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Mar 8, 2012

Current Obsession: Damen and Division AND a Giveaway!



I have found a new love. Damen and Division is a Chicago-based line of unique, handmade jewelry pieces designed and created by Sonia Barrett Esler. The insanely gorgeous (insanely gorgeous!) necklaces, earrings, and bracelets have touches of vintage, chic, bohemian, and modern. And I don't use the term insanely gorgeous losely. Oh, and to make it better - Damen and Division is launching a Build-Your-Own earring bar where you'll be able to make all your earring dreams come true (see more on this in question 5). Now, let's introduce you to this uber talented gal...


1. Name, Company Name, Age.
Sonia Barrett Esler, Damen + Division Jewelry, 32

2. 
When did you start designing jewelry? What sparked your interest in this field?
I started designing in 2008. I had this idea to make bib necklaces, which were all the rage back then, and other big fabric necklaces. I was always interested in art, as well as statement jewelry. Combining the two seemed pretty natural. When I was younger I did a lot of thrifting, so I've always had an affinity for vintage discoveries.

3. 
How did the transition from photography to jewelry design occur?
I still do the photography, so I don't know if it is a transition as much as a nice addition I am loving! It's all visual problem solving, whether it's photography or jewelry making, so it is all the same to me. Similarly, I also draw and decorate.

4. 
Where do you find inspiration for your pieces? 
I am inspired by the vintage stock I come across: I see a chain or an earring finding, and I figure out how to balance it out with new materials like crystal or turquoise. I am inspired by shape and color. I will see a color story of an outfit or a room or a piece of art and I will try to complement that. I try to incorporate trends to make it contemporary, and I try to think about what sort of events and places Damen + Division can be worn.

5. Where is your jewelry sold?

Currently we are celebrating the launch of a virtual Build-Your-Own Earring Bar at  www.damen-division.com (great for bridesmaids)! Customers can always contact me via the website or Facebook if they see something they like and want to do a custom piece.
I am also available at SARCA 710 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 
and GAVIN 1939 Central St., Evanston, IL







Sonia has generously offered to give away the Honeymoon Necklace ($200 value) to one lucky reader!! (do you think I can enter my own giveaway?!) To enter please do one or all of the following (leave a separate comment for each) for up to 5 entries:
1. Like Damen and Division on Facebook
2. Check out D+D's Facebook albums and leave a comment telling me which is your favorite piece
3. Follow Fashion Truffles via GFC
4. Like Fashion Truffles on Facebook
5. Tweet about the giveaway (make sure to mention @viv_fashiontruf) 
The winner will be announced next Thursday, March 15th! GOOD LUCK, luvies!

49 comments:

  1. I love the Blue Lucite Star Necklace--its perfect for spring!!

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    1. Liked both on FB (Taylor Kopocis) and tweeted this amazing giveaway( @giftdstyle)

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  2. I love that top necklace-- so many cute blouses to wear with it! Following on Fbook :)

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  3. That top pink necklace has been a favorite for a long time!

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  4. following you on gfc! those pieces are too cute. especially love the earrings.

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  5. i'm following you through gfc. what cute jewelry!

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  6. oh my gosh that necklace is gorgeous! I follow you through GFC!

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  7. after looking at their FB page, the vintage gold knot necklace {also pictured above} is one of my faves!

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  8. I Like Damen and Division on Facebook
    on fb: debora ferri
    e-mail:debby_f@hotmail.it

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  9. I Follow Fashion Truffles via GFC
    debby_f@hotmail.it

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  10. I Like Fashion Truffles on Facebook
    debora ferri
    debby_f@hotmail.it

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  11. I'd love to win! I liked you on Facebook. (Love if you could like me too! http://www.facebook.com/StopMeIfYouveHeardThisOne)

    justine.lorelle [at] gmail.com

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  12. First of all, the Chicagoan in me loves the name Damen & Divison. My favorite pieces from their collection are the earrings with the spikes dangling! I didn't see a name listed. I also liked them on Facebook, and I like you on Facebook already :)

    leighdprofit@gmail.com

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  13. I Like Damen and Division on Facebook

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  14. I Like Fashion Truffles on Facebook.Basically I follow you everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. I die for all Damen and Division necklaces!!!!! I want to win it:)!!!!!!!

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  16. Such a cute giveaway! I love these pieces.

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  17. Such a great getaway...I liked you on facebook :) - Claudine (claud61@aol.com)

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  18. I like Damen and Division on facebook -- claudine (Claud61@aol.com

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  19. Great giveaway!! I liked you on FB!

    -Allison
    alp0779@gmail.com

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  20. I also followed you on GFC!


    -Allison
    alp0779@gmail.com

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  21. i like d & d on fb!

    elallzs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. i like fashion truffles on fb!

    elallzs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. i follow you on GFC~

    elallzs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. i love the rings! specifically the large turquoise stone one!

    elallzs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. like you on facebook AND in real life, you nar nar! and the honeymoon necklace is my absolute favorite piece. xo jake

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  26. Gorgeous pieces! I love the idea of an earring bar!

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  27. awesome giveaway! i like them on facebook!

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  28. i follow you via GFC!

    sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. tweeted!!

    https://twitter.com/#!/sandyalamode/status/177925812534779904

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  30. What a pretty statement necklace! I follow through GFC!

    leah.hart1@gmail.com

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  31. I liked Damen and Division on Facebook!

    leah.hart1@gmail.com

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  32. I liked Fashion Truffles on Facebook!

    leah.hart1@gmail.com

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  33. I like this necklace with the stars! http://www.facebook.com/DamenAndDivision#!/photo.php?fbid=10150581621144160&set=a.10150581620409160.389446.37360094159&type=3&theater :)

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  34. I liked Damen and Division on Facebook :-)

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  35. I comment on my fave piece on FB

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  36. I liked you on facebook - GREAT giveaway!!!

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  37. I'm obsessed with the "Vintage Rose" Double stranded necklace! Gorgeous and so perfect for Spring!! I like both of you on FB :)

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  38. I am a follower! Such a fun giveaway!

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