WEARING: Vintage dress from the general store and Sven clogs.
TEMESCAL ALLEY, OAKLAND
AILAND KEELY BRUNS aka “KEELY”
As an Esqueleto alum and longtime neighbor in Temescal Alley, we’ve long admired Keely’s dry humor, warm heart, and spot-on style. She keeps her color palette monochrome in black and white, with a generous smattering of yellow gold, diamonds and super cool tattoos from head to toe. We met up over iced tea (Keely skips the caffeine) so I could scope her enviable look.
Danica: You've made jewelry, worked for jewelers (Love Adorned, ESQUELETO, and Marisa Mason), and are an avid collector. What sparked your interest in jewelry?
Keely: (Laughs) Well, at first I just really needed a job [when I started at Love Adorned in NY]. But I fell in love with it pretty quickly from there.
D: What do you love most about living in Oakland?
K: The food, mostly. And all the nearby nature is cool, too.
D: Can you tell me a little more about what you do? You recently graduated from cosmetology school and started barbering at Temescal Alley Barbershop, which is the family business (your father’s shop). That’s definitely a shift from the female-dominated world of fine jewelry! How’s it going?
K: In barbering you can really turn someone's day around. And talking to people all day s the best. You learn so much, such as but not limited to: what are the best cult documentaries, the history of knife making…
D: What are your wardrobe staples?
K: My Black Acne Pistol boots, black Imogene and Willie Elisabeth jeans, white t shirt, and vintage jean chore coat from Reliquary.