'Pum Pum Roxx' Goes Live with Vogue Coverage!

'Pum Pum Roxx' Goes Live with Vogue Coverage!

Posted by Pum Pum Gyals on 5th Jul 2017

The jewelry designer known only as Ninja Star is something of local legend in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Dripping in silver and gold chains with leather cuffs strapped to his wrists and gem-studded rings the size of saucers on each finger, he cuts a dazzling figure on the streets of the sleepy coastal town. “He doesn’t want to be famous; he just wants to create,” says stylist and Pum Pum Socks designer Savannah Baker, who has been documenting Ninja Star’s style and collecting his work for the past 10 years. “Everything he wears is art. He paints his jeans; his shoes are knitted by his mother; and every piece of jewelry he makes is different from the next.” Ninja Star moves in stealthy ways, just as his moniker would suggest: He works without so much as an email address, relying solely on word of mouth, and that can make snagging his jewels a mission impossible. “If I want to find him, I’ll usually ask a taxi driver on the route to his house at the foot of the Blue Mountains,” says Baker. “We tried giving him a cell phone, but it just didn’t stick.”

Baker is hoping to bring a little global shine to the elusive designer with a collaboration called Pum Pum Roxx. The collection includes all the quirky, one-of-a-kind details that make Ninja Star’s jewelry special—hand-wrought metalwork, kitschy embellishment, and recycled leather bound with thread spun from discarded plastic bags. It’s a perfectly imperfect aesthetic he has been honing since the age of 10, when he made a pair of earrings from a coconut shell using a fork. He still works with found objects for the most part, melting down any metals that come across his path. Though these days he has a few more materials to tinker with: The new star- and flower-shaped pendants feature solid silver, gold, and Swarovski crystal, thanks to local patron of the arts Francesca Von Habsburg, who helped set up his studio space. She introduced him to Grace Jones, who commissioned several of his statement-making pieces, though Jones isn’t the only celebrity to have rocked his wares. Snoop Dogg and R&B singer Kehlani are fans, even if it’s not something the designer would brag about himself. “I’d like to see Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, or maybe Ludacris wear my jewelry,” he said in a message relayed via Baker. “But really it’s nice to have anybody who loves and appreciates my work.”