Momento Mori

July 27, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
At Esqueleto we’re continually fascinated by the strange and beautiful tradition of memento mori. Literally translated to “reminder of death,” this type of jewelry was crafted to remind the wearer of human impermanence or to commemorate a loved one who had passed on. The style has ancient roots in cultures around the globe, but garnered a special level of mainstream popularity in Georgian-era Europe (1714-1830), with pieces featuring skulls, skeletons, and even real locks of human hair (?!!). While some of the heavier symbolism may have dissipated in modern times (think: effective medicine, older life expectancies, safer travel), the imagery remains influential in... Read More

LA Grand Opening Party

July 20, 2015
by Alexis Adams
We are so excited to open our second location in sunny Los Angeles! When we thought about expanding Esqueleto, LA immediately came to mind. After exploring several areas, we knew the Echo Park neighborhood was the only one for us. We fell in love with a simple, high-ceilinged, light-filled, white brick building and decided to dive in. The new store carries many of the same artists as the Oakland shop, but we wanted to curate with a more modern, graphic eye here and add some only-in-LA lines as well. We are thrilled to add Kaylin Hertel, Jovana Djuric, Peter St. Lawrence, Meagan Donegan and Rachel Steiner to the LA lineup. A grand opening party will be held on Saturday August 8th, 2015 from... Read More

Exploring Echo Park

July 13, 2015
by Alexis Adams
One of the best things about opening a new location is discovering all the great things about our new neighborhood. Whether it’s a new go-to lunch spot, fellow shopping destinations, or just a great place to walk the dog, Echo Park has a lot to offer! Ampal Creative: One for the boys – this limited edition hat shop is the creative output of Andrew Potash, the brother of our talented jeweler Nick Potash. Crafted in LA from deadstock vintage and hard-to-find fabrics, each headpiece is unique. Guisado’s: Hands down the best tacos in town. Located right across the street from Esqueleto LA, I’ve been chowing down here almost every day. Try the quesadilla, a weird but wonderful concoction... Read More

July Picks: The Modernist

July 6, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
Ursa Major Rose Gold Bamboo Ring God, I love this ring. What is it about the combo of rose gold and bamboo that just makes me swoon? I don’t wear a lot of color or patterns, so this ring offers up the perfect amount of tropical pop to put me in a warm weather mood. Cat Bates Silver Pelican Clip Bracelet What is it about this bracelet (which can be worn as a rad necklace, too) that makes me feel like I’m drinking cheap beer with Jimmy Buffet on a fishing boat off the coast of Key West? It’s a casual piece of luxury that I could easily see myself- or my man- wearing all summer long. AESA Infinite Horizons Necklace This is a great throw-on-over-your-head necklace to pair with... Read More