Allow me to introduce you to Abigail McKenzie, aka Abbie. She is not only amazingly talented and creative, she is kind, hard working, and truly inspirational. Just a few weeks ago, she was selling her belongings, packing her bags, and buying a one way ticket to New York to follow her dreams. Living in Texas her whole life, she was nervous, excited, and anxious about the big change, but said “life is about challenging yourself and simply about doing things” – you go, girl! She has now moved, settled in, and began her journey of pursuing her dreams and passions.
What started off as a jewelry line in 2012 has evolved into a brand focused on handcrafted leather products, with each leather item cut, dyed, and stitched by hand.
Abbie describes her style as very minimal – simple pieces of jewelry that are universal – either to wear alone or great for layering – “I primarily use a lot of natural stones and freshwater pearls in my jewelry pieces – turquoise is a definite must!”
And for her leather goods – “When constructing leather items, I will go to the local leather shop and choose a hide from a pile. My favorite hides are the ones with lines and rough edges. It adds character to the piece and a lot of times you will see those rough edges on the closing parts of my clutches. Instead of cutting the edge off to make a straight or v-cut finish, I like to leave the rough, asymmetrical look.”
I am so happy to have gotten to know Abbie. Not only do I love her simple, neutral style – I simply just adore and admire her for who she is. She has been a constant inspiration to me, and I look forward to seeing all her future creations!