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04 / 18 / 14

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What we’re digging this week…

Friends & Neighbors / Austin

Call us a little behind, but we just learned about a boutique that sounds kind of like heaven in East Austin. Friends & Neighbors had their opening party this past week in their new location on East Cesar Chavez. One of its founders was the previous owner of I Heart, a respected Brooklyn boutique. It’s a boutique meets cafe meets gallery space, and that sounds positively dreamy. 

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04 / 17 / 14

Maker Story: Nancy Mungal from Pretty Little Thieves


Nancy Mungal is the designer behind the line of lovely, melancholy illustrations of young women known as Pretty Little Thieves. Here at Son of a Sailor, we’ve fallen in love with her work many times over, most recently when she did miniature portraits of each Son of a Sailor staff member. Below she talks about the inspiration behind her work and the Typhoon Haiyan pop-up shop fundraiser she and her sister organized.


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04 / 16 / 14

Morning Cup: West Coast Edition

One of the most successful posts we’ve ever had on our blog was a post about iced coffee. There is something deliciously seductive about photos of latte art and milk poured in iced coffee, we don’t care how many times it’s Instagrammed.

Speaking of Instagram, on the accounts of West Coast folks like photographer Bonnie Tsang, we’ve been hearing about a lot of cool shops and roasters in Los Angeles (not typically known for a coffee scene), and up and down the coast. Here are 3 roasters/shops you may not have heard of yet:

Handsome Brothers Coffee Roasters / Los Angeles

We started seeing Handsome Brothers in photographer Bonnie Tsang’s Instagram account, and we did a little research for ourselves. The roaster and coffee shop was started by three dudes whose love of coffee comes from all angles of the business: drinking it, making it, and producing it. One of the founders, Tyler Wells, got his start serving Intelligentsia Coffee at Frank here in Austin - cool!

Heartbreak Coffee / Long Beach

We first discovered Heartbreak Coffee when owner Gretchen Williams was interviewed on Design*Sponge. They started receiving attention because of stellar branding, and it turns out their coffee stands out even more. We love the story behind Heartbreak’s name, which, Williams says, is from the success that can come after many heartbreaks.

Heart Coffee Roasters / Portland

We’re noticing a little bit of a trend here with roasters and business names involving “heart” and “handsome.” Baristas must be very romantic people! Heart Coffee Roasters has a unique roasting process that uses green coffee beans and processes them as lightly as possible, retaining all of the flavors and essence of the bean.

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04 / 15 / 14

Resolutions Rule

A while back, in late February, we were informed that American Eagle Outfitters had been selling a bracelet that looked a little too much like our Pecos hand-painted bracelet. We’re happy to update that, due to the persistence of a very good friend, American Eagle has removed the bracelet from their site, and stopped selling it.

While the design was not a 100% exact match to ours, it was extremely close. Close enough for fans of ours to be up in arms and close enough for us to question the origins of the designs. For this, we wanted to start a conversation with American Eagle. 

Many, many thanks goes to our friend Robert Jung for being vigilant at getting a response. Because of his persistence and dedication in contacting American Eagle, they responded and took action. Their action in ceasing the sale of the bracelet in question shows, in our opinion, respect for small makers and intellectual property.

We’re happy that this particular matter was resolved. The support of our friends and fans has been overwhelming, and we are pleased with American Eagle’s decision to stop selling this item, and thankful that they chose to discontinue it. 

Lastly, though, we would like to reinforce the idea that it is up to businesses, large and small alike, to do their due diligence when introducing a new design. Know where your designs come from. Don’t use someone else’s ideas! And for everyone, support businesses that strive for higher standards, ethics and integrity.

Thanks to American Eagle for removing the bracelet, 

thanks to Robert for being awesome, and thanks to everyone else for showing so much support.

