I never met a tassel I didn’t love. So when I stumbled upon a ridiculously affordable lot of colorful, cotton tassels, I immediately snatched some up without even knowing what I’d do with them. But of course, it never takes long to find a reason to incorporate tassels into my life. And my recent need for any kind of shortcut jumped a potential tassel project to the front of my DIY queue. With summer in full force, adding a cascading string of vibrant tassels to my favorite beach bag was a no brainer. And done in 20 minutes, tops?! Yes.
With its Peruvian hand loomed knits, fringed coats, crisp cotton peasant dresses with popcorn buttons, scallop edged tops, and neutral pieces contrasted with bright orange and pink hues, Apiece Apart‘s resort showing has me fantasizing of a journey through Central and South America. I’m crushing hard on the artisanal details and ease of the collection – it’s all so delightfully wearable. And can we talk about the sick tassel backdrop?! I’ll take that too.
Friends, meet my new favorite summer shoe: Emerson Fry‘s babouche slippers. The cherry red leather slippers, which were released this morning, are constructed using traditional Moroccan methods and embellished with turquoise blue tassels. I can’t wait to slide my feet into these beauties!
Would you believe it if I told you each of these three dimensional tapestries are made of cut paper?! Honestly, paper. Artist Gunjan Aylawadi hand cuts thousands of strips of paper, twists them around a thin wire wire and then glues them onto hand drawn patterns to make her beautifully intricate paper carpets. As you might assume, this is a painstaking process that requires absolute precision and patience. Every millimeter is crucial. Gunjan developed this unique technique as way to pay tribute to the history of craftsmanship and to the ancestors who, with limited tools, were able to leave a legacy of meticulously crafted mosaics. Take the time to give her work a closer look and I wonder if it, too, will leave you in awe.
For beach loving designers Megan Balch and Jaime Barker, starting their own swimwear line came with the mission of providing chic, tailored suits that could withstand the surf. Using the highest Italian fabrics, the New York based duo works with artisan tailors to create unique silhouettes with beautiful fits. And since lap swimming is one of my favorite summer activities, I’m looking forward to trying out a few of their sporty, colorblocked one pieces.