Tired of wearing the same accessories all the time? Check out Brandy Pham’s new Spring 2011 jewelry line collection. Having graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology, she was able to work with famed designer Esteban Cortazar, and later put her skills to the test at an evening wear company. Through the knowledge and experience acquired, Brandy Pham launched her first accessories collection. Born in Kansas, raised in Hawaii, and having lived in Miami, she was exposed to a variety of cultures and people.The collection is inspired by everyday life, from the wide range of people she meets to nature and her own classical and feminine style. She wants to incorporate the different aspects of a woman’s daily life and make sure she has the right accessory that will pull an outfit together for any occasion. The collection is great for any budget, ranging in prices from $28-$158. For more information about Brandy Pham Jewelry, visit her website BrandyPham.com
Where were you born ?
I was born in Kansas, raised in Hawaii, but my family moved to Miami when I was in 8th grade.
How long in Miami:
1 year in 8th grade; then moved to Texas and Arkansas for high school; came back to Florida for design school in Tampa; I commuted back and forth from Tampa to Miami because my husband (we were dating at the time) was working in Miami after he graduated from UF. I moved back to Miami after I graduated and lived there for 3 years, and then moved to New York. My husband and I visit Miami very often since we both have family there – his entire family lives there.
My family and I lived in Miami Lakes. After I moved back, I lived in Hollywood/Pembroke Pines.
Jewelry and Accessories Designer
Hiro's Yakko-San in North Miami Beach
Best Ethnic Food:
I tend to eat a lot of Asian and Italian food, so I can’t think of a specific ethnic restaurant besides Asian or Italian.
Aqualina (in Weston and near Gulfstream)
Best place for late night dining:
Yakko-San stays open until 2–3 a.m.
Best place for a romantic date:
BLT at the Betsey Hotel for a more quiet atmosphere, good for conversation.
Best Sunday brunch:
We usually go eat Dim Sum at China Pavilion on Sunday’s in Miami –our family and friends tradition.
Liv at Fontainebleau
Best place for a power business meeting:
Capital Grill at Aventura.
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
Yakko-San is my all time favorite place in Miami so I always make sure we fit that into our schedule when we come home to visit!
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Alene Too boutiques in Boca Raton and Miss Pepper in South Miami.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
I like to shop in a more intimate setting like Alene Too and Miss Pepper – I don’t wear watches at all, but love shopping for jewelry and accessories. They also carry my line, so it’s a plus =)
Favorite Charity Event:
American Red Cross Ball
Favorite Cultural Event:
I love Art Basel and the crowd it attracts (everyone flies in for it)!
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Miami City Ballet
Best Aspect of Miami:
The beautiful beaches! The water, the sand, and the scenery…
Pizza Rustica in South Beach – we went there on our wedding night at 3 a.m. after our bond fire gathering at Nikki Beach (after our reception).
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill for tapas
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Contour Day Spa
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
I’m spoiled when I go home to visit – my husband or sister drives me around
MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
I would say South Beach - Giovanni Versace’s mansion - because I’m a designer; and Star Island - the mansion Scarface was filmed in because I’m a movie lover.
Yakko-San (everything is good there!)