Gritty textures, urban cityscapes, and the abundant beauty of nature are ongoing sources of inspiration for designer Julez Bryant. In asking her about a few of her other favorite things, we uncovered Julez’ incredible zest for life! A two-time cancer survivor, Julez volunteers her time assisting young women with rare cancer (99% terminal) in having a voice. She helps protect their dignity and helps them make life decisions until they no longer can. Explains Julez, “It’s a calling, and I learn so much through seeing these amazing women.”
Perhaps it is the result of overcoming her own battles that Julez is also a believer in the human spirit, “I know we are all capable of big things and most of the time, we’re held back by our own fear.” Julez’ own fear is letting anyone down, but she uses that fear to fuel her to move her company and team along. “My team is everything to me,” she says. “They are the heart and lungs of Julez Bryant.”
When asking Julez about some of her other passions, it quickly became apparent that she relishes the beauty in every day moments and experiences that many might take for granted. She loves the simple pleasure of walking in cities with her headphones on, listing to Damien Rice play Spanish guitar. While her kids, Gia and Myles, are adults now, she never stops watching them and loves doing anything with them–snuggling, driving anywhere, sitting in silence–family time is paramount to Julez. Her dream date, which she’d happily take herself on, involves a nice single malt scotch while watching the rain come down on lit up trees outside, or simply enjoying her favorite meal, al dente pasta with fresh sauce. (With a side of fresh bread and butter, of course!) Or enjoying her favorite dessert, donuts from VG’s in Cardiff by the Sea.
Julez enjoys the on-going gentrification of her new home town of Oceanside, California; she loves being immersed in such exciting changes! And while she admits her knees aren’t what they once were (whose are??), she loves to run! Or at least, she loves the rewarding feeling of having run…! She also loves “playing along” with the challenges on “Project Runway” but, alas, sadly, she has no acumen for sewing so her efforts remain two dimensional! She enjoys exploring her favorite city of Madrid, collecting vintage seltzer bottles, or finding humor and joy in objects around her.
In general, Julez has a passion for life that extends far beyond her brand, and yet it’s a passion that is infused in every detail in her extensive collection of jewelry. New ideas, traveling alone, spending time with friends and family, learning new things, music, art…all of these drive her creative spirit and bring her life color and joy!