NADM: Nihema Savory and Ginghi Harding.
The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward,” is a quote that has taken on a new meaning for Mount Vernon resident Shivon Anderson who has decided to no longer put her dreams on hold. Anderson, who has recently resigned from her employer of five years, is now pursuing her career as a self-employed metalsmith for her jewelry line “Daitye.”
Shivon has always been described as artistic by relatives and close friends who grew up with her. At a young age she mastered talents such as hair styling, nail design, and even took a stab at sewing and designing - which is a skill that she acquired from her seamstress mother. In January of 2009, Shivon began taking Intro to Jewelry Design and Fabrication at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. There, she discovered a new world of jewelry making, and became certain that this is what she wanted to pursue as a career. Combining the names of her two grandmothers, “Daisy and Hattye” (pronounced Daytee) Shivon created her trendy jewelry and accessory line for women, and has yet to look back.
Today, Daitye, which is now incorporated in New York, is a line designed and handcrafted solely by Shivon Anderson. With protective goggles and a blowtorch in tow, Shivon meticulously creates artistic, exclusive, one of a kind pieces using sterling silver, nickel silver, copper, brass, red brass, and gunmetal plate paired with an array of semi-precious stones and beads. Her artisan creations consist of numerous sized discs, shapes, and textured impressions that cater to the woman who has class and style and wants to be “fashionably set apart.” Each piece, one of a kind – even when replicated - has its own uniqueness.
“Quitting my job was a tough decision especially in this economy,” stated Anderson, who has been working non-stop since the age of 14. “My passion, however, is strong and although I am unsure where this venture will take me, I didn’t want to be a certain age living with regret knowing that I never went into this 100%.” Producing jewelry from scratch is an extremely time consuming process which is what ultimately lead Shivon to this life altering decision. Working a demanding full-time job and then coming home after an elongated day of work to create was just something that was unfeasible. “I knew I had to choose one or the other, and I chose my dream. Why work for an employer doing something that my heart wasn’t in when I can become my own boss doing something that I genuinely enjoy?” asks Shivon, who is ecstatic with her new job title.
Anderson, who also dabbles in face painting, hair styling, and baking plans on offering these services to the public on the side as making her jewelry, is still a priority. She plans on throwing various jewelry parties and can also be found at the NYC Market located at 328 W. 14th Street showcasing her pieces at discounted prices accepting cash and credit cards. Purchases can also be made on her site www.daitye.com, in which she offers free shipping as an extra bonus for her clients.
“Following your dreams and doing what you love is something that many people can not say they have done. Whether this venture is a success, or even if it isn’t, I believe in my brand and rest assured knowing that I tried.....”
“Dare to be different”...
DARE TO BE DAITYE
TRULY, TRENDY, DAITYE