Hollywood Stylist Jeff K. Kim Launches Jewelry Collection

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Sarah Wright Olsen, Jeff K. Kim, Anna Schafer and Analeigh Tipton

Kim's muse, actress Michelle Rodriguez, quietly debuted the stylist's LDK x JKK collection at this year’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

For years, stylist Jeff K. Kim has made a name for himself by helping actresses such as Kate Walsh, Our Lady J, Anna Schafer, Sarah Wright Olsen and Analeigh Tipton get red carpet ready. However, it was during a styling session with his longtime client and friend Michelle Rodriguez that Kim had the idea to segue into the jewelry industry as a designer.

“Michelle Rodriguez explained to me what the Northern star meant, and that actually is one of the main reasons why I ended up reaching out to Lulu de Kwiatkowski to do a collaboration,” Kim told The Hollywood Reporter during an intimate dinner at Norah Restaurant in West Hollywood to fete the launch. “It was about empowering women and people in general. I believe that empowering yourself also comes with faith, as personally I'm a Christian. But I also wanted to take things that Lulu DK offered already and reinterpret them in my way.”

Kim’s take resulted in a 15-piece line called LDK x JKK (ranging from $38 to $118). The collection, which is available online and at Nordstrom stores in the coming week, includes 14 karat gold-plated Cuban Chain earrings and rings as well as pieces that feature  crosses, pyramids and, of course, his North Star. 

“I wanted affordable jewelry," he said. "It looks expensive, but no one should not be able to have a beautiful piece of jewelry, even though it might look like every celebrity has it. It's for everybody.”

Rodriguez (Kim's muse) quietly debuted his new venture when she wore the Starburst hoop earrings to this year’s Vanity Fair Oscars party, perhaps the starriest fete during awards season.

“Being happy can mean anything to anybody, but for me it means creating,” Kim told THR. “I love the creativity that I'm given, but I think a lot of times people don't really consider the amount of hard work and actual physical labor and mental obstacles that you have to go through. I'm not closing the chapter completely on styling, but I’m excited to venture into new opportunities and new paths."

So what's next? "Stay tuned for part two.” Kim said coyly, hinting at a second LDK x JKK collection.