Faris Du Graf launched her namesake line out of her basement as a side project, thinking of it initially as more of a creative outlet than a business. But with some encouragement from friends and family, and a rapidly growing following, she quit her day job and dedicated herself to it full-time, finding inspiration in everything from hip-hop to historical art. Having moved up and out of the basement, she now handcrafts the pieces in her Seattle studio, each one a small sculpture meant to adorn and embellish, but never overpower.
As with many a great invention, Holly Ryan's eponymous jewelry line was born out of necessity—or desire, at least. Unable to find clean, cool, structural pieces in her native Australia, Ryan decided to start designing her own baubles. "Jewelry is so much more than something you wear," Ryan has said. "It becomes part of the wearer, a signature." Focusing on architectural shapes, locally sourced materials, and quality craftsmanship, Ryan strives to create functional, everyday items that you'll want to return to season after season.