Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Local Featured Seller: Freshly Given

Who are you? I am Whitney Robinson, Creator and Designer behind the accessory line, Freshly Given.

Where are you located? Durham, NC

What do you create? Hand crafted accessories (jewelry and hand bags/clutches) all made from re-purposed leather.

What is your favorite place to visit in the "triangle"? The scrap exchange. This is where I receive some of my inspiration. Better yet, it is a Re-Use center so the impact of my dollar is seen throughout the environment and my community.

Rosette Leather Earrings
When did you start creating? I started creating in July of 2011.
What is your most cherished handmade item? My first pair of leather earrings I whipped together with my husband's tools.

Why did you choose your medium? More like it chose me. I have a computer science degree, so this was not my life goal. However, a little trip to the scrap exchange sparked in me a desire to create more with my hands. Now, I LOVE what I do!

What inspires you? The shapes and colors of the fabric/materials inspire me along with the challenge to transform unwanted fabric/materials into "stylish" and wearable art.

Leather Wrapped Half Hoop
Where do you create? Where ever I can sit comfortably for a few hours. Usually my living room floor.

Why did you choose your shop/company name? My husband was a major factor in the name Freshly Given. I love the word fresh but could not bring it full circle. Being the clever man that he is, my hubby blurted our "freshly given" and it stuck ever since. I love it. It embodies everything I do and plan to do in the future.

What are your goals? To work hard at what I enjoy, linking my passions and purpose ever chance I get.

Leather Dumplings
What do you do when you are not creating? Dreaming about the next project.

After you've checked out Whitney's hot jewelry, don't forget to visit her DIY and Fashion Blog, her online shop,  her facebook page, and on twitter.


  1. LOVE Whitney & her gorgeous accessories!

  2. I love whitney's and her classy jewelry, I wish I could buy them all! :)