ESSENCE: What is the inspiration behind Khiry? JAMEEL MOHAMMED: The African diaspora. Khiry looks at cultural practices, history, art and design throughout the diaspora, and those  things inform the direction each season.ESSENCE: Describe the woman who rocks your jewelry. J.M.: She likes to stand out and wear pieces that are bold but sophisticated. ESSENCE: How do you juggle studying at the University of Pennsylvania and creating the line? J.M.: It’s all about staying organized and trying to get a jump on  things whenever possible. There’s always something to do, but by  focusing on one thing at a time, I’m able to get more done. ESSENCE: Are there any fashion designers you admire? J.M.: I’m just really impressed by other young designers who are realizing their visions and putting out quality work. I have a ton of respect for Recho Omondi, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss and Aurora James of Brother Vellies. Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news. ESSENCE: What grooming products do you swear by? J.M.: My routine is pretty simple. I just use a bit of exfoliating face wash in the mornings and some coconut oil for moisture. When I need a mood booster, I love anything from Aesop for a fresh and unique scent.

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KHIRY Khartoum nude bangle, $425, khiry.com.

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KHIRY Khartoum knotted bangle, $565, khiry.com.

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KHIRY Khartoum ring with rose quartz stone, $350, khiry.com.

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AESOP B & Tea Balancing Toner, $35, 3.4 oz, aesop.com.

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“Deans” crewneck shirt, $350, pyermoss.com. Check out more Khiry designs at khiry.com. Copyright Time Inc. This feature originally appeared in the ESSENCE April 2017 issue

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