“Using fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty,” that’s what they do. A match made in heaven, 31 Bits have combined fashion and fair-trade and put over 100 women to work in Northern Uganda. The jewelry is made from paper beads which are coated and strung into great layered necklaces, simple little bracelets and much more.
Allison Mooney Design
Allison Mooney is a jewelry designer based in Chicago. She works with sterling silver, gold-fill, rose gold-fill, and semi-precious gemstones. Recently Allison has been focusing on modern, minimalist metal work. Her pieces are all beautifully and locally made by her.
Based in California, sisters Seana and Tara design and create jewelry right here in the USA. Most of their metals are recycled and use vintage components as possible. A small, indie line that we love!
All handmade in Montreal, each of her designs is a wonder of wearable art. Anne-Marie’s look is instantly recognizable and with two entirely new collections a year, it’s always changing. Her materials include magnetic pewter, limpid glass, luminous resin, and lavish gold.
Chavez for Charity
Chavez for Charity is a bracelet collection designed by Julie Marie Chavez that contributes to 10 different charities based on the color of the bracelet. A perfect pickup with a great cause!
Jewelry makers Rachel, Sarah, and Danielle conceive and create each piece from their studio in Milwaukee, WI. Inspired by strong geometric lines found in architecture and vintage textiles, they use brass, natural stones, and leather to make striking designs that are easy to style.
dconstruct makes eco-friendly resin and concrete jewelry using a minimum of 40% recycled material from waste of sky lights and vending machine production. Based in Canada, they source the organics and textiles incorporated in their work from artisan communities in developing countries around the world.
Edgy Petal is the creation of jewelry designer Lauren Gauger, hailing from the Chicago are, but now based in Mendocino, California. Her designs are feminine and subtly bold, playing with semi-precious stones and oxidized brass chain.
Freshie & Zero
Beth from Nashville Tennessee handcrafts each piece of jewelry with “love and a hammer” and Zero, her dog, by her side. Simple geometric shapes combine in interesting ways sometimes mixing silver and gold. If you look closely you can see the handmade details.
Gabriel John Candles
Locally poured soy-based candles with delectable scents for even the most discerning of olfactory glands. Recycled cardboard packaging is labeled and artfully decorated then tied with a satin bow. Makes a great gift for yourself or that upcoming housewarming. New scents change seasonally so check back for updates.
Greenola Style is a fair-trade, ethical handmade jewelry and accessories line based in Chicago. They focus on using fashion as a tool to create positive change in the world. Working with artisan entrepreneurs in both Bolivia and Kenya, Greenola creates fashionable jewelry and cold-weather gear. Be sure to check out their Alpaca hats and scarves- perfect for our Chicago winters!
Hand in Hand
A favorite in our apothecary section! Hand in Hand makes sustainable and ethical bath products that both look and feel beautiful. Not only are their ingredients sourced in an eco-friendly way, but for each bar of soap they sell, one bar of soap and one month of clean water is provided to a child in the developing world. All Hand in Hand products are made in the USA.
Founded in 1991, Hobo makes leather bags, clutches, and wallets that are both cool and functional. Vintage meets modern design in their classics that never go out of style. Beautiful quality and rich hues make Hobo an essential.
Holly Yashi has been designing and handcrafting jewelry as art in her northern California studio for 30 years. She’s known for her distinctive use of the precious and highly reactive metal, niobium, and Swarovski crystals. The metal will never tarnish or “turn” and it’s hypoallergenic. A great addition to our collection here at embellish!
Joy Accessories is a family run company (since 1972, Joy is mom!) that makes sure we have the season’s greatest new scarves and vegan leather bags.
JOYN is a socially-conscious fashion company that makes beautiful handmade and fair-trade bags and wallets. Their mission is to empower local entrepreneurs to help communities rise out of poverty. Based in Rajpur, India, they use traditional block printing methods and cotton weaving to create bags that are durable and fashionable.
Local designer, Julie Schmidt, is Juliet Jewelry. She uses simple geometric shapes in a matte sterling to create everyday elegance. Her diamond collection takes her simplistic designs and adds a sweet teensy diamond for some added sparkle. Juliet also works in brass, copper and other stones to create everyday, wearable pieces.
Latico Leathers creates quality leather wallets and bags with optimum organization and style elements- and has for years. After The Grateful Dead and crew became early-on fans, this leather company moved forward with a rock n roll twist creating other devotees in the music industry. Bridging vintage with modern, their soft leather bags are sure to be with you forever.
Virginia-based Laurel Denise uses her own unique script to adorn each of her leather bracelets and sterling necklaces with words of endearment or encouragement. Dainty sterling silver rectangles and circles have her sentiments laser cut into them in her lovely cursive script. Custom work is available.
Live Beautifully is a line of all natural body products made in small batches in Colorado. Nicole and Aaron’s lip balms, lotion bars, and perfumes come in seasonal flavors and scents that look, smell, and feel wonderful!
