Sabine Rahbek wants to make sure that one word appears in this article: Karma. “Please just throw it in there!” She asks.
It’s not a hard thing to do (see, I already did it!), mostly because Sabine is one of the sweetest people I have met. I am not even exaggerating. She is so sweet that it is kind of hard to explain a conversation with her without the words “glitter,” and “rainbows.” Maybe I’m exaggerating, but that is for effect, you guys. I’m all about the effect, you know.
Anyway: Karma. Sabine has it, and as a result so does her jewellery line KANT by Rahbek.
KANT means “edgy” in Danish and the name couldn’t be more suited to the pieces. In plastic, aluminum and silver, Sabine create pieces that have a slight roughness in shape and texture; they’re not so much unfinished as raw and clearly handmade.
They’ve taken off around Copenhagen, and KANT by Rahbek is now consistently at capacity for online orders. It’s a key time for Sabine; she has to decide whether to keep the business small or expand, and she’s still not sure of the direction she wants to go in. One thing is certain: the pieces will always be handmade to retain the look and feel that is her trademark.
What I love about KANT by Rahbek is that the pieces are versatile. You can wear them with a casual or sporty look, or punk them up a bit and give life to their edges. I wear my simple earcuff every day, and it looks great with everything from knitted jumpers to silk dresses. Throw on some black eyeliner at night and suddenly the statement is a bit cooler.
How Sabine got here isn’t a straight line. She originally studied psychology at the University of Copenhagen. While taking a semester off, she began creating jewellery. Suddenly, she tells me, things clicked. “I finally felt like I was doing exactly what I am meant to do. I haven’t looked back!”
Now producing KANT by Rahbek full time, Sabine takes orders online as well as selling at designer markets such as Finders Keepers and Loft Bazaaren.
“My dream is that I’ll walk down the street and see someone I don’t know wearing my designs.” She says.
It’s likely to happen soon, given the high-volume of pieces that she’s turning out.
Browse her webshop or find her at many of the Copenhagen markets to put your own spin on her handmade goods; it can only improve your karma.
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