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The ancient philosopher Epictetus once wrote...

"Know first who you are, then adorn yourself accordingly." 



We hope you find something truly wonderful here to adorn and call your own.

 
At Republic of You we aim to create unique, meaningful and sustainable fashion jewellery supporting the slow fashion movement. We do this by sourcing authentic vintage and collectible desert silver jewelry from tribal villages around the world. We then dismantle these pieces (often too elaborate and heavy to wear in their original state), and recreate them, paring them back, simplifying, fusing old with new, and breathing new life into them, with the end result being a modern contemporary tribal look suitable for everyday wear.
 
Each and every piece has been crafted by hand and is presented to you in a Limited Edition or One-Off, One-Of-A-Kind (OOAK) capacity, with no two pieces being exactly the same due to the vintage (non mass-produced) elements of each.
 
The term ‘Gypsy’ is thrown around haphazardly in fashion circles these days, making its way into high-end boutiques and onto the runway at Fashion Week. Social media influencers and fashion bloggers tend to punctuate with the word, but few in our generation know the cultural significance or origin of the word gypsy.
 
Where possible we aim to honor the original artisans by detailing information about the region and tribe each vintage piece has come from. The result is our jewelry is not only aesthetically appealing, it becomes an educational and conversational piece, creating more meaning and greater connection for the wearer.
 
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Since 2009 we have sourced and collected a vast array of vintage, antique and collectible items from across the globe.  We breathe new life into little forgotten relics from history by creating beautiful, meaningful and memorable exclusive pieces of wearable art.

With our focus predominantly on history, fashion and art, we endeavor to be unconventional in our sometimes fierce and fickle world of fashion. Rather than indulge our throw away society, we aim to bring connectedness, meaning and longevity into our designs. We celebrate art, creativity and also encourage individuality.

Our exclusive pieces present our customers with the opportunity to make informed and meaningful purchases. Each piece is individually handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, given its own unique title, and an accompanying story listing its features and their origins.

When purchasing a piece from us, you are acquiring a completely unique and guaranteed exclusive piece of wearable art.