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Mothers Day inspiration Lenneke Kooijman from Lennebelle Petite

We continue featuring inspiring mothers to celebrate the upcoming Mother’s Day. The star of this edition is Lenneke Kooijman a beautiful mama of two girls and a successful jewellery designer of Lennebelle and Lennebelle Petites, jewellery line for mothers and daughters (we proudly present Lennebelle Petites among our brands). Lenneke met up with us for a cup of good coffee and a small catch up. Read her interview below.


Q: So how was Lennebelle Petites born?

L: The idea of LP came when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I wanted to materialize somehow the overwhelming beauty and intensity of my love towards my baby. I wanted to have some token of this feeling to hold it always and forever. So this is how it all started. The first collection with the bestselling Star Gazer bracelets set was made in collaboration with a Dutch painter  Hyshil Sander. She draw the sketches of the jewellery pieces.


Q: What do you like the most about being a mother?

L: Finding happiness in the smallest of things and to share this with her daddy.


Q: What has surprises you the most about motherhood?

L: I always thought I would get a mini me but Mette really has her own character, a beautiful mix of both of us. Now I am pregnant and expecting another young girl again I know our second daughter will have her own character as well and I’m very curious about it again. To consciously experience the development of a small child is a very beautiful thing and a wonderful experience! Mette can surprise me again on a daily base with new things and words she says or does.


 Q: What’s your style receipt for a cool mama’s impeccable outfit?

L: I think comfortable, simple and clean look is the way to go. Think about those fantastic clean lines of Cos for example. Less is definitely more. I also tend to do quite a lot of feminine with a tomboy touch. My all times favorite is a tailored pencil skirt with my boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of cool booties. When it comes to accessories I’m a sucker for chunky scarves and dainty timeless jewellery – all by Lennebelle for course.  When it comes to make-up my main rule is to stay natural. I love effortless long hair, a touch of mascara and Bobby Brown pot rouge for lips & cheeks.


Q: Crafting a jewellery piece is a very creative process I can imagine. What does inspire you?

L: Pfff, it’s a difficult question; frankly quite a lot of things influence my creative process. I have an ongoing affair with colours. Those beautiful vivid or vice a versa tender hues give me an enormous inspiration. I’m also a devoted traveller. So I bring something back from my trips which definitely have a huge influence on me while I’m working on a new collection. Like this my vacation in Bali last summer has inspired a new collection. I’m also inspired by people a lot. A colleague of mine is such a stunning and exotic person that now I’m thinking to have a whole collection created inspired by her beauty.


Q: How do you work when you are creating a new collection? Is it a hectic process or an organized step by step plan?

L: Creating process is quite a hectic thing in its core. I always start with a mood board. I pin my ideas, photos, colours, and pieces of fabrics – anything which gives me a kick of inspiration. Then I think about the forms and materials. When I have a clear idea about how the next jewellery collection will look like I choose a model and a location for a shoot. However I must admit that sometimes the process goes in a reverse way. I can see a model and be inspired by her beauty to create a new jewellery piece.


Q: Tell us about the materials you work with?

L: I work only with beautiful noble and ethical materials. Every jewellery piece is hand-crafted and I strictly assure that I offer my clients only a high quality product. I use sterling silver and 18K gold-plating. For the decoration I use gem-stones like rose-quartz and amethyst, pearls and silver or gold-plated charms. I always make sure that the materials which are used are ethical and fulfill all the necessary requirements. I create timeless, high quality pieces to be worn and adored throughout the years.


Q: What makes you happy?

L: My family, travelling, colours, freedom, a lot of things in other words (smiles).


Q: What is your ultimate Mother's Day gift tip?

L: A delicious breakfast in bed with your family and of course a Lennebelle Petite bracelet, You Are My Shining Star is one of my all time favorites.


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