KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND BE ADORNED
Apse (All People's Shackles Exchanged) was birthed from the belief that adornment has a subtle yet powerful way of amplifying one's identity, and that this simple act can bring real freedom.
After falling for each other in art school, Jarod and Hayley married in the summer of 2015, and in a collision of love and creativity they launched Apse the following winter.
During an unexpected and rapid bout of anxiety shortly after their wedding, Hayley, terrified of this new-found intimacy, found herself overcoming her fear and doubt the moment she chose to acknowledge who she was; full of vision to be realized, justly tender, and never second best. Moreover, her anxiety became infinitely weaker in the moments she spoke over Jarod his truest qualities; compassionate at the core of every effort, sensitively practical, and always in pursuit of victory. Nothing was more inspiring to her than this simple phenomenon, where freedom was just around the corner of adorning herself and her husband in identity.
It is our hope that when you wear one of our pieces, the same wonderful occurrence can take place for you, where your shackles would be exchanged for adornment, and more so, that the lies you hear would be silenced by the celebratory sounds of truth within you.
we are CREATING poetic emblems of identity.
every one of our pieces has been designed with a STORY for you to ADORN YOURSELF IN WHO YOU ARE, JUST AS YOU ARE.
FURTHERMORE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THESE EMBLEMS TO ADORN OTHERS IN THE BEAUTY YOU SEE IN THEM, SO THEIR IDENTITY MIGHT BE STRENGTHENED.
WE BELIEVE THAT BEAUTY RESTORES IDENTITY, AND WHEN YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, YOU WILL MAKE BEAUTIFUL THINGS
When we have the pleasure of handcrafting a piece for you, we are initiating a little exchange. By giving you a piece of wearable poetic truth about you, we are taking the shackles that lies can often put us in.
Every single piece is artfully designed with a story in mind to encourage you to embrace all the qualities that make you you. Our products can be shopped according their design just as easily as they can be shopped according to their meaning.
Visit any of our product listings to read its unique story.
RESPONSIBLY SOURCED AND MADE BY HAND IN BELLINGHAM, WA
We handcraft every one of our products, from beginning to end, in our Bellingham studio. We are committed to sourcing materials that are ethically and sustainably manufactured. All of our materials are sourced entirely from within the USA. Our employees are paid above living wages and are so much more than just employees. For more on how we approach ethical production, visit our journal “What Ethically Made Means To Us.”
We are dedicated to ensuring our products give life, not take.
For information on how to take good care of our pieces,
visit our FAQ.
Our passion to see your identity strengthened and your shackles exchanged for adornments carries straight over to our hearts to see an end to sexual violence.
We have partnered with 3 pivotal non-profit organizations working to break shackles and bring freedom to those who are caught in the cycle of sexual abuse. With every purchase, we donate 10% of the profits to the organization of your choice, where your dollar is put to work educating the public about sexual violence and how to prevent it, as well as supporting services providing legal advocacy, rescues, protection and recovery programs to survivors of sexual violence.
Through these donations, you are working to restore identities and fight for the well-being of hearts, and minds and bodies on an extremely intimate and crucial level. You’re helping others overcome the unimaginable and you are helping create creators.
For more info on each non-profit visit our causes page.
HAYLEY SHEA BOYD
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Hayley is the visionary and initiator of apse. Her intuitive eye and her heart for fearlessness and community are a winning combination. Consistently pursuing what is loving over what is easy, Hayley is a true heroine.
Likes: 1 on 1 conversations, early morning outdoor activities with her pup & making things happen
Dislikes: goat cheese & daylight savings
Name Meaning: "Majestic Hero"
ASHTON ELAINE MCNEELY
Photography, Styling and Retail Angel
Ashton is a cultivator of all things beautiful. Her vision for vibrancy and talent for capturing moods makes our hearts spin and eyes google. She is the sweetest of the sweethearts and her smile is literally contagious - look out.
Likes: Fresh summertime figs, old hollywood movies and Link, her adorable little pooch
Dislikes: That her foot size inhibits her from wearing vintage shoes
Name meaning: “Sunny town of strength”
JAROD OWEN FAW
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Jarod is a mobilizer and nurturer. Known for never leaving a stone unturned, he oils the machine of apse and makes the gears turn. His consistent love of sound making, he forever makes the studio a lively place to be.
Likes: fidgeting with Spotify, working in the garden & drumming for Marietta with his buds
Dislikes: being tickled & sarcasm
Name Meaning: "Rose Warrior"
JAKE ANDREW BRUNNER
Production Systems and Product Development
Jake is a navigator and adventurer. A goldsmith by trade, he brings a technical edge and fine jewelry expertise to the team. We love his ability to creatively problem solve any task and capture our attention with a script-worthy story.
Likes: Hot desert climates, treasure hunting and cooking up breakfast delights
Dislikes: Rattlesnakes & “the man”
Name meaning: “Gracious courage”
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