Interview With MEND Jewelry Designer Jordyn DiOrio

April 21, 2017

MEND  is a line of jewelry handmade in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The collection celebrates flourishing within the challenges faced in life by turning the act of repairmen into healing. Through the marriage of spirituality and natural, precious gemstones, the brand brings sentiment around one’s neck.  This gorgeously crafted collection fusing contemporary design with healing elements is the latest addition to the roster of MN Made products at our flagship store and will be debuting on Saturday, April 21st.  We talked to founder and designer Jordyn DiOrio about MEND and also got to know a thing or two about this incredibly talented woman.

russell+hazel: How did MEND Jewelry start?

Jordyn DiOrio: MEND started as a creative brainstorm via text message with my sister back in December as a I laid deathly sick on New Years Eve in Duluth.  One month later, created, branded, built and launched.  I don’t know how I did it, but I knew I wanted to see what direction the brand and designs would g

r+h: For those who are not familiar with Mend Jewelry can you describe your aesthetic? 

JO: MEND’s aesthetic aims to be sophisticated balanced with a little bit of edge. This is achieved through the delicate gold chains paired with the sharpness of the gemstones and hand pendant.

r+h: Where did you learn how to design and produce your jewelry?

JO: I am self taught.  I started tinkering with hand-me- down tools about 3-4 years ago during college.

r+h: What’s your favorite piece and why? 

JOI am an advocate for layering pieces and I currently love wearing the rosary style in quartz paired with a short rose quartz. The rosary design is simple, yet different than a standard necklace. The stones also embody balance and love, which I try to achieve daily.

r+h: Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?

JO: I am one of seven siblings, all from in Chicago, and also very Italian.

r+h: Why partner with the russell+hazel flagship store? 

JO: I’ve always been a fan of russell+hazel , as I am agenda & paper product fanatic.  I love that their storefront acts like a studio to showcase high-quality products and designs. MEND is thrilled to be a part of russell+hazel’s flagship store as it matches well with the brand’s goal of high-quality and classic design.

r+h: What inspires you? 

JO: Especially in the realm of jewelry design, I have found inspiration from the women I’ve grown up around.  I’ve had grandmothers who decorated themselves with rings, & necklaces, to my baby nieces who wear layers of pearls as dress-up for fun. I love the concept of wearing items with significance;  they can be a reminder of where we are at in our lives, represent those who we want to embody or just acknowledge how far we’ve come.



Free Download: r+h Digital Wallpapers

April 20, 2017

Since the launch of the 2017 collection, we have been enjoying toting our laptops in the brand-new leather envelope portfolios (back by popular demand!) They’re seriously luxurious, and give your computer a sleek, classic look as you go from meeting to meeting. The leather is buttery soft and lightly textured, with a durable cotton lining and magnetic closure. The high-quality materials and timeless design will make it a go-to accessory that only gets better with age.

With such a knockout upgrade to the outside of our computers, we thought it would be nice to refresh the inside as well. We created three digital wallpapers featuring the patterns from our new collection – Effe, Percy, and Claire, along with the phrase at the heart of r+h: Add life to your work.

Click below to open and download the mobile or desktop wallpapers, and check out all the luxe new arrivals in our leather collection to give your devices a complete makeover.

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PRIMP Boutique Pop-Up

April 17, 2017

You may already be aware of local fashion boutique PRIMP –  which has received cult status in recent years for its offering of stylish, highly Instragrammable clothing at seriously attainable prices.

In honor of Fashion Week MN and just in time for a spring wardrobe update, our flagship store will be hosting an epic pop-up with PRIMP on Saturday, April 22nd from 10 – 4 pm.  This one-day-only event, combining stellar shopping with free drinks and goodies is a rare opportunity to get your dose of cheap-chic women’s fashion in the North Loop, while enjoying the selection of highly curated merchandise and one of a kind shopping experience that our flagship store is known for.

