Verabel + Fox designers Leeann Molinari (left) and Alyson Fox have been collaborating since 2007. But they’ve only hung out in-person once. Like, ever. It all started when Leeann, an art-school dropout who had just opened her own clothing store in Portland, Oregon, emailed Alyson and asked the Austin, Texas-based illustrator and graphic and textile designer if she would draw a logo for her new shop. “Leeann was just so sweet and so gracious and so understanding of the process,” says Alyson. “And ever since, we talked about what other collaborations we could do.”
A few years later, the ideal second undertaking came along: Leann stumbled upon a trove of thousands of old lockets online, and she scooped up the whole lot, embellishing them with patterns and illustrations—and selling them like hotcakes from an Etsy shop that became so popular she closed her brick-and-mortar storefront. After about a year, she brought Alyson into the necklace mix, forging an easy partnership where Alyson designs the patterns and Leeann crafts the jewelry—you know, whenever they feel like it. “It’s totally like, ‘Hey, I’m kind of tired of looking at the ones that are up there, let’s do new ones,’” says Alyson. As far as other collaborations go, the duo is looking to move into T-shirts next. “But I’m hoping that people love the lockets for a long time to come,” says Leeann. “Because I have a lot of them.” —raquel laneri
BEHIND THE SCENES
These lockets have their roots in Portland and Austin.
Wherein this Portland designer demonstrates a whole lot of self-restraint.