STELLA FLUORESCENT is a San Francisco-based design studio co-founded by Tiersa Nureyev and Erik Hilburn. The studio’s focus is on making jewelry and fashion accessories out of unconventional materials, (often) in collaboration with like-minded artisans, while employing sustainable design practices.
Materials & Ingredients
We source materials with ecological responsibility in mind. We use natural dying to minimize our effect on our water system and eliminate toxic and harsh chemicals from the materials that people wear on their body. We use organic, ethically produced, natural fibers, vintage textiles, and re-use/repurpose our scraps and off-cuts into new designs. We buy our metal sheeting and findings from distributers that are informed about the production and source of their materials and offer transparency in their supply chains. Whenever possible we endeavor to use metals that are, third party certified as ethically mined, reclaimed/recycled, and made in the USA.
Quality & Value
One of the simplest acts of sustainability is to conscientiously choose and hold on to the things we buy while making a commitment to care for these things in the long run. Careful and thoughtful consumption decreases the waste going into landfills, protects our environment and is a rejection of the working conditions that are necessitated by fast, disposable fashion. As such, Stella Fluorescent makes things for keeping. Each piece of jewelry or accessory is hand crafted, from the dying of the fiber to the hand braiding of the silk; from the making of the paint, to the hand forging of the metal parts and it is all done on a small scale, one at a time, with a meticulous attention to detail and quality control. We are the opposite of mass manufacturing.
It is typical that after any collection draws to a close there are leftover materials. A bolt of fabric from many collections ago is not trash but rather a chance to re-imagine its purpose and recombine it with new materials in a fresh, updated context. Off cuts from a production run become an opportunity and challenge to invent a new design that utilizes these scraps. In fact this is the genesis of many of our popular styles. The benefit of approaching design this way is twofold; we maximize our resources while also creating value from what might have been considered waste.
Local Supply Chains
Our line employs local artisans, screen printers, dyers, Bay Area sewing factories and metal casters as well as stateside factories and services such as the Pennsylvania based dye house Green Matters Natural Dying Co. Stella Fluorescent also regularly collaborates and shares profits with local metals smiths, woodworkers, and fiber artist and visual artists. Building our supply chain and production in this way allows for a great deal of design flexibility. We are able to create small runs and quickly adapt to a changing market because our partners are nearby and accessible.
Goals & Aspirations
We look forward to growing the business and having more resources to improve the sourcing of all of our materials particularly our metals. We would like to offer more transparency for our consumers by showing clearly where each of our raw materials come from and how they’re transformed through the production process. It is our goal to work exclusively with stateside metal casters and use only recycled metals.
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