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After running into each other in elevators and at parties around Toronto all the damn time, Alynne Lavigne (right) and Eve Tobolka finally determined that enough was enough: They became fast friends, bonded over a shared jewelry obsession, and quickly took things to the next level with a line called Par Ici. “We started collecting vintage jewelry nine years ago—going to markets and stuff like that. It started snowballing from there; we started selling it, and then we started altering it, and then we started full-on designing, probably five years ago,” says Eve.
Now, stylists working on movies and music videos pull their creations for shoots—a perfect fit considering where the accidental business partners look for inspiration. “I really like female rapper videos, art deco, and, to be quite frank, Tina Turner in Mad Max—all the mesh chainmail and so much muscle and leg,” says Alynne, who sketches designs—as statement-making as they are timeless—in her basement studio. “The idea of someone finding our jewelry and collecting it makes us pretty pumped,” adds Eve. —jackie varriano
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