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Behind The Scenes

Shannon Davenport & Julia Wilson’s Awesome Upstate Adventure

“For us, inspiration is all about getting away,” says Julia Wilson, one-half of the ridiculously cool jewelry line, Fortune Favors the Brave. “Every summer, we plan a trip around Julia’s birthday with a group of friends,” adds Shannon Davenport, the Romy to Julia’s Michele. This year’s escape? A weekend at a badass barn in Tivoli, two hours from NYC. Way more on that—and the inspo they gathered—below. —alisha prakash Julia: “As you drive out, there are all these beautiful farmers’ markets. I bought seven jars of apple butter, which were the best thing ever. We also got jam, peaches, berries, and homemade granola.” Shannon: “We’d sit outside the house, and there’d be these huge butterflies and dragonflies that would come and land nearby. Our next season will have some insect pieces—we’re using the dragonfly, in particular, as inspiration—so it was exciting for us to see them.” Julia: “Shannon and I are obsessed with building fires. It takes us longer than it probably should, but it’s well worth it once we get it going. Shannon taught me. It’s one of the many things I learned from her—she’s an excellent fire-maker. We sat around the fire and made s’mores.” Shannon: “There was an outdoor shower, which was incredible. It’s a pretty sizable private, wooden booth, and you’re surrounded by trees. The wall is pretty tall, so no one can see you—but there’s no roof, so you can see the sky. It’s really relaxing. There’s also a tree rope swing, which I really liked, so I spent some time on there, too.” Julia: “That was my bed because I was the birthday girl. The ceiling was really high. This and all the beds were separated by curtains, so it was like a big sleepover—you could talk to everyone while everyone was falling asleep.” Shannon: “There was a big wall with feathers sticking out of it, plus a whole library of books and interesting trinkets that made you feel like you much farther than only two hours outside of the city.” Julia: “This is my French bulldog, Bebe. She’s eight months old. One of our other friends had her Frenchie—it was a big group of us with dogs and friends.” Shannon: “There were also these really amazing Persian rugs. The whole place had a feeling of luxury even though it was very rustic.” Julia: “This is Bard College. They have a beautiful garden overlooking the Hudson River. That was probably the most magical part of the trip. We saw all these young, hip people and the guy who plays Ray from Girls. We were like, ‘Wow, this is really the Brooklyn of Upstate New York.’” Julia: “We played a lot of cards here, but we also went on a lot of walks. The barn is on an acre of land, and on the property, there was this really beautiful creek. Overlooking the creek, they had this wooden deck where you could do yoga—a meditation deck—so we spent some time out there, relaxing, which was really nice.” Shannon: “The whole place represented getting out of the city, into a rustic environment with nature and quiet that was removed from our busy lives. Also, the big thing for us for in this collection is that we’re using color a lot more than we have before. We associate with the colors in nature. Everything seems a little more vibrant.” Get ready to be blown away by this dynamic duo’s new edition—available now!
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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.” This traveling duo made a new must-see edition—check it out, now!
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