If I haven’t cautioned you about the addictive nature of sewing rope baskets, consider this your official warning. Once you start, you just can’t stop. All it takes is a foot on the pedal, and a hand to guide the rope through the sewing machine, to have a simple, yet chic, bag take shape. It’s a very satisfying experience which is why I have umpteen rope bags and baskets piled up in a corner of my office. So one night, as I was about to sit down to a glass of wine and an evening of Netflix, I suddenly had the urge to paint. But paint what? Baskets! An entire season of Stranger Things later, I had a trio of painted baskets with brightly hued patterns. And as expected, I can’t stop . . .
Word on the beach is that these soft, custom dyed leather slip ons are the shoe of the summer. Inspired by the beach culture of Mexico, the founders of Vayarta, who hail from Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Calvin Klein, launched their label with a single style of vegetable dyed leather slippers that mold to the feet and soften to perfection over time. Insiders have likened their lightly padded leather insoles to walking on pillows. Honestly. You can bet that my first pair has already been ordered and en route, just in time for my trip to Hawaii.
I can’t remember the last time I slipped into a bean bag – it was most likely in my early 20s. But recently, after chillaxin’ in one of the chicest bean bags at a girlfriend’s house, I’ve fallen for these oversized loungers all over again. Hers looked like the top of a giant Indian slipper with a sail-like shape. Not only was it so comfortable that I could have easily gotten some good quality shut eye, it also looked surprisingly sophisticated in her living space. I especially like the idea of utilizing them as outdoor seating, and even hanging them when not in use.
In what might be their most refined collection to date, Lack of Color has taken inspiration from music and movie icons like Janis Joplin, Clint Eastwood and Jim Morrison. Four new unisex styles have been introduced, as well as hats that can be worn multiple ways. I personally love the dome shape of The Eclipse and the western style of The Goldfinger. And the bright rose pink hue of the boater style is color perfection.
Japanese illustrator Izutsu Hiroyuki is known for his incredibly vibrant and choice color palettes. His landscapes and skies series are beautiful but his collection of flower paintings are simply stunning. Can you imagine how lovely they would be printed on swimwear or summer dresses?