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Chambray a trend that I flirted with in the 90s in the form of a Canadian tuxedo – sleeveless button-up and cuffed jean shorts (I know you know.) – then never thought twice about again. Now with 90s influences showing up everywhere I turn it’s back on my radar. Last fall I purchased a greyish-blue button-down that I love, but now I’m toying with the idea of summer pieces. The material is just about as perfect as can be for high temps, light and breathable and dare I say it effortlessly chic.

 

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Loft // Gap // Holding Horses

 

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Gap // Merona // Dream Monstar

 

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Sole Society // Whistles // Brooks Brothers

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Sunglasses are my main accessory come summer – forget the armful of bracelets, the layered necklaces, and the fingers stacked in rings. I want simple, I want minimal, and I want interesting. That’s one reason I’m digging Mosevic‘s denim sunglasses. The Cornwall, England company seals six to ten layers of the stuff together to create their Solid Denim line.

 

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Happy Weekend

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01/ Notifly lets you know about a scheduled meeting by blowing a bubble!
02/ Get CallerID for your front door with Peeple‘s wireless camera.
03/ A handy chart sharing how long fresh produce will last once you buy it.
04/ This year’s Serpentine Pavilion honors the London Underground with a secret corridor.
05/ The Mason Watch is like is basically a sculpture for your wrist.
06/ Stefaan De Croock (aka Strook) uses discarded doors to create giant street murals.
07/ Gum, not just chewing these days – check out Maurizio Savini‘s sculptures.
08/ Meet Mr. Head, a vacuum cleaner turned artist.
09/ Jon Alameda throws the tiniest 1-inch scale miniature pottery.
10/ A Philadelphia church was transformed thanks to lots of paracord and Aaron Asis.

This week on Design Crush:
Mixed media photo and sketch collages by Joe Rudko.
I’ll be dreaming of these Weekend Sunbeds all summer long.
Colorful, geometric asphalt jewelry from The Good Machinery.
Make your own footwear with Pikkpack.
Stunning pastel female portraiture by Hsiao-Ron Cheng.
I’d love to fill my kitchen with pieces from Fringe and Fettle Ceramics.
Incredibly realistic watercolor hands from the brush of Martha Ossowska Persson.
Loving the pins and prints coming out of The BlkSmith Co.
The blueberry upside-down cake I’ll be making until the little guys run out.

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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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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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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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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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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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