You’d think cashmere turtlenecks, merino sweaters and melton wool capes would be the last thing on my mind, considering the gnarly heat wave we’ve been experiencing this week throughout California. But no. Uniqlo‘s lastest collaboration with French label Lemaire has me dreaming – no, lusting – for fall. Come October 2nd, you’ll find me shopping for chic and cozy knits . . . rain or 90 degrees.
It was long sabbatical, traveling from the coast of Spain to the mountains of Sedona, that inspired Isobel Schofield to learn and master the art of shoemaking. A studio was eventually built in San Francisco and a collection of beautiful handcrafted, high heeled clogs was born. Each clog is made using traditional Linden wood and leathers sourced from local American tanneries. I love the modern details and clever use of colors so much, it’s hard to decide which pair of Bryrs will be my first. And since they are all made to order, each taking nearly a month to complete, I best choose wisely . . .
Keegan Jones has a mission in mind. His goal, inspired by exploration and his love of patches, is to collect 200 images of travel patches from national parks and other points of interest all over the world. Eventually, he plans on publishing a limited edition photo book from all the images contributed to Instagram. I’m about to embark on a road trip from LA to New Mexico and I can’t wait to track down some patches and share them with #adventurepatch.
Boro is the age old Japanese art of mending textiles and is literally translated as rags or scraps of cloth. As far back as the 17th century, peasants, merchants and artisans would patch up clothing and quilts using scraps of old kimonos or hemp fabric, making the garment last long enough to be passed down through generations. Sashiko is a form of embroidery, usually a running stitch, and is literally translated to little stabs. It’s sturdy method makes is ideal for boro and perfect for mending denim. I love the exposed stitching and idea of using various patches to play with pattern and various shades of indigo. Needless to say, ever since I mended my first pair of denim using sashiko embroidery, I’ve been hooked. Not a single pair of ripped denim is safe. I’m coming after you!
How dreamy are these vintage boro quilts?