If you’re smart, you’ll be staying away from the mainstream hustle and bustle that is Black Friday. But there’s no reason you can’t still treat yourself to a good buy. Head over to a couple of my favorite independent designers who are offering equally enticing discounts on their well made products for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Forestbound: Alice creates a custom tote bag every year at a seriously reasonable price of $50. This year’s tote features her new branding which I love.
Structure Design & Build: Peter and Katrine hand-make all of their beautiful home goods. We have become a collector of their glass works. Head over to their online shop to enjoy an extra 20% off this saturday with the code SMALLBIZSALE.
WHARF: Rob has some sweet doorbusters at 40% off planned for friday. Only available during in store and online business hours so hop to it! If you miss it, don’t fret, they’ll also be hosting equally enticing deals on saturday.
Hickoree’s: Sandy and Emil are offering an extra 20% off all wares in their shop this friday through sunday. Use code BLACKFRIDAY online or, “Hey, gimme 20% off” in the shop.
Joinery: Not only has this shop just opened the “doors” to its online shop, they are also offering 15% off clothing friday through monday (online and in store).
My good friend Rob Babigian threw a party at his store Wharf in Providence Saturday night which was a blast. I hadn’t seen the store since it was an empty space back in the Spring. I had the great honor of making some artwork for the space but hadn’t had the opportunity to see them in the store till this past weekend. Rob has done and amazing job with his store, from the customized shelving to the perfect selection of brands and products. If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend making the trek.
WHARF is one of my all time favorite shops. Of course it helps that owner/founder Rob Babigian is one of the coolest and kindest dudes out there. But they are one of those diamond in the rough shops that carry only the very best quality goods that works perfectly for us New Englanders (and others, naturally). After a very successful year in the suburbs of RI, Rob relocated his shop to a fantastic new space in downtown Providence. Being the awesome guy that he is, Rob commissioned several local artisans to create fixtures, furnishings, and art for the new shop . . . including yours truly! Rob reached out to me this spring to do a small collection of charcoal drawings concentrating on the great products and brands that he carries in his store. The results can be seen over on the WHARF site and of course in the actual store which I highly recommend taking a trip down or up to shop at in person. If you can’t make the journey, “walk” around their online shop here.
I was very excited to be asked to be part of Nylite Project this summer. Tretorn sent 35 bloggers a pair of their classic/iconic Nylite shoe and asked us to style them as we saw fit. My boyfriend shot me wearing mine while we were running to work one morning near our home in Cambridgeport, MA. I styled mine with washed red linen shorts and my new favorite shirt from one of the best stores on the East Coast, WHARF (soon to be available for all ladies, so stay tuned!). Nylites are one of the most comfortable sneakers I have ever worn and they have instantly found a spot in my wardrobe as an irreplaceable staple. Be sure to check out the other contributors of the project here!
Levi’s Vintage Collection
It’s pretty obvious that I’m on a summer anticipation kick with my posts lately and this one is no different. When it comes to picking out shirts in the warmer months, there are a few patterns that are quintessential. Stripes being one of them. Horizontal, vertical, colorful, tonal, you name it and this year’s S/S collections have got it. Above are some of my favorites, and it’s pretty evident I’m partial to stripes in blue and white.