In a way, all of us are like keys. We are unique, scarred, disposable to some, invaluable to others and a symbol to opening something precious.
The Giving Keys is a project we couldn’t help but fall in love with. Fashion-wise, the rustic charm of this jewelry makes it irresistible to all the boho chic lovers out there. Each piece is made from repurposed keys, making no two alike. And at the core of each key is a message you are passing on to someone.
The concept begins with love.
Gifting a key to someone you care about begins with wanting better for them. The keys are engraved with special messages meant to serve as a daily reminder to its recipient. Words like hope, strength, dream and courage are engraved into the jewelry and meant to inspire its host to fully embody the meaning in their lives. Once they feel as if they have conquered or integrated this special sentiment or quality, they are then tasked to give their key away to someone who can use more of that in their lives as well. And so on and so forth.
Creating a #PayItForward life cycle of positivity, The Giving Keys are truly upcycled by trade and spirit. Caitlin Crosby, the creative force behind the keys, began the company from a genuine place of giving back. Her story is an interesting one. Crosby was raised by two parents heavily involved in the Hollywood scene. She grew up in Beverly Hills acting, and as she got older, she decided to rebel . . . by joining a youth group. She began a path to become a singer and a spiritual journey to find her contribution to the world. That is when she met two homeless people who would change the course of her life.
The homeless couple, Rob and Cera, were on Hollywood Boulevard holding a sign that read “Broke, Ugly & Hungry.” Crosby immediately invited them out to dinner and wine, and the concept was born from there. Since then, The Giving Keys has grown into a fashion phenomenon worn by celebrities like Ryan Gosling, and sold at major department stores. The company employs homeless people who make each key themselves while working towards owning their own home and reintegrating themselves into society.
I was given my key, the aptly engraved “BREATHE” from my mom. Her love and support is infinite and it really meant so much she’d want me to work on living in the moment and taking things in stride . . . or really, chillin’ the hell out. I have worn my key every day and am still workin’ on it, but her gift inspired me to buy one for one of my favorite people. For many reasons, I’m looking forward to the day I get to retire my “breathe” key and give it to someone else, but for now I am reveling in my stylish work in progress-ness.
Check in with us to hear more about that, and let us know what you think about The Giving Keys in the comments below!
If you feel inspired to contribute to this cause or gift someone special a key, find out more at http://www.thegivingkeys.com/.