we're getting ready for a new adventure! i never thought we'd leave our loft in the city... we've spent six years making it our home and i love everything about it. but thanks to friends, we found this little blue house surrounded by trees and we knew it was time for change. big change. we have a few weeks to make the transition and i can't wait to share more.
sawyer's 8 weeks old! with all the changes throughout the last two months - time is going by too quickly. we're busy trying to soak up each and every moment.
sawyer's pants are made by toto knits. the entire collection is created with organic cotton and ethically made by a group of single mothers in kenya (each piece is is even signed by the knitter). special thanks to shaynah of pirates and peonies who shared this inspiring brand on her blog.
two trade shows in two weeks (and a baby on the way any day) - 2013 is off to a busy start! we're excited to be launching three new FORAGE collections this month as well as debuting our new handkerchiefs! if you're visiting the NYIGF, make sure to stop by the aesthetic movement booth #3956 in the accent on design section of the show to see our spring gatherer collection.
we're all set up and ready for the capsule men's show at basketball city in nyc. this year, we made a special limited collection just for capsule. we're also debuting our brand new handkerchiefs!! if you're in nyc, stop by and say hello. for those of you traveling to nyigf next week - we'll be there there too!
we just launched a very special blue valentine FORAGE collection featuring nine hues of blue linen. we're also excited to share the first peek at our new handkerchiefs that will officially launch at the capsule and nyigf shows in NYC this month. check the FORAGE shop for this very special handkerchief with a letterpress printed heart - just in time for your valentine.
anthropologie invited us to curate a tree full of our favorite ornaments from their holiday collection. i was inspired by the wrapping paper to create a modern yet cozy feeling. mixing textures like glass, wood, and sheared fur keeps the tree sophisticated while incorporating houses, gnomes and snow globes adds a bit whimsy and nostalgia.
the brooks wrapping paper (made by wrapped la) was inspired by patterns that emerged on scrap paper when cleaning the plates on a printing press. i love the graphic, modern pattern mixed with the handmade feeling.
check out anthropologie's blog, the magazine, to read a bit more about our holiday traditions and links to each item included in our collection. you'll also find trees curated by artist molly hatch and blogger jordan ferney of oh happy day.
when editors of country living magazine first approached us about designing a studio for their "house of the year" project we couldn't believe it. we would get to create our dream space, partner with a designer and they would make it all happen. ummm, YES!
we immediately started pinning inspiration and brainstorming all the things important to us in a shared work space: big work table, cozy seating, shelves for our collections, and a giant wall for inspiration. we knew we wanted to play with a balance of feminine and masculine as well as new and old.
after all the sketching, planning, measuring, fabric and paint swatches... there it was, just like magic - our dream studio.
we have to say thank you to several people: sarah gray miller, EIC of country living magazine, for inviting us / barbara kurgan, our designer who knew how to make all our dreams come true / ballard designs for letting us pick from their collection and creating a velvet coral settee just for us / three potato four for lending lots of vintage props for the space / anthropologie for providing desk accessories / the entire project team who literally built and set everything in a matter of days.
as if that wasn't enough, we were able to attend the launch party in NYC, where the country living team treated us like celebrities. dream project! keep a look out for the september issue of country living where you can find out more details and see the other spaces created for the project.
(photos from school house craft)
we just got back from speaking at the school house craft conference in seattle. we had such a great time and loved getting to know the other speakers like steph cortes, isaac watson, andie powers, blair stocker and jane button. (yep, that's a super pregnant me in the photo above - yikes!)
we gave three classes about working with sales reps, licensing your work and collaborating. we had so much fun putting the presentations together but everything came to life in the "classroom" with all the questions and spontaneous conversations. here's a peek from our presentation about working with sales reps:
rena tom and kelly lynn jones asked us to be apart of their treasury project and we couldnt say yes fast enough! the chance to be a part of the very first edition with alyson fox made it even more exciting.
so here's how it works: rena and kelly choose a concept plus an artist and a designer who decide independently how they wish to approach the concept. the work is created to be housed in a box, ready to hang on the wall. each edition is limited to 50 and includes a publication with insights from the curators, photos from the project, interviews, and writings on the concept.
we can't wait to share more, until then visit the treasury project site for more details.
it's true!!! the new FORAGE collection includes kids bow ties. we've been working on the perfect proportion (not too small and not too big) inspired by our thistle silhouette. they're adjustable in length and pre-tied with a simple hook closure in back. they even have their own teeny-tiny FORAGE box. so cute!
sometimes the best way to get some work done is to leave our studio. it's no secret that we can't get enough of our favorite get-away, lost river modern. we've come to think of it as our work retreat. so when we have a big project to tackle (like designing our very first forage haberdashery catalog) we pack up everything and head for the woods. we had such a productive and relaxing week but now it's back to the studio in philadelphia to get ready for NYIGF.
it's no secret that we love working with janine at uppercase magazine. having the opportunity to contribute to each issue is one of our favorite ongoing projects. in issue 14, we share our obsession with word play. from public projects, to small tokens of affection, and our collection of neckties - we just can't stop.
No. 14 (a play book of sorts) is full of amazing features, inside you'll find articles about and by some of our favorite people: lorena siminovich, rena tom, matte stephens, jennifer causey and lots more! if you don't already subscribe, do it now, right HERE!