Chicago is a city with heart and stamina and art and incredibly deep and miserable winters and incredibly bright and wonderful people. No breaks. They all run together. It’s a city that’s already proven itself, and whose skyline is known the world over (I know this because I grew up in Chicago’s farming suburbs, and travel has resulted in people from every corner of the earth talking about the incredible buildings in my home city). Chicago doesn’t ask for permission. It’s a city of immigrants and farm kids and people who believe in doing and building and striving and putting in the hours. It’s a home to art and to science and to an aggressive (and hilarious) sense of humor.
Just wanted pop in to share a little behind the scenes action with you. We always create a collection months in advance & then have to sit on it, waiting for the season to come around. Some months fly, some months creep, but while we wait we can share a peek to give you a taste of what’s to come.
A couple of weeks ago, we shared a Day in the Life travel guide featuring our recent trip to Austin, Texas. In the guide, we mentioned our friend, Danny Trejo, who we met on the roadtrip a few years ago. While in Austin, we caught up with Danny & had the pleasure of adventuring around the city with him & his Between Shots podcast cohost, Alexander Hiers. Since they have the pulse of all things Austin, we wanted to ask them for more insights on this vibrant city.
Regardless of whether the forecast is fully aware of it, it’s officially spring! Which means it’s also time for spring cleaning. Or, at least, around here it’s time for spring cleaning. I need to pull open all the windows and let the kittens sniff the fresh air while I pull apart both the house and the studio and ask what’s totally essential and what’s just a remnant of a warm winter nest. The process is always one that seems romantic at the start, like fresh hell throughout, and like such a wildly refreshing gift at the end. Spring cleaning is self care.
The heart of Simon & Ruby is travel, leaving pieces of our hearts in places that move us, and finding new pieces of ourselves along the road. Two of the places closest to our hearts have been impacted by unforeseen disaster in the last two weeks.
A Day in the Life || Austin, Texas
My travel day started at 3AM. This afforded me two major things:
1. A full first day in Austin
2. A very snoozy flight, followed by a lot of coffee.
Thankfully, Austin lends itself to both very delicious coffee and varied options for travelers who desperately want to throw themselves into the local flavor but who also probably need a nap. To throw myself into the local flavor, I called Danny, who I met two years ago while on the road trip for Simon and Ruby.
Style Editorial with Zooey Magazine
You know how occasionally something happens to you & renders you totally speechless? This is a flashback to a television style editorial with Zooey Magazine did exactly that. Their stylist included our handcrafted jewelry in a feature that included actresses Gina Rodriguez, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Constance Wu, Marie Avgeropoulos, & Anna Wood.
Introducing the Hanalei Collection
Cascading artisan brass leaves woven with tropical colored semi precious stones are the hallmarks of our new Hanalei Collection. These whimsical bohemian styles have been inspired by the shape of leaves, the flow of waves, and the way Hawaiian breezes create movement in everything.
It’s been a month of excitement and noteworthy benchmarks here at Simon and Ruby. We just celebrated our 10th (TENTH TENTH TENTH) anniversary, and our newest collection, Hanalei, just launched. In this season of new and nostalgic alike we’ve been thinking about the aspects of this business we most love.
So, if you’ve been around for a bit, you know that we’re just a teeny obsessed with stones. Like, it might be a bit of a problem. But, we’ve obviously figured out the perfect way to feed the obsession – designing jewelry that focuses on the beauty of natural stones. We want to share a few of our favorites and a little bit of interesting info about them