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New Ceramic Samples

New Ceramic Samples

My husband and I first met the ceramic artisan we are working with in Mexico at the Enart Expo in August 2013. We've had success with his products so far so in January we decided to go and visit his studio. It was incredibly inspiring and while I was there I designed a few pieces and we just received the samples back!
The first sample is this gorgeous blue ombre vase. I love that the inside of the vase is a soft green.
Pretty as can be.



I developed two plate collections. The first I call the "opal" collection as the glaze gives the effect of an opal. The left is a picture of the whole collection and the right a close up shot....



The second plate collection was all white with uneven edges and a subtle leaf impression. Love the organic, minimal feel of this collection...

Still waiting on some new mug samples but was so excited to get these!
Tell me...which new piece is your favorite?
Enart Artisan Expo

Enart Artisan Expo

This past weekend my husband and I took the 5-7 hour bus ride to Guadalajara to attend the Enart Expo for artisans here in Mexico. Some how we always forget exactly how painful those bus rides are until we're in the middle of them. With only the weekend, our only real day there was on Saturday. The expo is in Tlaquepaque which is a small town about 15 minutes outside of Guadalajara. Very cute and charming! Here's a bit of what we saw and what we're planning for the near future for Alegria....

Cowhides have been having a major moment as rugs in the U.S. (I confess, we have one in our home!). They were all over the show. I saw them used on bags and most interesting as upholstery for furniture, which you don't see a ton of in the states. I loved the bar stool on the right with the whip stitching detail.......
Pretty, pretty lanterns I was drooling over....
I LOVE this type of pottery. The delicate patterns and pretty pastels had me at hello. Hoping to start working with artisans who create these soon.


A very typical Mexican blouse. BUT instead of embroidery along the neckline the entire thing was beaded. S-t-u-n-n-i-n-g.
I bought the Tan Otomi to the left which we're hoping to frame so that it looks similar to the image on the right! Thinking about starting to sell these as Otomi is extremely popular!
I bought dozens more Otomi embroideries in any pretty color I could find as they have been selling like HOT CAKES on One King's Lane. They'll soon all be turned into lovely dec pillows!
INSTYLE Magazine & NY Now

INSTYLE Magazine & NY Now

I have to say that we did not know what to expect from showing at NY NOW for the first time. Aid to Artisans invited us to show a small part of our line in their booth along with four other brands. My hope was that we'd make back the fee it cost us to show at NY NOW but we far exceeded that expectation! Our company is less than a year old and we simply wanted to test the trade show waters but because of this success we are looking to show on our own come August. I am not going to lie, I am a bit intimidated but I know this would be the best next step forward for our brand and I'm excited about what that could mean for our little company in the future!

To top it off, we were featured in InStyle Magazine as having "one of the most innovative products of NY NOW":

I meannn. There are probably millions of products at NY NOW and thousands of companies! To be chosen by such an established and well known magazine as having one of the most innovative products? Such an honor. And so encouraging. Sometimes you just need to know you are doing something right to keep pressing on and this was certainly a little confidence booster. Thank you InStyle!

I wish I could give an awesome synopsis of all the trends and lovely things I saw at NY NOW but sadly I did not have too much time to walk the show and see what other companies are putting out there. I do know that despite a Super Bowl and some bad snow storms we still managed to have an awesome show and that only makes me super excited for NY NOW in August!

Otomi Everywhere

Otomi Everywhere

After seeing Luella and June's post on "What She's Loving Now" featuring an imitation Otomi print on Thursday it reminded me of how many printed and copied Otomi interpretations I've been seeing around lately. It seems that every retailer has come up with their own version....

See original post from Luella & June here
A few examples:
Red Envelope was selling these imitation Otomi stockings and tree skirts during Christmas:

Stocking still on sale here

Crate and Barrel is currently selling printed Otomi inspired placemats and napkins. Made in India...

Find them here and here

It's wonderful retailers are embracing designs and aestheics from indigenous crafts people but I wish that instead of creating their own interpretations of these designs and having them printed cheaply in India or China they would go straight to the source and employ the talented artisans they are taking inspiration from. This is a great book I own that gives a wealth of information about the Otomi people and their craft if you are interested in knowing more about the people that have inspired this design trend that's everywhere...

One King's Lane

One King's Lane

We're now selling on......

 

Super exciting, y'all!
These were the first four beauties to be sold this week:

We have new pillows that are being added daily so make sure to go to One King's Lane's website and in the search tab enter "Alegria Home" to see what pillows we have for sale that day!

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