Bagtazo is inspired by traditional body adornment and primitive production techniques. Using simple materials worked by hand, designer Courtney Cady pulls from folk and tribal cultures to create elegant accessories for men and women. Courtney was raised in the small coastal town of Seal Beach, CA, by a surfer from The Philippines and an Irish hippie from Georgia. Courtney began making things and directing her attention to books and National Geographic magazines in elementary school. Through years of delving into counter cultures, art, film and music, Courtney developed wanderlust and began traveling the world in her teens.
Taking residence in Los Angeles, CA, in 2003, Courtney first worked in fine art and fashion but eventually went on to study at the University of Southern California, receiving two degrees in Visual Anthropology and Philosophy.
She focused on ethnographic film and photography, tribal dynamics, rituals, cosmology, urban micro-cultures, and anthropological theory, Ancient Greek and Medieval philosophy, as well as Eastern philosophy, metaphysics and existentialism.
Shortly after her studies, Courtney resumed her work in art and fashion, eventually establishing Bagtazo. Her collections are distinctly minimal and, all of her work is done by hand, in small quantities.
*Highland Park (Los Angeles), CA
Black Willow Jewelry founder Jessica Senteno began an appreciation for creating as a self-proclaimed "art room weirdo", trying her hand at everything from watercolor, printmaking, collage and ceramics. She continued her education in the arts and went on to receive a BFA in Fashion Design & Fine Arts from OTIS College of Art and Design. Soon after, the one time hobby of jewelry design became a primary passion. She has studied silversmithing and metal casting and is certified in crystal healing and gemstone therapy.
The Willow is known as a tree of dreaming and enchantment associated with poets and spells of fascination, and her jewelry is inspired by lucid dreams, folk tales, surrealism, crystal healing, nature and more.
*Los Angeles, CA