Every year, I look forward to Garden & Gun Magazine’s annual Made in the South Awards. I’m an unapologetically avid reader of G&G, and I firmly believe in supporting Southern (especially North Carolinian) artisans.
This year’s Awards featured several really amazing Southern companies (These mixers are already a favorite, and I know my mom will love this bowl for Christmas), but one of the one of the runners-up in the Style & Design category stood out. Another Feather (http://anotherfeather.com) is a one-woman jewelry shop run out of Asheville, NC. The pieces are simple yet eclectic, with that slightly rough-around-the-edges Asheville feel. I had to order something.
I’ve been in a real bangle phase recently, so I decided on the Curved Bow Cuff (you can see it here). $120 is slightly pricy for a lightweight bronze cuff, but I was reassured by the disclaimer that each piece was made to order, by hand. Besides, I don’t mind paying a little extra to support a local industry.
I had expected to wait for my shipment, but I was pleasantly surprised when the bracelet arrived within a week of order. More than that, I was blown away by Another Hand’s packaging. The box and twine were simple and rustic and perfectly in line with the company aesthetic, and Hannah included a sweet little typewritten note. This is a perfect example of how a little effort in customer service can go such a long way.
I’ve been wearing the cuff for a few weeks now, and I love it! At 13.8 grams, it’s light and comfortable, and it doesn’t slide down around my hand, or get in my way as I write or type. The notch details add an element of interest, and the cuff can be molded slightly to fit the wearer’s wrist.
This isn’t to say the bracelet is perfect. I’m already noticing some wear on the inside finish, and the joints haven’t been soldered as well as they could have. The cuff also has a tendency to twist to the inside of my wrist. But these things are small and ignorable.
Overall, I’ve decided the cuff is an easy-to-wear everyday piece, and one that I would definitely recommend. I’m impressed with Hannah and her work, and it would appear that I’m not the only one. In the past several weeks, almost every single item on the Another Feather website has sold out!