Shannon Davenport & Julia Wilson’s Awesome Upstate Adventure

You’re gonna want to be friends with these two—promise.

“For us, inspiration is all about getting away,” says Julia Wilson, one-half of the ridiculously cool jewelry line, Fortune Favors the Brave. “Every summer, we plan a trip around Julia’s birthday with a group of friends,” adds Shannon Davenport, the Romy to Julia’s Michele. This year’s escape? A weekend at a badass barn in Tivoli, two hours from NYC. Way more on that—and the inspo they gathered—below. —alisha prakash

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Julia: “As you drive out, there are all these beautiful farmers’ markets. I bought seven jars of apple butter, which were the best thing ever. We also got jam, peaches, berries, and homemade granola.”

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Shannon: “We’d sit outside the house, and there’d be these huge butterflies and dragonflies that would come and land nearby. Our next season will have some insect pieces—we’re using the dragonfly, in particular, as inspiration—so it was exciting for us to see them.”

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Julia: “Shannon and I are obsessed with building fires. It takes us longer than it probably should, but it’s well worth it once we get it going. Shannon taught me. It’s one of the many things I learned from her—she’s an excellent fire-maker. We sat around the fire and made s’mores.”

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Shannon: “There was an outdoor shower, which was incredible. It’s a pretty sizable private, wooden booth, and you’re surrounded by trees. The wall is pretty tall, so no one can see you—but there’s no roof, so you can see the sky. It’s really relaxing. There’s also a tree rope swing, which I really liked, so I spent some time on there, too.”

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Julia: “That was my bed because I was the birthday girl. The ceiling was really high. This and all the beds were separated by curtains, so it was like a big sleepover—you could talk to everyone while everyone was falling asleep.”

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Shannon: “There was a big wall with feathers sticking out of it, plus a whole library of books and interesting trinkets that made you feel like you much farther than only two hours outside of the city.”

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Julia: “This is my French bulldog, Bebe. She’s eight months old. One of our other friends had her Frenchie—it was a big group of us with dogs and friends.”

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Shannon: “There were also these really amazing Persian rugs. The whole place had a feeling of luxury even though it was very rustic.”

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Julia: “This is Bard College. They have a beautiful garden overlooking the Hudson River. That was probably the most magical part of the trip. We saw all these young, hip people and the guy who plays Ray from Girls. We were like, ‘Wow, this is really the Brooklyn of Upstate New York.’”

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Julia: “We played a lot of cards here, but we also went on a lot of walks. The barn is on an acre of land, and on the property, there was this really beautiful creek. Overlooking the creek, they had this wooden deck where you could do yoga—a meditation deck—so we spent some time out there, relaxing, which was really nice.”

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Shannon: “The whole place represented getting out of the city, into a rustic environment with nature and quiet that was removed from our busy lives. Also, the big thing for us for in this collection is that we’re using color a lot more than we have before. We associate with the colors in nature. Everything seems a little more vibrant.”

Get ready to be blown away by this dynamic duo’s new edition—available now!

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On Vacation With Fortune Favors the Brave

These two globetrot in the name of their work.

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The photo above—taken by Arnaud de Rosnay—pretty much sums up the duo behind the silver-fueled jewelry line, Fortune Favors the Brave. The shot of two carefree girls in braids, which is hung in Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson’s immersive Brooklyn loft, doesn’t depict the two, but it may as well: Julia (brunette) and Shannon (blonde) travel the world looking for treasure—ideally in the form of inspiration for their line—as often as possible. “Shannon and I are escapists,” Julia says. “We’re always dreaming about living on an island or moving to the desert or the woods.” Here, the girls sift through photo albums of past trips to get to the root of some of their designs.” —alisha prakash

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Shannon taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland: “This first picture is a natural spring—it’s the one thing you do in Iceland—and the color is a crazy milky blue. We really like opaque stones because it’s a way to have color without being super glitzy.”

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Julia hitting up the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris: “While I was there, I was thinking about how a lot of architecture in Europe is inspired by religion. There were cool shapes that we wanted to apply when we were going through the new collection. The cross pendant necklace is very clean and it’s got a nice square shape to it.”

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Shannon getting wild in the desert in Namibia: “The desert was a really big inspiration for us in general—the arid, tough, isolated feeling.”

