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Jorge, Badass Brazilian Craftsman – Maker Profile

Jorge, Badass Brazilian Craftsman – Maker Profile

I discovered Jorge when I walked by his booth at the Sunday Market at Ipanema. His table had an assortment of brass clips and the version that resembled a jumbo paperclip caught my eye. Jorge saw my interest and quickly began to attach keys on a clip then fasten it to his belt. My interest grew – but the clips were more than a keyring to me. I pulled out my memo book and attached the keyring. A bit bulky and I wasn’t quite sure if it was ideal for using with my memo book. But I was hooked. I purchased a few, in two different styles. I lingered a bit longer, taking a closer look at the clips I purchased. By the time I looked up from my stash, I knew that I had to commission a large order.

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A few days later, Jorge delivered the order to the apartment. I had a surprise for him – I pulled a scrap of paper out and showed him how I planned to use the clips to hang art! He had never thought of this use and instantly loved the idea.

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And lucky for me, our new BFF Ewa was around to translate! I learned so much about Jorge. Turns out he’s one of the original founders of the Ipanema market. The keyrings are Jorge’s original designs, concepted over 20 years ago. He took a long break from the market until a month ago. A friend remembered his keyrings and wanted one. It motivated him and marked his return to the market.

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Discovering Jorge made our Brazil sourcing trip so much more rad – we get to share the awesomeness with RAHstrs and we’ll be working on a collab in time for this holiday season!

oxxo, Hen

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