Thea Miller had always seen jewelry as a form of self-expression, yet as she embarked on her path to develop her DRU. line of jewelry, she quickly realized that jewelry had also become her armor. As she looked at those around her, she realized she could offer others faith and promise in an increasingly hostile and discouraging reality, and her pieces could help maintain one’s grace, individuality and sense of humor, the qualities she feels define strength. We caught up with Thea to welcome her as one of the selected designers in the New Designer Gallery and we discovered, among other things, that until she eats breakfast, nothing else can happen!

JA New York: The first thing I ever designed was…

Thea Miller: A necklace using found objects and antique pieces.

JA New York: Every morning I….

TM: Eat breakfast. It’s the first thing I do in the morning no matter what city I’m in, and nothing else can happen until this does.

JA New York: I never leave the house without _____

TM: My sunglasses. Always black. Always big.

JA New York: I have my breakfast…

TM: At my desk, while reading the paper and answering emails.  This is when my brain is the sharpest.  It’s all downhill after that.

JA New York: Jewelry is all about…

TM: Personal expression. If you want to know someone, look at their jewelry.

JA New York: One thing I wear every day is….

TM: My watch.

JA New York: I don’t eat….

TM: Peas or olives or water chestnuts. Thankfully the latter is not in heavy rotation at most restaurants.

JA New York: My favorite restaurant in LA is…

TM: Eveleigh

JA New York: My favorite restaurant in NY is…

TM: Dominique

JA New York: I am a maniac about…

TM: Time

JA New York: My obsession of the moment is…

TM: Jewelry. It occupies all of my waking hours.

JA New York: I’m currently listening to…

TM: Everything. I love it all.

JA New York: 5 words that describe my brand DNA are…

TM: empowering, bold, sexy, edgy, ironic

JA New York: My trade show uniform is…

TM: The same as any other day:  black, white, denim. With lots of layered jewels.

JA New York: My greatest accomplishment so far is…

TM: Not giving up