Just in time for the holidays! Meet Megan Stacy, the California-based creative mind behind Salty Fox Jewelry, and read on to see her picks for last minute gifts and her advice for aspiring designers.
It was love at first sight when I discovered this edgy & gorgeous jewelry line, but the heart & soul of the entire operation comes from the designer, Meg. As we chatted, I found myself equally inspired by her joy for the creative arts and her ability to balance running her own business and jewelry line alongside her usual day job.
Whether elevating a simple tee or pairing perfectly with a dress for a night out, Meg’s pieces are sure to impress. Shop her holiday picks below (or directly on her website), but good luck with picking a favorite!
NP: Hi Meg! Can you tell me a bit about yourself and how you got into designing jewelry?
MS: I’ve been designing and running Salty Fox for over three years now and it definitely keeps getting more exciting and challenging to say the least! I also have a day job as a wardrobe stylist so everything for Salty Fox–working on pieces, visiting stores, shipping orders, doing photo shoots, vending shows–happens in my “down time’. It can get a little crazy, especially during the holiday season, but somehow it all comes together!
MS: I don’t always have typical weeks since it usually depends on where I’m at in the design process or season. I usually begin work in the evening and can be working on anything from making pieces to filling orders (I sell on my own site as well as other online platforms), bringing inventory to stores, sketching ideas, keeping up on inventory and supplies, wax carving, planning the next collection or photoshoot, preparing displays and pieces for a show… it is limitless, to be honest. There is always something I should be doing and often my weekends are devoted to jewelry and making it happen!
NP: What is your process for creating a new collection? Where do you look for inspiration for new pieces?
MS: There’s inspiration everywhere but for me a lot organically comes from the materials I’m using, so if I have a new piece to work with I’ll usually play around with it a lot. I typically try to challenge myself to come up with new ways to make connections or shapes so there is something new about the piece. At the same time, I try to have options for more delicate and simple pieces that compliment my more interesting statement pieces. It’s cool to have options for everyone while still keeping things cohesive with my aesthetic and direction for a collection. I just really enjoy experimenting!
NP: If you could collaborate with anyone for a collection, who would it be?
MS: That’s a tough one, but the first thing that comes to mind is a friend of mine, Jenna Levine of Kaolin & Quartz, who is an amazing ceramicist. We had once talked about creating some kind of multi media wall art or installation. It would be super challenging and really exciting to create something new while still lending some of my metal skills to the equation–I can only imagine the possibilities!
NP: Would you have any advice for someone looking to start their own jewelry or creative line?
MS: I would say start small: begin with Etsy to get an idea for selling and pricing and what goes into that side of the business. Stick to your strengths and don’t try to be something you aren’t, follow your gut when it comes to creating something new. And just go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose.
NP: What are your favorite Salty Fox pieces for the holiday season?
MS: This season I’m really into the statement ring that is still easy to wear and the Lennox Ring and Nico Ring are constant staples at the moment. Both are very lightweight but pack a punch–super fun pieces that can really make an outfit. I also have been wearing the Ani Necklace a lot, the turquoise version is great for day and the moonstone version adds a little luminous touch for a nighttime look.
One – Dylan necklace
Two – Lennox ring
Three – Rising Sun cuff
Four – Nico ring
Five – Valentina earrings