Stylish people always have known the power of wearing the right accessories. A standout piece of jewelry, the right handbag, a pop of color—these simple things can transform an ordinary look into something extraordinary, make something from your closet seem new again, or even take it from casual to knock-your-socks-off edgy.
I have become very intrigued with Favery, a jewelry and accessories company that began as a wedding-focused Pinterest board. In December 2014 Favery was purchased by former co-workers and friends, Seattle-based Dawn Austin and Sarah Hehman, a resident of California. Starting in January, the two partners relaunched Favery as a retail website that hosts jewelry and handbags from 35+ designers and includes limited edition, one-of-a-kind pieces and designs exclusive to Favery. In addition to e-commerce via the site, Favery also employs “stylists” that host Favery events as well as consult for clients on a one-on-one basis. These stylists are based everywhere from Bermuda to California, come armed with knowledge on how to wear the latest pieces with your wardrobe, and bring a personal and exclusive look at select designers’ collections. Favery’s philosophy of “social shopping” brings their distinctive designs right to the customer’s doorstep.
Several years ago it was popular across the US to host or attend jewelry parties that featured pieces from a national jewelry company. If you live in Seattle, there is a good chance that you either hosted or got roped into attending one of these events.
The differences between that experience and this one are many, but mainly this: Favery jewelry is not a mass-produced product, but a carefully curated collection of designers that are presented personally to clients and at trunk shows. Favery’s core relationship includes lines like Okomido, by artist Midori Ferris Wayne, who designs eco-conscious jewelry from ethically-sourced materials, reclaimed precious metals and vintage gemstones. Painter and sculptor Julie Rofman’s bohemian style collection offers hand-beaded cuff bracelets, wrap bracelets, and necklaces. House of Lavande, Favery’s first fine jewelry collection, was recently added to the list of designers, and Queen Anne based designer Juliet Roger also has exclusive pieces available through the company.
In addition to jewelry, Favery has a perfectly eclectic selection of handbags, because no great look is complete without one. Super girl Sasha Muir of Butter London fame has her Bevee Bags represented, including all three styles in a delicious assortment of perfect pop of color chicness. Mar Y Sol Handbags, handmade in Madagascar by local artisans, are made from sustainable and organic raffia, sisal and sea grass, and sales support the economic independence of artisans and promote environmental conservation. The cheerful details like pompoms and floral designs make these whimsical pieces the quintessential summer bag.
I couldn’t resist getting myself a Portland-based Primecut Clutch during my visit—a perk and/or hazard of my job. I had a hard time deciding between the roomy oversized black and white cowhide clutch and the cool form-meets-function crossbody. The leather and hide bags are sourced from local and regional leather suppliers. No two are alike, and their designs are streamlined with gorgeous texture and color.
Collections can be exclusive to Favery, but not the designer themselves, who are all independent. Favery presents two collections a year, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter, adding one to two new designers a season. I was struck by the quality and beauty of all of Favery’s carefully curated collections. Whether you shop online or attend a trunk show, Favery is the perfect platform for showcasing unique jewelry, finding handbags with gorgeous details, and supporting great independent designers.
To shop Favery www.favery.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more regarding trunk shows and stylists.