Daisy McClellan is a real-life Carmen Sandiego.
She’s lived in five cities, settled on both coasts, and jets abroad whenever possible.
One constant? A knack for scouting hidden gems to rework for Lanyapi Designs, her line of repurposed jewelry.
Derived from the Louisiana French word lagniappe (a throwback to McClellan’s Southern upbringing meaning “a little something extra”), the line comprises delicate earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings with intriguing back stories.
Like the vintage opera glasses and little copper horses she found while scouring shops in outer Paris. Or the painted charms from a trip to India.
McClellan conceives entire collections around her discovered treasures; her latest geometric designs (dangling earrings with turquoise triangles from Mexico, vintage brass deep-V and crescent necklaces with a tribal feel) venture beyond the whimsy of previous works.
Available at Merch, 629 Haight Street, between Pierce and Steiner Streets (415-503-1522 or shop-merch.com); Needles and Pens, 3253 16th Street, between Dolores and Guerrero Streets (415-255-1534 or needlesandpens.com); and lanyapi.com, $16-$78.
Photo: Courtesy of Lanyapi Designs