Do you love Oakland as much as we do? Do you want to show your love and support for Oakland while helping others for a good cause? Then check out the Oakland Pendants designed by Oakland Unwrapped vendor Mangosteen. Featuring original photographs of classic Oakland scenes, from the Parkway Theatre to the cranes to Lake Merritt, these pendants will all remind you of this unique city.
Mangosteen founder Gabrielle Lessard first came up with the idea for these pendants when the Parkway Theatre closed. Lessard took images of the Parkway’s marquee, which read “We Love You Oakland,” and shrunk the images to turn them into pendants to, as Lessard said, “express our collective sense of loss.” While the Parkway Theatre pendant served as a lovely memorial to the now-closed Parkway Theatre, Lessard discovered a silver lining in her art; she realized she had many other photos of Oakland that would make fun pendants to commemorate the unique landmarks and everyday images Oakland has to offer. These images include scenes from Downtown, Chinatown, Lake Merritt, the cranes, the Fox Theatre, Old Oakland Victorians, and more. Check out this slide show of Oakland photos you can choose from. Pendants can be purchased from the Mangosteen website on Oakland Unwrapped! And check back to see what else Lessard creates from these iconic Oakland photos-designs for Oakland cufflinks, key chains, and wine glass markers are in the works.
Lessard, an Oakland-based attorney, community development leader, jewelry designer and photographer, is also an avid traveler, especially in developing countries. The people she met and things she saw on her travels inspired her to create Mangosteen; through Mangosteen, she sells her jewelry along with Fair Trade imports from the countries she visits and educates her consumers about the social problems in developing countries, such as human trafficking. Lessard donates the revenue generated from her sales to various development organizations in the countries she visits. Besides her work abroad, Lessard is a proud Oakland resident, as shown by her Oakland pendants and affiliation with Oakland Unwrapped. To see more of the unique stores on Oakland Unwrapped, check out the website here.