We had the good fortune of connecting with Rafael Koblence and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rafael, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
At first I never thought of founding RAFKA. It was actually my wife who encouraged me to make my extraordinary passion of designing one-of-a-kind pieces into a business. Together we imagined that with our own business not only would I have the freedom to express my creative side, but also I would fulfill my dream of bringing back the craftsmanship of yesterday in tandem with modern-day cutting-edge technology in order to create the perfect piece of jewelry.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I passionately put extreme attention to detail both visual and structural in all of my creations. My intention with every piece I make from start to finish is to ensure that it becomes a treasured heirloom passed down through generations. This way my jewelry is more than just a pretty accessory, it is an experience enjoyed by the wearer and their loved ones. I achieve this goal by taking my time with each piece. I put all of my energy into every single one of my creations, whether it be a large, extravagant necklace or a modest wedding band.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In my humble opinion, New York City is the most beautiful city in the world and there are infinitely many things to do. I would take them first to MoMA to enjoy some of the world’s finest art. Afterwards I would take them to La Grande Boucherie to enjoy a delectable French meal in the heart of Manhattan. Finally, I would stop and grab an ice cream cone with them at Van Leeuwen Ice Cream as we stroll through the beloved Central Park.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shout out to my son, Phillip Koblence. He is the CEO of a NYC local data storage company called NYI. Phillip also co-hosts a podcast called “Nomad Futurist” which discusses all things tech. related. Phillip is intelligent, personable, and has so much to bring to the table.
Other: Phone Number- (212) 921-4570 Email- firstname.lastname@example.org
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