The founder of online store The Temple Wolf, Emma Laing, is generating a serious buzz for her brilliantly imaginative and stylish designs.
With Christmas fast approaching, all you fashion lovers must be looking for gift ideas to spoil your nearest and dearest – or maybe you’re looking to draw up a wish-list for yourself. Well, look no further than The Temple Wolf, an Irish online jewellery and gift store filled with irresistible pieces.
“I describe The Temple Wolf as ‘a store for boho dreamers’,” explains founder and designer Emma Laing. “I try to appeal to the bohemian girl. Think tassels, crystals, coin jewellery, dreamcatchers etc. I choose and/or design the pieces based on things I always wanted, but either wasn’t able to afford, or couldn’t source in Ireland.
"I have always had a fascination for skulls, pentagrams and so on, so you’ll always find a sprinkle of that in the shop. My favourites at the moment are the turbans, chunky amethyst rings and ‘Feminist’ necklaces!”
Emma loves finding unique pieces, and says she is always drawn to “crystals, flowing dresses, fringe and big necklaces”. Her love of rummaging out those unique, oneoff pieces that add a chic eclectic air emerged early.
“My first memory of what I like to call ‘magpie-ing’ was at the local church Christmas fair,” she reflects. “I loved rummaging through piles of tangled-up jewellery in the hopes of finding something special. I would always come away with a piece or ten. My tendency for hoarding didn’t help matters, and over the years my jewellery collection grew.”
Emma left in Ireland in 2013, and spent three years travelling through China and Kuwait. When she returned home, she decided to finally set up the online shop she had always dreamed of – and brought some of that international influence with her.
“I started selling vintage clothing,” she says, “but realised pretty quickly that this market was heavily saturated, and I wasn’t bringing anything new to it. I invested in some small pieces of jewellery, added them to the site and have been doing this every since. The pieces are from all over the world. The two collections I design are made for me in China by a manufacturer I linked up with when I lived there. Other pieces come from Germany, Indonesia, Turkey and England. My homeware pieces are from Brazil, Denmark, Indonesia (Bali) and England.”
However, Emma is also passionate about showcasing the work of homegrown designers.
“I have some beautiful jewellery pieces from an Irish-Mexican designer called Claudia Walsh,” she notes, “and some unusual homeware pieces from Kaiko Studio, a Wicklow based design duo.”
The Temple Wolf also stocks necklaces emblazoned with the word ‘Feminist’, which have been a huge hit. And with boho ring sets, dramatic earrings and jewelencrusted statement rings, it’s no wonder that The Temple Wolf is becoming a fast favourite of irish fashion lovers and influencers. These include the likes of Louise McSharry, Rosemary MacCabe, Tara Stewart, Ciara O’Doherty, Jessica GarlandBlake and Leanne Woodfull.
And just in case you need an extra excuse to buy up their range of stunning jewellery, The Temple Wolf also donate a euro from every sale to charity.
“If every person leaves this Earth having made it a little bit better, what a world we would have!” says Emma. “I was involved with various charity groups and volunteer programmes from a young age. My parents always instilled the importance of being kind and helping others,.I knew that the minute the shop started breaking even, I had to start donating. I donate €1 from every order to whichever charity I’m working with at the time. So far, I have donated to the Rape Crisis Centre and a project called Nisha’s Next Step.
“I work with each charity for a three-month period so I can build up a bit of a sum for them. It’s never a huge figure, but I hope that it helps in some way. I am always on the lookout for the next charity and love to support smaller ones so please contact me if you have any suggestions!”