Born in Kenya, Gladys Macharia moved to Italy to enrol at the Academia Italiana after graduating with a BA in Fashion Design. She then worked with the Florentine luxury fashion house Ermanno Scervino, before completing silversmith training at a specialized artisan school, Metalo Nobile. Gladys then returned to her home country in 2011, to launch her brand Loyangalani. She creates jewellery inspired by the rich, exotic and diverse landscape of East Africa.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity… I still can’t believe I am one of the finalists who made it!”