Kimberly Wu, an automobile designer, started Building Block with her sister Nancy as a side project. The first collection of minimal yet stylishly practical bags was first launched in spring of 2012. Constructed with details like rubber shoulder straps, soft leather tassels, and actual wood building blocks, I think these bags are so beautiful and unique. I can’t wait to see more from these extremely talented ladies!
Hotel San José is a little urban oasis in the heart of downtown Austin and the first lodging concept from hotelier Liz Lambert, who you might remember from El Cosmico in Marfa. What once was an old motor lodge from the 1930‘s has now been transformed into a clean and minimal bungalow-style hotel. Oh, and forgot your swimsuit? Ask the front desk for a Dipster, a disposable bathing suit. Honestly!
We are absolutely smitten with Gia Bahm’s enchanting designs for her jewelry line Unearthen. Her use of raw and organic gemstones and crystals with unique settings sets her apart from so many. I mean, can we talk about the hidden sapphire under the London Blue Topaz ring for example? Sick.
For her resort 2014 collection for Gucci, Frida Giannini merged leisure and luxury in the form of lurex kimono gowns, paisley tunics, sheer metallic jumpsuits, and crystal-embroidered pajama sets in all colors of a sultry sunset. The inspiration? Jerry Hall goes to Rio de Janeiro circa 1970. Enough said.