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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.

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Brookes Boswell

when i was in NYC last year (it feels so long ago now, waaaaah!) i noticed girls wearing hats everywhere. i love it. i have not had the guts to wear one myself. not that you need guts, of course. but if you’re not used to wearing hats – besides on the beach – it’s quite a weird accessory to get used to. but once you do, you rock that shit.

i am sure lots of girls (and guys) will be wearing these SS14 hats by Brookes Boswell.

Born out of the great millinery tradition of New York City, Brookes Boswell Millinery was founded in 2009. Brookes Boswell started her studio after an apprenticeship with one of the city’s longtime milliners. Her background in architectural design, fine art and textiles, give Brookes a keen eye for precision, a love of fine materials and an appreciation for the construction techniques used in the trade.

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Beautiful Dreamers

i could kick myself for not knowing about Brooklyn based shop Beautiful Dreamers while we were in NYC – and it was right around the corner from where we were staying, too! they stock pieces by designers Jesse Kamm, Erin Considine, Electric Feathers, Clyde (those hats!) Lauren Manoogian, Agnes Baddoo (those beautiful leather bags) and many more.

Our store was conceived to be a nexus for authentically creative designers and artists pursuing high standards of craftsmanship, sustainability, ethical practices, and consciousness. Our aim is to create a meaningful connection between supplier, maker, and consumer through beautiful dreams and beautiful objects.

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NYC

NYC

hello! so we are in NYC and it is amazing. I wasn’t planning on checking in while we’re on our honeymoon (sacrilege) – but I see there have been some technical difficulties with images in the blog posts I scheduled. I’m sorry about that, and unfortunately I do not have my computer with me so it can’t be fixed. that means no new posts until we are back in Cape Town.

I’ll leave you with this pic I took at Top of the Rock until we get back. you can also follow all my updates on Instagram.

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the old brooklyn parlor

With its comforting menu of coffee, pastries, and ice cream, The Old Brooklyn Parlor is filling a void in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Objective Subject worked with the owner, Nick Haven, to establish the 1930s Brooklyn aesthetic with dense typography of classic New York geometric sans serif and custom hand-lettered script.

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sophomore

“lower east side style of the 70′s and lower east side style of today look almost the same – people never stray from the basics”

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