Travel was the main inspiration for the designing duo behind Australian label Sancia. Designer Heidi Semetka and Angus Plate dreamed up their first collection of handbags while on a trip through Mexico, where they were influenced by the traditional carving techniques by artisans and leather stitching by saddles smiths. Their bags, each with just the right amount of boho flair, continue to be handmade from limited edition textiles and custom hardware. I mean, who can resist those subtle embossed details and braided and fringe accents?
How darling are these embroidered works of art by artist Sarah K. Benning? Inspired by the outdoor landscapes and indoor gardens in Menorca, Spain, where she recently relocated from New York, Sarah starts each piece with a drawing and then painstakingly fills it in with embroidery floss. The intricacy of potted plants is amazing and I especially love the details of the textiles and furniture she’ll occasionally include. They’re so full of life, I can’t help but smile just looking at them!
Creative director Louise Trotter, the woman responsible for injecting a heavy dose of coolness to Joseph‘s storied sophistication, has killed it once again with the British label’s pre-fall collection. Menswear inspired silhouettes, like slouchy cardigans and baggy trousers, are married so perfectly with feminine details and luxe materials, like felted cashmere, Donegal tweed and Shetland wool. She borrowed from the boys, only it it looks better on her . . .
Pink is having a major moment right now. We’ve been spotting the soft hue on the runway (hello, dreamy Jason Wu and Max Mara pantsuits) and envying the way people are incorporating blush tones into their homes. It’s no wonder rose quartz is Pantone’s official color of 2016! I’ve started switching out some of my more earth tone rugs for pinker ones and am scheming up more ideas on how to integrate more pale pale pink. Should I paint a wall, collect more textiles and linens, or splurge on a luxe pink chair or sofa?
To support her love of slow fashion, jeweler Rebecca Mapes started her blog To Know Wear to highlight independent designers who value local and eco-friendly manufacturing processes. She recently launched a capsule collection of ever so dainty earrings and rings, to her existing collection of gorgeous, and sometimes cheeky, fine jewelry. I’m smitten with the simple, super chic chain earrings and am once again, tempted to add just one more ear piercing.