Wing Yau is a Vancouver-born, New-York based designer. Hailing from a background in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design and a childhood of travel throughout the Pacific and South America, her passions lie somewhere between art and anthropology.
After assisting art galleries and artists, Wing fell into design as a way to merge art with the intimacy of jewelry. In September 2013, she launched her delicate opal fine jewelry line, which has since garnered a cult following and the support from celebrities such as Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Solange, and Zoe Kravitz.
Wing is a member of the Jewelry Industry Summit, Ethical Metalsmiths, Fairmined Gold Licensees, and was named runner-up in the 2017 CFDA x Lexus Fashion Initiative for sustainable design.
WWAKE is a connection to a world beyond your own. We strive to build the inherent value of our materials beyond their historic lore and beyond jewelry. Driven by our designer’s itinerant childhood and the friendships that she built around the world, we work to build an intimate connection to the people behind our materials. Our precious stones and metals are ethically sourced from Malawi, Colombia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, China, Colombia, Peru, and our home here in North America. As such, our jewelry is the connection between you, the earth, and every hand in between, and rethinks traditional structures on every level of the business.
At WWAKE, equity is a core guiding principle. We’re committed to recognizing and uplifting the lives of everyone our brand touches through our sourcing, design and business practices. Our aim is to ensure that our internal practices mirror our brand ethos in supporting long-term, sustainable change in our community.