Happy almost-weekend everyone! In the immortal words of Katy Perry:
Today on our #FollowFriday series, we’re featuring a tasty jewelry company that’s helping provide food for the over 60,000 homeless people in NYC.
Stephanie Maslow, a self-described “red-haired, loud-laughing metalsmith”, founded Metalicious in 2005 as a way to both pursue her calling as a jeweler and give back to her community. Metalicious offers unique-spirited jewelry that’s both artfully made and aligned with each client’s values. For years, each piece was made from start to finish by Stephanie in her home studio. Today all of Metalicious’ jewelry is handcrafted in NYC, one piece at a time, by Stephanie and her hand-picked team of artisans.
We had a chance to talk with Stephanie about her work as a metalsmith, jeweler, and charitable vendor, and this is what she had to say:
Tell us a little bit about your product. What makes Metalicious unique?
Our jewelry is meant to tell a story, spark a conversation, and create a legacy. My experience as a metalsmith combined with my world travels inspire my designs and really resonate with my customers. Metalicious jewelry is handcrafted in NYC using recycled metals and ethically mined gemstones; sustainability is really important to me, and I want my company to leave the smallest footprint possible for future generations.
How did you garner the courage to leave your old job and start a jewelry business?
So, my old job was actually working for another jewelry business. They were a large manufacturer and sent me all over the world to work with model and sample makers. When I had my first son, I didn’t want to do that level of travel anymore. I wanted flexibility to be home with my son and also to do what I loved: create jewelry by hand, one piece at a time. I started small, working at my bench in the corner of my bedroom and slowly my business grew. Today, I have two boys who think all mommies have their own company and are constantly coming up with new ideas for companies they want to start when they grow up.
That’s beyond adorable! Now, what inspired you to be a charitable vendor?
I live and work in NYC. Every day I see homeless men, women and children, and it just breaks my heart. I wanted to help them by doing more than just giving them the change in my pocket. That’s why I decided to use my business to give back to those in need.
What do you do to give back?
I donate a percentage of my profits at the end of each year to City Harvest. I chose City Harvest as my company charity because they rescue healthy, whole food, fruits and vegetables that would normally be thrown away and distribute them to over 500 soup kitchens across NYC each day. It’s truly a heart-centered organization and they are fully committed to the people they serve.
In 2015 I was able to contribute enough money to help feed 250 children. I also volunteer with the organization several times a year. My goal as I grow my company is to have at least two workdays per year where every Metalicious employee volunteers at City Harvest’s food distribution center. I also want to keep increasing my donations to this wonderful nonprofit.
Any advice for engaged couples searching for their ‘forever’ rings?
I believe that every couple’s wedding rings should reflect their unique relationship, filled with passion, love and loyalty. There are so many choices out there that by the time most get to buying their wedding bands, they feel overwhelmed and just decide on the first thing they find. I know it’s difficult, but I think you should make sure that you take the time to find your perfect rings. I am happy to help in this process — it’s what I love to do! I have been a metalsmith for 20 years and, besides making jewelry, one of the things I love to do is talk through the process to help clients figure out exactly what kind of bands will accurately represent their relationship with their spouse-to-be. Feel free to reach out if you’d like to chat about your forever rings!
Make sure you check out Metalicious’ products here! If you’re getting married and want to give back, you can buy your jewelry from this fab company or create a charitable wedding registry to help a cause you care about.
Know any wedding vendors that are doing great things to give back? Let us know in the comments and we might feature them next time!