Introducing… the seriously talented Lisa Hackwith of Hackwith Design House. I first found Lisa through Instagram but quickly started spotting her all over the web!! Her designs are simply breathtaking and completely deserving of all the recognition they get! She has her way with silhouettes – let me tell ya. I plan to invest in one of her pieces this year – I just haven’t decided which one! Her jumpers are pretty perfect.
…a bit from her:
“I own Hackwith Design House, a small clothing company based out of Minneapolis that specializes in making small limited edition runs of clothing. Because I release new items every week, I am constantly designing – which I love because I never get bored and I’m always working on a new project. I also work with boutiques to create a collaborative piece for them that represents both Hackwith Design House and their own style. I love the challenge of coming up with something that’s equally mine and theirs and arriving at a design that I would never have arrived at myself.”
…and now her favorite piece and why:
“My favorite piece is the Hackwith Design House Dusk Kimono because even though I made it only a moth ago, I’ve already worn it a half dozen times. I love that it is a more simple shape that’s super easy wear but it has all these details like the double stitched line around the bottom of the kimono, the slight v shape that appears at the back of the neck, and the fun side slits that are open when you move – all the the little details are what makes a piece a favorite for me!”
Check out her: Instagram | Blog
Photos by: Canary Grey Photography
Introducing Amy Tremper of Stitch and Hammer!
…a bit from her: “I recently moved back to Colorado from Oakland, CA and have since delved into a handful of projects. One of my main projects is Stitch & Hammer, a handmade accessories line I launched in 2011. I am also working on the Colorado Makers, an endeavor I co-founded with my husband Ben. The project highlights the efforts of artists, craft makers, small business and entrepreneurs here in the state of Colorado through in-depth photo and written storytelling. Furthermore, the site promotes the ongoing events we plan including, harvest parties, craft markets, happy hours and factory tours. Our website will be launching in the next couple of weeks and can’t wait to share it with everyone. In addition to Stitch & Hammer and Colorado Makers, I am a freelance designer and work on both branding and interaction design projects.”
“When I am not working, you can most likely find me out on the trail. I love to spend time in nature hiking, biking, camping, cooking outside, and fly fishing. I am very much inspired by my landscape and one of the main reasons for returning to Colorado was the mountains. Anyone who knows me well can attest to my love of the Rocky Mountain West.”
…and now her favorite item and why:
“I grew up in the high desert town of Santa Fe, and my style is mainly informed by the western visual culture of the Southwest. I love denim and cowboy boots. And, I love my hat from Ranchlands mercantile. Can I choose three?”
Follow her: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Photos by: Ali Vagnini
Introducing Bri Scarff – A lot of you may know her via me gushing about how cute she is on Instagram ( like here & here ) but I swear she does other things besides inspire me to be cuter & do cool things like skateboard. She is a talented freelance graphic designer and the star of countless animated GIFs ← She’s in like 90% of those :) wink*
Bri is: “Currently designing patterns for a line of new mens shirts at Marine Layer here in San Francisco. Up next: Art direction + shooting a film for the San Francisco based company, Farmgirl Flowers – a business that focuses on sustainable flowers – burlap-wrapped bouquets delivered on bike and moped! I’m also excited to soon get into some crafts: Can the internet teach me to cross-stitch?”
…and now her favorite piece & why:
“I love these high tops so much that I had them re-soled when the bottoms busted thru. Gotta make them last!” ( This is Emma speaking now: I’m going to throw this in here – she lined the bottom of her skate deck with vintage floral wallpaper – that’s MY favorite piece and you know I don’t need to explain why – so awesome… )
Check out her: Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest
Introducing Kahana Kalama – a surfer, designer, store owner, dad, and more!
…a bit about him:
“I was born and raised on Oahu and I made my way across the pacific to attend college. While there I found the girl of my dreams married her and we made a baby boy. His name’s Duke. He’s now ten months old and we have another girl on the way. I own a men’s lifestyle collection called Aloha Sunday and multi-brand retail store called Aloha Sunday Supply Company.”
“When I’m not hanging with the family or surfing back home in Hawaii, I’m between our Flagship in North Park and our 2nd location in Leucadia ( north county San Diego ). My design partner and I just debuted our AW14 collection in New York and we are currently shifting gears to designing our SS2015 collections. I’m also in the process of launching a small branding and design studio that will consult for other brands and small businesses in addition to Aloha Sunday.”
…and now, his favorite item & why:
“I’d have to say that my favorite item in this mix would be the Broken Homme Tydus Boot. They have an element of rugged durability matched with classic detailing that can easily be dressed up or down. The best thing of all is my good friends make them up in Los Angeles, CA.”
Photos by: @SuziJacobs
Kahana has kindly offered up some killer products from his shop! This includes a San Diego market bag ( that they made in conjunction with Apolis ), their beach mug and a plain old super comfy Sunday tee! You guys should go check out all their tees. I know they were designed with guys in mind but I kind of want like, all of them!
