It’s my most favorite time of year – the leaves are turning, the air becomes brisk and smells of campfires, and flannel, boots, and snuggly clothes become de rigueur. Autumn is here, bitches. And in addition to making me joyful, autumn makes me want to give you great stuff to wear.
Fun story about how this collaboration came about: I recently moved to a new (see: amazing) neighborhood. I stumbled in to a local clothing store with a friend and we were going gaga for this jewelry in the display case. The darling sales associate moseyed over and we were telling her how much we loved the baubles. She exclaimed, “Oh, those are mine. I make those.” And the obsession began. In addition to being an all-around lovely human being, Janeane Bowlware, is the creative tour-de-force behind Redbud Jewelry, a Chicago-based, handmade, sustainable line of bespoke jewelry for the rebel in all of us.
At the heart of Redbud Jewelry is Janeane, an actress (ain’t she cute as a button?!) and metalsmith, who grew up on the sprawling plains of Oklahoma. Her work is hand cast (and not to worry, any bug or honeycomb casts are from found objects) and rough-hewn to reflect an appreciation for nature and a fluid, artistic aesthetic.
Sounds good, right? Allow me to sweeten the proverbial pot even more. All metals are ethically sourced and are manufactured in the United States. So, while the raw silver might come from Australia or Mexico (and again, ethically sourced), it is fabricated in to sheets right here in the U.S. (this is an important distinction, eco-freaks). From these raw materials, everything is made completely by hand by Janeane in her Chicago studio. It’s a one-woman show and a complete labor of love that shines through in all of the pieces. And no two pieces are exactly alike.
So, let us recap the badassery here:
- Handmade in the USA
- Ethically-Sourced Materials
- Unique – No two pieces are exactly alike
- Damn Beautiful – These are pieces you will wear consistently that will endure the trends and seasons
- Cruelty-Free and Vegan
Two lucky winners will receive one of Redbud’s top sellers: A Brass Arrow Bracelet ($40 value) or a pair of Sterling Silver Double Teardrop Earrings ($60 Value). Limited to US entrants only, please. * International readers: I love you and have something special coming your way very soon.