OWL started when three friends from Berlin and Hamburg decided to “put their heart and soul into the intricate details of a new era of glasses.” similarly to Warby Parker, these guys make beautiful glasses at a great price point. and if you’re not German you can also have fun counting in probably the only Deutsch you know – as the glasses are named eins, zwei, drei, vier, fünf…
i got an exciting email from Julie sharing the debut collection for her handmade accessories label Jujumade. you might recognise her ceramic pieces from that fantastic collaboration with Brook & Lyn that i shared in last year’s post about good hair. Julie’s pieces are composed of hand sculpted ceramic and leather elements – her soft leather bags look good enough to eat, though if i ever had to own one i’d probably just hang it on my wall to admire from afar (just too beautiful to haphazardly toss my wallet and makeup in, that’s for sure). be sure to explore the Jujumade website and online shop, and also follow Julie on instagram – where you will discover a scottish fold cat called Pancake (!!!)
if you’re a regular around here you’ll be more than familiar with Christine Young’s jewellery line Young Frankk – so i’m happy to share her latest collection with you. Christine explains, “each corded necklace and bracelet is hand braided with tan satin cording using a Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo. the beaded pieces incorporates white howlite and dalmation jasper gemstones.” i feel like her work just gets better and better with every collection, like a fine gold-plated wine. you can shop Young Frankk at her website or over at Etsy.
i only have one handbag that i use for everything – day to day, going out, travelling etc. i’m just too comfortable & lazy to transfer things from bag to bag. BUT. here are some bags i like, if i ever changed my boring ways.
AÃRK Collective is a Melbourne based company that deals in some of the spiffiest watches I’ve seen in a while. but not only that, the design details of their website and all their collateral is so brilliant. i love it when the branding of a company wins me over almost more than their products (almost).
when i was in school i took textile design for a year as part of my art course. it wasn’t really textile design, i didn’t actually do any screen printing and everything was kind of laissez-faire in that high school art kind of way. but i did gain a lot of respect for textile designers due to the finer points of the craft.
i got the sweetest email from Lauren sharing the campaign for her recently opened online boutique Girl & Graaf. Lauren says she took a lot of inspiration from the blog in creating the campaign, so i guess things have come full circle around here! and what a beautiful shop (and photoshoot!) it is, i am definitely coveting those washable gold bags.
if you’re on the lookout for something special for a friend, sister, mom, girlfriend (or you simply wish to treat yo self) then you’ll be wanting to be entering this giveaway from Curious Creatures. shop owner Larissa makes “curious handmade things” like beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings and even hand dyed silk scarves. she’s also been working on some hand dyed silk tees which i hope to see in her shop soon…
thanks to Zinzi and Lizzie for introducing me to TEN & Co. – a shoe label that specialises in oxfords that are handmade from vintage Moroccan rugs & supple leather. designer Tory Noll was on a trip to Morocco when she stumbled upon a tiny shoe shop in Marrakech and on a whim had some simple oxfords made from scraps of carpet – and so TEN & Co. was born.