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Julia soaking up the sun on an island off Railay in Thailand: “In Thailand, there’s gold everywhere. When I was there, I also saw so much texture in the landscape. We wanted to infuse that blend of gold and texture into our collection.”

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Shannon horseback riding in Mozambique: “This was taken when I lived in South Africa for a little while. I got a lot of cool jewelry while I was there—basic, chunky, copper cuffs that were the inspiration for pieces like this one.”

This traveling duo made a new must-see edition—check it out, now!

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Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson on How to Rock Their Jewelry

The two show us how to pile it on.

Julia Wilson and Shannon Davenport of the chillaxed jewelry lined Fortune Favors the Brave have the kind of unique, gracefully cool style every girl wants to cop—and they make it look like it ain’t no thing. “Julia’s a little more tomboy, and I’m more bohemian,” says Shannon of what distinguishes their looks. “We are major wardrobe sharers, but we also wear things differently,” Julia adds. “We love jewelry because it’s something that can be passed down. Jewelry is a keepsake—you can give it to your kids or get it from your grandmother. It can create a really emotional connection for the person wearing it.” Below, the stylin’ gals talk us through some of their creations. —alisha prakash

Julia (left): “I like masculine things. I like big sweaters, boyfriend-looking clothes. One of my goals in life is to be more laidback.”

Shannon: “I take risks. I like to experiment and play with colors and patterns. I also think I’m more grungy—I like Doc Martens a lot.”

Shannon: “This is my favorite necklace in the collection. It has a cool filigree cut-out, and I think the length is really great because you can wear it over a T-shirt or over a button-up and a sweater. We played around with the matte texture for the first time, too. We wanted it to be a statement piece, but a little more subtle.”

Julia: “Everyone can wear the studs we made for Of a Kind for our first edition. We love them because they give a nice pop of color right by your face that totally changes the way you look.”

Shannon: “We started out with a Southwestern concept, and although we wanted to evolve, we kept the traditional Southwestern rope detail. I like that this cuff is rustic, but it’s also modern—a little tough. It’s a great example of something that’s pretty and feminine, but also strong.”

Julia: “Shannon and I both tend to pile on five or six rings when we leave the house in the morning. For me, it’s a way to feel a little tougher. We love turquoise—it reminds us of California—and braiding is a big thing in our current collection. Shannon and I both love long hair and braided things.”

Score their latest edition tomorrow! Exciting, we know.

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On Vacation With Fortune Favors the Brave

These two globetrot in the name of their work.

The photo above—taken by Arnaud de Rosnay—pretty much sums up the duo behind the silver-fueled jewelry line, Fortune Favors the Brave. The shot of two carefree girls in braids, which is hung in Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson’s immersive Brooklyn loft, doesn’t depict the two, but it may as well: Julia (brunette) and Shannon (blonde) travel the world looking for treasure—ideally in the form of inspiration for their line—as often as possible. “Shannon and I are escapists,” Julia says. “We’re always dreaming about living on an island or moving to the desert or the woods.” Here, the girls sift through photo albums of past trips to get to the root of some of their designs.” —alisha prakash

Shannon taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland: “This first picture is a natural spring—it’s the one thing you do in Iceland—and the color is a crazy milky blue. We really like opaque stones because it’s a way to have color without being super glitzy.”

Julia hitting up the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris: “While I was there, I was thinking about how a lot of architecture in Europe is inspired by religion. There were cool shapes that we wanted to apply when we were going through the new collection. The cross pendant necklace is very clean and it’s got a nice square shape to it.”

Shannon getting wild in the desert in Namibia: “The desert was a really big inspiration for us in general—the arid, tough, isolated feeling.”

Julia soaking up the sun on an island off Railay in Thailand: “In Thailand, there’s gold everywhere. When I was there, I also saw so much texture in the landscape. We wanted to infuse that blend of gold and texture into our collection.”

Shannon horseback riding in Mozambique: “This was taken when I lived in South Africa for a little while. I got a lot of cool jewelry while I was there—basic, chunky, copper cuffs that were the inspiration for pieces like this one.”

Come back tomorrow to score the duo’s way-cool holiday-ready edition!

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Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson on How to Rock Their Jewelry

The two show us how to pile it on.

