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Rising Stars: Meet Harley Hope

Today we’d like to introduce you to Harley Hope. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Harley Hope was born in Paris, France, raised in Maryland, and studied fine arts at Baltimore’s Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France (Le Centre d’Art et Culture).

She started as an Art Director, Graphic Designer, and Illustrator in Honolulu and worked on major projects throughout the islands, moving back to the East Coast. Harley Hope is recognized for her work on award-winning advertising campaigns and influential art, acting, and modeling projects throughout New York City, Honolulu, Seattle, the Mid Atlantic, and London.

In 2014, she left the world of advertising and started ROGUERIES, an ethically sourced esoteric line of handmade jewelry. Using recycled sterling silver, rose gold, copper, and precious stones to create modern pieces based on ancient designs. Her goldsmith work was recognized and sold internationally, but chronic health issues and physical difficulties have forced her to find a more gentle medium.

Harley recently moved from NYC to Phoenix in 2020 to explore the Wild West and decompress from a lifetime of traveling. She is merging her knowledge of aesthetics, marketing, and product design to perfect her ROGUERIES Leather Goods line. Current projects include testing out vegan cactus leather from Mexico.

She also continues to provide art direction, graphic design, and visual aids to nonprofits and small start-ups across the country.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been an exciting voyage with many more dips and turns than expected.

The scariest and most difficult part of starting a company and following your dreams is believing that it will all be ok. You can do it, but you have to want it and follow the motions. You have to be able to focus 110% on yourself, your brand, and what you want to create.

Going full-time is the ultimate dream but involves constant maintenance and is ready to work on everything and anything any day of the week.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I currently specialize in custom leather goods and come out with a new line of matching handbags and accessories every month depending on the materials that are available. The designs draw from medieval and mid-century styles, yet are hand-stitched and created to last in this modern time.

ROGUERIES Leather Goods is a designer brand created by Harley Rose Hope.

Each item is handmade and carefully crafted using exquisite materials, merging modern and medieval styles into practical pieces for everyday use. Harley has an award-winning background in advertising, design, and illustration and has done extensive work in the creative and performing arts.

She was a goldsmith in a past life. Harley now works out of her apartment in Midtown Phoenix, Arizona, and is always open to collaborations!

rogueries.etsy.com, www.rogueries.org, and Instagram/FB @rogueries.

What are your plans for the future?
ROGUERIES is currently researching vegan leather options and is very excited about testing out an option made from prickly pear in Mexico. We’d like to be able to make ethically sound designs and be able to share our goods with the entire community.

We’re also reaching out to local boutiques and shops to find a place to showcase our products so customers can try them on and get a feel for our pieces. Function, comfort, and quality are all important factors in each handbag or accessory that we create.

Pricing:

  • $20 – $40 Accessories & Keychains
  • $40 – $65 Wallets
  • $65 – $200 Handbags & Clothing

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Image Credits:

Albert Estergard

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