every good market trip comes a surprise find. Today it's courtesy of
San Francisco designer Leslie Yang, showing her handmade merino wool
felt and bamboo ply jewelry named feistyelle. McCloud quickly orders
three styles of the earrings, two necklaces, hair accessories, and
Every time I wear [the textured drop necklace] by Leslie Yang, I get compliments. I’ve
actually had people stop me in the street to ask where I got it. It’s
made of bamboo, so it’s surprisingly lightweight. I don’t even notice I
have it on, and I love how effortlessly it elevates an outfit.
Yang, owner of the eco-friendly SF-based jewelry line feistyelle,
creates an artsy array of super lightweight jewels comprised of bamboo
and virgin merino wool. Such a creative genius requires an awesome Fall
wardrobe, so we asked Yang for the scoop on her five Fall must-haves.
I also had a bittersweet mention by Melissa Summers that her dog ate her Magenta Dahlia earrings which says, "I always get compliments on and make me feel like my boring black wardrobe isn't that boring." Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry, that's terrible! :/
As a fan of vintage costume jewelry, my earlobes and neck have endured the weight of heavy accessories. As an alternative, feistyelle jewelry offers light-as-a-feather jewelry made with merino wool and bamboo ply.
It's easy to forget or ignore the fact that so much of a mass produced item, like shoes, bags, and jewelry, really is "handmade." So what is handmade? How much does it cost?
I think handmade is respecting the skillsets of the designer and manufacturer and recognizing that the price point includes the skills and experiences of the artisans and workers. When the price point is low, something has been sacrificed to meet the bottom line, whether it be labor, skills, materials, or quality of design. When the price point is high, something special and unique has been offered up to make it worth that price. I can think of exceptions, but when I see a face alongside the price, I can't ignore that many people with a variety of skills have literally had a hand in practically everything I own.
This video of a Fluevog Miracle shoe being created in a family-owned factory in Peru (by one artisan from start to finish) is a good reminder of the varying price of handmade and just how much goes it producing something of quality:
bags? Best ones EVER chock full of product from RuMe bags, Organic Pure
Life soap, A Perfume Organic samples, Dialog change purses, Nourish
Tea, Priti nail polish and more. First 50 get them so get there early!
@ McCarren Park
June 5-6, 2010
close to Bayard @ Lorimer
feistyelle + Hambone Designs = Awesome
For Renegade, I'll be sharing the booth with the awesome Hambone Designs,
featuring the best in colorful, fun bike accessories. Whisper (or yell
if you prefer) "I love SF" and you'll get 15% off our products.