When we say the women behind Workhorse Jewelry go way back, we mean all the way back: Two of its three founders, Nicole (left) and Amber Sutton (right), are twins. And along with their DNA, they also share a longstanding love of vintage jewelry. “As kids, we would always go with my grandmother and my aunt and my mom to flea markets,” says Nicole. “And we just got obsessed with searching for those special things that nobody else had.”
That homespun passion spurred them to ditch the 9-to-5 after college and move to Florence, Italy, where both enrolled in a yearlong metal-smithing course. While there, the duo got in touch with Zoë Chicco (center), whose namesake jewelry line they had always admired. And after they spent some years in her ranks, Zoë was the one who encouraged the sisters to explore working on their own line, which they did with Archive, founded in 2006.
“Even after we got to work on Archive, the three of us talked a lot about collaborating on a project together,” explains Nicole. “We obviously all get along. It just felt natural to mess around and see what we could do as partners.”
So in early 2012, the trio hunkered down in L.A. and came up with Workhorse—a line of hand-finished, Victorian-accented pieces that are subtle and elegant enough to wear every day. “People have been wearing these representative symbols for centuries,” says Amber. “And to the untrained eye, they’re beautiful, but meaningless. With Workhorse, we try to communicate those hidden messages. We want to share those stories.” And we want to hear them. —mattie kahn
Behind The Scenes
Head to Palm Springs With the Workhorse Jewelry Trio Three gals, one desert love affair.Designers Nicole and Amber Sutton and Zoë Chicco—the threesome behind the rad jewelry line Workhorse—have a thing for Palm Springs. Like, a MAJOR thing: They all escape L.A. to spend time in the desert about as much as possible. Here, some of the reasons why. —alisha prakashZoe: “My husband and I rented a house in Palm Springs for the month of September, and it was glorious. Most of our time was spent swimming, taking morning and evening walks with our dog ... READ MORE »
Get Your Michelada on With Workhorse Bust open a few cans of Tecate, and you’re on your way.Even the most dedicated workhorse needs to unwind sometimes. And so when Zoë Chicco, Nicole Sutton, and Amber Sutton of the vintage-inspired line Workhorse Jewelry (see what we did there?) want to chill out with a couple of friends, the industrious trio whips up its signature spin on the michelada. “We’re fairly obsessed with it,” confesses Amber. “If we’re getting together with friends, we’ll bring all the fixings with us and make it on ... READ MORE »
A Month of West Coast Flea Markets With Workhorse Shaking up your Sundays.There’s a name for the euphoria that Zoë Chicco and Nicole and Amber Sutton feel when they approach a promising flea market. “We call it the antiques high,” Amber says. “It’s this feeling of knowing that you’re about to find something meaningful and gorgeous and unique.” Given that Workhorse’s line of handcrafted jewelry is brimming with old-world appeal, these guys ought to know. And these are the markets in and around Los Angeles that they dedicate their Sundays to. ... READ MORE »