South Philly jewelry designer Typhaney Shanker knows that when one door closes, it can kick open another — in her case, a thriving, homegrown enterprise that’s turning style-conscious heads across the city.
Since the February closing of Conspiracy Showroom, the Northern Liberties boutique that Shanker owned for three years with two other designers, the jewelry artist has been able to focus on expanding Typhaney B. Jewelry, her imaginative, bohemian collection of earrings, necklaces, and rings. She’s developed a website for the line and started showcasing her hammered brass hoops and howlite necklaces in trunk shows, galleries, and boutiques across the region. “I didn’t want to compete with myself when I had the store, so I never sold anywhere else,” she laughs.
Working from her home studio, Shanker combines natural and vintage materials to create quirky, whimsical pieces, like a copper chain necklace featuring a leather pendant and hand-selected sea shells. Her pieces can dress up an office cardigan or compliment an evening cocktail dress, and with earrings and necklaces starting at $25, Shanker backs up accessory style with sensibility.