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Kristen Elspeth

Echo Park-based jewellery designer Kristen Levy got her first taste of design while learning Native American beadwork at the age of 10. Exploring the jewellery boxes of her mother and grandmother, she would rework broken jewellery into pieces for herself. 

The current collection's minimalist and modern aesthetic is rooted in nature and draws inspiration from from indigenous reverie, honoring the African Porcupine. Kristen uses their quills to create some of the collection's signature pieces. Porcupines shed their quills naturally, like hair, which are then carefully gathered and cleaned, leaving the animals completely unharmed. Porcupines and their quills represent trust, innocence, invincibility, intelligence, and are symbols of protection from dark spirits.