ABOUT THE DESIGNERS
Workhorse is the lovechild of twin sisters Amber & Nicole Sutton. Their passion is foraging for classic, vintage, time-worn objects that form the backbone of their line. They take old and forgotten curios and re-imagine them for today using 14k gold, sterling, diamonds and turquoise stones. Handmade with love in their Los Angeles studio, the twins create ‘modern heirlooms’, each with its own story to tell… all intended to act as the "workhorses" in your jewelry box.
To say we are obsessed with searching for antique treasures is an understatement. It is what occupies much of our “down-time”. On weekends, you can find us at flea-markets (local and far-flung) and when we are in design-mode, we are online searching for the next hidden gems we can reinvent. Often times we will find objects that are considered passé, like stickpins, chatelaine charms, lingerie pins, cuff links, and miscellaneous parts and we immediately begin to brainstorm how we can breathe new life into these pieces. Other times, we will find forgotten sentiments or symbolism that perished with changing fashions and reinvigorate
those into a Workhorse original. This was the basis for our poesy collection: rings, necklaces and bracelets engraved with sweet sayings that trace their roots back to the 15th & 16th centuries.
Once we've gathered our booty we unearth essential details about origin, age, purpose and any other significant tidbits of importance. Our design process is a continuous journey as we are constantly inspired with each new acquisition and we love playing with different techniques and concepts. We pow-wow buzzing ideas back and forth - these brainstorming sessions are filled with laughter, moments of genius and ultimately some very fruitful ideas.
We take part in the evolution of each piece from conception to the physical process of soldering and finishing. The satisfaction that comes along with getting your hands dirty at the polishing wheel or feeling a twinge of soreness after you've spent long hours hunched over the jewelry bench is irreplaceable. We make what we love and love what we make.