The Interview: Adam Foster Fine Jewelry
Adam Foster Fine Jewelry is inspired by the designer’s life-long love and appreciation of beautiful craftsmanship in all things. The designer began his line with a focus on bespoke, one-of-a-kind high jewelry pieces for his dedicated clientele, and 2017 marks the beginning of his expansion into e-commerce. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Adam received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in metalsmithing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduation, he began working as a designer, manufacturer and retailer of jewelry in his hometown, creating a loyal local following that deeply appreciated his aesthetic. Foster pairs Old World jewelry-making techniques with the latest technology, including 3D printing and CAD processes. All of the work that goes into Adam’s jewelry is personally fabricated by the designer’s hand, without the aid of larger manufacturing. This dedication to the timeless craft of fine jewelry inspired Plan de Ville to partner with the designer to offer some of his best-selling styles in a variety of precious metals.
ADAM, tell me about launching your brand. how did you know you were ready?
I have been designing jewelry for about 15 years, but it has always been my goal to expand. I started small with a dedicated core of clients, which allowed me to experiment and now I am focusing on growing my eponymous brand organically.
ADAM FOSTER FINE JEWELRY is defined by exquisite materials, unique shapes, and a sense of timeless investment pieces designed for the modern woman. what are some of your favorite pieces from your line?
I Just LOVE our feather line and how the pieces look so silky and fluid, even though they are rendered in precious metals.
The Single Plume Ring by Adam Foster Fine Jewelry, $5,200
Who inspires you?
My mom’s parents are my inspiration. They have passed on now, but they left their home in Italy to make a better life here in the U.S. They had next to nothing and were able to become successful business owners. I hope to follow in their footsteps.
Before launching your label, what was your professional background?
I went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I studied metalsmithing. After graduation, I opened my studio and started taking commissions.
Who have you learned the most from in your career thus far? Any mentors?
I’ve learned the most from my friend and mentor, Susie Ganch. She’s a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and is one of the most talented metalsmiths I know. I am so lucky to have her as a sounding board.
The Constellation Ring, $6,200
Tell me a bit about your experience with fashion press thusfar.
It has included lots of long days and short meetings. I’ve been able to meet with editors who appreciate the brand and have given strong, helpful feedback.
What was your first wholesale season like?
Thankfully, it has been a rollercoaster. We have lots of new pieces in production to keep up with the demand.
The Plume Small Feather Bands in solid 18k rose, white, and yellow gold, $3,400 each.
You produce the line in the United States by hand, using advanced technology like 3D printing — why is that important to you?
I think it is important to embrace technology and use as much of it as you can, but at the same time, I am constantly learning old techniques. I feel they are both needed in order to make the jewelry have a great feel and craftsmanship.
What’s been the most rewarding part of your business?
For me, having a studio that has any tool or piece of equipment I could want is very rewarding. It means almost any piece of jewelry can be made here.
What are some challenges that you face in your business? Have those challenges changed since the first days of your business?
One challenge is how to scale and still maintain the special nature of every piece of jewelry that leaves the studio.
What motivates you as a designer?
I love seeing my pieces worn by clients and out in the world.
What’s next for Adam Foster?
We will be attending the Couture Show in Las Vegas next month and rolling out new retail stockists across the country.
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