On Wednesday evening the Brit + Co team, in partnership with Close5, held a night of crafting with local bites and drinks. As guests filtered into the Brit + Co Makeshop, the atmosphere was light and creative. Guests were encouraged to declutter their jewelry collections and post to the Close5 app before setting up shop to exhibit their DIY talents. What says it all? The Brit + Co Makeshop itself was an absolute delight. It works double duty as a pop up retail experience where, echoing what happens on the site itself, you can indulge in D.I.Y. and buy crafts all under the same roof.Read More →
The BowensBergeron Clutch Collection is just about everything we’d want an independent fashion line to be: each bag is made of eco-friendly materials and recycled wood in the U.S.A. in signed, numbered limited editions of 25. Designed by Tamara S. Bowens and handcrafted by A. Ray Bergeron, the clutches are custom made and take up to a month to produce. The result is streamlined style that pairs an earth-friendly ethos with modern, minimalist panache.
Oakland furniture designer Jason Lees has launched his first jewelry collection made using the same materials and aesthetic present in his handcrafted pieces for the home and inspired by minimalist sculpture, Japanese design, African tribal art and California mid-century modern craft. With a long track record of producing high quality goods in the Bay Area, Lees has serious ties to the local maker scene: he’s married to SFMade champion Janet Lees.
Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: The one-of-a-kind Geometric Chest Plate Necklace, $185, available in hand-cut and -hammered brass from Berkeley-based jewelry designer Shelly Harper’s Harp Designs. Harper recommends pairing this bold, Southwestern-influenced style with a low-cut black top.
Modern, hip accessories with a decidedly tribal twist? Why yes, we don’t mind if we do. A place to scope just that: the Triian collection by Lifetime’s Project Accessory winner Brian Burkhardt and Tricia Brookbank. Featuring hand-cast resin, Swarovski crystals and hand-cut leather, Triian pieces can take up to 10 days to create from start to finish.