( this giveaway has ended )
01. Like @alohasunday on instagram
02. Leave a comment below, naming a product from the shop that you love!!
Introducing the very stylish Madelynn Hackwith Furlong. I first found her on Instagram and died over how strikingly simple and chic her feed was. I very quickly soaked up all she had to offer. I have been incredibly interested in her Perfect Wardrobe blog posts, that talk about “owning less clothing, investing in better quality pieces, and starting the journey to curating a wardrobe that is perfectly you.” These are goals I’ve set for myself so I’m glad to have found someone that will encourage and inspire me through great writing and insanely gorgeous photos :)
…a bit about her:
“Im a designer and stylist recently relocated from NYC to the lovely city of Minneapolis. Most of my time is spent at my day job – designing apparel for a large corporation, helping style for my sister in laws company, Hackwith Design House – and running her online style blog Hackwith Happenings, as well as writing and styling for my own personal blog, Wide Eyed Legless. I also have aspirations to start painting and drawing again this year, which is my first love.”
…and now her favorite piece & why:
“Tough choice – It’s between my boots (because I love shoes) and my necklace, but I would probably go with the necklace. the subtle detail in it is absolutely breathtaking.
Check out her: Instagram | Twitter
Introducing Shilpa Shah (left) & Karla Gallardo (right), the women behind the fashion brand, Cuyana. I’ve been freelancing for these ladies for a couple of months now and quickly realized what a great decision it was. Not only do they provide an insanely inspiring and active work environment but they are teaching me what it is to work hard and smart!
When not at work, Karla is busy catching up on sleep & taking care of all the lovely people who fill her life. Since time outside of Cuyana is so limited, she spends it with friends, family, & as many kids as she can – she is the best aunt! She is also finally taking time to beautify her own living space & is finding inspiration everywhere as she does when designing collections for Cuyana.
Shilpa splits her time between Cuyana & her family. She has two young boys (Amani, 5 & Alekh, 2) who fill her evenings & weekends with dinosaurs, paper airplanes, bikes, & cartoons. She is trying to instill a sense of camaraderie, curiosity, & creativity in them both before releasing them into the world as individuals.
…and now their favorite pieces and why:
“Karla loves her Chloe boots to death. They are super comfortable and easy to dress up and down. Karla has been wanting biker boots forever, but was waiting to invest in the perfect pair- one with feminine details. She loves that one buckle is silver and the other gold. She also likes the sleek silhouette which keeps the boots from having a bulky appearance.”
“Shilpa loves her black Alpaca Oversized Sweater. She finds it to be one of the most versatile pieces in her closet- easy to wear with leggings, jeans, or a fitted skirt. She throws is on over a tank top to keep the look more formal, pairs it with leather to go out, or layers it on top of a long sleeve shirt for a cozy weekend look. She loves the subtle design details- the beautiful rolled finish at the seams and longer length in the back.”
Check out their: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Cuyana has kindly offered up one Navy Overnight Bag for you guys to win! This bag is actually kind of special to us ( me & cuyana ) because it’s how we came to know each other. I blogged about it & they noticed! Voila!! – an awesome opportunity came to be.
To enter: ( This giveaway has ended )
01. Follow Cuyana on Instagram
02. Leave a comment below, mentioning your favorite Cuyana product!
Introducing Emily Proud, a San Francisco based artist and illustrator! Her personal work is inspired by botanicals, especially ones native to San Francisco and California! She also does a lot of edible plants, like fruits and vegetables. A favorite of mine is her “California Poppies in Golden Gate Park” – the delicate white branches on the black background are so striking!
…and how her favorite piece and why:
“My Son of a Sailor necklace, not only because I love it, but because my boyfriend gave it to me. My jewelry is special to me because each piece is either from a loved one, tells a story, or is from my travels like this silver bracelet I got in Santorini.”
Check our her: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Introducing the seriously amazing Brooke Baker. I can’t remember how I “found” Brooke but I guarantee you, it was love at first site! She left San Francisco RIGHT when I got here so we’ve never had the chance to galavant around in real life. I’ve been told by mutual friends that we are the blonde and brunette versions of each other – I hope to find out if this is true sooner rather than later! Anywhoo, back to Brooke! Not only is she a talented graphic designer but she’s an instagram-bad-ass and interior decorating extraordinaire! She also has a great VSCO feed and tumblr. Girl-be-talented.
…a bit from her:
“I recently moved to Seattle after a few projects took me from San Francisco, to Austin, and to New York. I was able to work for Google’s Creative Labs which has always been a dream of mine. With that project wrapping up, I’m looking forward to spending the next 2 months finishing my own projects that I never seem to have time for! One of those is my curated craigs list blog called, Brookeslist (coming soon). Since decorating is one of my passions, I developed a little Craigslist addiction while living in SF. You can find so many great things on there and I started a blog where I go through and curate it. I’m building it now for 5 cities and hope to launch it soon! After I finish that I plan on looking for whatever is next here in Seattle which is really exciting!”
