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Get Inspired: Packaging for Monsieur Bojangles Handmade Jewelry


Great packaging is not an accident. It takes intention, direction and inspiration. Most importantly, it has to be expertly executed and fully aligned with the brand it represents. This is true with commercial products and it’s equally true with handmade ones. I love finding packaging that speaks volumes about the contents and this is certainly the case with Peter Kortleve’s packaging for Monsieur Bojangles. This handmade jewelry collection, designed by Roy van Creij, is wonderfully represented by Peter’s packaging design. I thought you might get a kick out of this one, so enjoy.



[faktory_blockquote title=”About The Branding” subtitle=”Peter Kortleve” size=”normal”]Monsieur Bojangles was ready to take a next step and asked if I would design the lay-out of a matchbox-inspired package for his bracelets, something extra – call it: a nifty collectors item – for his customers. Using the slogan ‘Inspired by life outdoors’, owner Roy van Creij wanted to give the package a sturdy look by having an illustration of a lumberjack on the cover.

That was my starting point for the sleeve that had to radiate quality, craftsmanship and authenticity. Next to the lumberjack and some of the typography I also drew the characteristic D-shackle of the bracelets for the back side, which tells the story about the brand and the product.[/faktory_blockquote]



[faktory_blockquote title=”About The Brand” subtitle=”Monsieur Bojangles” size=”normal”]Established in 2013. Monsieur Bojangles lifestyle originals are inspired by an active life in the outdoors. All our paracord goods are handmade in Holland on a traditional method. Made from high quality American made type III commercial grade 550 paracord. Along with a keen eye for quality, detail, beauty and practical use.

Our paracord bracelets are not only a beautiful accessory on your wrist. But they are also extremely durable and practical. Paracord was originally used in the suspension lines of U.S. parachutes during World War II. Today it is still part of the U.S. army standard equipment. It is also used for many practical purposes such as outdoor building shelter, shoelace, fall or as a splint for a broken ankle and various other improvised solutions. Monsieur Bojangles offers outdoor inspired goods that represented quality, craftmanship and authenticity. Classics that can withstand the test of both trends and time. For folks from all walks of life. [/faktory_blockquote]




[faktory_blockquote title=”About The Maker” subtitle=”Roy van Creij” size=”normal”]My name is Roy, I work parttime at designing and creating things for my etsy shop, which holds a variety of outdoor accesories such as paracord and leather bracelets, keychains and other products inspired by life outdoors. I’ve been creative ever since I was little, and I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing, working with wood, making bracelets or painting.

Additionally, I love to photograph things and moments. Taking photos is one of my many passions. Besides my family and spending time outdoors. In short, creating is what I love to do, whether it is with paracord, leather or with a camera capturing images.

When I’m not working or taking photos you can find me cycling, hunting for vintage, making lists, playing with my kids, gardening, exploring the internet, reading paper books and magazines, listening to music, walking in the forest, drinking soda from bottles (because it tastes better that way), finding excuses to travel and taking care of a dog.[/faktory_blockquote]




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Handmade Profiles: Stunning Handmade Jewelry by Shahla Karimi


If there is one collection of handmade jewelry that you need to see today, please make Shahla Karimi’s that collection. One of the things I love about running the LAB is discovering yet another maker who blows me away with their talent and designs.

I initially discovered Shahla’s work via Pinklion, one of the best online destinations for modern handmade goods, and I was completely smitten. Once I saw her entire collection, I knew I had to feature her work.

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Shahla pulls inspiration for her collection from the diverse places that she has lived, like San Francisco, Kentucky and New York. She’s also heavily influenced by her Native American and Persian roots. Blending all of these veins of inspiration together into one collection would appear to be a daunting task, but she does it effortlessly. The pieces are modern and bold, with geometric shapes coexisting with freeform. The collection manages to be both organic and structured at the same time. This juxtaposition gives Shahla’s work a dynamism that is absolutely magnetic. You simply cannot turn away!

Below you will find an expressive interview with Shahla for my continuous Handmade Profile series. Her thoughts on inspiration and creativity are some of my favorites. Afterward, please visit the shop of this talented handmade jewelry designer and let us know what you think of her work in the comments below. What’s your favorite piece?

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What inspired you to begin your collection?
I am half middle eastern so I grew up being adorned in gold bangles and gemed-out necklaces! I didn’t consider starting my own line until I started taking metal smithing and casting classes about 8 years ago. From the first piece I made, I knew I wanted to create my own line one day – I wasn’t able to dedicate myself to it full-time until 2014. It’s been like a dream ever since!

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Describe your creative process. Where do you start?
My goal is to always make the pieces I want to wear so that is usually were I start. I think about what isn’t out there yet that I want to own! To get original shapes I love using urban landscapes – for example, the shapes of Parsian bodies of water and New York City transit maps. I try to distill beauty from ordinary things.

How do you maintain your creative drive?
I go to a lot of museums and spend time with people I find inspiring! Generally I try not to force a concept – I’ve recently stopped designing according to the fashion calendar – now that I have my core collections, I am making capsule collections as an idea comes instead of feeling the pressure to come up with a concept on demand every February and September.

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Shahla uses an intersection of old world techniques and new world technologies.  Everything is designed in 3-D and pieces are prototyped using 3-D printers.  Once designs are refined, the final pieces are formed with high-resolution printers then burned out and cast using traditional “lost wax” casting techniques.  All manufacturing is done locally in NYC.

About The Designs, Shahla Karimi

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What materials do you love to use?
I am currently coveting Pink Opal set in 14k gold but silver and turquoise will always be my favorite combination!

Every product has a story. Is there a story behind one of your pieces that stands out to you?
The new Parisian Waters collection is my current favorite! The pieces were formed from the shapes of bodies of water in Paris parks – the negative spaces in the pieces are where there were land masses in the waters. Reflective metal replaced everywhere there was water.

Do you have a dream collaborator?
I would love to create pieces for a Public School fashion week show!

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Inspiration comes from places Shahla has lived – Kentucky, San Francisco, and New York.  Rural / urban juxtapositions are featured in the first collections, like the interlocking Honeycomb rings.  She is also heavily influenced by her Native American and Persian roots and expresses that in her material use of silver and turquoise.

About The Maker, Shahla Karimi

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What are some of the challenges that you face as a maker?
Production is always a challenge – every time I make a new product, there are both known and unknown challenges. Before I had my label, I worked in physical and digital production for a decade – and I learned that production pretty much never goes smoothly! People that work in production need to enjoy problem solving – most orders will have a kink along the way!

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How do you use social media and blogging to promote your work?
I mostly use Instagram (ShahlaKarimi_Jewelry) and Snapchat (Skarimi_Jewelry) to promote new products and show behind the scenes pics (mixed in with some personal pics – mostly my fur children)!

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Where do you see your shop/project going?
I can only hope to keep growing – I’ve been really lucky the last 18 months. I’ve never enjoyed going into work as much as I do now. I am so grateful – I just hope to be able to keep it going (and get to dress a Public School show, haha)!

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