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Dara Artisans

Dara Artisans

We are so excited to announce our newest stockist, Dara Artisans! Dara Artisans launched their online store this summer and we are so excited to be a part of this great online community that supports artisan made products.

Taxco

Taxco

This past weekend we took a day trip to

This past weekend we took a day trip to Taxco. It's about a 2.5 hour trip from Mexico City depending on traffic but as how many of these bus trips go...it took nearly 4 hours to get home.

 

Heathermarie Heaton Show

Heathermarie Heaton Show

I met Heathermarie Heaton through her mother-in-law who has dedicated her life's work to helping artisans here in Mexico. Heathermarie is a former LA stylist who has been living in Mexico for over a decade now. During the last year she has started an incredible handmade shoe line all made by artisans in Mexico. I just bought my first couple of pairs of her shoes last week and wanted to share so you all can go get yourselves a pair! I bought the Mox Boot "Raw" in Natural and the Sandal "T" in Amarillo. Love them both, the leather is so soft and they are timelessly cool.

Mox Boot "Raw" in Natural

 

Carla Fernandez Exhibit

Carla Fernandez Exhibit

I met Carla Fernández last November in her studio here in Mexico City, fell in love with one of her black fringed wool ponchos and scooped one up to wear during the chilly months ahead in Mexico City. I adore the fringe on it!

Carla is not only incredibly sweet but she has a passion for working with artisans as well. Carla and I both work with some of the same artisan groups here in Mexico and we actually met through the coordinator for the artisans we work with. Thus, I was SO happy to see this little article in the New York Times Style Magazine about an exhibit of her work that will be at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (in my home state none-the-less!). Not only will she be showing her work through photos, drawings, garments, videos, and performances she will be offering workshops to visitors on looming, embroidery, and tassle making. How awesome is that? The show will be running from April 17th to September 1st...go check it out if you are in the Boston area!

Carla Fernandez

Teixits Vicens & Mallorca

Teixits Vicens & Mallorca

While perusing the April issue of Matchbook Magazine, I spotted this gorgeous ikat placemat from Barney's. I then googled the company behind these beautiful textiles and discovered Teixits Vicen. This Spanish textile company has been around since 1854, how amazing? They're also located in Mallorca which holds such a special place in our hearts since my husband and I visited in 2011. See some photos from our trip below. That little island contains more natural beauty than either of us had ever seen!

A little escape path on our travels

Sunset

Back to textiles....how amazing are these placemats? Shop them all here at Barney's!

textile patterns

Craft by World Market

Craft by World Market

I can't tell you how excited I was when I heard about CRAFT for World Market. It's really an amazing concept! World Market (a fav of mine for finding unique items for the home for amazing prices) recently launched their CRAFT concept which brings unique, intricately made handcrafted goods by having the customer pre-order the item and only committing to shipping the item AFTER it is made by the artisan. In some cases up to 8 months! When I heard about this I thought, "genius!". What I love so much about this concept is that a big box retailer is trying to find a way to work with artisans that will work within the limitations that you bump into while working with artisans. As I know from person experience, orders that are often promised to you within a certain time frame are often delayed for various reasons. Also, finding the correct resources can sometimes be difficult in the remote areas these artisans often live and you can often overcome this hurtle by buying huge quantities of zippers or leather or whatever necessary material it is you're looking for but then you are faced with investing in this without a guarantee that the product will be bought. If you take pre-orders up front you are only investing in enough to fulfill orders already placed. And the best part? They come up with a new selection of products every month! Uh oh, I'm in trouble. Keep up the good work, World Market!

Some of my favs from this month:

May or may not have pre-ordered this beauty....

Seriously want to pre-order this gorgeous bench!

And love this felt rug, so organic and natural...

JM Dry Goods + Madewell

JM Dry Goods + Madewell

JM Dry Goods is an amazing store in Austin, Texas (which I am dying to visit...Austin andthe store) that sells artisan made product from Mexico. Founder Michelle Teague is a former New Yorker (we have so much in common!) who was a successful costume designer for films before re-locating to Texas and opening JM Dry Goods. Look at these gorgeous shots of her store:

Now for the really exciting part....JM Dry Goods has teamed with Madewell this season and come up with some beautiful pieces! I love the neutral color palette. Check out the entire collection here. These are a couple of my favs from the line:

LOVE this blouse in black and cream. So chic.

A traditional bag in all white, so perfect for summer.

Hunter Ashley's

Hunter Ashley's

Our Nailah Tea Towel is featured today on Hunter's Alley as their "singular obsession"!
Shop this lovely guy here!
Adore Magazine

Adore Magazine

I just love Australian design. They certainly know how to do it right- colorful, fun, natural, with a flair of bohemian. That is why I adore reading Adore Magazine (pun intended) every month! It' super inspirational and full of eye candy. I particularly loved this seaside abode designed by Lisa Ewart and Madeline Ehlers this month. Here are a few dreamy shots:

LOVE these pillows and natural wood side table.

The Little Market

The Little Market

Over the weekend, while perusing Pinterest I saw a pin of Lauren Conrad in Guatemala. Curiosity got the best of me and I clicked on it and was brought to her blog about a recent trip she took there to work with artisans. I was further surprised to find out that she has started a company called "The Little Market" that develops socially responsible products working with artisans. Although a bit surprised to find this out as this is the same girl who also has a mass produced clothing line at Kohl's, it made me smile because perhaps she will bring a whole new customer to understand and appreciate artisan made products! Here are some of my favs from the line:

Large Gray Ikat Satchel- Handmade in India

Elephant Wine Bottle Stopper- Handmade in South Africa

Clear Tall Leaves Glass- Handmade in Mexico

Whimsical Basket, Sea Foam Herringbone- Handmade in Senegal

Serape Pumps

Serape Pumps

Have you all seen J.Crew's new "Discovered" section of their website? If not, check it out here!
I am loving these Ava serape inspired pumps for spring! One of their designers was inspired by all of the serape blankets she saw during her vacation in Mexico and thus this beauties came to be....
Mexican textiles and shoes? Be still my heart.
WSJ Fashion Magazine

WSJ Fashion Magazine

The Wall Street Journal's Fashion Magazine posted an article about remote Costa Careyes on Mexico's Pacific coast and used this gorgeous, remote spot as the back drop to some STUNNING fashion editorial pics.
I want to gooooooooooooooo.....
Full link to the article here. Happy reading and dreaming, folks!
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