I love people who make things, I love beautiful things, and I LOVE LIZ! Elizabeth Olney makes BEAUTIFUL THINGS! …and Christmas is just around the corner!
I have known Liz for years…nearly 30! We met, mere pups, in NYC at a time when every woman I met in Manhattan had an industrial sewing machine in their loft. It was a creative time for me and for NY, when artists could still afford to live there. Like all the artistic women I know, Liz has done many things, but she is best known for her sought-after creations in leather.
If you know me, or have seen pictures of me performing you have seen Liz’s work. The flowers in my hair are her leather clips. The sparkling bracelets I wear are hers. The handbags and wallets, key chains… Liz’s amazing leathers.
She’s put purses on oscar winning shoulders and belted the best of them. This past year I asked her to make a ukulele strap for Daniel Ward, so he could shine as literally as he does figuratively. They are EXQUISITE.
Like extended versions of her Swarovski Sparkle Bracelets they catch the sun or stage lights and shower a million rainbows around you. Lined with lambskin, the strap is soft as butter against the skin. Simple, elegant and dead sexy, this is the ultimate gift (or gift to self) for any ukulele player. She will also make them without the sparkles, if you prefer.
We worked together to make a versatile length strap, that would fit both me and Daniel as we share instruments on stage. It slips on to either two strap buttons or on an end button and around the headstock. (On his tenor sized KoAlohas, Daniel prefers the strap around the headstock, to balance the length and weight, while on concert Ohanas we like it to go button-to-button, and keep out of the way of the left hand)
Liz prefers to make things one at a time, special order, and her prices are INCREDIBLY REASONABLE. Check out her amazing color choices for leathers and stones, check in with her about what is available now, and ORDER NOW for the holidays. (She gets mighty busy from October on)
Liz’s Travel bag… Don’t leave home without it– I don’t!