Ceri Hoover

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Simple but never boring, that’s a perfect description of Ceri Hoover. The Nashville-based company uses materials sourced from the world’s finest leather purveyors and employs American artisans to handcraft their bags and shoes. The line is full of lovely detailing and timeless designs, any piece would be a fantastic addition to a modern wardrobe.

 

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Wayward

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Creating moments of unexpected beauty in everyday living is Wayward‘s mission. The New York-based multidisciplinary design studio creates home products and personal accessories by expert craftsmen and women. Wayward then partners with workshops and small factories in the U.S. to bring those designs to life, honoring the makers behind them along the way. Linen and leather pillows, tote bags and pouches, and jewelry all shine within their current collection.

 

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Lee Coren

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Urban surroundings and the need for fresh air both inspire the bags and scarves that Lee Coren creates. The pieces feature handmade screen printed fabrics and original prints from scenery captured on a camera. Lee sources and produces locally and ethically, using cruelty-free, vegan friendly materials, and when sourcing leather replacements chooses high quality, italian-made, cotton-backed microfiber polyurethane. It always feels good when love something that’s doing good for the environment.

 

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ni.ni.creative

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ni.ni.creative‘s minimalist bags and cushions are sleek and most definitely influenced by Japanese design. Nina Provan and Nick Rennie are the two behind the venture that partners leather and fabrics from Febrik and Kvadrat to create timeless, versatile wares for your home and wardrobe.

 

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Utility Canvas

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Couples who create together stay together, at least such is the case with Hal Grano and Jillian Kaufman and Utility Canvas. Founded in 1990, the designs and products are a combination of Jillian’s background in fashion and Hal’s appreciation for the canvas packs he used as a canoe guide. I’m drawn to all of their lines – to carry, to wear, and for the home.

 

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ESPEROS

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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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