Julia Wilson and Shannon Davenport of the chillaxed jewelry lined Fortune Favors the Brave have the kind of unique, gracefully cool style every girl wants to cop—and they make it look like it ain’t no thing. “Julia’s a little more tomboy, and I’m more bohemian,” says Shannon of what distinguishes their looks. “We are major wardrobe sharers, but we also wear things differently,” Julia adds. “We love jewelry because it’s something that can be passed down. Jewelry is a keepsake—you can give it to your kids or get it from your grandmother. It can create a really emotional connection for the person wearing it.” Below, the stylin’ gals talk us through some of their creations—including the awesome studs they created for Of a Kind. —alisha prakash

Julia (left): “I like masculine things. I like big sweaters, boyfriend-looking clothes. One of my goals in life is to be more laidback.”

Shannon: “I take risks. I like to experiment and play with colors and patterns. I also think I’m more grungy—I like Doc Martens a lot.”

Shannon: “This is my favorite necklace in the collection. It has a cool filigree cut-out, and I think the length is really great because you can wear it over a T-shirt or over a button-up and a sweater. We played around with the matte texture for the first time, too. We wanted it to be a statement piece, but a little more subtle.”

Julia: “Everyone can wear the studs we made for Of a Kind for our first edition. We love them because they give a nice pop of color right by your face that totally changes the way you look.”

Shannon: “We started out with a Southwestern concept, and although we wanted to evolve, we kept the traditional Southwestern rope detail. I like that this cuff is rustic, but it’s also modern—a little tough. It’s a great example of something that’s pretty and feminine, but also strong.”

Julia: “Shannon and I both tend to pile on five or six rings when we leave the house in the morning. For me, it’s a way to feel a little tougher. We love turquoise—it reminds us of California—and braiding is a big thing in our current collection. Shannon and I both love long hair and braided things.”

Score their Alumni Sunday edition tomorrow! Exciting, we know.

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On Vacation With Fortune Favors the Brave

These two globetrot in the name of their work.

The photo above—taken by Arnaud de Rosnay—pretty much sums up the duo behind the silver-fueled jewelry line, Fortune Favors the Brave. The shot of two carefree girls in braids, which is hung in Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson’s immersive Brooklyn loft, doesn’t depict the two, but it may as well: Julia (brunette) and Shannon (blonde) travel the world looking for treasure—ideally in the form of inspiration for their line—as often as possible. “Shannon and I are escapists,” Julia says. “We’re always dreaming about living on an island or moving to the desert or the woods.” Here, the girls sift through photo albums of past trips to get to the root of some of their designs.” —alisha prakash

Shannon taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland: “This first picture is a natural spring—it’s the one thing you do in Iceland—and the color is a crazy milky blue. We really like opaque stones because it’s a way to have color without being super glitzy.”

Julia hitting up the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris: “While I was there, I was thinking about how a lot of architecture in Europe is inspired by religion. There were cool shapes that we wanted to apply when we were going through the new collection. The cross pendant necklace is very clean and it’s got a nice square shape to it.”

Shannon getting wild in the desert in Namibia: “The desert was a really big inspiration for us in general—the arid, tough, isolated feeling.”

Julia soaking up the sun on an island off Railay in Thailand: “In Thailand, there’s gold everywhere. When I was there, I also saw so much texture in the landscape. We wanted to infuse that blend of gold and texture into our collection.”

Shannon horseback riding in Mozambique: “This was taken when I lived in South Africa for a little while. I got a lot of cool jewelry while I was there—basic, chunky, copper cuffs that were the inspiration for pieces like this one.”

Come back tomorrow to score the duo’s way-cool Alumni Sunday edition!

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Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson on How to Rock Their Jewelry

The two show us how to pile it on.

Julia Wilson and Shannon Davenport of the chillaxed jewelry lined Fortune Favors the Brave have the kind of unique, gracefully cool style every girl wants to cop—and they make it look like it ain’t no thing. “Julia’s a little more tomboy, and I’m more bohemian,” says Shannon of what distinguishes their looks. “We are major wardrobe sharers, but we also wear things differently,” Julia adds. “We love jewelry because it’s something that can be passed down. Jewelry is a keepsake—you can give it to your kids or get it from your grandmother. It can create a really emotional connection for the person wearing it.” Below, the stylin’ gals talk us through some of their creations—including the awesome studs they created for Of a Kind. —alisha prakash

Scoop up the earrings the twosome made for us before they’re gone! They scream, “Happy holidays.”

