Natalie and David

Wooden Element is a small Illinois based artisan company with a passion for fashion, creativity, and preserving nature. Our small family business is run by a husband-and-wife duo (Natalie & David Akerele), working closely with talent in our local community. We also collaborate with a few artisans.

We handcraft wooden jewelry & accessories for ladies and gentlemen. We believe in social impact and a portion of our sales support Easter Seals, Best Buddies International (IL Chapter), and Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) - Egbe Revitalization Project West Africa. We also support Aletheia School (Peoria, IL).

We also believe in sustainable fashion. In terms of environmental responsibility, we use Eco-friendly resins, ethically sourced and/or recycled natural wood, repurposed wood, and biodegradable materials whenever possible. 

We are proud to offer FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sourced wood. We specialize in making Recycled Plastic and Biodegradable Cellulose Acetate sunglass frames. We also offer FDA and CE Certified Sunglasses. 

Our earrings feature a hypoallergenic Copper Alloy, and are Lead Free, Nickel Free, and Cadmium Free. We also hand make PETA Approved Vegan cork jewelry & accessories. We utilize shipping/packing materials made from recycled paper. Wooden Element started in Wicker Park, Chicago, and eventually migrated to Central IL. We are now based in Peoria, IL. We aim to reinterpret classical fashion accessories and give them a modern wooden edge.