Being someone who loves jewellery and dreams of owning all of the Tiffany and Co. collections, I was thrilled when I got to interview jewellery designer Hattie Dunstan. Now, don’t get me wrong, wearing Tiffany and Co. feels absolutely amazing, but imagine wearing a piece of jewellery that no one else in the world owns BUT YOU? You don’t think that’s possible without spending a fortune? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Hattitude Jewellery.
Hattie Dunstan is the owner and designer of Hattitude Jewellery. She redesigns, restyles and recycles vintage brooches, earrings and other pieces from all over the world. Everything is handmade by her and reworked in her studio just north of Toronto. Hattie’s collection is all one-of-a-kind. Every single piece has a story and holds history for future generations to enjoy. Some pieces are over 100 years old.
Hattie’s love for jewellery stems from her grandmother and mother.
“My grandmother is a stylish woman and so is my mom. You will NEVER see my mom leave the house without wearing jewellery. Even when she goes hiking through Newfoundland you can bet she will wear her 'hiking' earrings and 'hiking' necklace. My love for accessories stems from her. My passion for fashion and clothing came from both my grandmother and my mother. It all started with using fishing line and seed beads from my brothers tackle box as a little girl at the cottage, and from there my passion grew!”
Hattie turned her passion for fashion and jewellery into a profession, and made it her goal to create jewellery that is meant to make her customers feel and look amazing.
“Everyone is unique and I want that uniqueness to shine through with my accessories. I think we all should be confident in what we wear, and having a one of a kind piece of jewellery makes everyone feel a little bit more confident.”
Hattitude Jewellery is completely eco-friendly, which I personally love. There are so many people creating massive amounts of waste, and sadly fashion is one of the leading waste contributors. I love that her jewellery collections are not only stunningly beautiful, but also long lasting and kind to our planet.
Hattie is always full of ideas. Her passion goes beyond jewellery, and she constantly has new projects on the go. Although she went to school for marketing and is currently focusing on her jewellery career, she would love to one day help creative entrepreneurs and small business owners market their amazing products. She would also love to open up an event venue in an old church and make it a pintrest worthy venue to run weddings, wedding showers, and parties.
Jewellery is something for everyone to enjoy. It not only makes you look and feel fabulous when you get to wear that statement necklace, but you’re also giving everyone else some eye candy to look at. If you find yourself struggling with what to wear this season, here is what Hattie thinks you should show off:
“This season I can't get enough of statement earrings! The bigger, the bolder, the brighter the better!”
Check out her website at www.hattitudejewels.com and don’t be afraid to show off some (h)attitude this season! Happy Sparkling!