ESPEROS-1-Design Crush


I’m forever on the lookout for products that are not only well made and look great, but that give something back. ESPEROS does just that. When you purchase one of their amazingly well-designed bags they give 10% to to fund education initiatives – in fact, every single ESPEROS bag sold helps fund one year of education for a child in the developing world.

But they go even further with total transparency concerning their factory and workers in Shenzhen, China, where the bags are manufactured after being designed in Austin, TX. Average age? 33. Average work week? 45 hours. ESPEROS provides these workers with three meals a day as well as free housing and full benefits.

Oh, and the bags are waterproof, stain resistant, machine washable, and made with durable, fine-aging canvas. Now that’s a purchase you can feel solid about making.


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Actually, It Is Easy Being Green


Bloomsbury pattern // Susanna Vento // The Transcontinental Affair

This season there’s one color I can’t help but see everywhere I look, and that’s green. Green of all hues and shades, super saturated and pleasingly pastel. From home interiors to fashion to everywhere in between, this color that’s usually making a departure come autumn is all of a sudden making a play to stick around!



Jack Chair // Soft-Washed Linen Duvet // Sly Fox Knocker



Shining Pinstripe Napkins // Summit Ankle Boot // Here’s Looking at Me, Kid



Handmade Leather Bag // Oh Happy Day // Jacket with Faux Fur Lining


Fall Wish List


1. E Hoops  2. Quilted Baseball Hat  3. Lace Up Knee High Military Boots
4. Openweave Scarf in Scottsdale Plaid

It seems as though summer knew just the right moment to exit stage left this year. Autumn weather showed up this past Saturday, ironically on time considering my friend Andrew hosted an End of Summer party Friday evening. This season I’m focused on comfort – warm knits, flat shoes, and plenty of plaids – and I’m on the lookout for a great trench or anorak to help with layering and a pair of ankle length skinny cords.




5. Enforce Bracelet  6. Estelle Watch  7. Fortune Hand Ring  8. Striped Cocoon Cardigan Sweater




9. Small Bicolor Bucket Bag  10. Newly High Top Sneakers  11. No 137 Necklace  12. Plaid Dolman Dress


Happy Weekend

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This week on Design Crush:
We picked out ten fresh pieces of art for your walls for you in Print Edition: September.
Eleanor Bolton‘s cotton-based statement jewelry is incredible.
Sungsoo Kim‘s melancholy art was spot-on for this week’s emotions.
See a beautiful selection of brown leather bags for you to tote this fall in Brown Bag Bunch.
Jack Hogan‘s wood and acrylic art mimics another kind of art. Amazing.
Architectural drawings from Minty Sainsbury that really make you focus.
I threw a little outdoor autumn harvest party and created a playlist for you!
You need to see Maryam Ashkanian’s Sleep Series because words won’t do.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Your backyard really, really needs a fire pit this fall – trust me.
The day after Labor Day is fair game for Halloween and I’m starting off with October-inspired art.
I’m so ready for fall – does my plaid obsession give it away??


Brown Bag Bunch


11:11:02 Tote Bag

If summer is all about cotton and linen and lightness, then autumn is surely about the opposite. Heavy canvas, knits, and most definitely leather. Leather bags to be exact. Brown by preference because black just feels very much like winter and I’m not quite ready for that just yet. What will you be toting this fall?



Azeb Getaway Tote // Sea Sack // Giselle Leather Clutch



Bum Bag // Equestrian Leather Tote Bag // Il Bussetto City Bag



Shopping Bag // Tan Saddle Bag // Light Brown Carryall


Gift Shop Brooklyn

Gift Shop Brooklyn-1-Design Crush



Annie Bukhman has a way with leather, which in this case is better than having a way with words. She creates every piece for Gift Shop Brooklyn shop with materials sourced and purchased from vendors in the United States or from fellow Etsy sellers. Items are made in limited quantities, guaranteeing that Annie’s designs and offerings are always fresh and inspired.



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