Spotlight: Rebecca Lewis of Gramercy Eight

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Photos By: Sari Morgerstern
Styled By: Myself
Relapse Clothing: (Stone Cold Fox, Flynn Skye)

I got to spend the day at one of my oldest, fellow LA transplants, Rebecca Lewis’s in-home studio located in the Downtown Mecca. Walking into her dressed up adult like studio, I had an aha moment of realizing how we’ve really bloomed into young adults.
Her exposed brick, crystalized wall, hung up soldering tools, work table, and industrial like furnishings throughout her living room were such a homey balance.
Her place was lit with vibrant energy…
Becca is the owner and designer behind Gramercy Eight. I met Becca in a FIDM chat room whilst both of us were hunting for the “perfect roomie”… Our criteria for a roommate really matched; Someone to party with, and someone who is OCD with cleanliness. We were both just shy of nineteen years old, and thought we understood everything about life, obviously… We never ended up becoming roommates, but we were great friends.
An eery turn of events happened on February 28, 2012 where Becca fell from a three story fire escape, landing on the most fragile part of her body, which was her dainty spine.
The following morning I sat at Cedars with a bundle of flowers looking at my poor friend, Becca in so much agony laying on a hospital bed… I thought that would for sure be it for her, that one last straw to get her back to her home roots in Georgia, and it was.
She moved home, but my oh my did she not skip a beat with her creativity.
Becca took one jewelry design class in Georgia, and that was it for her, the rest was self taught… Working with delicate metals, geodes, crystals, gold, rose gold, silver, and brass, Rebecca created an Etsy account and was up and running a business.
Sitting and reminiscing while running my hands through a vast collection of crystals, Becca told me to pick out a stone that I was drawn to where she then proceeded to make me a finger bracelet, with a raw ruby, (that I’m currently wearing right now, and may never take off).
I have so much respect for this lady, she ended up taking a traumatic accident and turning her life around completely.

Check out her pieces here

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TGIF Anton Heunis

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Both pieces from the “Tsarnia” Collection.
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Both pieces from the “Mood For Love” Collection.
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I was introduced to Anton Heunis‘ jewelry at one of my favorite little boutiques, Les Pomettes on Robertson. I continuously wear my ‘Floral Motif’ multi-colored jeweled statement necklace, and will never be able to part ways. Anton is a master at creating the ultimate conversation piece. The bold colors he uses in his multi-faceted collection for Fall is breathtaking. I have lately found myself driven towards dainty jewelry but can always make an exception for Anton’s costume pieces.
“Anton Heunis is a global jewellery label that creates unique pieces, stocked in over 200 of the world’s most exclusive department stores and shops. Every design is handmade in the studio, located in the historical center of Madrid, with high quality materials. Rare vintage glass, Swarovski crystals and semiprecious stones are finely crafted to achieve a contemporary aesthetic with a timeless feel.”

Shop some of his styles here or here.

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Georgia Varidakis- Jewelry Designer

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Photos by: Yours Truly

I met Georgia Varidakis at Artist & Fleas which I talked about previously, it takes place every sunday in Williamsburg. Her booth immediately reeled me in from across the room. She is really passionate about her jewelry and really puts love into each piece. When I purchased a knuckle ring with chain link and her “Faun” necklace, she told me the price, and my mouth dropped. Not only are her pieces great quality but they’re affordable. She proceeded to tell me, “my pricing is based off of what I would spend.” I truly admire her for that!

Q&A with Georgia Varidakis, the young and talented jewelry designer.

When did you start designing jewelry and how did you learn?
“I started in 2004 while I had an existing clothing line. I started out doing mostly one of a kind pieces and then learned wax carving and casting so I could make multiples. I’m mostly self taught- trial and error. I’ve also taken classes at the Fitzgerald school and private lessons”
What were you doing before jewelry design?
“I was freelancing as an assistant stylist, working retail/in a coffee shop, and I worked in the Gap’s color and concepts department.”
In one sentence how would you describe your line?
“Delicate pieces that are inspired by nature with a dark and romantic touch.”
What is your favorite metal to work with/wear?
“I love to work with sterling but my favorite metal to wear is Rose Gold”
Will you be at any shows this upcoming year?
“This July I will be in San Francisco and LA. In September I will be in Chicago for Renegade Craft and quite possibly, Vegas in August for a trade show.”
Tell me what it’s like sharing a store with Ryan Wilde and a brief description about her hats?
“IDA our shop, also houses our studio in the back of the store, so it’s great to work with another creative person so closely. Her pieces are all hand made and one of a kind. Ryan does custom ordered hats as well. Her hats are always the focus of an outfit.”
Is there one specific E-commerce site you wish to have your pieces on?
“I drool over everything on Bona Drag so that would be amazing.”

Check out Georgia’s fantastic pieces, and for custom work click here, and for beautiful custom hats contact, Ryan Wilde info@ryanwilde.com . Their joint store is called IDA and it’s located at 175 Roebling St Brooklyn, NY 

I am wearing: (Hat by Ryan Wilde/Brandy Mellville- Tee/J Brand-Neoprene pants/Bliss Lau/Body Chain/Georgia Varidakis- Faun Necklace)  

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Shourouk S/S 12

I came across Shourouk when I was in Paris a few weeks.
This S/S 12 collection is so luscious, I get all starry eyed looking at these beautiful necklaces.
To me this collection is very futuristic, Native American inspired.
These pieces are beaded and made with metals & some mother of pearl detail as well.
Feel free to wear a tee, or basic blouse with one of these conversation pieces.
When I wear necklaces like this I keep it super basic and let my neck do the talking..


 Get yours here.

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