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Top of Mind: Alynne Lavigne Has Lots of Thoughts on Trusting Your Gut

Top of Mind BY liz 06/14/2017

Welcome to Top of Mind, featuring a designer who’s been a part of the Of a Kind fam since wayyyyyy back (like, before Snapchat). This round, Alynne Lavigne, who along with her partner-in-shine Eve Tobolka, has been creating badass chokers and chunky, geometric earrings for their line (also named Alynne Lavigne) since 2008. She’s here to talk about getting through the early days and also fried plantains.



HOW THE DESIGN PROCESS HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST ALMOST-TEN YEARS:

“We design more for ourselves now and follow our instincts more. In the past, we would choose not to include a pair of earrings that were too big or a necklace that was too expensive in order to make our designs be a little more accessible. We’ve learned over time that there are plenty of other accessible designers out there, so now we’re just making the pieces we want to wear, and there are no rules. The collections have gotten smaller and bolder, but it’s working for us.”

 

WHAT’S BEEN PLAYING ON REPEAT:

“I’ve been loving listening to DVSN right now. If you like nineties R&B and you don’t know who these guys are, you’re welcome.”


MOST BRILLIANT RECENT DISCOVERY:

“Smoothie in a bowl! Just throw some fruit on top.”


THE MOST UNLIKELY PIECE OF GOOD ADVICE:

“Don’t quit your day job. Keep that shitty job for as long as you need to. Just avoid roles that are close to what you actually want to do. But that crappy job will motivate you to work harder towards your dreams. It’s easy to get stuck or sidetracked if you don’t feel motivated to grow.”



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BEST PART OF THE GIG:

“Collaborating on photo shoots has been so rewarding. We love handing over our jewellery to artists for them to use and interpret. Because content is integral to any brand these days, we consider ourselves so so lucky to have worked with such amazing artists, photographers and creative directors in Toronto.”

 

GREATEST RESTAURANT ORDER:

“The ceviche with fried plantains at Rhum Corner in Toronto is my go-to.”


THE PERKS OF DESIGNING AS A DUO:

“Our best work happens when we’re together in a room, and we can pass something back and forth, whether it’s a sketchbook or a pair of pliers. The best thing about being partners in this business is that you share frustration and failure, and you share success. Our motto is ‘always learning.’ When something happens that sucks or we misjudge and make a mistake, we just say ‘learning’ and shrug it off as a valuable lesson.”

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