MEET ERICA :)
O N T H E L O O K O U T Jewelry is designed and created by Erica Young, piece by piece, bead by bead. Although she is originally from the Chicago suburbs (Evanston), her jewelry business was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio! Erica now lives and creates in her home studio down south, in Atlanta, GA. She is incredibly lucky to call all of these unique cities 'home.'
Erica began making colorful, geometric, hand-beaded bracelets and necklaces at summer camp - way back in the day - and has not stopped since! 20+ years in the making, her aim is to create quality jewelry that evokes a sense of wonder and adventure, along with a playful attitude. She uses EVERYTHING for inspiration ... Nothing is off limits! She loves taking this incessant + inconspicuous inspiration and turning it into a little, wearable totem.
Being ' on the lookout ' is Erica's constant reminder to keep her eyes, ears and heart open - Always aware of the silent draw and gentle pull of what she loves to do, as it will never lead her astray. She encourages you to be on the lookout for beautiful, everyday inspiration in your own life, as well as every opportunities the universe provides to help you create a life that you love.
MEET STEPHAN :)
Stephan Young is the newest member of the OTL team, but he and Erica go way way wayway back ... they're cousins! Although he has a full time gig, Stephan makes regular appearances behind the jewelry booth, helping you find your perfect piece and keeping Erica sane during shows across the country. He has the sweetest spirit *ever* and MAD baking skills. (Insider tip : If you happen to catch Stephan at a show, make sure to inquire about his latest baking project ... You just might find yourself with a mouthful of buttery, sugary, chocolate-y baked goodness to sample while you shop.)
Not only does Stephan flex his retail expertise at craft shows, he is also our wholesale manager AND a contributor to the OTL blog, sharing his fantastic musical sense with seasonal playlists! Check out 'em here - they're bomb and the perfect soundtrack for your yoga flow, road trip, creative riff or study session.
Stephan lives in Chicago, IL, with his puppy, Wade Wilson. He also loves yoga, knitting and using his gazelle-like legs for long distance running.