This delicate hand-hammered brass cuff with a slight v is beautiful on its own or stacked in multiples. Designer Marisa Haskell buys the brass she uses for this necklace locally in Oakland, California, and hand-hammers it in her studio. She sources as much of her materials from within her local community as possible.
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Why it's special
HandmadeEach piece is lovingly assembled
Locally SourcedMaterials and manufacturing from same location
Made in the U.S.A.Products manufactured in the U.S.
Size, Fit & Care
- Molds to fit wrist
The Brand Story
Bohemian, luxe, edgy. Throw in effortlessly cool, and you’re getting closer to capturing Marisa Haskell’s designs―and the woman herself. She reads “Surfing Magazine” for inspiration, and layers her clothes and jewelry in that second-nature California way. Before she started designing professionally, Marisa was making products out of scraps: “I started out by making leather bags, and used leather scraps and old beads, beach glass―the original pieces were leather, beach-y and had a bohemian vibe.” She was making pieces for herself and her friends when she began to get attention from stores and buyers, which led to her decision to start her own line. In April 2011, Marisa officially launched her business. The style has changed a bit with increased access to more materials. Early pieces were made to be adaptable: “The jewelry was often oversized; you could wear it long or wrap it around many times.” Having broadened her horizons beyond found objects, “I now use crystals and turquoise and hammered brass,” Marisa says.
The products start and end in the 14-by-17-foot studio in Oakland. Marisa begins the design process by drawing new basic shapes. She stays late in the studio, “screwing around with materials and trying new things.” The materials come from all over the world. Marisa is a regular at the annual auction in Tucson, Ariz., where she buys beads. Metal come from a local hardware store, turquoise from Nepal and beads from China. She uses Tibetan crystals and cords and Herkimer quartz from upstate New York. The lapis comes from Pakistan, which is known for delicate beadwork. Marisa trusts expert artisans to supply her with the best materials. “For us, what’s more interesting is that everything is handmade,” she says. “There are very few people actually doing that as their full-time business.” Once she has her materials, everything is made in typical Marisa style: by hand in the studio.
The Oakland Lifestyle
Marisa’s store is surrounded by people who are as creative and passionate as she is. Located in Temescal Alley, Marisa Haskell is part of a community of studios that have popped up over the last two years: “An old-timey barbershop, a menswear shop, an apothecary and an art gallery…These great little businesses all work together―local people from the community.” It’s definitely not all work, Marisa says, “we have a big party once a month that’s an art walk with music. The alley links up to the more popular restaurants in Oakland.” In this supportive community, Marisa stays true to her roots: “I often put things into the line that are scrap material―like leather trimmings turn into key chains―because we care about using the most of the materials.” So whether she is shopping in the neighborhood, going to happy hour with fellow artists, designing in the studio or shopping for her materials, Marisa sticks to her ideals: use everything, waste nothing, make it by hand.