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Nisolo: The Shoemaker’s Process

September 26, 2015


Nisolo currently employs over 50 people, sustaining the jobs of craftspeople in Peru and preserving a creative skill set passed down from generations.

What It Means to Live as an Artist

September 21, 2015


Hola, friends and precious strangers! I wasn’t sure when I’d ever circle back around to wordpress to share new insights, between getting schooled by Corporate America and spells of introspection and mojo searching. But I’m finally hitting a stride where I feel ready to pick up anew, crawl out of my shell, and begin talking […]

Summer Update: MIA at a Dude Ranch

August 18, 2014


Howdy Partners! It’s been slow around these blog parts for some months now… All the while, things in real life have been kicking up some dust. Quite literally, actually. I took the summer as a reprieve from the city to work on a dude ranch. I’m writing you from my Colorado cabin now, surrounded by […]

7 Spec-tacular Eyewear Brands To Set Your Sights On

December 22, 2013


If you’re going to wear something on your face, it better be something pretty spectacular. With that sentiment, here’s a roundup of eyewear brands that have won my attention. Each has a little something more than just cool-factor that I admire and applaud, whether that be a responsible approach to material use, revival of craftsmanship, […]

LYDALI: Valuing Beauty, Preserving Local Craft

June 6, 2013


Spearheaded by San Francisco-based friends Lydia Harter and Ali Price, Lydali is an online store that offers a curated selection of one-of-a-kind goods including jewelry, accessories, and housewares. Featuring brands like Proud Mary and Raven + Lily, Lydali works with artisan cooperatives and companies in 25 different countries. Each ethically produced item has a story that contributes […]

Jewelry that Makes Love, Redeems War

February 8, 2013


Shopanthropic represents a network of artisans world-wide and helps people in underprivileged communities gain new opportunities for employment. Consequently, home-based artisans in Cambodia have been gaining professional training and skills to create a small collection of fashion accessories. What’s interesting about this group of artisans in Cambodia is not just what they are gaining from a […]

All About Denim: Nicholas Schmidt USA

September 23, 2012


Without the presence of a cotton twill, fondly coined “blue jean” in 1873, American sportswear as we know it today might well have developed into something quite the contrary. For the sake of this post (and as a little mental exercise on my part), I’ve tried to envision a denim-less scenario that doesn’t leave me […]

Leather for the Ladies (and Gents) by Noah Marion

September 22, 2012


Noah Marion Quality Goods started small in a south Austin, Texas garage in 2006 utilizing all recycled and repurposed materials to create one of a kind bags and accessories. With a focus on quality over quantity and a brand idiom “buy once, buy for life,” Marion’s business and design work has now 

How-To Embroidery Stitches

September 14, 2011


Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric with needle and thread (or yarn) and often includes the addition of other objects such as beads or sequins. It’s a practice used to create unique patterns and even sew stories into fabric which can carry meaning from one generation to the next. The spiral couching (above) and […]