For this week’s style section I have asked one of my very good style-blogging friends, Lindsey Shiflett, to give us an insider look at the items making the top of her Christmas list. Lindsey curates the blog Makers Workshop and is the Creative Director of the repurposed jewelry company Grandmother’s Buttons. Lindsey works creatively as a jewelry designer and draws her inspiration from vintage finds, making it her goal to bring new life to charming, old things. Be sure to check out more of Lindsey’s creations at Grandmother’s Buttons as well as her creative blogging at Makers Workshop.
The Natalie Suarez + Dylana Suarez x Modern Vice Boots
At the very top of my favorites list is New York based shoe brand, Modern Vice. Their recent collaboration with sisters Natalie and Dylana Suarez has produced the JETT and most recently the BENNI,a Chukka style boot on a sophisticated tapered toe. Classic with a splash of rock and roll, these boots are handcrafted and made to last which is great because you will want to wear them with everything! Put these on your Christmas list, your birthday list, and your just because list. I’m a big fan.
Bags are sort of a weakness of mine. I mean, what girl doesn’t love a good leather bag right? Aimee Kestenberg, who won the 2010 Independent Handbag Designer Award and was a finalist for the InStyle, Independent Handbag Designer Awards in 2011, has launched her own line of handbags under the Adoni Group in New York. Aimee says, “Each piece I create is undeniably original; a blend of edgy sexiness with timeless sophistication that is completely wearable from day to evening. I hand make each piece to perfection ensuring only the best in quality and precision.” At only 24 years old, this Aussie designer is rocking the accessory world! The large Aimee tote (my favorite) is made from 100% Exclusive Japanese Tumbled leather and features expandable zippers for extra room and padded pocket for your tablet making it great for traveling or for any chic mother, like myself.
One of my most prized possessions is a one of a kind anchor necklace I purchased from New York based, Digby & Iona while visiting the jewelry studio about a year and a half ago. There is something about the whimsical nature and timelessness of maker Aaron Ruff’s collections that really speaks to me. It’s probably the perfect juxtaposition of masculine and feminie details I love so much. Aaron, who is the son of a craftsman, enrolled in Parsons to study furniture design but later realized his true calling was in jewelry making. Inspired by history and literature each piece is delicately handcrafted in Aaron’s Brooklyn studio that is as you imagined- lined with antique books, an adorable pup named Nuki, a few vintage motorcycles, and other time warn treasures. You can learn more about Digby & Iona’s latest collection, the ideal triangle, on my blog.
Mischa Lamperts self-woven, self-dyed and self-knit hats are a winter essential. These thick cable knit hats with exaggerated ears, neon trimmings and fur accents are all made in New York. Mischa who says she draws inspiration for her line from hairstyles began knitting in the 90′s using a technique taught to her by her grandmother. Pair this with a journal and a special teacup for the dreamer in your family.
I have been a huge fan of Boston based designer, Alice Saunders, since I was first introduced a few years ago to her line of bags she creates from salvaged textiles. Alice scours the country in search of historic fabrics, sacs, and hardware to create these one of a kind totes. I purchased a cream ticking lined bag as a two year anniversary present for my husband and let’s be honest, I wanted it for myself. These bags have such a feeling of history and soul marked by each ones slight wear in the age old fabric or print discoloration. It’s imperfections are what you might say make it quite perfect!
Forest Bound also offers brass custom monogrammed key chains which are perfect for a gift tie on or stocking stuffer!
Okay Okay! I may be a bit partial to the Cleopatra necklace since it was one of my designs for the 2012-2013 collection for Grandmother’s Buttons. This 32-inch crescent pendant features one antique button circa 1880-1920, a fringe of brass chain tassels, and silvered, hand-formed African beads. I love knowing that these discarded bits can find new life and because each piece is made with an antique button that is over 100 years old, each one will be unique. Housed in a 1905 bank building in Louisiana, Grandmother’s Buttons has been creating jewelry from vintage and antique buttons for nearly 30 years. That’s a lot of buttons!
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect wallet for a while now and may have found just what I’ve been looking for from Colorado based company, Stitch & Hammer. Stitch & Hammer provides quality handcrafted goods and supports small businesses in the production of their line of wallets, bags, and aprons. Since it’s beginning in 2011 designer and maker, Amy Tremper has strived to create products that evoke both traditional and modern qualities. Their wrapper clutch is definitely on my wish list this holiday season. Santa, I hope you are reading this!
LiaMolly founder and designer, Seema Sudan, is one of the most inspiring individuals I have met so, it’s only natural I adore her line of women’s and children’s knitwear. I first learned of the line while working for Anthropologie and thru that met Seema herself. We sat crafting ornaments with her two children, Liam and Molly, and she spoke in detail of her travels and inspirations behind her upcoming line. It’s so easy to be passionate about a brand when they themselves exude such a love and care for what they do. Seema recently brought production of her knitwear to her hometown, New Orleans, after launching a Kickstarter campaign.
Seema explains ,” My designs are deeply rooted in traditions of community and craftsmanship. I believe knitting should be local, and sweaters should last for generations. I named LiaMolly after our kids, Liam and Molly, because I like to think of each sweater being passed down to the younger generation – to become tomorrow’s heirlooms.” Doesn’t that sound like the special gift you have been looking for!?
If you are shopping for the shoe lover on your list (or just for yourself) then look no further! These light and airy shoes by giraffe WALK are hand woven so that the naked woven leather is allowed to breath and move with the motion of the entire foot without restriction. You heard me right ladies…. we are talking comfort! These beauties are perfect for your holiday getaway to some place warm. The woven uppers are made in Chennai, India bringing income to otherwise poor families and the shoes are later finished in their New York factory. Maker, David Siskin, learned his craft from his grandfather who built a New England shoe factory in 1948 and his father who’s passion for shoe making grew after traveling to Italy. David has apprenticed besides some of Italy’s foremost shoe makers and has now created this extraordinary line of minimalistic leather shoes. They are available in an array of colors and styles and trust me, you will want them all!
Smell Good Daily Tonic
Michael Probst has traveled the globe designing products and creating fragrances for Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Barney’s, Tommy Bahama, World Market, Target, etc. He ventured out on his own to create a brand that provided quality, hand-crafted American made products. Hence, West Third Brand was born. West Third’s Santal Blanc has been my choice of fragrance for the last several months with it’s soft sandalwood scent delicately infused with vanilla bourbon & raw sugar. Available in 22 fragrances like Smoky Fig, Tea Rose, and Vert Vetiver there is certainly something for everyone on your list this year.