MY JEWELRY BOX: JUSTINE MALICK

April 24, 2018
by Alexis Adams
This week we are launching a new blog feature, My Jewelry Box, where we chat with some of our favorite (and most stylish!) customers about their personal collections, their relationship to their jewelry, and their thoughts on adornment and the act of collecting. First up is Silver Lake-based Justine Malick, an accomplished yoga + pilates instructor and all-around movement explorer and body adventurer. Through her classes at Wanderlust in Hollywood and Samarasa Center right here in Echo Park, Justine strives to teach respect for the body by creating a safe and playful environment for students to explore mind-body connection as well as develop a keener sense of awareness both on and off the... Read More

CELEBRATING EARTH DAY

April 16, 2018
by Marisela Feldman
APRIL 22, 1970: America’s first Earth Day. Twenty million Americans demonstrate across the country in an effort to pressure the government into creating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). DECEMBER 1970: Congress authorizes the EPA, new organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Earth Day is a celebration of the power of the people and our collective respect for the environment. While metalsmithing and gemstone mining is a historically opaque and dirty business, emerging and established designers are changing this by employing new techniques and processes, joining organizations, and taking action to remedy the negative impacts of the jewelry... Read More

IN THE GALLERIES

April 2, 2018
by Jessie Zechnowitz
This April brings fresh art into both shops! First up is Stephanie Del Monte, an artist working in wood, wool, and cotton rope to create handcrafted wall hangings that are imbued with spirit and intention. In the Oakland space Stephanie will be showcasing her new series, ANGELS, on Friday, April 6th from 5:30 to 8pm. At ESQUELETO LA, Luke Forsyth will exhibit colored pencil + oil pastel drawings, taking as his subject the interior spaces and objects of the American West. Luke’s work is rendered in a fantasy palette of candy colors – a total treat for the eyes! Join us in LA for the opening reception celebrating Luke’s new drawings on April 13th from 4pm to 7pm.

Real Wedding: Liz + Oliver

March 19, 2018
by Alexis Adams
Alexis: I got to know Liz (in-person at the L.A. shop) and Oliver (remotely, over email) quite well over the months leading up to their engagement and wedding. I loved working with them so much! I thought their story was really special, and I asked Liz to share their engagement story and rather epic honeymoon “adventure”. Liz: We had planned for my parents to visit his family in snowy Montana for New Year’s and while we didn’t say it exactly, I suspected we would get engaged with everyone there to celebrate – we were living in Ethiopia at the time, so it was a special occasion for everyone to be together. New Year’s Eve was as magical and snowy as... Read More

Sustainable Shopping Guide

September 25, 2017
by Marisela Feldman
These days, influencers and tastemakers are taking into consideration the impact of style on the environment. The consequences of fashion can remain hidden without extra effort on behalf of shoppers, who must take time to understand the backend of production and sourcing in order to evaluate how sustainable an item is, or isn’t. There are layers and complexities to jewelry production- much like the work itself. To avoid doing the research while keeping a small footprint, buy vintage, and support local businesses. Often the mystery of an antique–not knowing who wore it, or where or how it was made–deters shoppers from choosing the old over new. Those prescribing to a more... Read More

Virgo Inspiration

August 21, 2017
by Jessie Zechnowitz
Back to school, back to work – Virgo season is upon us. Summer holidays are subsiding and it’s time to get organized. Precocious Virgo is all about maintaining order, and we can all channel her vibes this month to help us get shit done before the flurry of the holiday season begins to pick up speed. Virgo is the sign of the harvest goddess, so we’ve put together a bevy of earthly delights that are ripe for the picking! Virgo Signet Ring by Talon In a unique take on the traditional image, Talon gives the goddess wings! Harness your feminine power with this sterling silver stunner. Petrified Wood Earrings by Melissa Joy Manning These one of a kind drop earrings in... Read More

An Evening at the Campo

August 7, 2017
by Jessie Zechnowitz
On July 29th ESQUELETO hosted a dreamy summer supper in the Temescal Alleys’ newly constructed campo. The evening was a ladies-only event and a chance for Bay Area tastemakers and cultural voices to come together in celebration of local businesses! Tucked away at the back of the alleys, the campo is a sunny square paved with gravel and stone that we transformed into a total urban oasis. Crimson Horticultural Rarities lent their beguiling sense of style, constructing breathtaking tablescapes bedecked with locally grown summer flowers, as well as a romantic floral swag to adorn the campo fence line. Linda Fahey’s bewitching ceramic snakes slithered among bud vases of marigolds,... Read More

Design Inspiration: Samira

May 15, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
With years spent in Equatorial Guinea, Montreal, and New York, Samira Gagné Ludwin is something of a polymath – her work takes her from designing the interiors of well-appointed homes and startups to metalwork, creating adornments for both the home and the body. Samira’s gorgeous taste and creative background meet in her inviting Oakland walkup, which she shares with her husband and their 10-month-old son, Leo. I got the chance to swing by Samira’s place to talk about decorating, style, and- of course- our shared love of jewelry. Danica: Designing for someone’s space is such a personal partnership. How do you help people realize their individual style? And how would you describe... Read More

STREET STYLE: Keely

March 27, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
WEARING: Vintage dress from the general store and Sven clogs. TEMESCAL ALLEY, OAKLAND STREET STYLE AILAND KEELY BRUNS aka “KEELY” As an Esqueleto alum and longtime neighbor in Temescal Alley, we’ve long admired Keely’s dry humor, warm heart, and spot-on style. She keeps her color palette monochrome in black and white, with a generous smattering of yellow gold, diamonds and super cool tattoos from head to toe. We met up over iced tea (Keely skips the caffeine) so I could scope her enviable look. Danica: You’ve made jewelry, worked for jewelers (Love Adorned, ESQUELETO, and Marisa Mason), and are an avid collector. What sparked your interest in jewelry? Keely: (Laughs) Well, at... Read More

New Mommy Approved

February 20, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
When I was pregnant, I was constantly smiling and nodding while veteran parents told me that nothing could prepare me for the journey ahead. I would smile and nod and moms and dads told me to enjoy my sleep while I could, and enjoy my free time- I was about to have very little of either. Of course, as most parents-to-be, I assumed that somehow things would be different for me. When I thought about my upcoming mom identity, I pictured something akin to Jane Birkin- effortlessly chic (making disheveled look so good), with a baby in one arm and a market basket on the other. Of course, the reality has been far more messy, challenging, and beautiful- just as I was warned. Still, there’s... Read More