Bridges: Spanning Wholesale to Retail, Textiles to Jewelry, and India to the US

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pH Factor was founded by RISD alum Priya Himatsingka. The new boutique on Hope Street, Providence opened its doors in April of 2019. Priya brings together collections that span various cultures and numerous disciplines. Though her background is that of a wholesale jewelry designer, she recently made a foray into the retail business. pH Factor features amazing products from all over the world—jewelry, personal accessories, home décor, and upholstery. Swing by and talk with Priya about her creative process, about the variances between wholesale and retail, and the differences between craft and design.

Ticket price is $10; Food and drinks provided.

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Priya Himatsingka


I started pH Factor because I truly love objects that are created with care and meaning. I went to art school; I admire good design and craftsmanship. I also love the odd, the offbeat, and the eccentric (this applies to people as well as to things). Combine it with a love for travel, and here I’ve got a wonderful platform—it’s exciting to visit trade shows and flea markets, and wander to far-flung places in search of remarkable things. What’s not to like about chic jewelry, lush velvets, crisp taffetas and gorgeous scarves…?

Yes, things are merely things. But we are surrounded by things. And without our knowledge or consent, all things affect us. They affect us in the sense that they attract us upwards or downwards, towards our past or towards our future. In the things we choose, we reveal our innermost aspirations.

So PH Factor is a paean of style and elegance. It’s an homage to the simple, the well-made, the quirky and the sublime. Come by to look, touch, smell and appreciate what we’ve created and curated—over a cup of coffee, a conversation, and a damned funny joke.