JL Walsh Metalsmith
Jennifer and John Walsh live in Bozeman, Montana with their three daughters and the occasional bear wandering through their studio from the nearby woods. They fabricate contemporary jewelry using ancient techniques and materials. Using a variety of surface treatments and patinas that mimic decay, they then elevate these “low” materials by using precious metals and stones, giving them a luster and brilliance foreign to the world around them. Their work reflects a fascination with the natural world and often includes stones gathered from local rivers, hand-cut bones, shells, and bits of wood.
Eric Silva Jewelry
Eric Silva’s work reflects his individual artistic viewpoint that combines both natural and industrial materials in a small, thoughtfully constructed space, and that highlights the often overlooked details found in daily life. Constructed of eco-conscious materials such as rustic sterling silver, shed antler, recycled wood, and semi-precious stones, he believes in the simplicity and integrity of the materials themselves, and for those who own his work, Eric affirms that a unique bond is forged between artist and owner.
Jennifer Surine Jewelry
Jennifer Surine is a metalsmith and jeweler whose designs offer a unique elegance. She began creating jewelry as a teenager and went on to earn her BFA in Art and Design with an emphasis in metals in 2008 from Grand Valley State University. She now works full-time out of her home studio making jewelry, which she has sold around the world. Her modern and stylish hand-crafted designs primarily utilize sterling silver. Her designs were featured in two Lark Books on jewelry making in 2010 and 2011. Jennifer resides in Portage, Michigan with her husband Steve and her yellow lab Kylan.
Rosemary Mifsud Jewelry
Rosemary is a lover of life and new experiences. She is a growing artist and conceptual designer living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rosemary’s designs are born out of the most gentle of moments. She pulls nature’s artifacts indoors to engulf her studio so that the delicate details and arrangements found in natural forms are embraced and glorified. This care travels beyond aesthetics as she goes out of her way to find the most sustainable materials as possible. She chooses recycled precious metals, fair trade gemstones, natural materials, and carefully considers the country of origin of added components. With these deliberate intentions, quality remains high, while your impact on the environment stays low.
Sue Van Dame Jewelry
A Michigan native, Sue has been living and working outside Santa Fe, New Mexico but has now returned to Michigan. Sue intentionally creates texture and pattern on metal and enjoys the hand-worked look. All of the components are individually hand fabricated, one at a time. Sue combines semi-precious stones and pearls with metal components. The designs are simple, yet interesting. And above all else, Sue wants the pieces to be comfortable to wear. Often, the necklace pendants are reversible so there is no front or back. The pieces are designed so they are balanced and do not travel around the neck. This comes from a personal preference of not wanting to “fuss” with jewelry. Before Sue made jewelry, the pieces she bought or received as gifts often served as talismans. Being worn for strength, confidence, beauty and love. That is what Sue likes to pass on to the people who own her jewelry. She wants them to feel good every time they wear it.
Dosh was founded in 2007 by Henri Spaile and Mark Armstrong. As longtime stalwarts of the Australian industrial design landscape through their award winning design studio Blue Sky Design Group, they set about creating their own brand and range of products that bring the values of innovative design and style, to the segment of wallets. The result was dosh - a range of unique wallets that respond to the needs of modern living. The wallets are injection moulded in an advanced polymer material developed by Bayer Material Science called desmopan®. This material makes dosh wallets highly durable, water & chemical resistant yet gives the products a luxurious, soft-touch feel.
String Theory Scarves
Pairing mathematics with craftsmanship, the textile designers behind Montreal label String Theory weave quality yarns of alpaca, cotton, and bamboo into beautifully-patterned super soft scarves and throw blankets. The two-person team behind the brand works closely with small-batch manufacturers, allowing for wide experimentation with techniques. This artful combination of tradition and innovation results in everyday accessories with Modernist geometric appeal.
The creative mind behind Jetsam is Laura Skelton, a Columbia
University graduate who comes from a background in sustainable
architecture. Starting as a teenager, Skelton roamed thrift
stores and costume departments to see what vintage items could be revived, modernized and made into something new. That eventually led to the idea for Jetsam, her line of sharply designed wallets. Created from tweed suits and vintage neckties, Skelton makes the unwanted desirable again by taking historic, masculine textiles and re-configuring them for the future.
