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One of the things that we love most about Toronto, is all the emerging talent that we have in our bustling city. At the latest Junction Flea event, we discovered RUNE, a jewelry design collaborative started by three artistic and creative friends including Sharon Leung, Kristen Lim-Tung and Jane Kate Wong. As soon as we laid our eyes on the edgy, futuristic and unique pieces, we knew we just had to share their story and goodies on urbanebloc!

We had a chance to catch up with them at The Mascot, a rustic and cozy cafe on Queen Street West where we talked about their story, the inspiration behind their design, and why they love what they do. Read on to learn more about this up and coming jewelry design collaborative based out of Toronto, New York and Copenhagen and how you can win one of their best-selling items from their latest collection! Special thanks to Michael Jo for all of the beautiful photography.


Sharon and Kristen at The Mascot


How did RUNE get started?

We’ve always loved making jewelry and art pieces for friends, and never had the intention of starting our own company. Sharon and Jane met first through work, and it was a stroke of luck and timing that Kristen was looking to sink her teeth into a project. Our first event was in December 2012 where we prepared an exhibit for Maker’s Cartel and that really propelled us to launch our pieces into full production. With our first collection behind us, we’re already working on a second collection to come later this year.


What’s the inspiration behind your design?

With the three of us in different cities, we’re able to draw inspiration from not only the different cities, but also from our unique backgrounds in architecture, interactive design and ceramics and paper installation. We’re all about exploring shapes and connections, and are constantly experimenting how different materials interact with one another. A lot of our pieces are actually inspired by artifacts such as the VI. We like to analyze how things fit together for a seamless connection and showcase the material for what it is in its raw form.


What materials do you use?

We use a mix of materials including brass we discovered in New York, along with cord, chain, acrylic and leather all from Toronto. To get the different colours in the brass, we use a special oxidization technique.


Where can one buy RUNE?

While we have our online shop on our website, we can also be found on Hide Boutique on Dundas, Fawn on Queen Street West, and Of a Kind on College. We’d also love to see our pieces in NYC one day!


Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Who knows! We are constantly evolving as a collaborative, and we definitely see ourselves based out of different cities in the future and collaborating with different people. The one great thing about being a flexible group is that we can still design separately but have a concise collection of pieces. It would be great to branch out into larger work in accessories like earrings and bracelets, but also sculpture and art pieces as well.


Who would you love to see wear RUNE one day?

We have so many designer and celeb crushes, but ultimately RUNE is for anyone who appreciates well-crafted and designed artifacts with a refined cool factor. Our muse in our mind is minimalist and basic, like Tilda Swinton if you will. We started our first collection with specific brands in mind – Surface to Air, Helmut Lang and Acne to name a few. We would love to collaborate with one of those companies in the future!


What’s one thing that you would want urbanebloc readers to know about RUNE?

Never underestimate how amazing and resourceful your friends can be. We wouldn’t have been this far without all of their wisdom and support!


Enter to win!

It was a pleasure to connect with RUNE and we’re thrilled to be giving away one of their best-selling pieces to one of you lucky readers out there! III, is one of their gorgeous pieces from their current collection featuring a custom design and laser cut acrylic pendant on a 30″ hypoallergenic and nickle-free brass chain. The perfect finish to a simple yet edgy look!
Can’t get enough of RUNE? Make sure to drop by our upcoming SWAP x SHOP event on Sunday, April 21st from 12pm – 5pm to shop their pieces in person! RSVP and get your tickets now!


Kristen (L), Sharon (R) and I


Special thanks to The Mascot for the venue, and Michael Jo for the photography.

22 Replies to “Giveaway :: Up & Coming :: RUNE – CLOSED”
  1. Against a plain white or black shirt – striking!

  2. I think the necklace would look beautiful against a solid maxi dress!

  3. Sounds like some stellar options!

  4. I would style the RUNE IIII necklace with a strapless black dress and a structured blazer with metal stud detailing! (Soph Y)

  5. i looooooove this stuff, and am so excited that you guys profiled it. I’d wear that necklace with a slouchy white tee & cuffed boyfriend jeans – it’s a strong piece, so should stand on it’s own.

  6. Saw these ladies at the Junction flea as well… Definitely think they’re pieces are super creative and fun! Perfect for any outfit!

  7. I would wear this necklace with a simple cream-colored, low flounce dress, to keep it simple and direct the main focus of the outfit towards the necklace.

  8. I have a cute wrap dress that I’d wear with this!

  9. I’m definitely going to check out Rune in Toronto. I have lots of ideas for wearing this piece with spring and summer outfits! Just need the beautiful summer weather now!

  10. I love their geometric style, stunning!

  11. Love the minimalist geometric design. I’d style it with a V neck tee to keep the focus on the necklace but pair it with a flouncy mini skirt to keep the outfit light and fun. 🙂

  12. I would pair this with a simple white silk summer dress and a black clutch!

  13. The Rune jewellery would go perfectly with any little black dress!!

  14. I think it would look great with a cute black dress summer dress!

  15. can’t wait to check them out tomorrow! 😀

  16. So excited to see you Monica! Be sure to come and say hi 🙂

  17. With a plain shirt, leggings and leather jacket!

  18. Really love the use of mixed materials on the necklaces. The black and brass contrast really stands out!

  19. Perfect for soft pastels and linen pieces 😉

  20. My son’s name is Rune and I would ROCK this necklace to work with a black blazer and skinny jeans!

  21. Can totally picture this with my high-low black maxi dress that I cannot wait to pull out of my closet once this warm weather starts kicking in 🙂

  22. My Sister would love this! Would go nice with her style!

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