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How a Design Comes to Life

Jewelry development process At Rail 814, we are proud to offer original designs that are truly ours. All jewelry pieces are hand sketched by designers and brought to life through a painstaking process.  By sharing our jewelry development process, you will look beyond the beautiful jewelries and see them as pieces of art that inspire you. To aspiring designers, I hope this blog post will help you in preparation for working with factories or developing in a team environment. Let’s walk through the journey of making the Tropicalia collection… A page from Diana's mood board Collection Concept The birth of a collection begins with a core concept.  My first question to the designer when developing a collection is always “what inspires...

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AYK Leather Goods

Rail 814 was established to bring spotlight to emerging designers.  Believe in shopping small brands and getting to know the creator behind the pieces, I want to start a new blog series to salute these designers, makers, and innovators.  These people dedicate their heart and souls to bring their ideas to life. The results are beautiful products with the highest craftsmanship.  Through this series, I hope people will discover their new favorite brands and learn the unique story behind each creation.  Kicking off the series is my recent purchase: Bucket Bag by AYK (Photo Credit: AYK Instagram) AYK’s booth at the show   I had the pleasure to meet Angie, creator behind AYK, last year at the West Coast Craft...

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Heartwatch x Claire George

If you have listened to Heartwatch, you would fall in love with their music immediately.  If you have met Claire, the lead singer of Heartwatch, you would fall in love with her, too.  I connected with Claire over a Rebecca Minkoff cross body clutch earlier this year.  It was nice to find out that in addition to her love for music, Claire is quite on top of the fashion trend.  I’d also say she is a bargain hunter after seeing some of her recent finds at Wasteland in Haights & Ashbury.  Last month, I was invited to check out Claire’s performance at Neck of the Woods on Clement Street.  She was awesome on stage and got the crowd going.  It...

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Bryn Newman x GemRock

When we were looking for the face for GemRock collection, we knew we wanted a cool girl who is edgy with a little wild side.  But, she must also be lovable and personable.  It sounded almost impossible as we started the search for the It Girl.  Just as time was running out, a friend introduced us to Bryn Newman of Stone Fox Style.  Immediately we thought “she is it!” We had a blast getting to know Bryn on the photoshoot day, and the photos turned out beautiful.  Needless to say, the rest is history.  'Wes' Neoprene Panel Moto Jacket by Rebecca Minkoff Grey tshirt by Amour Vert (similar here) Rail 814 GemRock collection Jewelry Bryn recently did a feature about...

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GemRock Photoshoot Behind the Scenes

Last weekend, we did an amazing photoshoot with the amazing Bryn Newman (@brynnewman) of Stone Fox Style. We picked the background of Mission Bay, San Francisco, for its polished industrial setting, which cannot be more perfect for the new GemRock collection. On Bryn’s blog, she said “I am kind of crazy… in a good way”.  We couldn’t stop to wonder… how crazy? and what does she mean by “good way”?  But after spending a day with Bryn, we agree with her!  Bryn would make an exciting partner-in-crime if you ever want to have fun and paint the town, in this case – San Francisco.  Though we’d also say she the person you would want to have a nice brunch with...

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