For my newest addition to the Living Jewelry project, I have Rebecca Rowe of Rowes Fashion. She and I met at a maker’s market in Ottawa and I fell in love with her designs. Right away we made a swap and we’ve been friends since – and not just because I continue to fill my closet with her beautiful clothing.
Rebecca is an absolute force of nature – there is never a time when she is not killing it in her business or helping other creatives like myself. Plus, she may be the only human who can match my coffee drinking abilities.
Without further ado, let’s welcome Rebecca!
Tell me a little bit about yourself!
I’m a designer from Ottawa and have been designing all my life. I’m not a huge fan of the outside, support local as much as possible, drink way too much coffee and go to the gym exclusively so I can eat ice cream. Clothing and style have always been something super important to me and I love how style and aesthetics can create a first impression.
What got you interested in fashion?
I’ve always been interested in fashion. I’ve been sketching clothes since I started drawing. It’s been a way of expressing myself, probably why my style changes so much.
You switch up your style every day?
Yeah, my style changes a lot depending on my mood or what I’m doing at the time. Consistent themes are dark colours and that’s about it.
Do you have different jewelry for each of your moods as well?
Actually no. I wear the same jewelry almost every day. Jewelry to me is so much more than an accessory – each piece has a story. I love how my main pieces are a part of my everyday style and I can jazz it up with some more special pieces.
So your jewelry is a more stable part of your style.
I wear jewelry like I wear my tattoos, they are all important to me and all have meaning. There’s nothing like a ring from your grandmother or a cool piece you bought from a local designer to help you feel connected to what you choose to wear.
Since your style changes up daily, how do you make sure that your jewelry collection suits your ever changing wardrobe?
I keep it limited. For pieces that I wear every single day, I choose basic metals, small pieces that go with pretty much everything. My more fancy pieces? Definitely necklaces. I really like longer necklaces that fall below the collar of whatever I’m wearing.
If I need something out of the ordinary, I’ll steal something special from my mom, that way I don’t need to buy something if I’m only going to wear it once.
I completely agree! No point in buying something that’s just going to sit in a box all the time.
Exactly. Before I buy something I have to be able to see it in my wardrobe. What outfit would I wear it with? Where would I go? If I can see it in my wardrobe then I go for it. If it doesn’t feel like me, I don’t do it. I prefer silver so I don’t buy gold, you know?
Yes! Don’t get caught up in this idea of trends or what you feel you should wear.
Nah, just be yourself, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable and spend way less money.
Where do you find these pieces that speak to you?
Mostly through local artisans or things I picked up on my travels.
I have travelled a fair bit throughout my life and when traveling I hate those tourist shops. You know the ones with the T-shirts that say the name of the city and you never actually wear?
Yes! And so many knick knacks. Snow globes and bobbleheads everywhere!
Terrible, right? So when I travel I will pick up a piece of jewelry instead. I consider these pieces way more special to me than anything else I have in my collection. My favourite not even being an actual piece. It was just a key that is now a pendant that reminds me of the last family vacation I took with my dad.
Now that’s way better than a T-shirt – and it will last a hell of a lot longer too.
Absolutely. Jewelry can survive to be passed down through generations – no T-shirt can do that.
For example, my grandmother gave me a ring when I was a teenager. She is Hungarian and when she escaped during the Hungarian revolution a small jewelry box came with her. It was a piece from that box.
It’s a very classic ring, silver with inlay of blue and green. It was a little beat up when I got it and worse now that I’ve been wearing it for years, but part of the reason I like it is because of the story and character it has.
That story gives me chills! The history of the ring can be traced in every ding and scratch. Beautiful.
That’s why I love it too.
Each piece of jewelry I own was collected during a different part of my life and if you were to put them all together they would show a timeline of my travels and my growth.
Well I for one am honoured to have a place amongst that collection.
I also want to thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me today.
Oh you’re welcome! I will take any opportunity to talk fashion.
You can see and shop Rebecca’s jewelry collection here.
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