Cup of Tea "차 한잔" with Aeri Go

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Cup of Tea "차 한잔"

(pronounced cha hanjan)

A chat with jewelry designer and founder Aeri Go


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“I believe my work speaks to people when it truly reflects the story that I want to tell as the creator behind it. The story is what brings originality to my work and it is what allows people to understand and feel the value of the object. “

Tell us about yourself! What led you to create Aeri Go as a brand?

I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea where I studied jewelry prior to moving to America in 2016. I enjoyed making jewelry because it was a way for me to express myself and broadcast my identity in a foreign environment. So launching Aeri Go came naturally as I wanted to continue this journey.

 

Did you have any strong female role models during your childhood? How were you influenced by them?

I grew up with my grandmother. She is a strong, independent woman with a warm heart. I always admired how she embraced others with her selfless love and genuine care. I learned to treat others with generosity and an open heart as she has done her whole life.  

 

What is the most challenging aspect of creating your own work?

Self-exploration. It is a long, iterative process that shapes the basis of my work. I believe my work speaks to people when it truly reflects the story that I want to tell as the creator behind it. The story is what brings originality to my work and it is what allows people to understand and feel the value of the object.

Three of your favorite songs at the moment

Vérité by Claire Laffut
Moon Bird by The Roger Webb Sound
Lust by Puma Blue

 

You have 5 minutes to make a meal, what are you making?

I love making Bibimbap with whatever’s in the fridge. Some left over Banchan, some green veggies, and a sunny side up egg to top it all. I toss in extra sesame oil, sesame seeds, and soy sauce instead of gochujang for that gamchilmat!

 

Your style in three words

Details in harmony

 

Can you describe one of your favorite Hannayujin pieces that best expresses your personal style?

The Min Pleat Jumper! As described in three words above, I love details that go well with the overall look. The easygoing, loose construction and the clever details complete the look: the pleats and the lovely shell buttons in the front complement the bold crossed straps in the back that accentuates the body line.

 

How would you style this piece?

I would just wear this with the most comfortable slippers I have and carry a small tote on the side.

 

In which moments are you the truest version of yourself?

When I take a shower at the end of the day. It’s a ritual for me to reflect upon the day and cleanse myself of any distractions and negative thoughts.

“Details in harmony… I love details (Min Pleat Jumper) that go well with the overall look. The easygoing, loose construction and the clever details complete the look: the pleats and the lovely shell buttons in the front complement the bold crossed straps in the back that accentuates the body line.”