Green, red, yellow and indigo are the four colored stripes we associate with these iconic Hudson Bay point blankets. But did you ever wonder about their origin? These blankets were traded to First Nations and Native Americans living in what is now Canada as far back as 1779, often in exchange for things like beaver pelts, buffalo robes, and moccasins. To prevent having to unfold or measure the blankets, a clever point system was created by stitching in small indigo lines to denote their size and weight. A century later these point blankets were used by French Canadian voyageurs to make hooded coats called capotes. Doesn’t that make you want one even more? I, for one, desperately need that canoe in my life! WTF.
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To kick off the holiday season, Loeffler Randall is collaborating with impassioned and creative women for a series of DIY projects. First up is Denise Porcaro, the owner of New York City based Flower Girl, who is sharing her tips how to make a living succulent wreath. Honestly, WTF – I love this! A fan of succulents, this is my kind of project and definitely something I would even consider hanging on my front door all year long. Check out the full instructions here. P.S. How badly do you need a pair of grey boots this winter?!