Looking for some sassy new jewelry? The Designer Spotlight is on Lisa from HaRLeY and MauDeS has you covered. She offers her funky pieces for sale on Etsy for individuals and sells items wholesale for retailers as well. Lisa was kind enough to answer some questions about the brand and her business.
Tell us about how Harley and Maudes came to be. What inspired you to start making jewelry?
Lisa: Ever since I can remember my mom has always been into to JuNking… so you can say it runs in the family. My sister, Mom & I hit junk stores, garage sales, auction etc… till our garages & basements were overflowing with JuNk. We decided we either had to quit junking or open a shop, so back in 2001 we opened our first shop in Caldwell, Kansas where I built furniture out of vintage pieces & other junk. We moved to Oklahoma in 2005 & yes we moved all our JuNk with us! I had found a company called Wells Ware that made soldered glass charms & stars like Cher were buying her jewelry. I loved these unique little charms & taught myself how to solder, there were no YouTube videos, Pinterest or other means to refer too at that time. It was definitely a learning process. Still have a lot to learn.
What are your favorite colors or materials you like to work with the most?
Lisa: Turquoise by far is my favorite color but I Love them all! Love working with metals, leather, beads, glass & so much more!