About Wear and Resist
Wear and Resist was started by me, Sarah Day, in early 2017.
Having grown up in both the US and UK, the political events of 2016 affected me strongly. I wanted to find a way to channel my frustration and rage into a creative endeavour that would raise money for charities working to promote women’s equality and protect women’s rights, which I saw being eroded by Trump’s policies and the growing right-wing movement in the UK.
I have always had a love of eye-catching jewellery, but all of a sudden I felt the need to wear something around my neck that made a real statement; something that would speak to other women. Inspired by the jewellery worn by suffragists and suffragettes, I wanted to create pieces that would demonstrate an allegiance to this suddenly urgent feminist cause.
Women's March, London 2017
Eliza and I went on a very crowded bus to London. I had my first prototype small Resist necklace in my pocket and was already desperate to get them made. The march and Eliza's passion for the cause removed any doubts I had that I could 'do this thing'!
The word Resist was soon joined by Nasty and then Persist
– in reference to the derogatory comments made about Elizabeth Warren – ‘Nevertheless she Persisted’ – that then became a feminist rallying cry. I made Repeal necklaces and raised money for ARC in the lead up to the Irish Referendum on Abortion, and Feiminí was designed in collaboration with Irish Gaelic speakers reflecting this growing feminist movement in Ireland. Wear and Resist has grown word by word and colour by glittery colour. Each item is designed by and hand-made by me in my Oxfordshire studio. My daughter Eliza is my model and inspiration to keep going. She is also an expert chain maker!
Primadonna Festival 2019
This was such a turning point for Wear and Resist and my own writing. I met so many wonderful women there and it gave me the confidence boost I needed to grow the business.
All Hail Lady Hale!
When I'm not designing or making jewellery
You’ll find me writing in my wonderful oak summerhouse built by my husband (any writers in search of a beautiful writing space get in touch!) My books have been longlisted for several major novel prizes. Having always had a deep interest in both writing and art, (I also has an MFA in painting and worked at Sotheby's auction house for many years) I have a passion for the aesthetic appeal of fonts, and the use of text in art.
My ideal art collection (which I am constantly perfecting in my mind) would consist entirely of text-based works and would definitely include the neon piece below by Tracy Emin.
I didn't know how to run a jewellery business before I started. I just didn't give myself time to think and did what I loved doing. I simply followed my own creative urges. I think this might be the only path to take if you want to love your job as much as I do!
I’ve recently bought the Midnight drop earrings for my wife, and she loves them. Even when I asked if they could be made and delivered in time for a party that next weekend, customer service was excellent and they arrived in plenty of time.
I highly recommend Resist. Cool designs and service with a very friendly smile.
The colour is brilliant with the mirror effect, very happy with my purchase.
Not a piece that I’ll be able to wear for work, but I absolutely adore this necklace and received so many compliments and comments about it. I’ve shared a photo in a Widow’s group that I’m a member of where so many agree totally with the sentiment. Thank you so much xx
Gorgeous! Bought for a friend and she adores them. Great size and finish. Thank you 😊
Fast delivery, good communication, and a great statement piece of jewellery. Quirky and quality!
2023 is the year to bring back the wearing of the brooch. Positive statements to be worn appropriately. Treading cautiously I have only worn the ‘damn’ brooch but it’s early days ….
I was looking forward to wearing the ‘raging’ necklace bought in the blue colour. It is comfort and lightweight to wear and surprisingly subtle given the statement. An alternative and enjoyable wear.
I love this mirror and it was EXACTLY what I wanted to send to my beautiful, brave cousin for her birthday. All arrived safely on time. Thank you Sarah! xx
Decided to share my love of Sarah’s amazing pieces with friends for Christmas gifts - they all loved them. My only mistake was not buying a tiny pair for myself…
Great fun. Thanks.
I have had lots of positive comments when I wear these earrings. They catch the light and are very eye catching. I love them!
Loved these. Light weight and delicate. In fact as soon as I showed my daughter they were lost to me! Beautifully crafted.
Bought these as a gift for a friend and she loves them, exactly as described and look great.
Perfect for me as I manage a library full of super books. Lovely quality and love the font and colour - I chose purple but already eyeing the red one too !! Nicely packaged with care instructions 💜
This amazing necklace for my sister in laws birthday was greatly received. Perfect message (‘raging’) which was beautifully packaged and arrived in time for her birthday despite Christmas and the postal strikes. Very happy with it and she loved it! Many thanks x