There are some films premiering this season that make us verrrry envious of any film badge-holders. Read up on these now, and be in the know when they release later this year.
Here’s what we’ve been into this week…
Biz Ladies via Design*Sponge
This isn’t a new series, but we’ve been revisiting all the terrific advice in these Design*Sponge pieces on anything from tips for successful email marketing to branding to the nitty gritty of sales tax 101. For anyone who runs, or is thinking about running, a creative business of any nature, these are gold.×
Rihanna looking resplendent (and sort of cool mom-ish) at the Chanel show. via New York Times
If you spend a decent amount of time concerned with the goings on of the fashion world (hello!) you likely already know that Pantone’s Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. We’d like to think we naturally intuited it, as two SOS employees have been sporting lavender nails as of late. Below, we collected some of our favorite examples of the shade. We’re leaning a little more toward the Easter egg pale than the darker orchid.×
The beautiful, stressful beast known as South by Southwest is around the corner, and if you’d like to take a break from lines, day shows and Doritos to chill in an air-conditioned space with handmade goods around you (AND our lovely faces!), we have just the place. Renegade Craft Fair is doing a SXSW edition this year, with a market taking place at the Palmer Events Center March 13-15.×
We are beyond excited to present to you our newest collaboration with Brit McDaniel of Paper & Clay. Inspired by the color palette of the blue Ankaa from our Polaris collection, McDaniel created a celestially-inspired piece with her signature handcrafted, minimal design.
Last week, we received Brit’s package in the mail containing the custom Danish mugs, and it’s not an exaggeration to say we almost teared up. They were delicate and elegant, yet strong (just like the Ankaa!), and the shades of blue with splashes of gold looked radiant. Okay, we’ll stop fawning but, seriously, we’re over the moon.
Our blue Ankaa was discontinued with our Polaris collection, but we’ll have a limited run of the necklace to pair with the mug. The mugs will be available in a limited edition quantity of ten on our site (and for sale on Paper & Clay’s site, too). Don’t miss the opportunity to snag one of these beauties!
And finally, we’d like to give a huge shout-out to Louisa from A Mano for the stunning photographs of the duo—-we just want to eat them!
Come get one while it lasts!×
When the executives at RKO Pictures tried to tell Katharine Hepburn that she couldn’t wear pants, she threatened to walk around the studio lot in only her silk underwear until they relented and gave her jeans back. If you know anything about the personality of Ms. Hepburn, you know she would have done just that, too.
A collection of essays called Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic came out in 2012 featuring opinions and anecdotes of an educated, sharply witty and deeply passionate actress whose personality was acutely expressed in her style. Descriptions like “deceptively simply” and “androgynous” were often used in the book featuring essays by Judy Samelson and Barbara Cohen-Stratyner.
She’s a bit incomparable now in terms of a fearless approach to both acting AND style, although we think some worthy 2014 counterparts would be actresses such as Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett or perhaps even Chloe Sevigny. Traces of her style influence can be seen in current style icons like Alexa Chung.
via The Hairpin
via Fine Art America×
We were excited to see the gals behind Of a Kind will be in Austin this Saturday at Madewell. The designers featured on the site inspire us often, and our favorite part might be the in-depth questions that explore the design process and inspiration behind the pieces. We’re looking forward to hearing more about the behind-the-scenes aspect of their fantastic site.
This is what Claire and I look like most days: a whole lot of denim and a bunch o’ Of a Kind accessories.
Much of our jeanery comes via Madewell—Claire basically hoards their chambray shirts, and I’ve developed a serious relationship with the high-rise skinny jeans. So to celebrate our…
What made our week just a little bit better…
Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You via KoreAm Journal
This circulated around the Internet this week, and, man, these kids have some enviable style chops. We think our favorites might be the B-boy with the “swag” sweatshirt and the little lady in the fur coat and Chanel purse. Is it a tad disturbing that she’s carrying a Chanel purse? Of course! But it’s just so PRECIOUS!×
These planters, handmade in Brooklyn, can double as planters or bowls for an afternoon snack. Or use one of them for peanuts and the other two for plants. Either way, we love the versatility. We love the cement with white acrylic paint - perfect for a summer garden.
White Rind Planter Trio by Chen Chen & Kai Williams for Of a Kind
We’re loving this arm party with our Pecos and Lariat bracelet, accompanied by a beautiful watch (that I want!) and a gorge Dea Dia cuff. Not surprised that it’s Triple Max Tons, Kirsten is a total babe.
If you don’t follow her blog yet, you totally should. Like, now!×
SXSW is that time of year where Austin becomes socially stratified into badgeholders, wristbands, hopeful ticket buyers at the door, line waiters and those who avoid it all together. While that can be the frustrating part, there’s something unnaturally exciting about bands playing in unlikely spots and otherwise unused areas turned into guerrilla venues. We picked three showcases (both official and unofficial) that we’re psyched for. Here’s the first below…×
Hey y’all, it’s Jessica from Son of a Sailor. I wanted to take a moment this morning to write a sort of personal blog post, as we discovered that a large American retailer is selling a bracelet that is very very similar to a design we’ve been making since we first began Son of a Sailor almost three years ago.
