Toronto jewellery design duo Alynne Lavigne and Eve Tobolka met eight years ago at a house party when Lavigne was studying photography at OCAD University and Tobolka was enrolled in journalism at Ryerson. They became insta-friends became roommates became inseparable: thrifting jewellery together by day, flitting to coat-check-girl jobs by night. They realized their hobby could be a living when the well-curated mecca 69 Vintage gave them their own display case from which to sell their finds. “I made some really gross reworked jewellery,” says Lavigne. “It was cool at the time!” Tobolka counters: “People bought it.”
Lavigne eventually enrolled in metalwork and wax-carving courses, aand fashioned her first pieces five years ago. Tobolka, whom Lavigne lovingly describes as “the biggest hustler I know,” promptly scored their first stockist, and Alynne Lavigne was born. Lavigne makes the jewellery and Tobolka does all the “outreach.” Their designs have been snapped up around the globe, including by Japan’s United Arrows, and featured in American Elle and Italian and Japanese Vogue.
Together they to-and-fro to settle on the season’s designs. Lavigne says, “I’ve had weird ideas of what I want to do and Eve will say, ‘Wait a second, that looks way too much like a sci-fi religious symbol.’”
Their dream celeb to adorn? “Ciara!” they both chime.
It’s easy to see why their “load it up” attitude appeals to diverse style tribes, “cool black chicks with awesome nail art, Japanese teenagers and older European ladies,” says Lavigne. Some of their most high-profile clients have been men— hip-hop artists Twin Shadow and Diamond Rings are super-fans. “I’d rather be a little bolder,” Tobolka says. “I like the idea of just draping yourself with love pieces.”
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