Accessories…many people say they make the outfit. From shoes, to bags to jewelry, sometimes the pieces we add after we are dressed make the biggest statement. I think that statement is even better when it’s local, and not only benefits the wearer, but the maker too.
I recently was introduced to a company called Rebel Nell that intrigued me right away. Number one, their jewelry is beautiful. Number two, it’s unique – made with graffiti paint chips from Detroit, Flint and Chicago (local – I live in Chicago). And number three, it supports women in need. Rebel Nell employs Detroit women in need of work that face barriers to employment (also local – I am from Michigan). Not only do they employ these women, they educate them too, on things such as financial management and life wellness. These three things make them not only an accessories company, but one with a lot of heart.
I can’t wait to style all the amazing pieces that I now proudly get to call mine, but I was so excited about this company and their beautiful pieces that I had to share them with you now. (Styled looks to come soon!) What makes these pieces fun is that each is truly one of a kind. Or as Rebel Nell says, “one of no other kind.” It’s incredible that street art (graffiti counts as that sometimes, right?!) can be upcycled into wearable art. The colors in each necklace, bracelet and earring sets are unique, but gorgeously melded together. And with the colors of the so called “stones” as the boldest feature, the jewelry itself is understated, making it easy to wear with almost anything.
Next time you think about accessories, think not only about how they can enhance your look, but also how they can enhance the lives of others. Company’s that care do exist, and they not only do beautiful work, they also have beautiful souls. And in this case, beautiful jewelry.
P.S. If you are in Chicago this weekend (April 26-28), you can check out Rebel Nell in person at Chicago Truborn. This event supports local, emerging and established artists. They are often times referred to as the “anti” gallery, they support street, urban and graffiti artists.
Signed with Style,