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RAGGEDedge Pack Mule
Founded in 1997 by a group of accomplished sailors with a knack for sewing, RAGGEDedge uses sailcloth, kevlar and carbon fiber to create small batches of bags and wallets in their Virginia-based workshop. With a distinct, Flywire-like look and well...
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Off Piste: West America + Woolrich
For many, there comes a time when the to-do list never shortens and when free time doesn't really feel free. This is where CH found longtime friends Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe just over a year ago. And this is what led the two—Hufnagel, a bicycle...
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Martha Davis
A long career in industrial design informs Martha Davis' footwear collection, which was first launched back in 2009. The multifaceted designer spent the last few months at San Francisco's Workshop Residence, creating shoes by hand from custom steel...
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Mitz Takahashi
Montreal-based woodworker Mitz Takahashi upcycles wooden offcuts into unique, modern designs. Working by hand with mostly reclaimed lumber like mahogany, walnut, oak and other found materials, Osaka-born Takahashi spends his days tooling around creating...
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Shwood and Huf Sunglasses
Oregon's own wooden eyewear makers Shwood today premiered a latest sunglass collaboration with San Francisco streetwear label Huf. Made of broken skateboard decks, you can see the production process of the resulting "Six-Ply Fade" in the first experimental...
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Ochobags
Born out of Genova, Italy's school for industrial design, designer Arianna Vivenzio founded Ochobags in 2006. Centered on a modular and customizable bag, Vivenzo describes her mission as "obviously to combine function and aesthetics." Staring...
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Drift Eyewear
Anyone who struggles to read the third row of an eye chart knows that glasses are more than just a fetching style choice. Those plagued with poor eyesight tend to live in their specs and want a pair that adds something special without sacrificing...
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Design Week: ICFF Alternatives
by Alexandra Polier As ICFF kicks into high gear this week in NYC, so do a number of satellite design fairs showcasing the work of hundreds of talented international designers. Alternatives to the ICFF provide a venue for the many independents who...
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Freitag Fake Snake Collection
At Freitag's newly opened NYC shop you will find over 1,000 of the Zurich-based brand's one-of-a-kind bags cut from used truck tarpaulins, but you will also find a surprising twist on their main material. Showing a softer side of Markus and Daniel...
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War Craft Collection
After launching a furniture series made out of wood reclaimed from Coney Island's boardwalk in 2010, Brooklyn design studio Uhuru takes up the concept again with their second "local materials" collection, this time using deck wood from the USS North...
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Cylinder Belt Bag
From tutus for Black Swan to fine fabrics for furniture maker Knoll, Rodarte's Mulleavy sisters often lend their design talents to those seeking their virtuosic ability to cut and paste style references. Their Cylinder Belt Bag for Opening Ceremony...
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Hooker & Co.
At just over 350 years old, New York's identity—as both a relatively young city globally and as one of the oldest U.S. cities—makes the quest to possess a slice of its past rival even that for the hot new thing. Enter furniture designer...
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Memory
Faced with high unemployment in Switzerland, poverty in Africa and a hobby of collecting old bikes, social entrepreneur Paolo Richter started Gump- und Drahtesel, a program in Bern which puts the unemployable to work restoring and upcycling bicycles...
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V&Y Mart
When L.A.-based stylist Lauren Constantine needed more distinct accessories on set, she decided to make them herself. After several years of crafting one-off statement pieces, Constantine finally opened up shop, peddling two styles under her label...
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Forestbound
Deep in the antique stores and flea markets around the Eastern Seaboard, Alice Saunders scouts materials to create Forestbound, her line of hand-made totes, purses and carry-alls. She makes each bag out of salvaged items that imbue them with a sense...
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Lilian Asterfield
"I'm a sucker for odds and ends," says Boston-based fashion designer Nicole Deponte. So when she inherited a trash bag full of one-of-a-kind vintage neckties in 2009, what started "as a happy accident"—an experiment with a belt—"grew into...
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Made Of New York
Creatively crafted, Made of New York furniture is comprised of discarded Manhattan lumber and is constructed using as few machines as possible. The simple, geometric collection was conceived by former creative director of Ikea Sweden and current...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Portfolio Review: Stop Motion Video Animator/Illustrator Kirsten Lepore From her claymation "Booty Clap" to animated vintage board games, Kirsten Lepore's slightly twisted sense of humor and gift for storytelling make the young artist's portfolio...
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Made in Peckham
Secluded in its own room during Designersblock this year was Made in Peckham, a project devised by London-based design studio Hendzel+Hunt. Specifically conceived with sustainability in mind, the team made the entire range from locally-sourced...
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WeWood
Conceived in Italy but based in L.A., WeWood watches combine European craftsmanship with sustainably-minded materials to reinvent the average wristwatch—in wood. The budding brand offers up a line of tasteful Miyota-movement timepieces crafted...
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A+: The Young Designers' Platform
An opportunity for emerging designers to showcase their work, A+: The Young Designers' Platform took place earlier this month during the Accent on Design event at New York's International Gift Fair. The American Design Club curated the event, aiming...
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Peepwool
The brainchild of Wisconsin-based artist Amy Arnold, Peepwool are individual stuffed dolls handmade from completely recycled materials. A mix of personality and found objects, no single Peepwool looks the same as the next. Arnold started creating...
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Haesu Kwon
Eschewing the idea that upcycling and luxury are mutually exclusive, recent Parsons grad Haesu Kwon blends traditional high-end wools with anomalous yarns for Space Queen, an ambitious thesis collection of striking sweaters, leggings, capes and...
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