It's been a while! How was the process of creating it after having that gap of time?
HABANA: It was definitely a little bit nerve-racking because I had to bring back all the old instincts of what we could've done before. What we used to show, all of that was more of a re-surprise for me. So, it didn't really sink in that we had to be 'this involved' into this thing until we got about halfway into it and we were like, "Wait a minute! This is a show - I gotta really get into this!" [laughs].
Did Century 21 contact you first and it took from there?
HABANA: Ruth is a good friend of mine. She's at Century. Basically, she had asked me if I wanted to show here as part of their summer program and I jumped at a chance. We would never have shown because we've done so many collaborations throughout the seasons with fashion shows and such.
Tell me about the collection—what was the vibe?
HABANA: So basically, I look at this collection as a culmination of the past ten years. There's a sexual element which I've always done, there's a medical and science element that we've always done, I always love that mad scientist vibe. It resonates with me! We had first started with, like, goth in 2008, so I kind of wanted to go back to that. So, there's even this religious and pagan theme in there, as well. We just wanted to bring that back up as well.
How is this collaboration different from your past ones?
HABANA: Well, this collaboration was all just mine. This is all my work. The only thing that's actually a collaboration is the latex, which we worked with Vex Clothing on. We worked together to come up with this. Laura's been great, we approached her and asked if she would do this for us and she was more than happy.
Is there a memory of or a piece of jewelry that you have from the time that you were growing up? Is that where that started?
HABANA: I'd like to think that when my brother and I used to play Dungeons and Dragons—so, so long ago in like the early 80s—when I was like 7 or something. My brother would roll the statistics of each character and then I would actually design the armor that they were wearing. Everything has been metal-based for me and it's just inherent, I think.
From Dungeons and Dragons breastplates to Nicki Minaj breastplates?
HABANA: Exactly! It's all the same...and they're both fighting, just for different reasons. So, I'm totally down.
What is the one thing that you feel is lacking among the major jewelry brands? What do you feel like you offer that others in the field don't?
HABANA: I think what I offer is a range of work and a range of skill. I think my creativity isn't held back by business or commercialism. I think, for me, what we offer is [an encouragement] to be more of a dreamer. I feel like if you dream a little bit more, you'll just feel better. I'm just lucky that I'm doing exactly what I want to do and people are responding to it.