Finnish designer Samu-Jussi Koski takes a lot of pride in the materials which are sourced for his, and our new favorite, label Samuji. Cotton from Japan and France, mohair from Italy, linen from Lithuania, and leather from Iceland – it all translates into sumptuous and beautifully made clothing. The breton striped long sleeved maxi dress? And the belted navy alpaca coat? Gimme gimme.
I can’t get enough of cacti and succulents – in real life and in art form. Inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of the backyards in old houses of her hometown in Argentina, Art and People illustrates the most beautiful botanicals by way of gouache, watercolors and acrylic on paper. Just beautiful and the perfect, cheery addition to any wall.
It was the talismans of North Africa and the symbolic colors of Islam that inspired jewelry designer Katherine Mary Pichulik‘s spring collection Baraka, which means “blessing” in Arabic. It’s amazing how humble the designs are in color and construction and yet each piece makes such an exquisite statement.
The first time I fell in love with Otomi fabric was while visiting the folk art markets of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. These vibrantly colored textiles are hand embroidered by the Otomi women, in the Tenango Valley of Hidalgo, Mexico. The motifs, which usually always include flowers and animals, originates from the prehistoric wall paintings from the region and symbolize man living in harmony with nature. As you can tell, each embroidery takes tens of hours, if not a couple of months, to complete – and the end result is stunning. I’m so happy to have discovered Olli, a San Francisco based company who works with a small collective of embroiderers to bring Otomi loungers and cushions stateside. I’m just lusting after one of the those large muli-colored loungers!