Ello! Thought I'd introduce myself finally instead of bombarding you with snaps of my work 👋🏻 I'm Emily. I'm a self taught jeweller (previously a womenswear designer and garment technologist) based in Manchester, England. Here I am at my desk doing some model carving/looking like I'm posing for a blurb cover.
After both studying and working in the fashion industry for over 8 years, I became increasingly aware of how completely unsustainable it was as a profession. Every stage of design, sampling and production creates so much waste and this cycle is repeated sometimes thousands of times a year. But it doesn't end there, once the product wears down, it's tossed in the bin and forgotten, going on to be left in a landfill. This product can then take decades (or even centuries!) to break down completely.
I decided finally, that I wanted to be part of the solution and not the problem, so I started my label The Serpents Club in 2014 with the intention of having environmentally sound practices at its core.
I have horrific metal allergies so I created all my collections from hardwearing and recyclable materials like Steel, Brass, recycled Silver & recycled Gold. I make each piece in limited quantites and always by hand. For every piece I make, it even comes with a 6 month free repair warranty to ensure it lasts.
90% of the business is completed in-house, from metal smithing and drilling stones to photography and office admin. This keep the businesses carbon footprint low, as well as collecting rain water to use in production and offering the option to plant a tree with every order to help offset emissions from postage. Specialist stages that can't be done in house (use of specialist machinery etc) is done locally by other artisans to the trade.
It's really important that pieces are made both responsibly and locally, so that there's transparency to my customers as to where their jewels are from and that the people who made them are being paid a fare wage and are in safe working conditions. Unfortunately the same can't be said for most high street brands these days, and that's definitely something that needs to change for the next generation.
I'll be starting a sister label next year of environmentally conscious garments & accessories 😉
Have any questions? Ask away!
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