Jack/Knife Outfitters is a small batch production house based in San Francisco. John, Nick and Melissa make all their garments by hand in their studio – from pattern drafting, to sewing, to pounding rivets. specialising in denim, they have also recently branched out into cotton pieces. beautiful unisex shirts and awesome barn jackets are the order of the day. you can buy their pieces online, or order something custom made for that perfect fit – Jack/Knife keeps your custom pattern on file for future orders.
SuTurno is a Madrid based design company headed by designers Julia Vergara and Javier Gutierrez Bayo. you may remember their beautiful Blondell scarves which made the blog rounds a few months ago. they have just released their new AW13 collection sporting four new prints: the dramatic Ondina, the sparkly Bengala, and the Brick and Inutiles scarves. you can buy them all at their online shop.
i must confess that underwear is pretty much at the bottom of my list of priorities when it comes to clothes shopping. big purchases are reserved for shoes, leather goods… maybe the occasional fancy dress. but undies, those come in packs of 5 and usually cost me less than a take-away dinner. but i still like the idea of fancy underwear. there’s also something incredibly cool about knowing your underwear is handmade (as if you’re a French aristocrat lazing about at Versailles all day). that’s where Egretta Garzetta comes in. affordable handmade lingerie, bras and panties made in Riga, Latvia.
&Attorney is an Australian shoe brand that, upon browsing through their website, made me say out loud – “i want that one, and that one, and that one, and that one…” from their classic loafers, to their sweet clogs and unique stacked sandals (love the mint!) i can honestly say i love every single pair of shoes they make.
Tailfeather products are meticulously designed and hand crafted by husband and wife team Scottie and Natalia in their studio nestled in the Tallarook ranges of Victoria. The range is built upon the knowledge and experience gained from time spent in the workshop—small runs and attention to detail ensure the highest possible quality is maintained.
argentinian knitwear label nido (who i previously blogged about here) just released their SS14 collection, which is 100% cotton, hand-knitted and hand-dyed garments by Argentinian artisans – inspired by sea breeze, shaded forest, cool summer nights. the lookbook was shot by photographer Ana Armendariz, and the models are Constanza Castagnet and Alan Segal, editors of Labor magazine.
i’ve noticed a popular resurgence in hand weaving the past while, especially in the realm of wall hangings. i’m sure you’ve seen beautiful tapestries featured on design blogs (the stunning work of Brook&Lyn comes to mind) or cropping up on pinterest. if you’re a fan, like me, then you can add another talented artist to your most wanted weavers list – Justine Ashbee.
Plümo sources artisanal, hand made products from all over the world that are original in design, beautifully crafted and a little different from what you usually see. They work with artisans, co-operatives from Africa to Asia, designers that have just come out of college and any kind of creative people that just make beautiful things. their latest collection was inspired by a Sicily.
i know i complain about our endless summers a plenty – it’s not the sunshine that gets me, it’s just the heat guys! i revel in the short winter months where i get to wear stockings and scarves and coats and things made from wool. i must admit though, it never gets that cold. i don’t think i have worn gloves in south africa more than a handful (…) of times in my entire life. that does not mean i wouldn’t buy a pair. it would probably just end up sitting in a drawer all sad and lonely, waiting for the cold.
if there’s one thing i’m super picky about, fashion wise, it’s shoes. as a result i only have one pair of boots, one pair of sandals, one pair of loafers… it’s just so hard for me to find shoes i really love that i can actually, ahem, afford. most of the time i just don’t want to sacrifice quality just because the price is right, so i tend to steer clear of high street options.
there’s not much that i like more than tiny plates of food. if i could have tapas for the rest of my life i’d be totally okay with that. you see, i’m a terrible orderer at restaurants. i almost always have food envy when the plates finally arrive at the table. you will often hear me say, “damn, i should have ordered that.” or, “just give me a little taste of yours.” (which is usually directed at Anton, poor guy). so you see, tapas just makes everyone’s lives better as far as i’m concerned.
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…
Cobra Rock Boot Company is a boot making workshop operating out of Marfa, Texas by owners & bootmakers Logan Caldbeck and Colt Miller. they make these amazing western-influenced desert style leather boots of their own design using wooden lasts from the 40s & 50s, hammering and stitching every boot my hand using equipment that bootmakers have been using for over a century.