Meet our next #FREDAGirls, sisters, designers and co-founders, Elizabeth White and Jacquelyn Buckner, of Charlotte based accessories brand, Twine & Twig. The sisters’ love for travel is without a doubt reflected in both their designs and curated, bohemian, personal style. Just the right mix of chunky beads and shells from around the world strung on handmade, branded leather straps, the collection transports you to faraway lands. We have admired Twine & Twig’s statement jewelry collection and enviable personal style (if you don’t already follow T&T on Instagram) from afar and are thrilled to bring you an inside look at their Charlotte design studio (which is a work of art in itself) today!
All photography by Richard Israel
Take us back to the beginning. How did Twine & Twig come to fruition? We love the signature suede strap on your necklaces. Can you tell us a bit about this design decision?
Twine & Twig was created out of a love for originality, as well as comfort. We never sat down and said, “Let’s start a company”. There are so many years of details that influenced the concept; years of art classes, African bead collecting, several careers + having kids. We wanted to create something for ourselves that was a raw statement piece that we could pair with our laid back style. The suede strap was the first of its kind, it serves as a recognizable element of our brand as well as providing comfort. Each strap is hand cut, hand branded and hand made.
Nature and travel are a great source of inspiration for your designs. Do you have a favorite place to escape locally or internationally?
Elizabeth – (Internationally) Traveling. It leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller! For me, there is nothing more inspiring than jumping on a plane to a faraway land. Just coming off a trip to Thailand, I feel more recharged, connected, and enlightened. In Chaing Mai, we spent the day with rescued elephants & visited amazing Buddhist temples. In Koh Samui, we sailed along the coast and swam in a sea that was the most perfect shade of green. In Bangkok, we learned how to cook traditional Thai food and explored the local markets. It was a perfect Eat, Pray, Love trip!
Jacquelyn – (Locally) I love going out to the U.S National Whitewater Center located here in Charlotte and seeing so many people outside, away from their phones + couch, enjoying nature’s beauty and being active. Living in a city like Charlotte is great for the hustle and bustle, but it is nice to escape to a place that seems so far away with so many outdoor activities to enjoy. You can raft + rock climb, check out the latest local IPAs, watch live music with your family + dogs – it is a truly inspirational place.
What do you find most thrilling about being a designer? What’s most challenging or frustrating?
Thrilling – We love hearing from customers that Twine & Twig is their favorite accessory and that they get stopped everywhere they go and asked about their jewelry. Seeing our designs featured in magazines has also been a pinch-me moment, especially when we saw our designs on Glamour, Elle, and Vogue.com!
Challenging – Working with family is amazing, our work overflows into the weekend and we realize how lucky we are that our kids can run around, while our husband’s grill and we brainstorm. But we do have 2 different personality types; one sister who is OCD + one who is ADD. That was a challenge, in the beginning, figuring out how each other likes to work, but it has turned into a positive because we are yin and yang.
Your impeccable personal style has become synonymous with the brand aesthetic. Today, you are wearing mules from our new, pre-fall collection. How do they fit into your wardrobe and daily life? How would you describe your personal style and how FREDA fits into that?
We love Freda! The mules are our go-to shoe, to complete our simple chic look. We have similar yet different style, one sister is a jeans and a t shirt girl and the other likes to wear dresses, but the mules are a great addition to all styles. They are so comfortable, the quality is impeccable, and they take a laid back look up a notch with all of the detailing and uniqueness.
“She was fierce, she was strong, she wasn’t simple. She was crazy and sometimes she barely slept. She always had something to say. She had flaws and that was ok. And when she was down, she got right back up. She was a beast in her own way, but one idea described her best. She was unstoppable and she took anything she wanted with a smile.”