04 / 15 / 14

Style Icon: Joe Frazier, Professional Boxer

Recently we were reading GQ’s list of quintessential style icons (e.g. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen) and their style counterparts who haven’t received their due recognition. While Muhammad Ali is often recognized for his classic, elegant style, boxer Joe Frazier is equally as deserving of attention and praise. He fought furiously and doggedly, and looked the epitome of a gentleman outside the ring.

Joe Frazier spent most every facet of his career being overshadowed by Ali, despite being an incredibly talented boxer himself. He’s finally getting some of the accolades that he deserved. While we don’t know a whole lot about boxing around here, we DO know a thing or two about style, and Mr. Frazier had it for miles and miles.

Get his classy seventies-inspired look here:

Atlantic Twill Blazer / General Assembly /

Joe Frazier World Champion Tee / Darien Birks 

Houndstooth Slacks /

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04 / 14 / 14

The Most ~Stylish~ In Portable Greenery!

For young folks who live in apartments or homes that they’re not ready to make a long-term commitment to, it’s kind of a bummer to invest in planting something you can’t take with you in a year or two. That’s where these DIY planters come in pretty handy.

Lately we’ve been seeing planters gussied up with stamps, stripes and neon palettes. This late spring weather is a perfect time to get last-minute gardening projects done before summer. These DIY planters are the cutest, and it just may be enough to motivate you to water them during the dog days of a Texas summer.

// Neon Craft Stick Planter from Design Love Fest // 

// Eggling Planter from Frankie //

// Salvaged Sewer Pipe Planter from Sunset //

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04 / 11 / 14

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Hello Spring blossoms! Here’s what we liked this week:

Clueless // The Dissolve

If you were a young female from 1995 on, there’s a VERY good chance that hearing Clueless immediately gives you flashbacks to a young Paul Rudd (and Brittany Murphy, RIP), Valley girls and an urge to say “You don’t understand. This is an Alaia!” The folks over at The Dissolve analyzed the movie with the dignity it deserves, because it is a great film after all. 

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04 / 10 / 14

Gem Stories Pt. 4: Moonstone


We’re featuring all of the gems used in our new collection on the blog to give you the story and inspiration behind our pieces, accompanied by original drawings from Jessica. Last week we did carnelian, next up is moonstone!

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04 / 09 / 14

Maker Story: Brit McDaniel of Paper & Clay


Brit McDaniel of Paper & Clay recently made her Design*Sponge debut, and the piece made its way around the Son of a Sailor studio. She told her story beautifully and honestly, with a vulnerability that we can all relate to. She also just happens to be a good friend, an amazing ceramicist and a recent SOS collaborator. Read her interview below to learn more about a truly talented, lovely gal. Thanks for chatting with us, Brit!

Tell us a little about yourself, your business and how Paper & Clay came to be.
Paper & Clay was born from a place of desperation and, frankly, sadness. I didn’t know who I was or what I was supposed to be. I kept searching in all kinds of places, but as soon as I dove back into my ceramic work I knew something was different. I just made the decision that I was going to make it happen - and that’s where I am now! Paper & Clay will be (officially) one year old in June, and though it is always challenging, there’s nothing I’d rather be doing.  I get to work for myself and make a living as an artist. It’s a very satisfying experience. Though I should mention, it wouldn’t be possible without the constant support from my other half, Barry, who is so patient and encouraging and loving (and a brilliant writer!).

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04 / 08 / 14

Style Icon: Mary Kate and Ashley

Mary-Kate and Ashley, child stars turned successful, CFDA award-winning designers, have become talked about mostly for their style quirks. In the mid-2000s they pioneered the phrase boho-chic with Mary-Kate taking it to an occasionally parodied extent with exaggerated layers and way oversized coats.

Love it or not, the girls have always had a style completely their own. They’re undeniably high fashion, but their style has always had a California casual and eclectic feel that keeps it from being boring. A recent quote by Mary-Kate admitting that she had just learned how to brush her hair confirms this laid-back sensibility.

The Row and Elizabeth & James, the Olsens’ high end labels, have turned them into genuinely successful designers. It’s no secret that they work hard and are involved in every detail of the design process. This dedication has turned them less into child star celebrities, and created their new persona as designers.

