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Totokaelo Art—Object

Fashion authority Jill Wenger expands into design with a new sister site

by Adele McConnell in Design on 02 July 2012

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What might have been confined as one of Seattle's best-kept secrets, Totokaelo fortunately grew from a brick-and-mortar shop in the Fremont neighborhood to an online boutique turning out a sharply edited selection of minimalist fashion. Founder and creative director Jill Wenger has honed an impeccable eye for clothing and accessories that balance timeless elegance with a sense of sartorial adventure—the name is Latin for "reach to the edge of the stars"—and since 2003 the beloved site has turned out a mix of alternative high-fashion and up-and-coming designers hand-picked by Wenger. Having become loyal fans in the fashion realm, we were thrilled about the launch of the new sister site, Totokaelo Art—Object, aimed at bringing a similar motif of enduring but cutting-edge style into the home.

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Art—Object debuts with collections from a bevy of independently minded designers who bring a strong sense of intelligent perspective to their work, while still aligning themselves with the brand's overarching aesthetic. Stock includes ceramic bells, bones and jewels from Brooklyn artist Michelle Quan, sculptor Alma Allen's turned raw wood stools, minimal wares like Russian stacking dolls and candles from Maison Martin Margiela and polygonal planters by Matthew Cleland of Score & Solder. Wenger identifies her roster of designers as friends, and announced the brand's new exclusive collaborative furniture line with Joel Kikuchi and Larry Olmstead.

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To browse the selection, learn more about the artists and shop—Art—Object shares a shopping cart function with Totokaelo's fashion site—visit the website.

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