Homegrown Creatives: Ryan and Liesa from Rollin Vintage

Who are you and what do you do / make / sell?

We are Ryan and Liesa Rollin, a young fun loving married couple living in one of the most awesome cities in S.A, Durbz. We own Rollin Vintage, a jewellery business that we started in 2011 that make bespoke antique cutlery jewellery.

Did you always know that you were headed in this direction – how did you get where you are today?

It was not planned at all, Ryan had been in London while I was in Cape Town. After 6 months he decided to come home. I had inherited all these amazing antique cutlery pieces from my Gran and Ryan had seen someone doing some jewellery in London. Inspired, he decided to make me a few items. This sparked a passion in Ryan and became a constant hobby of his and this literary catapulted us into making for family, then friends and then one day we decided to get into the market scene. We haven’t looked back since, the journey hasn’t always been easy but we have enjoyed the challenges and embraced all that we have learnt, experienced and achieved.

What makes your work / products / services unique?

Each piece of our jewellery is unique in that we source it high and low from antique and vintage stores across South Africa; many times the actual piece of cutlery is a once off find. We then lovingly handcraft it into a beautiful bracelet, ring or pendant. Each piece is packaged in a handmade wooden box, crafted by a local man in Mpophomeni, which gives it that bespoke appeal as well as supporting the local community.

Where do you look for inspiration?

As we work in the creative sector, all those around us, who are making their craft, designing new things and trying to make their business work as we are, inspire us. We all bounce off ideas from each other and in a way we like to see each other as a community. Keeping up with trends and new ideas also stimulates us to take the next step further, challenging and molding us. Our customers also play a part in inspiring us by their support and creative suggestions.

Who are your creative idols?

We are inspired by all who are original and creative, who dare to dream and put action to those dreams.

Where do you like to hang out – what are your favorite spots in your town/city/country?

We have a lot of places that we like to go too but our top three spots are The Coffee Tree in Glenwood, its round the corner from us which is quite dangerous, we love to have a cappuccino there and a chocolate tart. Café Abyssinia, which is an amazing Ethiopian restaurant in Cowie rd, we love their kinglip currie with their divine homemade injera. Afro’s chicken on South Beach is an awesome place to hang out at on the weekend; we love their strips and slaw.

Given the opportunity, where would you like to travel/explore?

Well Ryan is half Italian and I have an arts degree and one place we really want to go together is Italy. Apart from that anywhere adventurous, exciting and new would be amazing!

How does a typical day for you play out?

Each day is unique and offers up different challenges and opportunities. We try to plan ahead as much as we can but the beauty of having your own business is that if the waves are good you can go for a surf but most of the time you put in a lot more hours than your conventional jobs do.

With a day all to yourself (no meetings, distractions, to-do-lists) and an unlimited budget, what would you get up to?

Definitely a private island getaway including lots of fresh seafood and cocktails. Would definitely have to have awesome waves, palm trees and hammocks.

If you could have any other profession, what would it be?

Liesa: I would love to be a food critic and be flown around the world to taste and review all the top restaurants, or be an art curator and consultant for a top museum in Europe.

Ryan: Professional Surfer/ snow boarder/ Rockstar / Barista

Where can we stalk you?

Blog – rollin-vintage.blogspot.com
Email – rollinebay@gmail.com
Twitter – @rollin_vintage
Instagram – rollinvintagedbn

What does your workspace / studio look like?

A picture speaks a thousand words…


What it the work/design/product/project you are most proud of to date?

So as you know we are not the only people in the world who are making jewellery out of antique cutlery. However we have our own unique designs which nobody else is doing which is our heart fork ring made from a cake fork, butterknife wrap which we sell for mens wedding bands and our Africa spoon cut out pendant which is hand cut with a jewellery saw out of a silver teaspoon. We are also just proud that after three years we are still doing what we love and that we are still breaking new ground and moving forward.

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One thought on “Homegrown Creatives: Ryan and Liesa from Rollin Vintage

  1. Bianca Muller says:

    Really unique stuff its like having a bit of the past and taking it into the future in this little treasured trinket♡♥♡

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