JONGJIN “JIN” JUNGSURA
Co-Founder, Matara Studio
The mystery that surrounds Jongjin “Jin” Jungsura regarding her love of pearls may baffle some, but the fact is that she came to adore these stunning gems from the sea after seeing her mother so often wearing them. About seven years ago, Jin and her two childhood friends – Salil “Tangmo” Andraphan and Patchaploy “Prae” Matarungsombat – founded the luxury jewellery brand Matara, which specialises in pearls and has grown to include stores in Thailand as well as placement in multi-brand stores in London, Paris, New York, and Laos. Before pearls took centre stage, Jin studied at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, and later obtained her Master’s degree in International Management from Royal Holloway in the UK. She followed all this with further hospitality studies in Switzerland, and then before returning to Thailand she spent a half-year working in guest relations at The Mira Hotel in Hong Kong.