Giant Lion FW14

my favourite piece from the new Giant Lion FW14 collection has to be these arc studs. you can shop the entire collection herelookbook photographed by Arrowood Photography

giantLION is a line of handcrafted jewelry formed in 2011, distilled from the fascinations of owner and designer, Caroline Whittington Young. Using raw stones, bronze, sterling silver, 10k and 14k gold, Caroline crafts delicate, timeless pieces that draw inspiration from nature, history and symbology. The giantLION collection ranges from playful to effortlessly elegant, always with a subtle, sophisticated edge. Each piece is designed to age with grace and serve as an affirmation of style, daily reminder, treasured gift, or simple note to yourself.

Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14

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The Woven Bag

i have had an overwhelming response to the beautiful woven Kenyan bags that i posted about a while ago. the good news is that if all goes to plan i will hopefully start selling them in September! but in the meantime, if you’re into woven bags, here’s a nice round up for ya.

PS if you’re in Cape Town then check out Greenmarket Square and Design Afrika for woven bags. you can also find great vintage ones on Etsy & Kenyan ones at Hadithi.

The Woven Bag

1. Urban Outfitters // 2. Connected Goods // 3. Clare Vivier // 4. Matches // 5. J.Crew // 6. Mextli Artesenias // 7. My VietHome // 8. Fashion Zone// 9. Moos // 1. San Diego Hat Company // 11. Urban Outfitters // 12. Lucky Brand // 13. Sole Society // 14. Sensei Studio // 15. BCBG

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Mini Break

yesterday i raced to get all my work done and left Cape Town in the afternoon, grinning from ear to ear. i was on my way to Pringle Bay, a seaside town about an hour from the city where my friends and i have been spending holidays together since we were little kids.

mini breaks are the best. back to work tomorrow.

Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss

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A U G U S T

i know it’s not August YET. but on friday it will be, and today i can’t stop thinking about it. August. A U G U S T. so, here’s a music mix to celebrate!

please don’t ask me to put this on spotify or any other streaming thing that you happen to use. i use soundcloud specifically for these reasons: it’s free, it works in my country, there are no ads, i discover a lot of amazing music through it and the bands themselves upload their own new tracks on the regular. if you use the app then it’s even handier.

so, August. here it is (almost). enjoy. just press play below! and GO.

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Young Frankk FW14

i really shouldn’t have to introduce Young Frankk to you by now. Christine Young’s jewellery line has been featured here countless times - and it is as beautiful as ever. this is her new FW14 collection, which you can shop here.

This collection was mainly inspired by the cavern formations found in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Each piece was first hand sculpted in wax then cast in either Bronze, 14k Gold Plated Bronze, 14k Rose Gold Plated Bronze or Sterling Silver using gold filled or sterling silver findings and chains.

shot & styled by Christine Young, modeled by Gabriella Cetrulo of Tomorrow is Forever.

Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14

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Will Cotton

did you ever read the Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton? they were possibly my favourite books as a child (except maybe for anything by Roald Dahl) and i was instantly transported back to the Land of Goodies when seeing these paintings by Will Cotton. of course like most children’s books in those days everything wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows - there was always a moral to the story, and if you overindulged you were likely to learn a good lesson. that sinister undercurrent is certainly present in Cotton’s depictions of pin-up models in sugary sweet settings that look like they’re decaying before your eyes.

Cotton starts his process by building maquettes in his New York studio to paint from. These can range from table-top scenery to life-sized sets occupied by models dressed in confectionary costumes that Cotton has created. Constructing these sets allows the artist to see surprising and often unexpected details, enabling him to recreate textures and details in such a way that viewing the works becomes a tactile experience. “Sweetness taken to an extreme degree, as it is in my paintings, becomes cloying, even repulsive and that’s where it gets interesting for me.”

his work is currently showing at the Ronchini Gallery in London, so if you’re in the area go check out the exhibition.

Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton

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All Hands

Jen Stillwell is a designer based in NYC who started her leather company All Hands when she was working on a ship, travelling around the world as a member of an artisan development fund aimed at promoting and supporting indigenous artisans. her pieces are SO SO SO beautiful. this one in particular made my heart beat a little faster.

In order to combat the extreme solitude that sometimes comes with living at sea, I set up a portable leather studio in the bow of the ship. It was during this time that I decided to start creating my own designs after years of apprenticing for various master leather craftsmen both in Argentina and the UK. It is my goal to start with domestic production of goods, and over time to move a percentage of my production overseas to artisan groups and women’s collectives in order to help support a sense of purpose, pride, better wages and fairer working conditions in communities which may not otherwise support these ideals.

All Hands on deck. buy them here.

All Hands

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