The Adele Stoll handbag, home decor and jewelry line, produced only in Sonoma County, is made up of modernist style pieces, in shapes and configurations that are a beautiful mix of innovation and simplicity.
In fact, the look is so high-style, you might envision the designer to be some fussy artisan or fashion world stereotype of sternness and snobbery. But Adelle Stoll the person, who is present in her new Sebastopol storefront-slash-studio at the Barlow, is welcoming and engaging and happy to discuss her design and fabrication process.
Stoll’s resumé includes many roles in retail, real estate and design. Her conversation and lively manner of buzzing around her products and desk—on which swaths of fabric for new projects are spread out—make one thing very clear: she is passionate about what she does.
The small but airy Sebastopol storefront, with the signature Barlow-chic rolling door, has numerous items on display including pillows with angular cut-outs, modernist leather necklaces, purses in multiple shapes, and linen modern frocks by other local makers.
The design ingenuity prompted this shopping writer to ask if one of the pillows had foam core adornments on top. “Girl,” Stoll said, “that’s leather!”
Stoll takes her materials very seriously. Her leather is sourced in the U.S. and her felt is a German-made “filz,” upcycled from a New York company that provides decorative soundproofing panels to well-designed spaces. Stoll buys the remnants in as many colors as available, which provides a great intersection of inspiration, affordability and sustainability.
“I design on the daily,” she says. The move to the studio sales space has helped Stoll get her material out of her house. She calls herself a “messy minimalist” and says her kids have had to ask her to move the leather off the couch so they could watch a movie.
Stoll says she hopes to expand her manufacturing and design work to include the mentoring of at-risk youth. Stoll, herself a reluctant student and self-proclaimed late bloomer, says she’d like to help artistically inclined kids monetize their talents.
Stoll says it’s been a “long road” to get where she’s able to do the work she feels she’s meant to do. Previously owning a retail shop, selling her line in other stores, and years of working “a J-O-B” as she calls it, helped set her up with the shop she’s in today. She attributes this path to her “being scrappy,” a trait she wants to pass on to other aspiring creatives.
Adelle Stoll, 6780 McKinley St #140, Sebastopol, 707-291-4484, adellestoll.com