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Lotuff Leather

Lotuff Leather is a bag & accessories maker based in Connecticut who have a 100% hands-on, local approach to making their beautiful leather goods. founded by brothers Joe & Rick Lotuff and partner Alden Edmonds,  they pride themselves in reinvigorating traditional craftsmanship and, “creating a whole new generation of Americans who are once again encouraged – not dissuaded – to take a few extra minutes, hours, or days to make something exceptional.”

Lotuff Leather is a collaboration of prideful American craftsmen making fine quality leather goods the way they should be made. The love and passion that go into our handmade bags are tangible: you can see, smell, and touch the difference. Our vision is to create items of lasting value and the work is a reflection of our personal character.

i absolutely love their gorgeous leather working tote (this pic totally sold me). you can see some of the fine pieces for ladies in their Spring 2013 lookbook, photographed by Alyssa Robb.

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Muku

i was intending on doing a these things today, as usual, but the Muku SS 2013 collection felt like just the right way to sign off the week. from the sweet little girls (those little dresses! those milk-maid braids! those flowers crowns!) to the simple & beautiful pieces for women made from exquisite natural fabrics – i am quite smitten with Lithuanian based Muku.

Muku mainly focus on kids clothing but likes to venture out and play around with toys, accessories, and whatever our exploring hands can create. We choose to use natural fibers. We get inspired by DIY idea, recycling, remakes, urban art… Find most of our materials from grandparents cupboards, antique bookshops, flea markets. All made with love and nicety.

they have a website, online shop and blog.

















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Take Care

Take Care is a Cape Town based label by designer Jessica Harwood. their winter collection suits my taste for beautiful pared down pieces. i went into their shop on Kloof Street recently, shared with menswear label Adriaan Kuiters, and man-handled (woman-handled?) some of the beautiful coats. i am particularly taken by the double waterfall jacket below. also happy to tell you that you can now peruse Take Care at their online shop – glad to see more and more South African designers selling on the web.

lookbook photos shot by Julia Merrett.

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Samuji

wow i am kind of besotted with the summer 2013 lookbook for Finnish label Samuji, Changing Patterns. the model, the clothes, the paint, the clever parallax scrolling… i ended up going up and down and up and down. these are just screenshots, you definitely have to go on over and experience it for yourself. i’m not sure if all these pieces are available to buy yet, but keep an eye on their online shop for more.

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SAMMA

my taste in jewellery ebbs and flows, but at the moment i’m really digging on beautiful statement necklaces – especially with chunky beads or bold metal work. i discovered Hanna Sandin’s line SAMMA thanks to Pour Porter, who currently stocks many of her fine pieces of jewellery.

Hanna Sandin founded SAMMA in 2009. The jewelry line developed out of Sandin’s work in sculpture and is defined by a stripped down vocabulary of form; elemental lines and simplified shapes cast in non-precious materials — brass, bronze, copper — combine and repeat, while slight variations and irregularities, a result of each piece being handmade, add nuance, warmth, and tactility.

images courtesy of SAMMA and Pour Porter.









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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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