If you can’t tell by the fawning we’re doing, two out of five SOS employees are huge MKAA fans (one of them happens to be writing this post). They’ve copped a thing or two from the girls’ style over the years. The look involves lots of flowy layers, a mostly dark color palette, simple, architectural cuts and sunglasses, always the sunglasses.

Get the Look: 

Knot Sisters / Canyon Pant / $76

Nasty Gal / Cheap Monday Sweater / $95

Olsenboye / Wayfarer Sunglasses / $24

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04 / 07 / 14

Sporty Goods for the Gentleman

It’s no secret that this blog skews a little toward the lady side of fashion and style. While that’s a large part of our business, we are also for the dudes. Menswear and menswear-inspired goods are things we love just as much, and we’ve been inspired by some of our recent finds in some of our favorite boutiques and blogs. Check out the goods below (we think you’ll take a fancy to them): 

Pretty Hole Collective / Beard Splurge! / $22

Austin-based mystical apothecary collective makes local perfumes and splashes with heady scents. Their perfumes (sold as Las Cruxes in Austin and online) are delicious, and, for gentlemen, they have their Beard Splash and their Beard Splurge. It’s a mix of vetiver and southernwood oil to keep your beard in tip top shape. 

Lemon Head Sports / Tan Leather Baseball / $38 / The Lodge

Opening Day passed last week, and, somehow, that always seems like the beginning of spring each year. Lemon Head Sports baseballs are hand-crafted using Horween Chromexcel leathers by Paul Cunningham in New Jersey. Keep this in your trunk (with other necessary goods) and you’ll be ready for a game on the fly. 

Jack Spade / Barrel Duffle / $198

Jack Spade, brother brand of Kate Spade, has the same fun take on high ends goods that his sister does. This duffle is made out of durable Apex polyester with strong stainless steel details. We like the address label sewn on, that way there’s no confusion that this sturdy, classic bag is yours.

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04 / 04 / 14

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What we dug this week!


Dry Dock Shop

We recently came across a treasure trove of old interior design book photos from the 70s and 80s in the form of Dry Dock Shop. They build furniture and interior spaces with inspiration coming from the homes of your childhood. Think lots of split levels, house plants and and plastic laminate.

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04 / 03 / 14

It’s a damn good time for independent country music, y’all. Badass women such as Caitlin Rose and Kacey Musgraves are creating jams that keep the hallmarks of classic country and update it with a powerful female influence. They’re reminiscent of the take no prisoners, emotionally raw country musicians of the past such as Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.

(Source: Spotify)

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04 / 02 / 14

Gem Stories: Carnelian

We’re featuring all of the gems used in our new collection on the blog to give you the story and inspiration behind our pieces, accompanied by original drawings from Jessica. Last week we did chrysocolla, next up is carnelian!


Carnelian is beautiful and exotic, both in stone and in name. It’s a brownish-red mineral used as a semi-precious gemstone, and is a variety of the silica mineral chalcedony. It’s found most in Brazil, India, Siberia and Germany, and can range from a pale orange to almost black.

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04 / 01 / 14


We’re super excited to be collaborating with one of our favorite sources of interior design inspiration, West Elm. The folks at West Elm have organized an initiative called #westelmlocal that brings together small businesses in communities across the country and connects them with West Elm shoppers.

Son of a Sailor is honored to be part of this collaboration in the Dallas store, and we’ll be attending the launch event April 3. All of you Dallas-ites come out and say hey! You’ll get to meet other local vendors and we hear there will be various delectable goodies. Other makers featured include Satchel & Sage (fellow Maker Co-op member!), Alyson Fox, Ceramica Botanica and more. Thanks to the West Elm team for working with us.

(Get the launch party info here and read West Elm’s post here!)

Follow @sonofasailor and @westelmdallas on Instagram to see images from the event, if you can’t make it!

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