I’ve recently become quite enamoured with cc ruth‘s delicate silver rings. The designer, Cecily, also happens to be one of my best pals. Handcrafted in Toronto, cc ruth makes both hammered and classic silver stacking rings that are gorgeous in their simplicity, worn alone or together with more elaborate rings. Check out her website here.
As a child, I spent many hours collecting pins and artfully arranging them on my Brownies bucket hat, and in my teens, band pins on my studded vest. In the dark side of my twenties, this accrued collection of flare has reached a new phase, a phase that is loose and free from harshness. Enter Slack & Mellow, a locally designed pin + patch company that launched this past summer. The Hoverboard is easily my favourite, perhaps it’s my affinity for the colour pink but more likely because Back to the Future is the best movie ever. I’m also partial to the Brass Monkey, let’s be honest, they all look rather sharp together.
There’s a dreamy jewellery line from Toronto that goes by name Archerade which combines the craft of silversmithing with exceptional design. I’m fortunate to have friends across the country that introduce me to amazing designers like Sasha Oda, the beauty and skilled hands behind Archerade. The detail and thought that goes into designing and making each piece is awe-inspiring.
This gorgeous Montague Torc necklace, which has now been redesigned in full silver, is an excellent example of the simple yet interesting designs coming from this brand. It’s a piece that pairs seamlessly with the majority of my wardrobe. The Sticksss earrings are also versatile. I like when they poke out from beachy waves or when they’re more visible worn with a messy topknot and you can truly appreciate how textured they are.
Alora Arnold is the creator behind Artifacts, a Canadian designed and handcrafted jewelry line based out of Saskatchewan. As a recent graduate from Ryerson University’s Fashion Design program (fellow alumni!) she finds inspiration in nature. Aside from looking gorgeous, the materials she uses to make her jewelry are sourced as locally as possible. Each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. Most of the pieces of are named after landmarks and ghost towns within Saskatchewan and Canada, a detail I especially love.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Wes O’Driscoll, the creator of Nowhere Fast Brand, for the Edmonton Journal (read the Q&A here) as well as photographing him at his home in Old Strathcona. His A/W 14 collection is launching next Thursday at *store redacted because they are terrible to their employees* and is sure to be a lovely party.