Recently I was given the priveldge to sit down with Mrs. Aniyia WIlliams and try out her awesome fashion wearable, Tinsel. This necklace is chic and cool – now you can look good and wear headphones. That’s right; no more ugly and uncomfortable headphones that break after 1 month. The chevron style allows for prime trendsetting, all while acting cool and listening to tunes. You can also take calls, and input voice control to Siri. A nice feature is that you can easily hide the earbuds if you don’t want to listen to music anymore, and still have a rocking necklace. I’ll tell ya, it is quite a fashion statement this company is making – innovation overload. Below is a write-up of our interview.
- Please explain Tinsel to those that have never heard of you.
We are on a mission to transform tech essentials into fashion accessories for women. Our first product is an audio necklace, The Dipper, which cleverly conceals headphones within its design.
- What was your inspiration for morphing headphones into a necklace?
The idea for Tinsel came from my love-hate relationship with headphones. They’re something many of us use on a daily basis, but are constantly stuffed at the bottom of a bag, tangled or getting lost or broken. I realized that by wearing them on my body, many of these issues would go away…but white rubber wires don’t match my outfit.
- Tell us one of the best feelings you had during the product development process of Tinsel?
Overcoming challenges that seem unsolvable. There’s a constant balance you’re trying to strike between the stylistic elements and the tech. There were a few times when we thought something couldn’t be done or fixed, but after trying new approaches and ideas, we’ve been able to solve problems.
- Since you are converging tech and fashion I am curious what you think tech lacks that fashion can make up for?
I think it’s missing an overall commitment to style. Making something pink or leopard-print doesn’t make it fashionable. You have to conceive the tech and beautiful form factor together, and they cannot be uncoupled.
- Do you have any advice for fashionistas that wish to join the wearable industry?
Drop me a line. I love making new friends. 😉
- What is your favorite wearable?
Well, I’m a little biased here, but I think I’m gonna have to go with Tinsel’s audio necklace!
If you are sold, then go to their website to reserve your very own Tinsel!