Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lovers Lane

Last week I debuted my new, weekly blog feature entitled: Lovers Lane. If you missed the first one and want to know what Lovers Lane is all about, please take a look here. I cannot tell you enough how happy and honored I feel to have a place where I am able to introduce my amazingly talented friends to you! It feels like home. 

Lovers Lane: Connie and Grady Archbold

In the early 1900s, Laguna Beach, California was established as an art colony - a place where artists could gather to create outdoors, live together in a relatively relaxed community, and be free to roam the land in search of their inspiration. 

Meet Connie and Grady Archbold, a mother and son, who not only define the essence of Laguna Beach, but also of family, history, and Love. Connie and Grady Archbold are the amazingly talented duo behind the sterling silver jewelry line Younger Young

Younger Young jewelry is "handmade in a backyard in California." (Honestly, you can't get much cooler than that!) Not only do Connie and Grady make their jewelry in a studio in their backyard, thus honoring the history and tradition of their land; but they are committed to staying true to the old ways of silversmithing. The Archbolds create one of a kind pieces of jewelry using age-old silversmithing techniques passed down through history as an art form. 

Here is a rare glimpse into their backyard studio. As a mother, I can only dream of the joy Connie feels everyday, teaching, sharing, and creating beautiful pieces of art with her son. It doesn't get much better than that . . . and that is what makes Younger Young a truly unique and special company. 

The Younger Young jewelry




Every piece in the line is so incredibly detailed, intricate, and made to last a lifetime and beyond. I especially Love how they can be worn in both a feminine and masculine way, thus complimenting the individual artists in this dynamic team of mother and son.

Young Younger can be found on their website, as well as their online store.  They welcome custom orders; and as I have worked with them on a project, (Grady does amazing graphic design on the side), I can truly say they are a pleasure to work with. 

Grady is the wonderfully mysterious artist "type;" (unlike his older brother, professional surfer, Matt Archbold) so I was incredibly happy when he sent me his answers to the Lovers Lane Questionnaire. (Guaranteed to make you fall head over heels.) *sorry Julia  

1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? Music mostly. Especially for the jewelry stuff. I find inspiration in many different things, just like everyone else who opens themselves up to it. But music is a big one for me. I designed our entire fall line around the visuals I got while listening to Exile on Main Street. Just listened to that record on repeat for weeks.

2. What is your most treasured item in your home? All the photographs of friends, family, and the places I have been. 

3. What is your favorite comfort food? Pizza. no contest.

4. When did you realize that you were an artist? I think when I realized that I needed to create to keep myself at ease.

5. Best advice you ever received? Inspiration and work ethic ride right next to each other.

6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? see above.

7. What is one thing people would not know about you? I've never played team sports and think of them in a fairly negative light; but I've always wanted to know what it feels like to be that guy who throws the game winning touchdown in the final seconds of a championship game, in like a small town in texas where high school football is king. Just in those few moments right after the ball is caught before the crowd can even react. Weird, right?

8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? Yes maam.
9. Where can we find you next? (Blog Lovers get attached easily) Spring line out early march of this year. Also look for more one-off type pieces in our online store soon.

10. What is your favorite thing to wear? My favorite thing would be this navy blue crewneck sweatshirt I have had for probably ten years. I wear it almost everyday. Its so worn in that the once thick cotton fabric has thinned to almost T shirt weight. It's amazing. It's the one thing I won't let my girlfriend wear.


  1. Was so good to meet you last week Samantha! Thanks for grabbing Crystal and me to chat :)

    Love your blog---keep at it! xoxo Anne

  2. great feature! those rings are great!

  3. wow, i really like the necklaces and rings! they're amazing! :D

    <3, Mimi

  4. These are amazing jewelry pieces. They're so talented. Thanks for sharing this.

    - Grace


  5. Wow, what an endearing story, I love those rings! We really are similar, both doing posts about friends and their special family jewelry biz on the same day....if your in SD we might have to meet for coffee one day!

  6. amazing all !!!! :-)


  7. great stuff!!!
    crappy comment about your actually artistically talented (you woulndnt know) half brother.Bus/under=sad!
    wish lots of sucess

  8. I am sorry if you interpreted the comment about Matt Archbold as being "crappy." Anyone who has heard of or knows who Matt is, knows how amazingly talented he is artistically and athletically. They also know that he is not the "shy type" and that is all the comment was referring to in context. Thanks for the comment.

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