Ones to Watch – Raje

May 28, 2014

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Following on from this weeks MondayMustHaves theme, we caught up with one of our favorite independent desingers, Randy Luna of Raje.  Driven by the natural aesthetic of life and all that it has to offer, Raje pieces that puzzle together to create accessories that allure with passion, warmth, confidence and individuality. My pieces accentuate the beauty within, and evoke the emotions you want others to foresee. Filled with mystery, luxury, and elegance, Raje is more than an accessory. The perfect accessory for when you want to make a bold, sexy statement!

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Why did you decide to become a designer? As a man, I’ve always felt that woman had more options when it came to styling themselves in the fashion world. When I would go shopping for myself, I would always find items that were “made for women” and I knew that those would be pieces I would buy for myself. I wanted to create custom-one of a kind statement jewels that were unisex, weren’t mass produced, and could be used for multiple purposes.

What’s it like being in the fashion industry? I feel so honoured to be recognized for the art that I contribute to fashion, because that’s what fashion is; it’s art. It’s about the aesthetic, the sculpture, the landscapes, the colors, it’s the art in life itself.

How would you describe your brand? Statement jewels that hold sentimental value from life’s journey What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far? For me, there have been many amazing moments in my career thus far, but to be honest, I think the biggest is what’s to come for me. For example, I will be working with a company that is affiliated with the Make A Wish Foundation. Working with Make A Wish Foundation will be a dream come true.

What is the inspiration behind your jewelry? Each jewel represents a different sentiment that showcases tradition, heritage, history (thrones, castles, gods and goddesses, palaces)

Describe your ideal consumer. An Independent person who is confident, understands the essence of beauty and exemplifies art

What is your favorite piece and why? It is the necklace called Serpent Pendant- unlock your happiness. This jewel is made from the keys that unlocked the door to my old apartment where I was born/raised and went through my trials and tribulations. They are the keys to the birth of my fashion world.

If you could have any celebrity spokesmodel, who would it be and why?  If I had to pick a celebrity, it would have to be Oprah Winfrey. For me, she’s an iconic figure, who is sought out for her impeccable word, her great influence. She is a philosopher and thinker. What she does and says moves mountains. She embodies the sentimental value that I invoke into my jewels.

What store would you love to have your clothes in? Bergdorf Goodmam

What does 2014 hold for the brand? I’m looking forward to seeing Raje in High End editorial magazine spreads and also product placement in luxury goods stores globally.

Living and Loving Life 🙂 You can only create a brand if you become the brand itself

” Raje is more than an accessory, Raje is life”


The Nolcha Fashion Week Ones to Watch feature is a weekly interview highlighting an independent fashion designer that is making moves in the fashion industry. Whether from a runway show in New York City or discovered by our globetrotting team we are proud to be a platform of discovery supporting innovative independent fashion.

If you are an independent fashion designer interested to be featured in the Ones to Watch interview series please email megan@nolcha.com with more information about your brand.

Nolcha Fashion Week: New York, founded by Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel, is a leading award winning event held during New York Fashion Week hosting independent fashion designer runway shows.