Introducing Céline d’Aoust

September 11, 2017
by Alexis Adams
We are thrilled to present our newest addition to the ESQUELETO artist roster, Celine d’Aoust. Hailing from Brussels, Belgium, Céline creates gorgeous fine jewelry inspired by the natural contrast of rough and refined elements. Céline splits her time between her Brussels studio and Jaipur, India, where she hand selects all of the diamonds and precious stones that go into each of her unique pieces. This allows her a remarkable control over the materials that go into her pieces. Each piece starts with the stones, which directly inspire the final design. Céline prefers naturally included, cloudy, or imperfect diamonds – she considers these imperfections an essential element to... 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

Introducing Jennie Kwon

July 11, 2017
by Alexis Adams
We are thrilled to welcome our newest artist to ESQUELETO, Jennie Kwon! Jennie is a native Angeleno, and her effortlessly graceful designs are influenced by all the natural beauty and artistic culture that Southern California has to offer. We love how Jennie came by her career as a jewelry designer. After being raised from early childhood as an artist (she was an accomplished classical violinist) Jennie left her artistic roots behind to become an attorney. However, the birth of her twin daughter and son brought about that creative spark once again. Jennie was so inspired by their perfectly innocent beauty, and soon after launched her namesake jewelry line. Emerald Cut Diamond... Read More

SPOTLIGHT: Kimberlin Brown

June 27, 2017
by Kayla Ogden
Today I’m so thrilled to add the work of Kimberlin Brown to the collection of beautiful jewelry we select to showcase online to our international audience. Kimberlin’s work is fun and playful in a way that isn’t often seen in fine jewelry. The way that she juxtaposes different stones to create unexpected colorways is so exciting to us. Here’s an interview I did with her recently to help you get to know her: Kayla: Hi Kimberlin! Welcome to the ESQUELETO family. We’re so excited to showcase a collection of your work. For those who don’t know much about you as a designer yet, can you talk a little bit about how you got into jewelry design and... Read More

MQuan’s California Dreaming

June 20, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Celebrated Brooklyn-based ceramic artist Michele Quan has created over 30 wall plaque ‘portals’ inspired by the beauty of the West Coast and the imagery of the dream of California in her mind. Created specifically for installation in the setting of ESQUELETO los angeles, Michele has approached the beauty and mythology of the Golden Coast as filtered through the eyes of a New Yorker. Drawing from her extensive library of symbols that she has curated over the course of her career, Michele has crafted a language of images that combine to describe the ocean, mountains and energy of Los Angeles in visual form. I was able to chat with Michele while she was installing these gorgeous... 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

SPOTLIGHT: T.Kahres

March 20, 2017
by Kayla Andrews
This week we’re featuring one of ESQUELETO’s favorite friends in this blog: Teresa of T.Kahres Jewelry! Teresa has been tight with ESQUELETO founder Lauren Wolf since before ESQUELETO was even an idea. The two jewelers started out together in New York City sharing tools, skills, and ideas that would help build the foundation of both T.Kahres Jewelry and Lauren Wolf Jewelry. Here’s a little more about Teresa’s journey as a designer and business woman: Kayla: Hi Teresa! When I met you in person, I immediately noticed your lovely personal style. I believe you were wearing an amazing pair of clogs and a velvet blazer. Can you tell us about your taste in fashion? What do... Read More

Common Treasures

March 14, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
Lauren first approached me with the idea for our Spring Show, “Common Treasures,” in the fall, but the idea has been occupying her mind for some time. “I’ve wanted to put on this show ever since I started volunteering with Creative Growth, when I first moved to Oakland,” she explained. Occupying a large, light-filled former warehouse in downtown Oakland, Creative Growth has been offering studio space, instruction, and gallery representation to artists with physical and mental disabilities since the 1970’s. Now with a satellite gallery in Paris, the center has become an institution within the outsider art world. Its artists are represented at galleries, art... Read More

2017 Lookbook Sneak Peek

January 30, 2017
by ESQUELETO
For the third consecutive year Ramon Felix came by to shoot the ESQUELETO lookbook. Here’s a sneak peak of the bold and vibrant photographs he created for ESQUELETO 2017:

Linda Fahey

January 25, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Linda is the artist behind the beautifully badass ceramic snakes that are so beloved in our Oakland shop, and she’s opening a solo show of her work in our Los Angeles location on February 4th. In preparation for her installation, I was able to chat with her about her influences and inspiration. Alexis: Tell me a bit about how you got your start in ceramics. What drew you to the medium? How does it satisfy your creative impulses? Linda: I have a graphic design/illustration background, but I used to install tile, kitchens, bathrooms, pools and began making my own tiles over 17 years ago which first ignited my interest in clay as a medium. I did spend some years throwing but found I... Read More