I discovered Digby and Iona a few years ago at Catbird. Maker Aaron Ruff creates incredibly gorgeous, unique pieces of jewelry that are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I was thrilled to get a chance to learn more about Aaron and his collection…
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
History, nature, and random scraps of trash.
WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR LINE?
After working as a carpenter, then woodworker, I wanted to try my hand at a new craft.
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR LINE?
History, classic literature, and the drive to make heirloom quality jewelry.
WHAT DRIVES YOU?
The almost psychotic need to out do myself.
WHAT IS NEXT?
I want to continue on the same trajectory by expanding my craft, and workign on my high end lines. Maybe even open a brick and mortar store in the near future.
WHERE DO YOU DESIGN?
Everywhere, but most successfully over a few drinks.
WHERE ARE YOU MOST INSPIRED?
WHERE DO YOU MAKE YOUR COLLECTION?
My studio is in Cobble Hill Brooklyn in the old elevator shaft of a warehouse building.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOP?
WHY DO YOU MAKE YOUR COLLECTION?
In order to keep up with the constant overflow of ideas.
WHY IS AMERICAN MADE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Local manufacturing and being able to interact face to face with manufacturers.
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