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Tomasz Domocik is the man who has created a revolution in the men’s jewellery segment. His designs are sleek, bold, intricate yet masculine. His arty personality and his love for travel depicts in his creations as they take you into a realm of mystery and innovation. Before establishing his brand, Tomasz had created numerous collections for international companies such as Garrard, De Beers and Links of London. Priyanka Desai meets with this young designer to know his success mantra.

One area of the male fashion scene that has seen a lot of buzz in the past five years, regardless of cultural persuasion isjewellery. It is particularly true in most parts of Europe where men’s jewellery was on the backseat in spite of world’s fashion capitals like Milan and Paris being located there. But, now the story is changing and men’s jewellery has become one of the most sought after segments. To study this burgeoning craze we travelled to United Kingdom to meet a designer who has created a revolution in men’s jewellery segment and has plans to take it on a higher pedestal with each passing year. Tomasz Domocik is first an artist and then a jewellery designer. He is young, unique and everything artful. Tomasz was born in Vienna in a family of economists but he chose to break a new path and follow his calling: art.

Tomasz’s designs are every man’s dream coming true. They are not overtly glittery and dainty but masculine, sleek and statement making. His use of varied material palate has made him win recognition in United Kingdom and other parts of Europe. His designs are adorned by celebrities and have sparkled the runways of top fashion weeks. His zeal of being unique shows through each piece that is never the same and his each collection is a promise for a brighter future in the men’s jewellery segment. When asked if he always aspired to become a jewellery designer, Tomasz replies, “I was always drawn to art. Back home in Vienna I painted and used to do silk screen painting, photography and installations. I wanted to pursue a career in art so at the age of 18, I was accepted to a foundation course at Central Saint Martins. In this course I tried different disciplines, from computer media, to textiles/ fashion, etc. Jewellery was a course that particularly appealed to me since it allowed me to draw, paint and do 3D work. In affect it combined all the disciplines I loved. I wanted to be able to design, make products and combine a variety of skills and materials. I’ve always loved art, from the classical paintings in Vienna to the stark structures of modern architecture in London. Jewellery design is a discipline that incorporates rich colours, three-dimensional forms and finely honed skills to create an incredible piece that will be treasured forever. I decided to pursue a career in jewellery and graduated first from Central Saint Martins with a BA hons degree and then from the Royal College of Art with a MA. My passion in fusing unconventional materials with gold and gems shows my diversity as an artist. Till today I always say I am a designer who specialises in jewellery. That probably explains why I create fine art jewellery pieces as well as fashion and accessory pieces. From catwalk to everyday wear, my design sensibility suits each walk of life.”

Sharing more about his journey and accolades in the jewellery industry, he states, “I have always pushed boundaries when it comes to the materials I use and the style I am trying to create. This was picked up on very early in my career after members of the industry observed my Chesterfield bangle and other modern jewels. I am always challenging myself in design and manufacturing as I believe one has to keep pushing one’s self to create something amazing. I have been awarded with numerous awards such as UK Designer of the Year, Hot 100, Jewellery Designer of the Year and recently got awarded by the Couture Show in Las Vegas for the Best New Designer and Best Piece in the diamond category. It’s great garnering achievements as they allow you to display your work to masses. I think it’s also a challenge. I like a bit of competition since it really pushes you to improve yourself.”

Creating such exhilarating pieces and being on the top of the game incessantly is no easy feat but Tomasz makes it look stress-free owing to his merry maker personality and immense confidence. But, we coaxed him into telling us about the most difficult aspect of jewellery design. After a thought, he explains, “I think the most difficult aspect of the jewellery creation process is satisfying myself. I am always trying new ideas and mixing different materials like precious stones with leather, etc. I am a perfectionist so even when I finish something I am already thinking of the next thing and how to enhance what I did. I love the process and I think if you stop striving to push boundaries the art you create might become repetitive. Since I use unconventional methods and materials in my jewellery I think the material properties sometimes give me difficulty. Take for example the chesterfield bangle; the leather needed to be thin enough but also strong enough to fold and stretch. At that scale it was something that needed perseverance.”

When asked about his learning from the industry and its role in shaping him as a designer and a businessman, pat comes the reply, “One of my skills is to design under a given brief for which every company approaches me.I learned this skill early on my career. I have made numerous collections for different brands, ranging from Garrard and De Beers to Links of London and others. Working for other companies allowed me learn from the industry in terms of consumer behaviour, production, execution, pricing, manufacturing andbranding. All these skills have proved useful now that I run my own business.”

These skills are also the reason why some of the most celebrated and richest names in the world have requested him to create customised pieces for them. When asked to share one of such experiences, he says, “One of the recent jewellery sets I have done was a gentleman’s suit. It consisted of a set of crocodile cufflinks, a crocodile ring and bracelet followed by four tuxedo pins. A client who loves hunting commissioned the suit and I was very much inspired by the masculine theme of a crocodile. It’s a fascinating reptile and I think as a form in jewellery it can be very colourful but at the same time very masculine. I was drawn to the textures of the scales, and the way the skin folded like chain male. I created a cufflink that sat around the sleeve emphasizing the lizard like body of a crocodile and studded the surface with cut to measure, green baguette emeralds. The scales between the stones I’ve left protruding above the stone tables, which in effect created an automatic shielding for the emeralds.”

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