Lotus Jewelry Studio
Lotus Jewelry Studio is a beautiful jewelry line produced in Baltimore for the everyday woman. Travel, nature, and the beauty of the human spirit inspire Courtney Legenhausen in her designs. Our favorite sterling silver initial tags and birthstones are a perfect gift for new moms and grandmothers!
Makers Rachael and Tiffany create their jewelry line at their studio in Iowa City. Each piece they sell helps support non-profits that grow, give, and educate the importance of fresh food, following their mission that healthy food should be a right, not a privilege. Their necklaces and earrings are versatile, mixing metals and semi-precious stones. Their abundance bracelets in leather and string are some of our favorites!
Locally based Malia Designs was created to increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia. Products are made by non-profit organizations that pay a fair wage to producers and are “designed to carry a cause”. We carry the cotton line which include handbags, messenger bags, wallets, card cases and wristlets.
Marlyn Schiff began her career in the early ’80s working for New York fashion designers before designing her own jewelry line. Now based in Philadelphia, she loves designing fashionable jewelry with a unique and distinctive mix of textures, materials, and stones.
Three best friends with a serious case of wanderlust set out on a journey that landed them in India for four months. Falling in love with the people, markets, and textiles, they created Mata Traders, an ethical fashion company. Based in Chicago, they work with fair trade co-ops in India and Nepal to create handmade clothing and jewelry to help end global poverty and inspire ethical consumers and companies to change the fashion industry.
ME to WE
ME to WE is a jewelry company empowering change in local and global communities around the world. Their charitable foundation works directly with young people to build awareness of the root causes of issues like poverty, hunger, and the environment. From their, they work to shift from “ME” thinking to “WE” acting. With each purchase of a piece of jewelry, you help fund social change and make a positive impact in the lives and communities of those less fortunate.
Local jewelry designer Alex Agudo (aka Mr. Grapefruit) creates stunning color combinations of semi precious stones and sterling and gold. One of our go to designers for our brides-to-be his designs are often one-a-kind and never reproduced.
Rachel Marie Designs
Rachel Marie is a jewelry designer based in Michigan using stunning crystals to create beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Perfect to add some bling to your outfit!
Rapt In Maille
One of Chicago’s own, Melissa Banks, takes chainmaille to a new level with her Rapt in Maille line. Her designs are elegant, classy, and full of personality. Made of stainless steel so you never have to worry about tarnishing. Sure to become a go-to piece!
Rebecca writes that she “creates timeless pieces that are subtly different. The end result is jewelry that is casually elegant – easy to wear by anyone at anytime. It’s important for me to employ sustainable practices by using recycled metals, natural conflict-free gemstones, and making everything locally in Chicago.” We carry Rebecca’s sterling, gold-fill, and semi-precious stone pieces; custom work is available.
Founder Gina Riley wants to know, are you a rebel? As one of the most coveted lines in the store, the leather cuffs adorned with Swarovski crystals and semi precious stones add the perfect edge to any ensemble, dress it up or down. Similarly, the clutches and wristlets are sure to be a staple for any night out. Made of high quality Italian leather that will get even better as it ages.
Semaki & Bird
Our favorite stud earrings! Perfect for sensitive or newly pierced ears, their designs are in sterling silver or 14k gold vermeil. We carry a variety of different shapes- if you don’t see the one you’re looking for, just ask!
Serefina is an urban vintage artisan jewelry line based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Using metals from the ’60s and ’70s, they create contemporary necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with semi-precious stones and waxed linen cord. One of our favorite lines to style with anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a maxi dress. When you wear a Serefina piece, your friends will want to buy it off of you!
She.Rise is a handmade line of healing, fashion forward bracelets created by Sherise Eways in collaboration with Swarovski Crystal International. Each bracelet combines hand-cut leather and sparkling Swarovski crystals. Her copper magnet clasps are believed to have great healing powers and health benefits, improving circulation. Her bracelets are the perfect layering piece to add to your arm candy!
Luxuriously colored bags made out of high quality vegan leather. This Chicago-based company keeps you fashion forward without breaking the bank. Affordable and stylish clutches, wristlets, handbags, and scarves. Great new collection each season, always on trend!
Stylish Girl by Laila
Underwhelmed by her choices in bridal jewelry, she made her own, and a business was born. Many of Laila’s pieces incorporate crocheted sterling or gold fill wire and the Daphne cuff has been one of our best sellers since we opened.
Tracey Tanner is a Brooklyn-based designer and maker of handmade leather pouches, cosmetic bags, and handbags. Her leather pouches are available in a variety of playful colors and textures each season.
Veronica Riley Martens
Veronica Riley Martens is a Chicago-based jewelry artist creating eco-friendly pieces. Her necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are primarily made of Tagua nuts from the Amazon rainforests. Veronica plays with color and shape in her designs making each piece unique.