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

Megan & Zach

January 17, 2017
by Kayla Andrews
Zach worked with Lauren Wolf to create this beautiful and sentimental ring for his partner, Megan. Lauren added vibrant garnets to her iconic three stone setting to make a truly special custom engagement ring for the happy couple. Kayla: You did a custom project with Lauren Wolf for Megan’s engagement ring. What inspired you to do that? Zach: Not long after we started dating (May 2013) Megan showed me the Instagram account for Lauren Wolf Jewelry and she mentioned that she really liked the style of her work. I made a note of it along with any other ring/jewelry information that I could casually extract out of her over the next 3 years. I knew that she would want something... Read More

We Love Lou

November 29, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Lou Zeldis: master craftsman, visionary artist, creative genius, exceptionally kind human being. Since his passing in 2012, Lou’s work has garnered a cult following of collectors all over the globe who are drawn to his ruggedly elegant pieces, evocative of the natural landscape of his adopted home, Indonesia. Lou left a successful career in musical theater on Broadway (he was in the original cast of Hello, Dolly!) to move to Bali in the mid-1960s. There he discovered a passion for the traditional jewelry- and textile-making of local artisans. He became much-beloved as an “artist’s artist,” with a boundless creativity and prolific output in many media. His distinctively... Read More

Spotlight Rebecca Overmann

November 21, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
When I first started working at Esqueleto five years ago (crazy!) Rebecca Overmann was the first artist I met. A longtime friend of Lauren’s, she dropped by the shop on a Saturday and though I was a bit star struck at first, I was immediately captured by her warmth and devious smile. She’s become a good friend since then, and I’ve enjoyed watching her collection grow and evolve over the years. Nothing has been more fun, however, than getting to hang with Lauren and Rebecca together. Whether it’s sharing a bottle of wine on a rooftop in New York, or visiting with our favorite stone dealers in Tucson, those two have an infectious energy and sense of humor that make you feel lucky to... Read More

Spotlight: AILI JEWELRY

October 31, 2016
by Alexis Adams
At ESQUELETO, we love the dichotomy between bold and delicate, dark and light, special occasion and everyday favorites. The AILI collection, designed and handcrafted by Monica Ruzansky, falls on the light end of the spectrum, both in concept and execution.It was such a pleasure to chat with one of my fav designers about her work, artistic practice and the inspiration behind her gorgeous, effortless pieces. Alexis: AILI means “light” in Gaelic. Can you explain why you chose this name for your line, and how that is expressed in your work? Monica: The presence of light has always been a profound influence on my creative life. Everything that we see is revealed by light, and the... Read More

New York Now

August 29, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Every August we travel to New York to show the Lauren Wolf Jewelry collection at the NY Now market. While Lindsay and Isabel steadfastly manned the booth, Lauren and I walked the show, placed orders with our old favorite artists, and discovered some great new talent. It’s always wonderful to catch up with old friends (who have new babies) and jewelry-industry colleagues, grab some proper bagels and schmear, and dine at iconic restaurants like the Odeon. In between studio visits with Satomi Kawakita and Anthony Lent we were even able to squeeze in a quick trip to the Manus X Machina exhibit at the Met. It was the perfect whirlwind NYC visit!

ARTIST PATRICK DUNAWAY

August 15, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Last week we installed some fresh new drawings from Oakland-based artist Patrick Dunaway in the L.A. shop gallery. Patrick’s allegorical illustrations deal with themes of death, mystery and magic, most often as related to the harsh desert landscape. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Patrick and chat about this new body of work. Alexis: Your work contains heavily symbolic imagery, often of totems associated with the desert. I know you’ve spent a good deal of time as both a child and adult in Death Valley- what does the desert mean to you? Patrick: The desert is of huge significance in my life.  I grew up traveling though the West with my family and we have spent many Thanksgiving... Read More