Sara Lowery Ng didn't have any formal design training. She worked an engaging day job. She was just looking for a creative outlet — apart from rearranging and redecorating her house every few weeks. That's when Noble House Designs came about.
"My idea, my vision, was to make jewelry that I wanted to wear but could never find in the marketplace," Lowery Ng says. It wasn't long before her statement items caught on with a larger audience and now her one-woman jewelry studio is three years in the making.
She's unafraid of bright colors and bold design, but making pieces work while remaining on-trend has meant a lot of trial and error.
Lowery Ng admits that she's unafraid of bright colors and bold design, but making pieces work while remaining on-trend has meant a lot of trial and error.
"Being in Houston, I feel somewhat separated from the fashion crowds of New York and Los Angeles," Lowery Ng tells CultureMap. She reads fashion magazines and blogs for inspiration, and sources materials for bold necklaces, statement earrings and chunky bangles on frequent travels to Asia, South America, the Middle East and India.
Those travels end up influencing her seasonal collections: Spring '13 is all jewel tones and spikes with a hint of neon, plus lots and lots of gold.
Old habits die hard, of course, and her nesting inclinations remain strong. A NHD Home line, made up of items picked up on those aforementioned travels, will go live later this month. Expect quilts from Asia, Suzani textiles from Turkey, vintage paintings and other "affordable, fun tribal pieces."
For more on Noble House Designs, check out its site.