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SPOTLIGHT: ADELINE

Adeline-collage We are thrilled to host Lindsay Olson, the Oakland-based designer and maker behind Adeline Jewelry, for a trunk show in our Los Angeles location this weekend. Lindsay’s edgy but sophisticated staples make her jewelry a favorite amongst Angeleno cool-girls. Join us Saturday and Sunday to meet Lindsay, shop her full line, and snack on cider and cookies.

Adeline Jewelry Trunk Show Saturday Dec. 12th 10am-6pm Sunday Dec. 13th 11am-5pm 1298 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 947 - 3508

I called Lindsay up to chat about her line, her inspirations and challenges, and her favorite things about life in Oakland. Alexis: Hi Linds! Excited to see you next weekend. So tell me a little about how you got your start as a jeweler and designer. Lindsay: Making jewelry had been a favorite craft for most of my life; I loved beading as a child and had a pretty impressive bead and rock collection! I always felt really peaceful putting things together and manipulating materials with my hands. When I was studying abroad in Florence, I took my first metalsmithing class and something clicked. Though I got sidetracked for a few years in the publishing industry, I returned to fine jewelry while living in New York, where I worked as an apprentice in a very old-school atelier on the Upper East Side. adeline A:How would you describe your design aesthetic? L: Rough, yet elegant; my designs are raw, but with clean, geometric lines. I always like to playwith that delicate balance between tough and pretty. I want the wearer to look at the piece and be able to see that it was made by hand, so I keep things undone a bit: you'll see the texture I left in from the file marks. Nothing gets too polished. A: You also manage production for Lauren Wolf Jewelry and serve as Esqueleto's in-house jeweler. How do you manage all that and also run your own business? L: It's a real balancing act. I work on Adeline in the evenings and on weekends. There are days when I can't wait to get home and work on my own collection, and then there are certainly days when I can't bear to be at the bench for another hour. For the most part, though, being a part of the Esqueleto team is totally inspiring. I'm incredibly lucky to work for such a generous and supportive woman. Lauren encouraged me to show my work at the shop a few years ago, and since then has pushed me to stretch my designs as far as I can. I will always be grateful to her for that. A: You are Oakland born and bred. What are a couple of your favorite things about the city? L: It's the diversity, in every sense of the word. You meet people from every walk of life here. There are hundreds of cuisines from all over the world. The art and music scene is insane. Even the landscape - those gorgeous deco buildings set against the San Francisco Bay, nestling against redwood forests. It's a city with real grit, but there's such a beautiful heart at its core. Oakland's the underdog, it's real. Also... the weather is just freaking perfect. But I can't wait to come to L.A. next week!