Jules Kim

The jewelry designer models her three best outfits, and we show you how to get the look.

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  • "I call this my 'Flashdance vintage ho' look."

  • Vintage watch was a gift from fellow jeweler Han Cholo

  • Bijules Gold Bar ring and Black Gold Snake Eye Chain

  • Fringed stripper tights from Tic Tac Toe

  • Bijules Bony Knuckle Ring, Kim's mother's "keep ya in check" engagement ring,...

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  • Kim created the Bijules Nail ring two years ago for her Serpentine collection

  • Kim created the Bijules Nail ring two years ago for her Serpentine collection

  • Trench coat from Virgo boutique in Los Angeles

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Photographs: Jolie Ruben

Jules Kim, 21, jewelry designer and hired genius (bijulesnyc.com), East Village

Her style: “Vintage and a melange of cute pieces.”

Her inspirations: “Everything. I see old Chinatown gangsters in L.A. or a 90-year-old maquillaged MTA bus rider; they take care of their style. I steal li’l ideas from my visual environment and apply them to my clothes and accessories.”

Favorite local stores:Fabulous Fanny’s is nothing more than a miracle in vintage eyewear. And Renee Bejil at the New World Order on Avenue B is one of the most talented stars of the vintage-fashion world. I ’bout lost it when I had a black-tie event to go to; Renee helped me find the Bill Blass gown made for me and a pair of Valentino stilettos. I cried, and so did my girl who was with me...it was touching. I also frequent Earrings Plaza at Broadway and 31st, because I can scan what the masses buy, as well as sex shops. I’m not a freak, but they sell sequined eye patches. I also die in Chinatown ninja stores and police outfitters. They say they won’t let you in without a badge, but that’s bullhonkey. Wear fringed stripper hose and the world is yours.”

Favorite local designers: “Bliss Lau (blisslau.com) is a talent and I love her. I had lunch with Bliss and Ranjana Khan (ranjanakhan.com) recently and it was so inspiring! Ranjana raised butterflies in her studio for a month; she is marvelous. Joomi Lim (joomilim.com) is doing amazing things with studs and chains: Making pain look like costume jewelry is a feat, and she does it smashingly. Su-Yoon shoes (su-yoon.com) is a great line to look out for because you can walk a mile in them—okay, okay, ten blocks—without crying. Nomia (nomia-nyc.com) is a contemporary women’s line that is fresh, too. I have this one [Nomia piece] in nude silk with a black bra showing underneath—perf for summer. Also NYCked swimwear is launching shortly. That’s my new line with Lorenzo Martone. I love him.”

On NYC style: “New York is filled with the most authentically eccentric people in the world. San Francisco comes in a narrow second, but that’s just because they went to Burning Man a lot. Berlin is close on their tail in that race, too. But New York is extremely intimate and raw. The love I see in the streets is the most genuine I have seen. A cold winter day won’t stop a big thug from huggin’ his 80-year-old styley landlord of 30 years; and the rain won’t stop a woman from drinking her to-go cappuccino on rollerblades, holding an umbrella; and when a homeless man is hustling, he won’t hesitate to make a sign that reads KEEPIN’ IT REAL. NEED A DOLLAR FOR MY WEED. New Yorkers have real style. Let’s hear it.”

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