Tat2 Designs: Jewelry for Everyday and Runway
Briana Erin, the Los Angeles-based jewelry designer behind Tat2 Designs, has created a collection that is equal parts everyday and runway.
Growing up in an artistic family, Erin was already selling her beaded necklaces to schoolmates at the age of nine. "My father is a creative director and sculptor, so I always grew up surrounded by a lot of culture and diversity, which definitely had a big influence on my aesthetic early on," says Erin.
Erin, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, has each piece of jewelry in the collection individually hand cast--utilizing antique finishes that are both distinct and personal.
"I design for the girl who is hip and stylish, but not trendy; someone who is sophisticated but young at heart," says Erin.
Rather than interpreting the artist's palette in terms of color, Erin prefers to interpret in terms of metal gradients. Tat2 Designs incorporates an array of vintage mixed metals such as copper, gold and silver plate, as well as wood, glass, pearls, semiprecious stones, leather, and woven cord. Greek coins, a signature accent that can be seen throughout the Tat2 collection, lend an air of classic charm to the line. "I love the texture and shape of the ancient coins; they never go out of style," says Erin.