shannon davenport and julia wilson
fortune favors the brave
“We have the same sense of humor—that’s where things kind of started,” says Julia Wilson (right), half of the team behind the unwaveringly cool jewelry brand, Fortune Favors the Brave. “We watched Daria and basically hung out,” adds her partner in crime, Shannon Davenport, of their time as undergrads at UC San Diego. After parting ways—Shannon went to fashion school, and Julia went down the investment banking road—a doe-eyed vision of independence and disdain for accessories “spiky or sparkly” brought the Cali gals back together and pushed them toward the Big Apple.
The cross-country move was especially fitting given their aesthetic, which is a perfect manifestation of East Coast-meets-West Coast (note the unerringly awesome reinterpretation of the concho that Shannon’s wearing). Rugged and polished, their designs are carefully culled for the girl who is at
once ambitious and mellow. “Our collection is a reflection of us. We wear heels to work, but don’t really brush our hair,” Julia says.
More impressive still, the dynamic duo both works and lives together, in a treasure trove of a Williamsburg apartment. Our only remaining question: Are they in the market for a third roommate? —alisha prakash