Michael Dobkin launched Rosey West in 2016, with the aim to create a fine jewellery brand with a beautifully minimal and understated aesthetic. Based in New York City, Michael studied fashion design at the esteemed Parsons School of Design and went on to develop brand stories for notable houses in the city’s luxury community, before launching his own line of jewellery.
With a minimalism that transcends trend, taste, and type, Michael has created a line of intentionally simple jewellery that’s designed to stand the test of time and make people want to return to time and time again. We chat with Michael about his collection.
How did Rosey West begin?
“Rosey West started with the idea of building a foundation of fine jewellery pieces for women who want to start investing in a higher quality and more meaningful wardrobe, layering and adding to it over time. I went to school for design, so designing was something I always knew that I wanted, and I was particularly drawn to the storytelling you can do through jewellery. It can tell a story without saying even a single word - a non-verbal communication of style. That was something that excited me.”
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
“My designs are usually a translation of an emotional reaction to what's going on around me. Inspiration could come from reading a book, or visiting a new place that is rich in history - it really depends on my mood and the atmosphere of the world around me.”
"There’s something incredibly romantic about the idea of creating pieces that can stand the test of time."
When did you fall in love with jewellery?
“I fell in love when I discovered more of the meaning and longevity behind jewellery design. Jewellery, specifically fine jewellery, is meant to last. There’s something incredibly romantic about the idea of creating pieces that can stand the test of time.”
Values are hugely important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values at Rosey West?
“Like any art form, our jewellery represents a philosophy - one that’s centred around creating personal meaning and memory with exceptional fine jewellery.”
How is your jewellery made?
“All our jewellery is designed, developed, and made to order in New York City using ethically sourced materials. I felt really passionate about making everything here in NYC. I wanted to support the local economy, and be able to work side by side with my manufacturer to make sure the quality of the pieces produced met my standard of approval.”
"Jewellery is special because it's a non-verbal communication of your own personal story."
How do you ensure your jewellery is ethical and sustainable?
“All our materials are sourced through local vendors that abide by ethical and responsible practices. Sourcing and manufacturing locally is a big component of making a product sustainable. Knowing exactly where materials come from, working next to your manufacturer, and making everything to order all contribute to a more sustainable brand.”
If you hadn't become a designer, what would you be doing?
“A writer. I’ve always loved storytelling, whether it be through words or through art and design. Jewellery is special because it's a non-verbal communication of your own personal story.”
Tell us about some of your most inspiring clients, or bespoke commissions.
“One of my most inspiring clients actually came from London to NYC. I met with her for a private appointment and instantly knew that she was a Rosey West bride. She’s the exact woman that I design for, and to see her in person and have her clearly understand the collection was incredibly inspiring. Those are the most powerful moments to have as a designer.”
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
“I want them to feel like the most authentic version of themselves and full of personal power.”
"Staying engaged with the people I love helps inspire me to design, and maintaining those relationships is key."
How do you maintain a good work/life balance?
“Work/life is always tough to balance when work is your life. The one thing I always remind myself of is that you’re designing for others. Staying engaged with the people I love helps inspire me to design, and maintaining those relationships is key.”
How do you wind down after a long day?
“Sometimes you just have to stop. Pick up a book, go for a walk - something that will break the work cycle. Once you do that, don’t pick it up again until the next day and let your mind rest. It’s not easy, but you need that interruption to balance.”
What does the future hold for Rosey West?
“I see a beautiful future as I continue to work with clients to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are special and meaningful. I’m excited to continue to develop one-of-a-kind pieces and expand the Rosey West Commitment collection in the coming seasons.”