OneSixFive Makes Jewelry So Simple It's Stunning
Kaleigh Shrigley and Claire Lowe met while working at Rowe Boutique; from there, an entrepreneurial journey began.
Shrigley, a jewelry design graduate from CCAD, had been unofficially selling her work for years when she taught her coworker, Lowe, an OSU graduate with a master's degree in fashion studies, the ropes. The rookie quickly picked up the basics, and the pair realized their shared passion could be a full-time commitment. They quit their jobs and, in 2014-after bouncing around to a tiny apartment, an attic and, finally, a showroom-OneSixFive Jewelry was born.
Rowe fashionista Maren Roth was the first to sell their minimalist pieces and, before long, the positive feedback was rolling in. "There was no turning back," Lowe says.
Lowe describes the handmade pieces as minimal and quirky but good for everyday wear. The designer's favorite pieces, including the Serpentine ear crawler, Monument ear jacket and Barbell cuff, reflect the latest accessory trends. Shrigley explains their aesthetic in one word: funky.
Time spent outside their chic showroom-office is often spent together. You can find them getting their daily McDonald's order (two sweet teas) during the mid-morning commute, working on making Shrigley's boyfriend and Lowe's husband best friends and squeezing in some exercise.
And, though Shrigley and Lowe acknowledge it's been a learning process, they're hopeful to soon build a small-but-mighty team. With a solid market niche and new products coming this fall (they're experimenting with semi-precious stones), the duo's glad they made the leap.
Says Shrigley of the work: "There's never a day where I don't want to go."