J & I Jewelry
Born in England, jewelry designer Ian Gibson is entirely self-taught. His fascination with metals formed from a schooling in geology and a desire to work with his hands. Combining sterling silver with gemstones and pearls he seeks to create designs which are organic and have an artisanal essence. His commitment to his craft is never ending and his creations mirror this evolution. Ian and his wife Jessica are the foundation of the company. The finished work is produced in their studio in Philadelphia. Aided by a talented staff of local artisans, they endeavor to produce unique designs matched with an utmost attention to detail.
David Spencer, the designer of Taki watches, says he's always looked for a watch that connected with his own design style: clean simple design, with a lot of color. Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, he's always been influenced by the surrounding Scandinavian architecture. The pure simple lines that define the design that comes from that part of the world, but with a hard dose of color. Pure design, fresh color palette, top-notch craftsmanship, and all leather straps perfectly compliment the stainless steel black bezels. Japanese movements make for accurate time keeping.
For nearly 30 years Project Watches has dedicated itself to celebrating the role architecture and design play in our daily lives. Each watch is Architect-designed and aims to raise the collective consciousness of design, regardless of what form it may take.
Sonia Spencer Cufflinks
Launching her business in the late 80’s in the UK, Sonia targets directly to a breed of man who is interested in fashion and style and the details that make an entire outfit come together. Keeping her eye on the ball and tongue slightly in the cheek, she is quick to spot trends, ensuring each seasons range is as fresh as the last. Comprised of rhodium, a nickel-free metal within the platinum family, these cufflinks combine both a whimsical charm and a professional distinction to your ensemble.
Rebel Designs is the brainchild of designer and sole proprietor Gina Riley. Growing up in Battle Creek, Michigan, Gina was always fascinated by fashion and was thrilled to have the chance to carve out her own niche in the “big apple". The heart of New York City is where her business remains today. Her designs incorporate semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystal in antique brass. The resulting look meets in a beautiful balance between costume and estate jewelry, making a statement which belies the age in which it was created. This jewelry will leave you looking like the bell of the ball, however its everyday application is well suited for the fun and funky, calling on the rebel within.
Born in South Africa into a jewelry-making family, Philippa was naturally drawn to working with metals and stones. She graduated from Miami University (in Ohio) with a BFA in Metal Design and Photography. With California calling, she moved to San Francisco in 1995 to start her career in jewelry design, and remains there to this day. The simplicity and organic nature of her brushed sterling silver and vermeil pieces are distinct and timeless, appealing to a large audience ranging from the most eclectic to the most conservative of tastes.
For those looking for something a little different that still appeals to a wide audience, Avant Garde usually hits the mark. The jewelry is comprised of a pewter base, plated in silver and brass and then varnished to preserve color. Select items are further adorned with Swarovsky stones, glass, and crystal. The final result has a sleek and modern appearance with touches of more worldly influences. The family-run operation creates these limited edition pieces with a Parisian group of designers called Duo, boasting over 15 years of experience. Every item is hypoallergenic, nickel-free, lead-free, and inspected to maintain the highest standards of quality. Combining simplicity and boldness, the distinction of materials makes these stand-out and highly wearable pieces an asset to any wardrobe.
Stylistically, Anne Egan's jewelry pieces are sometimes compared to Rebel Designs, but with a few chief differences: color, color, color! Ann studied painting at the New York City School of Visual Arts, and found herself managing and designing for a jewelry company in New York City. Combining her knowledge of painting and composition, a complex color vocabulary, and mindful appropriation from the past, these pieces truly bridge a gap between present contemporary and dignified vintage. Comprised of antique brass, colorful bakelite-like resin, semi precious stones, and Austrian crystal, these pieces work wonderfully dressed up or down.
It could be said that this company based in Pasadena, CA does not merely follow trends, but are the ones that create them. These watches guarantee an entirely personalized statement about those who wear them, but also deliver the durability you need in work and play environments. Skateboarders, snowboarders, surfers, and rock stars with demanding physical schedules have become a huge endorsement for this brand, but we find there is no limit to the age or lifestyle of our clients who have become collectors. Each watch comes with a two year warranty covering all workmanship in movement. Special orders are available upon request.
Like vintage? The 141 year-old French watch brand LIP is reintroducing some of their most important wristwatches. This series from the early 1970’s remains as visionary today as when first unveiled over four decades ago. These timepieces were created from a melting pot of Pan European industrial, architectural, interior and graphic designers, making them some of the most original watches ever produced. For the first time ever, LIP watches are available in the United States, offered only at various Barneys NY locations and LaFontsee Galleries! Each watch comes with a two year warranty covering all workmanship in movement.