Launched in 2016 by Jameel Mohammed, jewellery brand Khiry has become synonymous with sleek, ultra-modern silhouettes and counts the likes of Michelle Obama, Kylie Jenner, Megan Thee Stallion and Yara Shahidi among loyal fans. Using jewellery as a medium to uplift his community, Jameel highlights the beauty, art, heritage and culture of the African diaspora in the form of refined, artistic and modern designs.
For his first foray into fine jewellery under Net-a-Porter‘s Vanguard programme – an initiative that empowers and champions emerging designers – Jameel was mentored by acclaimed jewellery designer Matthew Harris of Mateo.
Jameel Mohammed describes his designs as “Afro-futurist”.
Libby Page, Senior Market Editor at Net-a-Porter recalls: “Matthew Harris of Mateo introduced us to Jameel. We wanted to provide mentorship not just from Net-a-Porter but also with the help of another designer, whereby a more established designer could mentor and advise an emerging talent. We loved what we’d seen from Khiry’s demi-fine collection and knew from Mateo that Jameel wanted to develop his business further and launch his first fine jewellery collection.”
The Vanguard programme has supported numerous up-and-coming labels including Peter Do, Christopher John Rogers and Minju Kim by providing bespoke mentorship and exposure to help new talents grow their businesses.
Each handpicked designer of The Vanguard brings a strong brand story and unique point of view to the table, and Jameel is no exception. On the Khiry designer, Page says: “Jameel is an extremely talented designer, with his own unique point of view and style. He uses inspiration from many different sources to form a collection that champions both diversity and change.”
Ahead, Jameel talks about his brand ethos and vision, his latest fine jewellery collection (photos in the gallery below), and his dream celebrity-Khiry collaboration.