Bliss Lau exemplifies the Ivory Row woman. Smart, stylish, confident, visionary, creative, and giving. Like many of our favorite New Yorkers, Bliss is not a native New Yorker but a transplant who has come here to realize her dreams. Half Chinese and Half American, Bliss was raised in Honolulu Hawaii but came here to study at Parsons. It’s here that she started her eponymously-named jewelry line.
Her captivating approach to jewelry design is intrinsically rooted in the concept of jewelry as a physical experience - inspired by sensuality and structure. Through the evolution of her work, Bliss elegantly juxtaposes dichotomous relationships - bold and delicate, bound and free, organic and linear. She claims influences from such diverse sources as the bold writing of Anais Nin, the precise art of M.C. Escher, and the elegant architecture of the Chrysler Building. All of these influences are immediately seen in her distinct body-conscious designs. Her work is as interesting and stylish as she is.
We recently sat down with Bliss to discuss her life, her loves, her hopes, and her passions. We think you’ll find her as captivating as we did. Bliss is truly a “Woman We Love."
What is your favorite virtue?
What are your favorite qualities in a man?
I love someone who can craft an interesting conversation. Confidence and happiness are always on my list for the people who I enjoy spending time with.
What are your favorite qualities in a woman?
Generosity is a must and thoughtfulness. Those are my most treasured friends.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Oh the irony!! Yes my name is Bliss and I do hear a lot about that one often…. If it were a moment in time I would say swimming in the warm ocean, it doesn’t matter what coast, as long as the water is warm even in the rain…! Or waking up the to first snow in New York. Oh and then there is the moment when I meet a friends newborn, which seems to be happening often lately, and that is just filled with so much joy.
What is your greatest fear?
I try not to ever think about this! I believe that speaking them and focusing on fear will manifest it so I will not be able to answer this one for you..
Tell is about the cause or charity that is closest to your heart?
I donate most to cancer research. So many of my loved ones have fallen from cancer, and I am very grateful for the work that they are doing in prolonging comfortable living through the breakthroughs in cancer research. I will always be compelled to give back.
Although I donate to a multitude of charities, including the arts, I recently donated to Nouveau Classical Projects a women-run classical music organization that helps support female classical artists. I love that.
Which living person do you most admire?
There are so many people in the word I admire it’s nearly impossible to choose one. I would say I most admire courage and ingenuity. I have a friend who I met when she was quite young, I have watched her go from a college student with an idea, to taking that idea and opening a company, teaching herself business, nutrition and now successfully gaining funding by taking the plunge and going on Shark Tank! Her name is Chelsea Briganti and she and her partner Leanne had this idea to create edible cups.
She is now making sustainable, edible cups that have your daily vitamins in them. So brilliant from so many levels. I admire her for her innovation and persistence, and her future success as well!
I also admire Cathy Horyn, she is the fashion writer at the New York Times. I have been reading her columns for so many years, each one insightful, opinionated, and crisp. To be a journalist is something that I place in very high regard.
What is your greatest extravagance?
It would definitely be the nails.. custom nail art for hours each month. We sit and develop concepts. I bring sketches of inspiration, and my amazingly patient partner-om-extravagant-nail-art Etsuko comes through every time even if its three hours later! Bless her!
What is your most treasured possession?
My eyes. So much joy is brought from all of the beautiful things I see each day.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I see everything in real life so I suppose they are the same people I admire.
What is your greatest regret?
I find regrets to be an interesting thought experiment: Did something pass me by? Should I have said it differently and not been embarrassed? I try to focus on the positive elements of life experiences, and there are so many moments where I felt I made a mistake or took a pivot that brought me to an abyss instead of growth. The true question I think is did I learn from my mistakes. One of my goals is not to be a repeat offender in any aspect of my life, so to answer your question yes I have many regrets, but they brought me somewhere I needed to go and so I try not to cycle in to self-abuse about it.
What natural talent do you wish you had?
Memory. I wish I could remember all of the moments of every year clearly and even quotes from books I have read. I am an obsessive note-taker instead so I can at least rely on my monthly notebooks for anything that slipped away.
What's the favorite gift you've ever received?
I am in love with the gift of experience. This year I received trapeze classes, the gift of tackling fear and flying simultaneously was glorious.
What piece of art would you buy if you had absolutely no budget?
I would choose one of the James Turrell seamlessly lit rooms. Maybe in Yves-Kline Blue. It would be like stepping into a different world even if only for five minutes a day.
What is your favorite motto or quote?
I try to live by the idea that the success of a person is based on the flexibility of their mind. I try to stay open to ideas and progression in general, so that I will always be learning and growing even when I become an eccentric old half-Asian lady.
What's your favorite way to wear cashmere?
Nude with just my cashmere...