…and now her favorite piece and why:
“This sweater has quickly become my every-day-sweater. It’s the best! It’s seriously warmer then most of my coats. I was walking Crosby when I spotted it in the window of this vintage store and just had to have it! If you get the chance go check out Lucky Vintage on Ballard Ave in Seattle.”
Brooke recently had her home photographed by Marissa Maharaj. It’s so stunning – I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favorite images!! Although, you have been warned: It’s a long post! I had a lot of favorite images, haha.
A few words from Brooke about her home:
“To me, home is a special place — a place for rest, a place of creativity, a place for friends. After traveling around for work for 6 months in San Francisco, Austin, and New York, I’ve finally been able to make myself a new home in Seattle. I saw my new place as a blank canvas and with that, I chose to create as many custom pieces as possible. I decided to use copper and raw wood as my main materials and used them when I could. I also wanted to surround myself with plant life. Having plants around you makes you happy and I swear by it. Stock up Seattle, winter is coming.”
What is your decorative style inspired by:
“It’s inspired from many things, but mostly people and experiences. When I look around my apartment I’m constantly reminded of places I’ve been and the people I love. At the end of the day I find myself happy with my new home and proud of the things I was able to create.”
I asked Brooke if she has ONE favorite item in her apartment?
I know this is an annoying and difficult question, kind of like – what’s your favorite song!??
But hey, she was able to pick…
“All of the pieces I build are like my kids, and you know that you can’t pick favorites! However, I do love my desk. It took quite a while to find and put together all the pieces, and once I did it made the whole apartment come together.
Now, we head outside! There is so much eye-candy out on this little covered patio! Brooke did a great job at making this feel like an extension of her living room but with a greenhouse vibe that houses lots of lush plants! There is rich color, texture, and detail in every corner.
I’m trying to keep this post at a reasonable length so if you want to see MORE photos of Brooke’s place, head over to Marissa’s blog. She has a nice selection up as well!
Tell us about this lion made of nails:
“I’ve had the idea to make art out of nails forever! At first I was going to do a lion and a lamb, but once I realized how long it took and how tiring it was to hammer each nail… I decided to just stick with the lion. I’m hoping to finish it soon, but due to how loud it is, it’s tricky to finish it when you have neighbors.”
Do you truly play the accordion?
“I’ve had ‘learn the accordion’ on my bucket list for quite some time now. I was in an antique mall in Texas and finally found the perfect one, I had to get it. I’m actually going to start taking lessons soon, but it’s also a tricky project due to the noise! (sorry neighbors!)”
Introducing Sarah Samuel, She is the founder and designer behind A Sunny Afternoon as well as the voice behind the lifestyle & design blog Smitten Studio. She actually launched a shop update TODAY that re-stocked some of the most popular and ongoing items, and released new designs along with a new lookbook! I have my eye on a few things – you guys should go take a look!
…a tiny bit from her:
“Adding new products & designs to the collection means a lot of time in our workshop making cutting boards as well as painting new patterns in my studio to apply to table linens. Planning shoots for the shop is one of my favorite steps in the process as I get to finally see all the finished products come together. It is how I share my vision and it’s also when I get to collaborate with a few other talented folks. Smitten Studio is a constant creative outlet as well where I show and share what I am up to and touch on all my favorite subjects like photography, home decor, fashion, travel, and product & pattern design.”
…and now her favorite piece and why:
“My favorite piece is that skirt! I am a total sucker for a beautiful graphic pattern.”
Thanks so much Sarah!
Follow her: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
Introducing Loop Haro! We needed another Gentle-man around these parts and he definitely fits the bill – a fashionable, hard-working, innovative one at that. It’s inspiring to see someone successfully have their hands in so many pots. Go Loop!
“I own a few companies that help facilitate event production – mostly weddings, but also the occasional fashion or product launch. TACT was my first company in the family, born in 2007, helping manage all aspects of events at really sweet event venues (like SmogShoppe, Marvimon, and NWBLK. Then came Jeffrey Valet & Owl Valet in 2009. We redesigned valet to be about hospitality and style, not just parking. Then came Dovetail, an event logistics company tailored to serve the needs of event professionals (i.e. installation, transportation, and strikes for designers, florists, caterers, boutique rental companies, etc.) that led us to open offices in San Francisco, Dallas, Austin, and shortly, Minneapolis and Chicago. My thinking is that there are so many lost aspects of pulling off a smooth event, that we want the incredible designers and craftsmen we work with, both big and little, to be able to focus on their creative work, by letting my team handle the rest.”
…and now his favorite piece and why:
“The fave is my Steven Alan deep blue chambray shirt. By far. Know why? You can’t mess with chambray, man. We use it for our uniforms, and it has the thing every fellow wants in a shirt: the trusty options of tie or untucked. Go for it. Roll the sleeves- looks fresh. Pin on a tie clip- looks fresh. Steven Alan shirts just seem to fit in the shoulders really well, to boot.”
Thanks so much Loop!
Photo by: Feather Love