by Miranda Ward
Launched last month, Fail+Canoe jewelry brings together two Austin-based designers, Christine Fail of Fail Jewelry and Natalie Davis of Canoe. Fail earned a BFA in studio art and starting creating her own handmade jewelry after spending more than five years with two major designers, while Davis—who works with butcher Ben Runkle to produce goods “crafted with a sartorial eye and workhorse materials to last a lifetime” for her Canoe line—is also a print designer and typography teacher.
The collection of hammered brass and leather cuffs, necklaces and earrings combines what the designers call their “shared love of the dramatic Texas landscape” with a simultaneously rough and sophisticated aesthetic. Organic shapes and thick leather contrast with delicate details to capture, as Fail describes in a blog post, “the marriage of refined and elegant with rustic and natural.”