Don’t miss out. Or do (clothes are limited). In the  meantime, check out PRIMP online here: http://www.primpyourself.com/

Popping up at 219 N 2nd Street Suite 106, Minneapolis (North Loop)
Saturday, April 22nd



r+h Must Haves: Leather Phone Case + Apps

April 7, 2017

It’s a fact of modern life: we’re on our phones ALL the time. They’ve become seamlessly integrated into our daily habits, something we pick up so often we don’t even notice.

We included a leather phone case in the 2017 collection because we felt the need for a classic, high quality and high style accessory to protect and tote our phones. Something so ever-present in our lives should look great. It’s also seriously functional. The snap-close cover holds cards and cash so you can grab-and-go with all your essentials in one sleek piece.

In the spirit of accepting our utter dependence on these devices, we asked around the r+h offices, “What’s on your phone? What are you using and loving lately?” Below – the apps we can’t get enough of.

“Spotify running! You start running and Spotify plays music that matches your tempo. They have tons of different themes to choose from. They even have one called “The Chase” that mixes action movie music so you feel like you’re actually in one.”

“I use Feedly to catch up on the latest news and posts. I am able to group by topic and add different sources based on my interests, then go through them as I have time.”

“I love Snapseed for editing photos. I can take an image from dark and shadowy to bright and airy without photoshop.”

“Podcasts. I drive an average of 75 miles a day and had been purchasing audiobooks for the ride. Now, with a few clicks, I can listen and learn, in my car!! Very nice and wide variety to listen to.”

“Waze – I happen to be a bit of a speed demon, and I love using this app because it is about 85% accurate to let you know if there is a cop sitting up the road. If there is road construction, it will change your route so you can avoid it and you can add your favorite addresses so you can just tell it to go to “Courtney & Derek’s House”.

“The app I use a lot on my phone is the 8MM Vintage Camera. I love it because as an amateur filmmaker, it allows me to capture the beauty and mood of vintage movies in real time.”

“The Crate & Barrel wedding registry for obvious reasons :)”

“The Google Calendar app. I finally found a calendar that is easy to use and looks great! I can’t imagine how I kept track of anything before I got it.”

“Uber Eats! We finally got Uber Eats in our area and they deliver donuts from one of our favorite spots! It’s slowly becoming a Sunday morning tradition. The best part is we can stay in our PJs.”

“I love listening to audiobooks on Audible. I just listened to Rosamund Pike narrate Pride and Prejudice.”

“Spotify Discover Weekly. Every week, they create a new playlist for you based on your likes and what’s new. It never disappoints.”

“The podcast Ana Faris Is Unqualified. She has a different celebrity co-host for each episode- it’s light hearted and so funny!”

“The Venmo app! If you don’t have it- you need it! It’s the easiest way to electronically transfer money to or request payment from your friends. There’s no service charge and you’ll never have to awkwardly figure out how to split a restaurant check again.”

Now it’s your turn. We want to know what apps you’re loving – let us know on social @russellandhazel. And don’t forget to check out the gorgeous new arrivals in our leather collection!



r+h Must-Have: Blush

March 31, 2017

Blush. Pale Pink. Tumblr Pink. Millennial Pink. The world seems to have been recently painted this muted pastel shade, with everything from cosmetics packaging to entire public interiors enthusiastically covered in it. And we’re into it.

The new russell + hazel collection for 2017 features a group of items that capture the current obsession with the color, so you can accessorize and organize to your rosé-loving heart’s content.

For the planner girls, there is a solid blush mini binder in sleek patent, just right for your airy desktop flat-lays on instagram. Our latest quips+queries set is blush edged in gold foil – what stationery dreams are made of. The paper bloc is an all-new item that combines soft blush notepaper with industrial goldtone hardware, a contrast we love.

Elsewhere in the collection is a wider range of this rosy shade. There’s the midtone taffy pink seen in the new single subject notebook and jotter cards. The spectrum of pink shades in the page flag set is the perfect complement to blush paper inserts for the mini binder.

For now, this pink-hued frenzy doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. We want to know, have you embraced the trend? Let’s chat – find us on social @russellandhazel


r+h Must Have: Mini Binder Refresh

March 29, 2017

Every time we launch a new collection, we get excited about the new mini binder colors and patterns. For many, the mini binder is a daily essential, so an occasional swap-out for a new design is always refreshing.

