Dogeared is the meaningful jewelry and accessory company dreamed up and crafted by Marcia. Born and bred in LA, the collection features dainty gold-dipped and silver necklaces, rings and anklets with powerful messages. From "good luck" charms ( THIS little horseshoe is the cutest) to silhouettes of your home state - each piece is designed to carry special meaning for the wearer. Plus, the necklaces come in different lengths which makes them absolutely perfect for layering!
How did Dogeared begin?
When I started making jewelry, I began selling it at the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena. It gave me the opportunity to have fun and be creative. We got to interact with our customers and discover what they were looking for and why a certain piece resonated with them. That’s the foundation upon which Dogeared was built. Then a friend of mine who worked for a department store chain gave me my big break – she loved my stuff, so she helped me get Dogeared into ten of their locations. From there, it was onward and upward!
What is your creative process like?
The creative process is hard to pin down. I do believe in going with the flow and following an idea wherever it takes you. When you’re in the zone – when something has really clicked in an organic way - things just flow and have a momentum of their own. If you have to force a concept or idea, somewhere along the way you’ve probably disconnected from the essence of what made it great in the first place. You have to start somewhere, and you have to keep moving forward no matter what. One pretty good idea can spark a bigger, better, greater idea. A certain amount of mental flexibility is required. Learning to listen to and trust your instinct is so important.
What are some of your favorite pieces/collections from the line?
Our Karma Collection is a personal favorite of mine. On an aesthetic level, it's clean, simple, elegant. But for me, it really gets its mojo from the message behind it: what goes around, comes around…which is our motto around here. The Dogeared brand is as much about why you’re wearing a piece as it is about what you’re wearing. And my rainbow pyrite necklace from our recent limited edition collection has been my true go-to piece ever since I first put it on. I pretty much live in that one at the moment.
Where in LA do you like to go for inspiration?
I’m obsessed with authentic textiles and bold visual art, so I love home stores. I like to hit all of those eclectic shops scattered along La Cienega, Robertson, Abbot Kinney, you never know what you’re going to find, and that element of surprise is great for jumpstarting my own creativity. And of course there’s the beach - it’s my favorite place to hang out and have a glass of wine with good friends….all of whom are incredibly inspiring