Growing up at a boarding school with their art teacher/artist parents, siblings Philip and Courtney spent hours in the school’s art room. “We were surrounded by art-history books, and we created a world for ourselves,” says Courtney, who focuses on the business side of the company. “It was that language that inspired us to dream of starting our own company.” For Philip, who studied metalsmithing at RISD, designing pieces that tell a story became a mission when the pair launched Giles & Brother.
Inspired as much by Philip’s “equestrian-slash-hardware” aesthetic as by storytelling, the pair strive to create distinctive pieces. Whether it’s an iconic railroad spike or a hook cuff, as soon as you put on a Giles & Brother creation, you realize it’s exactly what you were looking for your whole life. “I love the personal story that’s being told through jewelry, whether it’s a piece you inherited, bought yourself, or were given as a gift,” Philip says. “And I want to feel like our line enhances who you are.”
Philip begins each collection by thinking about the most novel ways to create new pieces. Pairing leather with brass is a current inspiration. “These two materials together can lead to something that’s rough and artisanal or refined and chic,” he says. He also sees his collections as one long continuum. “I’m not always making a radical jump from one collection to the next,” he says. “I think about what I can take from the last season to move it to the next one.”