There are currently over 7100 languages reported globally. While most may think of spoken word as the only form of communication, there are far more nuanced ways to speak, for example, through one’s approach to style. Art forms fill the gaps where language fails—or at least, that’s how one can interpret the work of jewelry founder Jameel Mohammed. Since founding Khiry in 2016, the designer has used his fine-jewelry collections to tell the story of the African diaspora in an industry that’s largely ignored the voices of this community. Mohammed uses his work as a vehicle for storytelling in various ways—from drawing inspiration from African heritage to influence his designs to dedicating runway shows to exploring the plight of Black Americans.
It’s rare to find a designer who can use their work to communicate a community’s culture, much less break into the jewelry business as a Black designer. Yet Mohammed has managed to do both and make his mark. His work has garnered him a following among the celeb set, including Michelle Obama and Megan Thee Stallion. It’s not just celebrities who have fallen for his work; he won the 2021 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Grant, which cemented him as a darling in the industry. His story, and the story he aims to tell through his work, is one worth listening to, which is why we jumped at the chance to speak with him.
Ahead, you’ll hear from Mohammed about his career, his S/S 23 collection, and which jewelry trends he’s backing for fall. If you thought jewelry couldn’t speak to your soul, wait until you see these Khiry pieces.