AH/OK

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You’ve probably heard it said that writers should stick to telling of what they know, what they’ve lived. So really it only makes sense that clothing designers should create pieces they’d want to have in their own closets, no? AH/OK does just that, designing pieces that are clean, basic, and eclectically characterized by contemporary prints.

 

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Fossil x Opening Ceremony

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A few months ago Fossil and Opening Ceremony teamed up for a capsule collection of eclectic style with a vintage twist. In other words, it’s kind of phenomenal. The limited edition line features a little something for both men and women with its statement watches, reversible bags, and other accessories. The end result of Fossil x Opening Ceremony is playful yet innovative.

 

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Issey Miyake x Iittala

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Designers love Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake, and now they’ve partnered with Finnish brand Iittala to create a range of homeware which includes pleated place mats, tote bags, and more. The collaboration – Issey Miyake x Iittala – has been in development for four years and includes thirty textile, ceramic, and glass pieces for the home. The technology developed for use in the pleating is fascinating, employing a technique that uses steam to pleat the fabric into origami-like patterns as well as a process that involves baking material in an oven. And that pastel palette? Perfect for spring.

 

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Favor

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When picking jewelry I generally gravitate towards simple pieces that will be in rotation for years to come. Favor‘s thoughtfully composed jewelry line ticks all the boxes with their high quality materials, ethically-sourced stones, and the fact that all pieces are designed to compliment one another. Group them together or add to your other favorites seamlessly.

 

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Powers Handcrafted

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Chicago’s Powers Handcrafted jewelry is quite simply stunning and statement making. I’d be equally happy pairing any of Maranda Powers’ architectural pieces with jeans or a cocktail dress, wouldn’t you? Brass and semi-precious stones such as malachite, onyx, turquoise, and white howlite play star roles in every handcrafted piece, feeling timeless and unique.

 

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Beech Hall

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Beech Hall is a multidisciplinary artist collective founded by Bev Beaulieu, Wade Keller, and Danielle Kroll – a trio of art school roommates. Leaning on their collective and individual strengths, Beech Hall has released their first collection featuring homewares, ceramics, jewelry, and accessories all focused on the common theme of Egyptian history and art.

 

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Lisa Smirnova / Artist at Home

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If you ask me, there’s not nearly enough wearable art in this world. Lisa Smirnova has put her embroidery talents to use in Artist At Homea story about the creative process told through the language of textiles. Cashmere, organic cotton, 80s denim jeans, and vintage towels take a backseat to Smirnov’s colorful additions to each of these cozy one-of-a-kind garments.

 

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Annie Costello Brown

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While I tend to favor studs, a solid statement-making pair of earrings are a jewelry box necessity. Especially once warmer weather begins to rear its head and layers of clothing start to drop off. Annie Costello Brown‘s brass and silver jewelry is hand-cut and hammered in her Los Angeles studio, and the results are pure art.

 

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