Julia (left): “I like masculine things. I like big sweaters, boyfriend-looking clothes. One of my goals in life is to be more laidback.”

Shannon: “I take risks. I like to experiment and play with colors and patterns. I also think I’m more grungy—I like Doc Martens a lot.”

Shannon: “This is my favorite necklace in the collection. It has a cool filigree cut-out, and I think the length is really great because you can wear it over a T-shirt or over a button-up and a sweater. We played around with the matte texture for the first time, too. We wanted it to be a statement piece, but a little more subtle.”

Julia: “Everyone can wear these studs we made for Of a Kind. We love them because they give a nice pop of color right by your face that totally changes the way you look.”

Shannon: “We started out with a Southwestern concept, and although we wanted to evolve, we kept the traditional Southwestern rope detail. I like that this cuff is rustic, but it’s also modern—a little tough. It’s a great example of something that’s pretty and feminine, but also strong.”

Julia: “Shannon and I both tend to pile on five or six rings when we leave the house in the morning. For me, it’s a way to feel a little tougher. We love turquoise—it reminds us of California—and braiding is a big thing in our current collection. Shannon and I both love long hair and braided things.”

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On Vacation with Fortune Favors the Brave

These two globetrot in the name of their work.

The photo above—taken by Arnaud de Rosnay—pretty much sums up the duo behind the silver-fueled jewelry line, Fortune Favors the Brave. The shot of two carefree girls in braids, which is hung in Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson’s immersive Brooklyn loft, doesn’t depict the two, but it may as well: Julia (brunette) and Shannon (blonde) travel the world looking for treasure—ideally in the form of inspiration for their line—as often as possible. “Shannon and I are escapists,” Julia says. “We’re always dreaming about living on an island or moving to the desert or the woods.” Here, the girls sift through photo albums of past trips to get to the root of some of their designs.” —alisha prakash

Shannon taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland: “This first picture is a natural spring—it’s the one thing you do in Iceland—and the color is a crazy milky blue. We really like opaque stones because it’s a way to have color without being super glitzy.”

Julia hitting up the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris: “While I was there, I was thinking about how a lot of architecture in Europe is inspired by religion. There were cool shapes that we wanted to apply when we were going through the new collection. The cross pendant necklace is very clean and it’s got a nice square shape to it.”

Shannon getting wild in the desert in Namibia: “The desert was a really big inspiration for us in general—the arid, tough, isolated feeling.”

Julia soaking up the sun on an island off Railay in Thailand: “In Thailand, there’s gold everywhere. When I was there, I also saw so much texture in the landscape. We wanted to infuse that blend of gold and texture into our collection.”

Shannon horseback riding in Mozambique: “This was taken when I lived in South Africa for a little while. I got a lot of cool jewelry while I was there—basic, chunky, copper cuffs that were the inspiration for pieces like this one.”

Get the inspired, easy-to-wear (and gift!) earrings that the duo made for us here.

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Meet Fortune Favors the Brave

These two left coast girls have made a home—and a line—for themselves in New York.

“We have the same sense of humor—that’s where things kind of started,” says Julia Wilson (right), half of the team behind the unwaveringly cool jewelry brand, Fortune Favors the Brave. “We watched Daria and basically hung out,” adds her partner in crime, Shannon Davenport, of their time as undergrads at UC San Diego. After parting ways—Shannon went to fashion school, and Julia went down the investment banking road—a doe-eyed vision of independence and disdain for accessories “spiky or sparkly” brought the Cali gals back together and pushed them toward the Big Apple.

The cross-country move was especially fitting given their aesthetic, which is a perfect manifestation of East Coast-meets-West Coast (note the unerringly awesome reinterpretation of the concho that Shannon’s wearing). Rugged and polished, their designs are carefully culled for the girl who is at once ambitious and mellow. “Our collection is a reflection of us. We wear heels to work, but don’t really brush our hair,” Julia says.

More impressive still, the dynamic duo both works and lives together, in a treasure trove of a Williamsburg apartment. Our only remaining question: Are they in the market for a third roommate? —alisha prakash

Now’s your chance to grab the edition that Shannon and Julia made of us: super-cool stud earrings that you can wear every single day.

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