Meet the Maker: Megan Stacy of Salty Fox
An outfit can be reborn when adorned with the right jewelry… and let’s be real, a lady can never have too much jewelry. And handmade jewelry? You’re really speaking our language. Yours, too? Then it’s time to meet Megan Stacy of Salty Fox, jewelry with an edgy yet feminine feel that goes with everything from busy graphic tops to pretty pleated dresses. Megan’s line is handmade in San Francisco, where she sat down to fill us in on her busy and creative life. PS – Did we mention she’ll be joining us at Re:Make SF? Sign up here today!
First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve always leaned toward the creative side of the spectrum. Before Salty Fox, I went to school for clothing and textile design and currently still work as a wardrobe stylist. Salty Fox just happened organically which is sometimes the best way. I took metalsmithing classes for fun which eventually morphed into an Etsy shop, then a webstore and eventually a busy little entity with lots of lots of amazing customers.
Why did you decide to start Salty Fox Jewelry and how did you come up with the name?
I feel like I’d found my material and my zone in metal and jewelry, so moving forward with it just felt right. I constantly feel challenged, excited, inspired and like I’m in the right place. I love creating beautiful things through such a gritty process. The end result is really rewarding, and it’s amazing to see someone wearing a piece I made. It’s daunting to pick a name that will live with you. I chose Salty Fox when I was just starting out, but I feel like it really represents the brand. Like my pieces, the name is playful and brings to mind a girl who’s feminine and sophisticated but still has a bit of an edge and a little sass.
In five words or less, tell us why you love to make.
Limitless creative freedom.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I’m inspired by all of the amazing street style here in San Francisco, as well as natural elements, interesting connections and the idea of wearable art that is both special and statement making. With each collection, I start thinking about inspiration and sketching for a month or two, buying different chains and materials to test-run and making metal and wax prototypes for casting. I typically do a lot of work in my home studio when I can, and when I need to use more heavy duty equipment, I rent bench space at the studio where I used to take classes. It’s great to be able to have both options! Once the pieces for the collection are decided I style the look-book shoot and product shots, launch the collection and begin sending pieces off to stores. By that time, it’s time to start the next cycle, and usually I’ve got a handful of ideas already brewing!
What’s your favorite piece of jewelry to wear and why?
I love the Mahara necklace or the Galapagos (featured below), because they go with everything, but add some visual interest to an outfit. And who doesn’t love a great statement ring?
What’s one piece of advice you’d share with other makers?
Just go for it! Believe in your product and get yourself out there. The worst thing you can hear is no and the most exciting thing to hear is yes!
What other creative hobbies do you have?
I have a penchant for making animal costumes… I’ve currently got some elaborate ones including a lobster, parrot and the Bjork swan dress. You never know when they’ll come in handy again!
Tell us how technology has changed and supported what you do.
Creating my website and using a template based store has been amazing. I can control or change things when needed instead of hiring someone else. Square is super helpful for shows and events, accepting credit cards on the go is a game-changer.
What’s up next for you?
I’m currently working on my next collection, keeping up with trunk shows and orders and looking to expand into new stores… there’s always something new around the corner.
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