Designer Profile: Holly Yashi
We're thrilled to introduce Holly Yashi to La Quaintrelle!
In 1981, recent college graduates Holly Hosterman and Paul “Yashi” Lubitz were searching for creative ways to use their degrees. Holly, who majored in studio art with an emphasis in jewelry-making, and Paul, who graduated with a double degree in industrial technology and music, knew they wanted to work together.
Combining their talents, they transformed their one-car garage into a design studio and started their lifelong career with Holly Yashi.
Holly’s first designs were hand-cut animal earrings made of brass and silver. Within months they had a loyal following, and soon after Holly and Paul discovered the beauty within a seemingly dull gray metal called niobium. Though an expedited oxidation process, niobium is dipped into an electrically-charged water bath which turns the metal into hues of rich, permanent color. The beautiful result is a look that has become the signature style of Holly Yashi for thirty years.
Holly Yashi has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Good Housekeeping, and Modern Jeweler, as well as on a number of television series. Holly Yashi has also been seen on musician Bonnie Raitt and actress Sandra Oh. Holly also creates custom designs for non-profit organizations as well as well-known fashion retailers like Sundance and Anthropologie.
Paul and Holly are still actively involved in the company’s daily operations. Paul acts as the CEO and president and Holly serves as the creative director. They work side-by-side everyday at the Holly Yashi design studio in Arcata, creating intricately beautiful and timelessly feminine designs.
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