ila & i’s stunning collection of jewelry comes from an unconventional brother and sister design studio nestled in the heart of Texas. With an eye for the un-designed and the overlooked, the siblings bring together unique creations that tread the fine line between originality, uniqueness and everyday elegance. Their pieces carry a sense of grace, beauty and style even when dressed with a simple t-shirt and jeans. "We want people to feel comfortable in our jewelry but know that it has that edge to stand out."
Ila Draksharam has the eye and flair for style. She grew up close to her mother, an F.I.T. graduate, and was emersed in textiles and jewelry from a very young age. Ila spent 8 years designing high-end diamond jewelry with her mother and father, whose roots in jewelry design and production trace back to their roots in India. Vikas Sodhani, the 'i' in ila & i, has the eye for form and design. His obsession started while studying engineering at MIT. It wasn't long before Vikas left engineering and headed out to India where he spent a year working in Indian design houses and hand fabrication shops, where he truly learned the ins and outs of jewelry design.
Staying true to their vision for a holistic approach to jewelry design, ila & i uses recycled scrap metal in all of their jewelry, and only human-friendly stones that are handpicked by Ila and Vikas directly from the cutting factories, ensuring that they know where all their diamonds and precious stones originated from. Look to ila & i for necklaces, bangles, earrings, and rings using blackened silver, gold, and white and black diamonds that are at once both edgy and wearable everyday. ila & i is destined to go from someone’s everyday favorite pieces of jewelry to eventually becoming a family’s prized heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation.