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Tit Tee by Sarah Shikama
Chicago-based visual artist and metalsmith Sarah Shikama is best known for her handmade jewelry (which draws inspiration from as varied subjects as Brancusi to the sea), but it was her "Tit Tee" that made us stop in our tracks. The hand-beaded, illustrated...
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Inscaping Collection by Silvae
Deborah Roberts, the visionary behind Silvae clothing, is nothing if not poetic. Take for instance her forthcoming S/S '15 collection, called Inscaping. The word "inscape" refers to the "unique inner nature of a person or object as shown in a work...
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Knight Mills + Goodhood Limited Edition Floor Runner
In 2007, Goodhood opened its doors on a back street in Shoreditch, promising Londoners a curious collection of clothing and home goods. Last September, founders Jo Sindle and Kyle Stewart expanded their inventory and moved shop a block away to a...
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Please Paris Shoes
In the sea of shoes that flood the department stores, boutiques and e-shops, it's not often that a debut collection grabs ahold of our complete attention like the one from Please Paris did. The recently launched French brand's statement pieces surprise...
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Clay Project Swimwear by John Yuyi
To succinctly describe John Yuyi is like trying to pin down the finite details of a colorful dream you just woke from before it vanishes from memory. This is especially true because the young Taipei-born fashion designer/art director is just beginning...
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Wintervacht Revives Decades-Old Blankets as Wool Coats
Upon a first look at Wintervacht's brightly hued wool coats—from plum purple and canary yellow to curious patterns that evoke lava lamps or colorful chess boards—it's almost impossible to believe that in their past life, these coats were old blankets...
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House of Colunga Jewelry
Somewhere between mysticism and extraterrestrial fashion, Stephany Colunga built the eponymous House of Colunga, from which she produces her bewitching and surprisingly earthly jewelry line. Founded in Chicago in the spring of 2014, Colunga specializes...
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Sempli + Joseph Ribic Bottle Openers
Best known for its stemless, virtually floating Cupa glass series, LA-based design house Sempli has devoted itself to creating products that combine simplistic functionality with what Sempli founder Daniele Semeraro calls an "Italian style and elegance...
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WOO Toys from Vrtíška Žák
Created by Czech design and architecture outfit Vrtíška Žák, WOO toys are a boy's dream come true. "We wanted to design something just for ourselves without any client. So we decided to design these three toys," describes Vladimír Žák. He and his...
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Brook There's Ethically Made, Organic Lingerie
When Brook DeLorme first launched her line Brook There in 2007 as a spin-off of her and husband's shirting label Seawall, her focus was on creating soft, easy loungewear pieces that would highlight the elegance of handcrafted, no-fuss basics. However...
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Subway Series Jewelry by Shahla Karimi
Sometimes inspiration comes from the most ordinary experiences. For Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Shahla Karimi, that inspiration came from her daily commute. Drawing from the MTA subway map, Karimi has created a collection of rings and cuffs...
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The Bad Behavior Silk Scarf by Nottene
Last week at Cool Hunting + Story's second annual Pitch Night, we heard from over 40 different designers and makers over the course of almost five hours. With surprise guest judge Whoopi Goldberg adding to the pressure to make an impression, we heard...
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Suprême Bon Ton's Silk Scarves Inspired by Meteorites
Textile designer Ella Perdereau started her Parisian studio Suprême Bon Ton in 2013 to offer a range of high-quality silk scarves with designs that are easy on the eyes and inspired by nature. She collaborates with textile printers in Lyon who have...
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Playful Classics from Italy's Lazzari
It's easy enough to put cute animal prints over blouses and dresses—as many fast fashion retailers are doing—to draw attention, but to make a well-crafted quality piece that manages to be both playful and elegant, is an admirable feat. One brand...
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Nido: Handmade Knitwear from Argentina
Knitwear, at the moment, has never been more interesting—in the last month alone, we've covered everything from psychedelic beach-inspired couture to soft iridescent blankets to a new dedicated biannual magazine. And in the world of hand-knitted...
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Minimalist Lingerie by Portland's REIF
Amongst a sea of over-embellished, neon-colored intimates that clog retail spaces everywhere, Portland-based REIF's new minimalist lingerie is a big gulp of fresh air. The latest AW '14 "basiks" collection introduces contemporary pieces that are...
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Mirror of Threads Blankets by Emdal Colorknit
Designer Signe Emdal has an affinity with the year 1984. That's the year her 1.25-ton German knitting machine was made, as well as the Nikon camera she uses to create patterns from photos. However, Emdal (who entered the industry in 2006 by helping...
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Faustine Steinmetz's Copper Woven, Bendable Fashion
Three seasons ago, French designer Faustine Steinmetz started her eponymous label after buying a loom on a whim. Through reading old books bought on Amazon and watching YouTube tutorials, London-based Steinmetz taught herself how to weave and began...
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Minimalist Kidswear and Womenswear by MUKU
MUKU was born in Lithuania about four years ago, when two designers—Mindaugas and Dovile—had their child Agota. Unsatisfied with the children's clothes found in stores, the new parents made attire for their infant daughter and over time, realized...
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Five Favorites from Boerum House & Home
Retail store, museum gallery or apartment: the newly opened Boerum House & Home joins the row of stores including jewelry designer Erica Weiner and fragrance boutique Twisted Lily on Atlantic Avenue that make the Boerum Hill block a formidable shopping...
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One-Off Ceramics by Leah Reena Goren
For a while now, Brooklyn-based illustrator Leah Reena Goren has caused waves due to her cat-influenced prints on tees, scarves and totes. In between working on her zine, Sad Girls and producing limited edition patterns for Anthropologie, however...
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Sons + Daughters: Class of 2014 Collection
Fashion stylist Shiva Shabani and art director Calvin Yu started Sons + Daughters in 2011 when their friends complained about the dearth of quality, stylish eyewear options available for their kids. Creating adventurous frame styles that complement...
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Studio Visit: Belle Helmets
Danielle Baskin first popped up on our radar as the artist who was painting the easily recognizable (and for those from the Northwest, iconic) PDX airport carpet patterns onto bike helmets. Evidently, she paints a lot more than that (though these...
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Manner Market Silk Scarves and Bandanas
Silk scarves are tricky. They can be worn at any time of year, but many still avoid them for fear of appearing "matronly" or too formal. With her new brand Manner Market, Audria Brumberg hopes to shatter these scarf stereotypes and make them a go...
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