About Elise Marie DeSigns
Hi, I’m Elise!
Growing up on a small island, I spent most of my days at my parents' boatyard, where I remember rummaging around and sourcing materials for my early creations. Whether it was rope, old electrical wires or shells, I would always find ways to manipulate these into interesting jewelry.
My passion for working with my hands to design something new and creative continued throughout my teens and inspired me to complete a degree in Textiles, Merchandise & Design at the University of Rhode Island. After graduation, I moved to Portland, Maine and got started on my entrepreneurial journey. I worked multiple jobs while also hustling through hundreds of craft shows, fairs, and pop-up events with my hand-made jewelry and building partnerships with local shops along the way.
Then, in 2018 my hard work culminated in the opening of my own brick and mortar shop. Having this dreamy storefront allowed me to feature other local artisans. Working with these female-owned businesses was a constant inspiration to my creativity and the space I wanted to cultivate. I know that collaborating with other small businesses will always be a focus in my work.
In the store I was also able to interact with customers and design or redesign pieces on site for a truly personalized experience. I have since moved the business to a custom built studio space that is equally as inspiring. It is incredible to be able to have a workshop set up where I can fulfill my wholesale orders while also creating a beautiful environment for shopping experiences.
I have always loved the “design your own jewelry” approach so I try to preserve that experience and make it available online as well. On the website you can custom build the perfect piece for you (or your lucky gift recipient!).
Many customers have a specific outfit in mind when they are looking for jewelry; whether that’s a wedding, festival, work event, travel, or simply those jeans that they know fit them just right! I know that building jewelry “from scratch” can be overwhelming, so I am always here for guidance and inspiration. I also created my "stones guide" to help you get to know the stones I work with and choose the perfect one every time. Let’s create!