I recently got the low-down from please+thankyou designer Cody Nowell.
CN: I’ve really been making stuff since I was a kid. It probably started as clothes and accessories for barbie, and as I got older, myself. In high school and college I would always alter my clothing and experiment with materials and making accessories. I am definitely that annoying person who says “I can make that.”
Making accessories “officially” started after I graduated from Umass Dartmouths Textile Design/ Fiber Arts Department. I started reworking vintage hats and making approachable yet fashion forward hair pieces. This then evolved into headbands and hair clips, which I still make, and get quite a few special orders for. I’ve been working on the necklaces since about last October. I enjoy making things and always have new ideas I want to experiment with.
SD: what inspires your collections?
CN: I have always been into vintage and reusing materials, as I’m sure most broke, aspiring fashionistas are. I try to stay on top of trends, and push ideas and techniques to the next level. Statement necklaces have been a huge trend since last spring. I’ve seen work similar to mine around, but I’ve developed a technique of construction different from others and really focus on incorporating unique pieces into each necklace. Also the season. When I made the first collection it was the holidays, so everything was all rhinestones and sparkles. It’s always been important for me to make things that are one-of-a-kind, I want the wearer to feel special and know they have something that no one else ever will.
SD: can you describe your process for us? what happens in the studio from the initial concept of a piece until the end?
CN: First I search antique and thrift store, flea markets, and little old ladies for materials. Elissa (owner of Calico) also does a great job finding me stuff. Then I dump everything out and start making color stories. I like to incorporate something kitschy sometimes, like a pony or turtle. Once I have put together collections, I break off any pin or earring backs so everything will lay flat. I wire everything together and back it with vintage hat felt. I had a bunch left over from reworking hats, its such a nice high quality material, it really works well for finishing each piece. I would say it takes me about 2 hours to finish one necklace, sometimes longer or a few days if I’m not satisfied at first.
SD: who is your favorite designer? why?
CN: I really admire the Olsens. Elizabeth and James and The Row are both beautifully current lines. I’m also OBSESSED with the Miu Miu spring collection. I really love high quality staples, anything drape-y, and anything sheer or cotton.
SD: what celebrity would you love to have wear one of your pieces?
CN: Mary-Kate Olsen, obviously–my fashion icon. And probably Lady Gaga, love her and her ability to start a trend.
SD: please + thankyou in the future?
CN: Right now I’m really into the statement necklace, and they have been selling really well. But I know I’m the type of person who gets bored easily and have been giving some thought to experimenting with leather bags. Also getting back into some new hair accessories, and maybe some garments. So who knows what I will be making next spring!
Cody rockin’ one of her gorgeous statement necklaces.
If you would like your own please+thankyou statement necklace, you’re in luck!
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