Welcome to the Powell Girls Collection!! We are excited to introduce you to our creations. As you move through the site, you’ll see an eclectic collection of vintage items, found objects, and beautiful gemstones. We love creating and are thrilled to share our passion and artistry with you!!!
Family is a huge influence in our lives–as well as our creativity! Our dad traveled the world in the late 1950s and 1960s and for some crazy reason, decided to save all of his paper luggage tags!! After we started our business he brought them up from the basement where they had been stored for over 40 years, wondering if we could “do something” with them–which inspired us to create jewelry and fabric from them. We love the colors, vintage designs, and memories the tags represent.
We also created a collection to honor our mom: Beverly Bijoux. We search for beautiful vintage pieces and make them more contemporary by pairing them with modern chain. One of our memories growing up was watching our mom, Beverly, get ready for “ballet diner” with our dad, thoughtfully selecting just the right piece of jewelry for the special night. We recognize the special influence she has in our life, always supporting our dreams–and added “bijoux” to the collection’s name since both of us are francophiles!!
Rebecca inspired both of us when she first started collecting metal pieces from a Bay Area monthly antique fair. Recognizing that she could only fit so many antique tables, chairs, and “special finds” into her San Francisco apartment (but not willing to give up the search), she began figuring out what she could make from the metal pieces she was drawn to. That was the start of her line of candleholders made exclusively from vintage lamp parts. One night we were talking on the phone and she uttered a phrase I never thought I’d hear: “I have to put down the phone so I can use my hack saw.” Clearly she was having too much phun and I wanted to be part of it. Hardly thinking, I said I would make jewelry and we could start the Powell Girls! We selected our first date for a Powell Girls show and I got to work learning how to make jewelry!!
A few years later, with the support and urging of family and friends, we have decided to explore “this thing called the internet”–it’s our way of inviting all of you to one of our home shows!!