Aplo; derived from the Greek word for simple, “aplós”.
Aplo is a contemporary line of handcrafted jewelry based out of NYC. All designs are created and made with love by the founder and sole designer, Maria D’Agostino. Maria has been living in NYC for the last 3 years working as a lingerie designer. She has always had a passion for making jewelry, even as a little kid. Maria started making jewelry as a way to decompress and create in another medium. After getting some amazing feedback on Instagram about her designs, she started thinking about starting a jewelry brand.
From the beginning, she knew that charity would be a vital part of the brand DNA. The jewelry would need to look good, while doing good. And just like that, Aplo was born!
Their designs are simple, and their message is simple; create chic and straightforward jewelry, while helping a greater cause.
10% of all of Aplo’s profits are donated to A21. A21 is a nonprofit organization that’s mission is to abolish slavery worldwide. Raising awareness of human trafficking and slavery is an issue that Aplo holds close to its heart.
You can find Aplo on Instagram at @aplo_jewelry and you can find Maria on Instagram as well at @ijustmetagirlnamedmaria
Gabrielle Mandel is a creative individual with a long history of curiosity. While studying fashion design at Syracuse University, she minored in art video and creative writing, and now considers herself a storyteller engaged in many different mediums. Gabrielle Mandel has work in design for over 10 years working for amazing brands like J.Crew, Rebecca Minkoff, and Anthropologie. In 2014 she began to work on Supra Endura: a print-based clothing and accessories line featuring original artwork that Mandel made herself. For every item sold a portion of the sale would go back to a non-profit that Supra Endura was working with for the season. Also, in 2014 she became a designer in Residence with the Philadelphia Fashion incubator.
While running Supra Endura Gabrielle Mandel found herself in the midst of wonderful creative community in Philadelphia and beyond. All of these makers have such inspiring stories and she wanted to create a space for them to tell their tale in their own words. The Supra Endura Creative Conversation Podcast was born as space for creative entrepreneurs to share their successes but also talk candidly about the difficulties of running a creative business. These conversations are deeply inspiring to listen and hopefully help invigorate listeners in their own creative practice.