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Since childhood, Kristine Franzese has felt a drive to explore the potential beauty in all raw materials. And coming from a family of men in the construction and design business and women either sewing or knitting, the idea of creating objects that are both useful and beautiful was always present.

After high school Kristine went to the Fashion Institute of Technology where she received a BFA in Interior Design. She eventually fell in love with the jewelry making process and went on to get an AAS in Jewelry Studio. She also completed several intensive classes with Cecelia Bauer, specializing in a technique called granulation and learning the art of hand-engraving while on the job. Kristine worked in the jewelry industry starting in 1994 and is still doing custom design work and hand-engraving today.

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  • Joined May 29, 2008

Favorite materials

recycled upcycled or reclaimed fabrics, wool, cashmere, cotton, linen, silk, hemp, canvas, organic cotton, vintage kimonos, metal purse fittings

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About

Since childhood, Kristine Franzese has felt a drive to explore the potential beauty in all raw materials. And coming from a family of men in the construction and design business and women either sewing or knitting, the idea of creating objects that are both useful and beautiful was always present.

After high school Kristine went to the Fashion Institute of Technology where she received a BFA in Interior Design. She eventually fell in love with the jewelry making process and went on to get an AAS in Jewelry Studio. She also completed several intensive classes with Cecelia Bauer, specializing in a technique called granulation and learning the art of hand-engraving while on the job. Kristine worked in the jewelry industry starting in 1994 and is still doing custom design work and hand-engraving today.

Now caring for her children at home, Kristine was reintroduced to knitting. At that time, felting wool and knitting handbags helped her satisfy her unyielding need to create. With the kids no longer toddlers, a business plan was developed that moved beyond hand-knits alone and into up-cycling sweaters and other natural fibers. Combining these with other eco-friendly fabric options, Kristine returned to her family roots and created the limited edition and one-of-a-kind handbags and accessories that you see today. Please Enjoy!

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