We were recently introduced to the amazing Brooklyn jewellery brand Digby & Iona, founded in 2006 by designer Aaron Ruff .
As a young boy growing up in Maine, Aaron Ruff was fascinated with the idea of stumbling upon hidden treasures and unearthing ancient relics. Created in 2006, the “Digby & Iona” namesake stems from a trip to Nova Scotia, taken before the company had ever been established. Feeling a connection with the small province and wanting to maintain a level of anonymity, Ruff chose to name his company after the two quiet seaside towns in Nova Scotia.
The son of a craftsman, Ruff has grown up with a strong sense of artistry and construction. Working as both a carpenter and cabinetmaker, he enrolled at Parsons to study furniture design. But after taking a class in jewellery making, Ruff soon discovered his true craft. While enjoying the familiarity and technique of creating furniture, he found a more intimate connection with constructing objects that people could actually wear and behold. This connection is distinct in each one of his well-crafted pieces.
Ruff now works out of his Brooklyn studio, creating jewellery inspired by everything from history and literature, to the design of nature and tools of necessity. Ruff also draws from his childhood fantasies of exploration, which lends a playful quality to his work.
We love the concept behind the brand, so were very excited when they got in touch to share some new snaps of their Cobble Hill studio. It looks like such a beautiful and inspiring space. The photos were taken by another Brooklyn local, Brian Ferry. You can check out more of his work here.
Also make sure to check out the latest Digby & Iona collections here (my favourite collection is Me & My Arrow).