Honestly, we can’t decide on a favorite. The new collection captures the contrasts in color, materials, and masculine and feminine themes that our designers drew inspiration from. You can see the softer, more feminine influences in the blush binder and some of the new patterns. A richer and bolder theme is seen in the new rust and indigo editions, while the dimensional, marbled look of the Effe mini binder is a fresh interpretation for the marble trend lovers

As always, r+h offers a full range of inserts for the mini binders. From calendars to pocket folders to tabbed dividers, page flags and much more, it’s truly a customizable planning system. Additionally, you can download free printable smartdate calendars for your mini or signature binder by heading to this blog post.

The smartdate system can be used as a daily, weekly, or monthly planner, an address book, project planner, sketchbook, or a custom combination tailored to your work and lifestyle. For a limited time, take 10% off the entire mini collection. (No code needed, through 03/30/17.)

We want to know, which new mini binder are you most excited about? Come chat with us on our social channels, @russellandhazel.





r+h Must-Have: The Acrylic Desk Tray

March 27, 2017

Among the new arrivals in the 2017 collection, the acrylic desk tray is a standout. A stunning addition to the r+h acrylic family, the tray is a substantial, high-quality accessory that beautifully combines form and function.

The desk tray is crafted from heavy-cast acrylic and brass, with signature clean lines and minimal design aesthetic. Fans of r+h stationery will enjoy the perfectly sized spaces for our jotters, square memo pads, adhesive notes and quips + queries cards.

The tray is a stylish resting place for the items you tend to lose track of throughout the day – your phone, favorite pen, a notepad, etc. Desktop organization is chic and easy with this statement piece.

While the new desk tray is perfect for the workspace, it’s also a versatile home decor accessory that can be used in a variety of settings. We love it as a display for perfumes and our most reached-for jewelry. It can also act as a sleek coffee table tray, corralling remotes, candles, and accessories. The transparent design with brass accents is modern yet classic,  and can transition to any setting or styling you choose.



2017 Collection Flagship Store Event

March 21, 2017

Along with the spring season, the new r+h collection for 2017 has arrived with a breath of fresh air. You’ll find inspiring updates on classics like the mini binders and journals, along with all-new items like the drafter’s tablet and acrylic desk tray that will transform your workspace with a modern edge.

Our beautiful flagship store in the North Loop of Minneapolis is fully stocked with the new collection. We’ll be hosting a celebration of the new arrivals at the store on Saturday, March 25th from noon-4 pm. Enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles as you browse items from both the r+h collection and our unique selection of curated beauty, stationery, jewelry and giftable brands.

Guests at the event can enter a drawing for the chance to win a set of items from the new r+h collection to completely refresh your desk for spring. The set includes a single subject notebook, mini binder with filler paper, quips + queries set , jotters in an acrylic tray, and the statement-making drafter’s tablet

We hope to see you at the flagship on the 25th for some spring shopping and celebration! (But if you can’t make it – check out the new arrivals online here.)

russell + hazel flagship
219 2nd St. N, Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN 55401



Bon Bons, Blooms + Beauty Pop-Up

February 10, 2017

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for a little indulgence. To celebrate this sweet holiday, we’re hosting a Bon Bons, Blooms, + Beauty Pop-Up in our North Loop flagship store on February 13th and 14th.

During the two-day event, take advantage of our selection of curated V-Day gifts and stationery for you, your sweetheart and your Galentines while enjoying complimentary wine and cake pops from Mara Mi Café & Bakery.

On Monday the 13th, we’re your one-stop Valentine shop, featuring gorgeous chocolates and fresh flowers from Mademoiselle Miel and Foxglove Market & Studio.

Tuesday the 14th is all about indulgence and relaxation. Treat yourself and a loved one to a flawless manicure from Nails By Jillian. Manicures on the 14th are by appointment only.

To book an appointment please email nailsbyjillianmn@gmail.com.

See you soon! xoxo