Converse: Spartan Shop x BLTN by Elise Joseph

A Conversation With Currie Person of Spartan

I have been a longtime fan of Currieboth personally and professionally. She has such an encouraging, positive spirit, not to mention a fantastic eye for curating. I had the privilege of getting to know her a couple of years ago in Portland, and her influence and shopkeeper advice will stick with me for years to come. Her carefully edited Spartan Shop collection features beautiful, practical objects for home and life. I was so excited to learn about Spartan's new collaboration with BLTN jewelry, featuring these incredible rose quartz pieces. I've asked her a few questions about the exclusives, that happen to be available just in time for those last minute Mother's Day gifts.

How did this collaboration with Better Late Than Never come about?

I tend to acquire jewelry as a remembrance of specific times or places in my life. I wear these pieces, often everyday for years, to bring me comfort and pleasure in remembering. Accordingly, I often give jewelry as gifts in honor of specific, pivotal moments in the lives of those I love. Although I don’t tend to be a very mystical kind of gal (at all!), Sara Dudzinsky of BLTN and I have been talking about a little collaboration collection for Spartan, and we thought it would be lovely to create some pieces in this beautiful, elegant shape and subtly colored stone that's easy to wear every day—little talismans that you can buy for yourself or someone else to give strength and comfort or just as a token of affection and appreciation. 

I know rose quartz is known to have a loving sentiment, which is especially sweet this time of year with Mother's Day right around the corner. Can you tell me more about what it represents?

I have so many dear women in my life that are facing huge, courageous changes this year (becoming mothers, actualizing their passions, breaking free of bad relationships) and a pal mentioned to me rose quartz is often given in a spirit of unconditional love and protection. When I did a bit more digging about this pale pink stone, I found that it is said to represent tenderness, compassion, healing, and nourishment.

The timing was a bit of a coincidence, but we thought that Mother’s Day would be an appropriate time to release these pieces, as the stone is said to possess so many beautifully maternal qualities - however the collection in not specifically intended for mothers to give or to receive and we hope that they will resonate more broadly.

Giveaway: Ceri Hoover by Elise Joseph

Ceri Hoover is the kind of lady that sticks with you, long after meeting her. She has a joyful spirit, an inspired energy and a playful sarcasm that I instantly connected with. She is also one of the hardest-working women I know, cranking out beautiful bag after beautiful bag in her Nashville studio. I am so in love with the Alys collection, and am thrilled to be offering this tote to a lucky reader. You can find these and several of her other pieces at the Pennyweight x Wilder pop up event later this month.

One winner will receive this stunning Alys Tall Tote in maroon (retail value: $625), which I've been carrying around with me everywhere lately. To enter the giveaway, please sign up for the Ceri Hoover newsletter and leave a comment below. Be sure to include your email address so we can get in touch with you. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday, May 6th.

UPDATE: Congratulations Molly! You have been randomly selected as our winner. Check your inbox for the details. Thanks to all who entered!

Header photo by Zachary Gray for Pennyweight. Styling by Elise Joseph. Makeup by Chelsea Esquibel with hair by The Lady and Rock. All products featured will be available at the Pennyweight Pop Up. Bag details captured by Chelsea O'Leary.

Pennyweight x Wilder Pop Up by Elise Joseph

PENNYWEIGHT x WILDER. I am thrilled beyond words to announce a Pennyweight Pop Up event this summer at Wilder in Nashville. Wilder is a stunning interior design boutique located in the Germantown neighborhood just north of downtown. Owners Ivy and Josh Elrod have recently relocated from NYC, where they both resided for the last two decades. Their unique background in theatre and the arts has provided an eclectic, provocative space. They are an incredible couple that have become great friends of mine, and huge inspirations to me.

I am so excited to be offering women's ready-to-wear clothing, shoes and accessories, from designers both near and far. The pop up will run for three months... More official details, photos, exclusive collaborations, and a launch party coming soon. Hope to see you there!

Photography by Kenzie Maroney and Chelsea O'Leary.

Pennyweight Pop Up at Wilder
May 26August 16

1212 4th Ave North
Nashville, Tennessee