For Toronto’s Allison Asis, fashion was always more than just a hobby—which is why she started a personal style blog in the mid-aughts (it was the thing to do!) to share her evolving style. One thing that didn’t feature heavily in those early posts? Jewelry. Allison didn’t see her minimalist style reflected much in the chunky accessories that were popular at the time, so she decided to take matters into her own hands. While hustling at her marketing career during the day, Allison started taking metalsmithing and wax casting classes in her spare time, tooling around with the kinds of elegant, sculptural necklaces and earrings she wanted to wear. But it was while dressing others that things really clicked for her, Allison remembers: “It was during those first experiences of women trying on pieces I made and feeling happy and confident in them that I knew I found what I had been searching for.”
In 2014, Allison took the plunge and launched Cadette, a line of small pieces inspired by midcentury artists and sculptors like Barbara Hepworth, Jean Arp, and Alexander Calder—think tiny female silhouette pendants and free-form studs shaped like puddles. And while Allison doesn’t blog anymore, she does make every piece by hand in her Toronto studio—because who needs free time?