Lindsey Alonzo is a Portland based jewelry designer behind LunaSol. Combining the elements of moon (luna) and sun (sol), Lindsey draws inspiration from her Hispanic heritage by incorporating African, Native American and Mexican cultures into her work. She began making jewelry with beads, but evolved into metals and textiles that helped symbolize and tell stories that tied back to her native roots. We had the privilege of hanging out with Lindsey at a few of her local favorite spots including Sweedeedee, The Bluffs and Por Que No and wearing some of her favorite Nau clothing. Lindsey uses brass, fiber, accents of colors and thin braiding techniques to carefully construct each piece of jewelry. Her passion for rich culture is evident in the creation of her earrings, necklaces, rings and cuffs. Lindsey’s adventurous spirit, love for the outdoors and overall intricate aesthetic is what makes LunaSol so unique in the jewelry business. Being originally from the Midwest, Lindsey has made a home in Portland and found the progressive nature to be encouraging, especially being surrounded by so many like-minded artists in the city. Check out her shop as well as her awesome lookbook to see featured pieces from her Desert Dweller collection!
How do you incorporate style and function into your everyday life?
The older I get the more I realize that sometimes I have to choose function over style. This usually applies to what I’m doing that day. If I am riding my bike, maybe I won’t wear my clogs with heels, etc. When shopping, I’m not necessarily looking for pieces that are both stylish & functional but when I find pieces that are, even better! Usually if I like something enough, I’ll buy it and sometimes this means I have to alter it in some way to make it more functional to me. It’s important to feel good in what I’m wearing.
5 things you can’t live without?
Where do you go to get away?
In the summer I like the adventure of finding new swimming holes to check out. Being in water is one of my favorite things and in Oregon, the rivers are beautiful and very relaxing. All the other months, I love to get out of town and hike or go to the coast. I always come back to the city feeling refreshed.