find her awesome jewelry. You can also visit her site at www.3shahs.com
Please take some time to visit her, and check out UThghtWrng’s first video interview of our Thght Process Q & A below.
Enjoy.

UTW-Who are you?
3SHAHS-I am a witty woman with a height complex (I feel as though I am VERY tall). I am everyday people…with a strong passion & ambition for life and all it has available for us to achieve. I am also an artist and a businesswoman.

UTW-What is your passion?
3SHAHS-Living an optimistic life, regardless of circumstances. Loving the people of our world, especially my family & sweet friends. Being grateful and connected with the beauty of our world…colours, nature, architecture, culture, and emotion. Oh and laughing…a lot, life is simple if we let it.

UTW-What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
3SHAHS-Abundant love I have in my life, continuous self-development and being a person with integrity and of action.

UTW-Perseverance is key in proving to yourself AND any detractors out there. We tell em’ “You thought wrong” what else would you like to say to any doubters right now?
3SHAHS-Perseverance is definitely essential to be successful, as great things often do not occur overnight. Believing yourself is the key to life and true self-fulfillment. As human beings we can experience doubt and fear. I am no exception. However, while opening my businesses and developing my 3SHAHS brand in the past 12+ years, I had to tell fear to take a backseat so I can be in action. Never let fear stop you. It is also important to surround yourself with supportive and positive people.

UTW-Thanks for everything, where can people find your work and get in contact with you?
3SHAHS-It is my pleasure to be interviewed by such an ambitions and kind person, so thank YOU J. With the launch of my e-commerce site and international shipping service, people are now able to conveniently shop online at 3shahs.com or the flagship store ‘Bask Boutique’ which is located at 1365 Yonge Street, just south of St. Clair.

Toronto based Maryam Toson, has been known for her amazing photography. She has kept up that art and has become better and better everyday, but she also has a second talent, and that is making dope, affordable jewelry that many people could/should wear on a daily basis. We are displaying some of her photos and jewelry from 2012. Please be sure to check her sites out and her Thght Process below!

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UTW-Who are you?
Maryam Toson-I am Maryam Toson, an artist in every aspect that you can imagine

UTW-What is your passion?
Maryam Toson-My passion is my photography and now my jewelry line, pretty much anything I can do by hand

UTW-What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
Maryam Toson-My biggest accomplishment to date, is when I got a poem published at the age of 11

UTW-Perseverance is key in proving to yourself AND any detractors out there. We tell em’ “You thought wrong” what else would you like to say to any doubters right now?
Maryam Toson-All I can say is “You can aim for the stars, but I’m reaching for other galaxies”

UTW-Thanks for everything, where can people find your work and get in contact with you?
Maryam Toson-You can see my photography here at www.maryamtoson.com
My jewelry has a temporary site it is www.etsy.com/shop/MagnumOpusJewelry

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