Well, turned out that he is relatively new to the fashion scene: 2008. Basically he majored in art history but dabbled in clothing design. In his own words, he wasn't very good at it. But he was good at the accessories part. Between 2008-2009, he did a few custom pieces for various runway shows. It is at this time, Philip Lim asked him to do a collection for his fashion show. After Philip paid him, he produced a 10 piece collection and sold them at Barney's New York, Joyce in Hong Kong, Collette in Paris and Liberty of London. Rest is history. Now he has about 90 retail outlets that carry his jewelry.
I really like his cone ring. It feels like it is a classic for his design; it embodies streamlined rock and roll aesthetics. I may have to pick one up soon!