North Carolina natives Heath and Landon Slane may currently be far apart – one resides in L.A. and the other in New York. But these sisters share a creative wavelength that transcends geography. The high-end sterling silver jewelry of Slane & Slane combines a sleek, classic aesthetic with a strong environmental consciousness. Using only 100 percent recycled sterling silver, conflict-free diamonds and non-toxic cleaning products, Slane & Slane jewelry finds a connection to the earth in more ways than one.
Inspired by a love of nature and architecture from around the world, the pieces demonstrate the timelessness of simple design. Nature’s creatures make an appearance; many of the pieces carried by Charlotte’s Neiman Marcus store prominently feature bumblebees.
“I can see a weave of fabric or a stained glass window and translate that into jewelry. It’s all about taking in what you see in your world and turning that into something wearable,” says Landon. One collection they’ve dubbed Twin Links, which both sisters cite as a current favorite, shows this appreciation of the sacred geometry that runs throughout our natural world. “These are the basic shapes we’ve all been raised with knowing,” says Heath. “It’s part of our collective consciousness, and it’s a thread that runs through everything.”
One of the most distinctive elements of the Slane & Slane philosophy may be the connection between what you wear and who you are. “I remember watching my mother get ready and looking as my grandmother’s jewelry. There’s such a romance and ceremony to adorning oneself,” says Landon. “For me, it’s the essence of all those memories; that’s what jewelry is about. In decades past, it was jewelry as gifts. Now, so many women are buying it for themselves, and that’s a new rite of passage.”
The sisters grew up in High Point, and both cherish the support they’ve received from that community over the course of their careers. “I’m blown away every time I come home and see the pieces on folks,” says Heath. “Coming home to open arms and lots of excitement is different than any other place I’ve experienced. It’s truly lovely.”
In appreciation, the Slanes are dedicated to giving back to their communities, both in their current cities and in North Carolina. Besides intensive work with organizations like DreamYard and Street Poets, which share the theme of bringing art and creativity into youth education, the Slane sisters also design a commemorative Christmas ornament each year. Created in honor of John F. Ladley III, who died at the age of 15 months after a battle with a malignant brain tumor, all proceeds from the ornament benefit the Baby J Fund, established at Foundation for the Carolinas in January 2001.
If there’s anything that’s become clear since they launched their brand in 1995, it’s just how powerful the bonds of sisterhood can be. “Oh my goodness. It’s pretty fascinating to be so individual but to also be so similar,” Heath laughs. “We’re constantly amazed to come to the table with individual ideas that turn out to be the same.”
After answering the same question with eerily similar phrasing during a separate conversation, Landon continues, “We have complementary styles and different strengths. We have a similar aesthetic with different expression. We joke that in our closets, you’ll see similar clothes even though we live on opposite ends of the country.” Even though working as a family business can be a “powerful dance, but also a treacherous one,” as Heath puts it, this team has made it far with the understanding that family comes first.
What now? According to Landon, the company is poised for a “re-energizing.” So evolution and growth are on the table for this duo as they decide what to come up with next.More Information
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