Copyright has been an ever-present and increasingly common topic amongst designers of all kinds. In my peer group, a group of independent designers starting small businesses that are navigating the seas of large retailers, corporations, and manufacturers, the integrity of our designs is commonly compromised. I am fairly certain that every designer I know has dealt with someone else “designing” something that is almost identical to their own product.
It’s a struggle to figure out what to do in these situations. There are so many factors at hand, and I am always personally reluctant to say that anyone is actually “stealing” or “copying” our designs. But sometimes it’s perfectly clear.
We had a Sierra design straight ripped off by a Chinese manufacturer who even stole our images! It’s crystal clear to understand what’s happening, and easy for us to be angry and try to rectify the situation. (Although cease & desist letters have yet to be of any help to us at this point.)
When it’s a fellow small designer, it gets really hairy. It’s upsetting to see another small maker that is just taking your designs and ideas and running with them. It’s also a dilemma to me in terms of how to handle those situations. I still don’t know.
But when it’s a large American retailer that’s recreated a design that you have come to be known for, it really creates sense of betrayal. We discovered this morning that American Eagle Outfitters is selling a bracelet that I believe is a clear ripoff of our Pecos Handpainted bracelet. My gut feeling is that their design was taken from ours, and they’re selling it for half the price.
Since we began in May 2011 we have created many different designs of the Pecos, which have all been a double stranded leather bracelet with hand-painted geometric designs. This is the version American Eagle is currently selling:
As a small designer, I’m not totally sure what to do in this situation. I believe that it should be talked about, and I believe that American Eagle should be held accountable—-or at least be made aware that whatever “designer” brought this to the table has brought a design that was created by an Austin husband and wife team that is running a small business that supports 5 employees. That they’re undercutting a small American business by selling this item. That if they liked our design, they should have purchased them from us. We wholesale. Other large retailers have done this, as it’s a model that works.
We will continue to innovate and create and design goods with as much integrity as we can muster. We will continue to have good ideas and bring them to the table. We will continue to try to price our handmade goods at an affordable price point so that more people can support small business and buy handmade goods. We will continue to do our thing.
In the meantime, I hope that people choose to buy from the makers that create unique goods and come up with ideas, and not from the large retailers that stand on these makers’ backs to make a buck.×
Happy Friday, lovers! Here’s what we were into this week:
Aelfie // Aelfie.com
If you love textiles and pattern inspiration, Aelfie.com will do things to you. The link to this amazing rug emporium got passed around the studio this week, and we are all infatuated. Aelfie Oudghiri is the owner and designer of the Brooklyn-based textile business, and it was pretty cool to read that she got her B.A. in Religion from Columbia. Besides her line of dhurri rugs, her Bushwick showroom is home to hundreds of antique and vintage textiles.
"13 Movies That Everyone Hated, But Are Actually Pretty Good" // Refinery29
No such thing as a guilty pleasure, we like to believe. These movies have the unique cult reputation of being both kinda bad and kinda wonderful. Remember Contact (starring a young Matthew McConaughey!) or Wet Hot American Summer? Time to revisit these gems.
"Barbie: Why Posing for Sports Illustrated Suits Me" // Sports Illustrated
Yes, this is Barbie writing an Op Ed for Sports Illustrated (she’s in charge of creative direction for the issue, y’all). In a smooth PR move, Barbie’s team donned the hashtag #unapologetic and is seemingly a little tired of constantly defending the doll’s plastic frame. Is the concept a little ridiculous? Sure. But Barbie’s a classic toy, and this letter has moments of surprising elegance.×
A few weeks ago we did a magazine roundup after being inspired by all of the publications we’ve seen shaking things up in their respective fields. More discoveries have been made, and it’s time for part two. Below are three mags we’d like in our mailbox.
We discovered this Canadian-based fashion journal through features on The Hairpin. It’s a biannual publication that carves out an independently-minded niche that sets it apart from mainstream publications. Readers will find a diverse group of body types, subcultures, ages and lifestyles represented in its pages.
We haven’t figured out exactly what Special Request is, and we quite like that about it. We know it’s a magazine, and we know the first issue had a food theme. They also list GZA, John C. Reilly, Florence Welch and Coolio (??) as contributors. Beyond that, the themes are open to abstract interpretation.
We like the mission statement behind this magazine devoted to living spaces. “A home sweet home is not curated or produced by acquiring a perfect arrangement of chairs, lamps and friends. A real living space is made from living, not decorating.” The aesthetic of Apartamento is not perfect and glossy, it’s like a messy artist’s studio that’s still one of the coolest places you’ve seen.×