The roots of Garden of Desire go back almost five decades to the tumultuous era of the Khmer Rouge, to when a young Cambodian boy was separated from his family and forced to flee to Thailand and, subsequently, France. Years later, in his 20s and living in Paris, Ly Pisith found solace in music and art. Making things soon became much more than a diversion, and Pisith discovered his vocation in design.
For years, he worked as a product designer for Alain Mikli, Starck and other haute couture international brands in Paris. His career trajectory then took him to Singapore. Located so close to Cambodia, it wasn’t long before Pisith began to be submersed by thoughts of his first home.
In 2007, Pisith returned to Cambodia. A year later, Garden of Desire was born. What started out as a Siem Reap-based workshop and gallery featuring handcrafted jewellery has now grown into three galleries, one based in Phnom Penh.
Today, Garden of Desire jewellery – made from 955 fine silver, 925 sterling silver, 18K gold and semi-precious stones – is renowned for its unique, contemporary designs and exquisite workmanship. The creative force behind all its collections, Pisith creates pieces that are innately linked to his Cambodian roots, vibrant with meaning.