Fiestyelle's designer, Lindsay Yang, makes some fabulously fierce earrings — the kind that drew me right in when I saw them for sale at an eco-fashion shopping party a couple of years back. The pair I bought were two sets of earrings in one; a light-as-anything bamboo pair overlaid with an even lighter set of felt in a leaf pattern, slightly smaller and hanging in front. I quickly realized that I could wear them together, or each one separately, making for a number of different looks.
And that very idea of interchangeability is what makes Fiestyelle a different kind of earring. Made with thought about how women actually wear jewelry, and the need we all have for flexibility, each item in the newest collection can not only been changed up, but is also reversible (meaning twice as many varieties). And all the pieces are made with eco-friendly materials that also happen to be light enough, meaning they don't hang and pull on the ear (even when both pieces of the two-part earrings are worn together).
Here's how Lindsay keeps her operation, which includes earrings, brooches, and necklaces (as well as some cute decor items, like coasters), green:
We're committed to using eco-friendly materials such as bamboo ply, 100 percent wool felt and vegan suede. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, making it a sustainable resource. Wool felt is also an eco-friendly, natural material that can be disposed of in a environmentally responsible manner. Lastly, our vegan suede is made from recycled polyester film and plastic bottles.
The feistyelle office keeps it green! The vast majority of our packaging is made from recycled content. We recycle all packaging and materials.
We're all about local production! All pieces are designed and assembled by hand in San Francisco. We are committed to working with local vendors (suppliers, manufacturers, printers) whenever possible. We're also a proud member of SFMADE, promoting manufacturing in San Francisco.
We donate all material remnants to a local nonprofit creative reuse center.