I was introduced to Nicole Seow during Movement Control Order (MCO). I was enchanted by the beautiful handcrafted earings featured in their facebook and website. Janoka draws its inspiration from Japanese high fashion and craftsmanship.
Janoka’s unique pieces are made from genuine Japanese materials. The designers draw their inspiration from the Japanese minimalistic concept of simple, lightweight and yet elegant designs.
The name Janoka is a clever wordplay of the word Japan and founders’ names: Nicole and Katherine.
Katherine Kang and Nicole Seow, best friends since the age of 11, founded Janoka Jewelry in 2018. Nicole spent 2 years in Japan and returned inspired by Japanese elegance and culture. When both ladies could not find handcrafted earrings to their taste in Malaysia, they set up to create their own line of handcrafted jewelry. Even though their education backgrounds were not related to fashion.
Their main inspiration are the handcrafted Kimonos which is a cultural symbol for Japanese ladies. A Kimono ensemble is never complete without elegant accessories known as Kanzashi, which includes earrings. Handcrafting has become a unique culture amongst the Japanese. Janoka aims to bring this culture into the Malaysian market through its exquisite, intricately made earrings.
David Keirsey found that artisans are most at home in the real world of solid objects that can be made and manipulated, and of real-life events that can be experienced in the here and now. Artisans have exceptionally keen senses, and love working with their hands.
Artisans want to be where the action is; they seek out adventure and show a constant hunger for pleasure and stimulation.
They believe that variety is the spice of life, and that doing things that aren’t fun or exciting is a waste of time. Artisans are impulsive, adaptable, competitive, and believe the next throw of the dice will be the lucky one. They can also be generous to a fault, always ready to share with their friends from the bounty of life. Above all, Artisans need to be free to do what they wish, when they wish. They resist being tied or bound or confined or obligated; they would rather not wait, or save, or store, or live for tomorrow. In the Artisan view, today must be enjoyed, for tomorrow never comes.
There are many Artisans, perhaps 30 to 35 percent of the population, which is good, because they create much of the beauty, grace, fun, and excitement the rest of us enjoy in life.
The Artisans Haven.
The Artisans Haven showcases the beauty, grace, fun and excitement by artisans in our world. We have many Proudly Malaysian Artisans with exquisite products & talent, and it is our pleasure to share them with everyone. We are working pro bono, to curate a simple & affordable online mall to promote the rich array of their products & talent to consumers countrywide.
The Mall is a simple virtual 2 storey (ground and 1st floor) building connected to a virtual study abroad campus, art gallery and convention centre. The centre court is vibrant with virtual activities together with anchor tenants, such as Abbie and Friends, Explorer Outfitter, Zapp Signature Store and UPayMe Convenience Store. On the 1st floor, we house artisans on the left wing and retailers on the right wing. The Mall hosts a daily bazaar where retailers can display their products for sale. There is also an entertainment booking counter, next to convention centre.
ADM is a virtual real estate owner, and rental is the primary source of revenue. Cost is kept to a minimal, and consists mainly the cost of social media marketing and website maintenance. The company exists and operates virtually. Mall advisory and curation are provided pro bono by Rosalie and Jade. Tenant relations is headed by Jade and Irene, and includes a free monthly virtual best practice mentorship for interested tenants.