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nido ss14

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.

















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Native Line

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.

with a background as a fine artist known for her intricate pen drawings, she recently expanded her talents into woven pieces, wearable jewelry, hanging light sculptures and wall hangings – all of which stem from her early explorations in weaving metal sculptures as a textiles student. she collects her work and inspirations on her website Native Line.

Native Line consists of one off woven pieces, wearable jewelry, hanging light sculptures, & wall hangings, all of which stem from her early explorations in weaving metal sculptures, as a textiles student, at the Rhode Island School of Design. Inspired by the timeless motifs of indigenous woven craft work, Justine combines geometric lines with shimmering metals, to create luminary pieces of woven art, whether for your wall, or to wear as every day statement pieces.

you can buy Justine’s handwoven wall hanging objects at her online shop.

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Plümo

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.











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nido

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 that day ever comes i would definitely not mind rocking a pair of wool gloves from argentinian label nido (i would also like one of those peach jerseys, please). their pieces are handknitted with 100% sheep wool which is “made from a women cooperative located in Mary Grande, a village near of Paraná, Entre Ríos. they shear their sheep, produce the fleece, spin them by hand on wooden distaff and dye the wool with colors extracted from nature: blackberry, onion, locust bark, eucalyptus leaves.

visit their website & tumblr. first image by ana armendariz.
















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Olive Thomas

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.

Maya Levi is a shoe designer from Israel whose line Olive Thomas features practical & unique shoes that are all hand made in small batches, which you can see in her SS 2013 collection. she also recently did a mini spring collection called Two by Two with matching tees (love those horses). check out her website & online shop for more.

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Caroline Gomez

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.

how does any of that relate to Caroline Gomez? i’m getting there… just let me think about tapas for another second. okay. what’s better than plates of food are tiny beautiful wooden boards of food. another thing i love is eating off a lovely piece of beautiful wood – big or small, and Caroline makes both. i’m particularly taken by this charming fruit platter… no more rolling around for you, silly fruit!

she’s a bit of a jack of all trades, check out her beautiful wares at her website and online shop.

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Curious Creatures Giveaway

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…

so, you stand a chance to win a $40 gift voucher to buy anything you desire from Curious Creatures. to enter [1] have a browse around the shop and leave a comment telling me what your favourite thing is + [2] like Curious Creatures on Facebook.

Larissa is also offering a 10% discount on all items till 31 December, just use the code missmoss10 at checkout.

the giveaway is open to all readers worldwide, but your package might be subject to your country’s import duties & taxes. giveaway closes Monday 17 December, winner will be drawn at random. if you’re already a fan of Curious Creatures on Facebook you are still eligible to win.

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Cobra Rock Boot Company

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.

i just LOVE the combination of the traditional square-toe cowboy boot + contemporary short lace up desert boot – especially in that beautiful oil-tanned leather… you just know that these boots are going to last years and years. you can buy them online at arrow + arrow. images courtesy of CRBC, their instagram and arrow + arrow.

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