(Straw/rattan clutch, $35, via Etsy)
(Turquoise Moon Rhinestone North Star pendant, $40, via Etsy)
"It was a fairly sudden decision (to quit journalism) and go into the making of physical goods," says Laurie. "But at the same time it was the inevitable culmination of loving fashion yet hating hyper-consumerism; loving vintage yet wanting to say something new with design, and loving France but wanting to represent that stylistically with something more original than an Hermes bag or Chanel earrings." Since all of the materials are repurposed from existing pieces, you can rest assured you're helping the earth too with Laurie's green endeavor. I'm totally crazy about this necklace, the "Sailboat Hits Glacier," which brings to mind Argonauts and icebergs and Titanics.
When I visited Laurie's studio to check out her wares, I was delighted not only with the pieces, but the enthusiasm she showed for simply creating. She insisted on fixing my own broken purse and pulled out her tackle box full of bits and bobs she'd collected from the flea markets, talking excitedly about all the ideas she had for future pieces. I can't wait to see what she makes next, because a woman who so strongly follows her passion is unstoppable.
Visit the Hexagon shops and go nuts: