I met Liz Esser the first year I moved to Raleigh. We were both vendors at a First Friday market downtown. During the slow moments I would drift over to her booth (where she had her earrings, necklaces and bracelets hanging from an Anthropologie-worthy display) and she would drift over to mine. We struck up a conversation and ended up trading some pieces at the end of the night.
Since then we’ve become friends. Liz is warm and funny, we always have a great time hanging out with her, her husband Mike and their two kiddos Jack & Haden. They are the sort of folk who know how to get things done and generously willing to help out those of us who aren’t – Mike was the friend who helped K tile the sun room last year for example.
I think her jewelry and my clothing compliment each other so well: she made the pieces I used in the Redress Raleigh fashion show earlier this year and they perfectly highlighted the edgy, tribal vibe I was trying to convey. Liz has a talent for combining materials and a great eye for graceful proportion – even when chunky her pieces seem to float. I was thrilled when she agreed to make an exclusive line to go with my Fall collection. In honor of it’s launch, I visited her home studio and asked her some questions:
How did you get started making jewelry?
What is inspiring you at the moment?
I guess it has always inspired me, but I am really into tribal/ethnic jewelry. I’ll always have a soft spot for jewelry from central Asia–the intricacy of the metal work keeps me in awe.
Currently its finding time to make anything, but its usually the business end of it. I’m horrible at promoting my business and finances.
Anything you are looking forward to?
I’ve given myself a mental goal that 2013 is going to be when I take Haden Designs to the next level. I kind of slowed down and gave myself a year to get used life with a new baby and a three year old. Now they are a year older, I’m used to it, its time.
How would you describe your personal style?
Do I even have one?? *Editor’s note: Yes! I’d say Liz’s style is relaxed, urban chic.
If money was no object, what item (object, piece of furniture, tool) would you buy for your home?
I would want an extensive, really kick ass record collection that I would play on my vintage record player with an amazing sound system that you could hear in any room of the house.
If you weren’t making jewelry, is there any other medium you would want to work in?