Jul
02

The BlkSmith Co.

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David M. Smith is the self-described nostalgic romantic behind San Francisco’s The BlkSmith Co. Getting his hands dirty and creating things that will outlast him are both goals, while his mantra is Live fast, die often. When not designing identities, lettering, and illustrations David can be found making patches, pins, prints, and more.

 

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Jun
30

Pikkpack

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Pikkpack is leather footwear that you assemble yourself. There are only 3 pieces of material – the sole, the upper, and the shoelaces. And because the wearer is involved in the making the shoes can be shipped in lighter, smaller packages using less material and conserving natural resources. Pikkpack just launched a rubber soled version and the ability to customize your pair with color.

 

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Jun
30

The Good Machinery

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I’ve been obsessing over every single piece of jewelry from The Good Machinery for the past week. Each piece in the asphalt collection is unique in color and pattern, which is the result of the free form mixing of resins, pigments, and additives. Everything is lightweight and basically unbreakable and my goodness, those colors. (Also, SALE ALERT! A bunch of pieces are on big time sale right.)

 

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Jun
22

Jenna Rowe / V Necklaces

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Strong, simply designed accessories are always my go-to. Especially during summer when I don’t want to be weighed down with a lot of clothing or extra anything. Jenna Rowe‘s copper and brass V Necklaces are refined enough to attend a wedding but low-key enough to wear with jeans and a simple tank.

 

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(via The Design Files)

Jun
18

Tiff Manuell

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We’ve all heard the reference that fashion is art, but what about when it actually is? Meet Tiff Manuell, a designer and artist from Adelaide, Australia. She creates a range of hand-painted accessories, each one completely unique thanks to her process. Tiff works by first painting canvases with bright colors and patterns, then cutting that canvas up and placing it inside a PVC outer shell before sewing and adding trim. Bags of all sizes and purpose, statement neckpieces, collars, and cuffs are all created in the same manner.

 

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Because I tend to dress in mostly neutrals, Tiff’s pieces have been an amazing dose of pattern and color for summer. Inside each bag she takes the time to stitch in a one-of-a-kind logo, just one last special touch that makes every piece feel just for you.

 

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Tiff also creates these dramatic statement necklaces from cut strips of painted canvas that are real showstoppers, color and pattern galore. I’ve been hanging mine on the wall as art when I’m not busy wearing it, and I always get so many compliments when paired with a plain tee or tank.

Long story short – I’ve got a crush, and it’s a big one.

 

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Jun
15

Tattoorary

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I have seven tattoos and a list of a few others that I hope to get eventually, but they aren’t for everyone. Thankfully there are tons of gorgeous temporary options for those of you who want to add some less permanent body decoration. And what better time than summer? Check out these temporary ink designs from Tattoorary, I guarantee you’ll be hooked.

 

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Jun
10

Summer Wish List

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1. Metal 4-Inch Steel U Hairpin  2. Cactus Print Half Sleeve Blouse
3. V Column Dress (Ink Lines)  4. Hillary Clinton for President 2016 Tee

Summer has unofficially been here for a few weeks now, but I’ve been coveting these wardrobe additions for even longer. A few tees, some shades, and I’m basically set. This is the lowest maintenance season and I plan to not only show it, but embrace it 110%. What’s on your summer wish list??

 

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5. Rose Quartz Triangle Gold Necklace  6. A Detacher Ruthie Romper (Hills & Dales)
7. Yami Backpack  8. One Piece Wide Strap Tank

 

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9. Vacay Times Tee  10. Super Duper Thistle Sunglasses
11. Lapis Stud Earrings  12. Alabaster Yama Imo Hat

 

Jun
09

The Good Twin / Zodiac Pin + Post

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There is some doubly awesome stuff going on with The Good Twin’s Zodiac Pin + Posts! Astrology can be intriguing to me (and I definitely match my Scorpio profile), so sporting one of these abstract pins and having a sweet postcard to go along with it is loads of fun. Can’t wait to pick up one, but be warned that they sell FAST.

 

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Jun
04

Urban Kraft Paper Bags

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The classic brown bag has been turned into wearable bags and accessories at the hands of Urban Kraft. Constructed of super strong, durable kraft paper material that’s tear resistant, these pieces are washable and made to last. They’re great for protecting your goods throughout the day and beyond.

 

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(via Design Milk)

Jun
02

Datter Industries

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Datter Industries is helmed by Kate Blegvad and is where she endeavors to turn her drawings into jewelry. Each piece starts out hand carved in wax before being cast and individually finished. The lack of perfection is Kate’s pieces embrace the process of being handmade and exhibit her inspiration of ancient artefacts, talismans, ritual, the occult, weaponry, and the natural world.

 

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