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Behind The Scenes

Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson on How to Rock Their Jewelry

Julia Wilson and Shannon Davenport of the chillaxed jewelry lined Fortune Favors the Brave have the kind of unique, gracefully cool style every girl wants to cop—and they make it look like it ain’t no thing. “Julia’s a little more tomboy, and I’m more bohemian,” says Shannon of what distinguishes their looks. “We are major wardrobe sharers, but we also wear things differently,” Julia adds. “We love jewelry because it’s something that can be passed down. Jewelry is a keepsake—you can give it to your kids or get it from your grandmother. It can create a really emotional connection for the person wearing it.” Below, the stylin’ gals talk us through some of their creations. —alisha prakash Julia (left): “I like masculine things. I like big sweaters, boyfriend-looking clothes. One of my goals in life is to be more laidback.” Shannon: “I take risks. I like to experiment and play with colors and patterns. I also think I’m more grungy—I like Doc Martens a lot.” Shannon: “This is my favorite necklace in the collection. It has a cool filigree cut-out, and I think the length is really great because you can wear it over a T-shirt or over a button-up and a sweater. We played around with the matte texture for the first time, too. We wanted it to be a statement piece, but a little more subtle.” Julia: “Everyone can wear the studs we made for Of a Kind for our first edition. We love them because they give a nice pop of color right by your face that totally changes the way you look.” Shannon: “We started out with a Southwestern concept, and although we wanted to evolve, we kept the traditional Southwestern rope detail. I like that this cuff is rustic, but it’s also modern—a little tough. It’s a great example of something that’s pretty and feminine, but also strong.” Julia: “Shannon and I both tend to pile on five or six rings when we leave the house in the morning. For me, it’s a way to feel a little tougher. We love turquoise—it reminds us of California—and braiding is a big thing in our current collection. Shannon and I both love long hair and braided things.” Score their latest edition tomorrow! Exciting, we know.
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On Vacation With Fortune Favors the Brave

The photo above—taken by Arnaud de Rosnay—pretty much sums up the duo behind the silver-fueled jewelry line, Fortune Favors the Brave. The shot of two carefree girls in braids, which is hung in Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson’s immersive Brooklyn loft, doesn’t depict the two, but it may as well: Julia (brunette) and Shannon (blonde) travel the world looking for treasure—ideally in the form of inspiration for their line—as often as possible. “Shannon and I are escapists,” Julia says. “We’re always dreaming about living on an island or moving to the desert or the woods.” Here, the girls sift through photo albums of past trips to get to the root of some of their designs.” —alisha prakash Shannon taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland: “This first picture is a natural spring—it’s the one thing you do in Iceland—and the color is a crazy milky blue. We really like opaque stones because it’s a way to have color without being super glitzy.” Julia hitting up the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris: “While I was there, I was thinking about how a lot of architecture in Europe is inspired by religion. There were cool shapes that we wanted to apply when we were going through the new collection. The cross pendant necklace is very clean and it’s got a nice square shape to it.” Shannon getting wild in the desert in Namibia: “The desert was a really big inspiration for us in general—the arid, tough, isolated feeling.” Julia soaking up the sun on an island off Railay in Thailand: “In Thailand, there’s gold everywhere. When I was there, I also saw so much texture in the landscape. We wanted to infuse that blend of gold and texture into our collection.” Shannon horseback riding in Mozambique: “This was taken when I lived in South Africa for a little while. I got a lot of cool jewelry while I was there—basic, chunky, copper cuffs that were the inspiration for pieces like this one.” Come back tomorrow to score the duo’s way-cool holiday-ready edition!
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