As promised, here's another installment on Etsy designers and sellers. There's definitely many good reasons to support independent designers and handmade products, from social justice, environmental, and political viewpoints. Of course, these are of little consolation unless these items are fashion-forward, good-looking, and affordable.
First, some shoutouts to some of the favorites I already blogged about:
1. One of my very favorites, Layla of Ledthread. Love her designs and her philosophy.
2. Idea2lifestyle -- always fanciful and inventive and flowing, natural materials and reasonable prices.
3. Weatherread -- structural and gorgeous. I'm so buying one of her shirt-jackets as soon as finances allow.
Now, on to some new loves:
1. Nanda. You can't find more beautiful and more affordable freshwater pearls. Gorgeous jewelry design too:
Simple, gorgeous, well-made, and under $20.
2. Morelle bags.
Check out this Morchella in purple suede:
It's a beauty, as well as other morelle's bags. Bonus: it's not a stupid status bag, but a functional art piece.
3. Artlab. Pricey? A tad. Everything in this store is AMAZING? Also yes.
For example, a scarf:
Or a shawl. Or a wrap. Whatever it is, it is cozy, adorable, and versatile.
And check out this jacket, made from a pair of pants:
I rest my case.
4. Vilte operates out of Lithuania, and creates exquisite beauty out of silk, wool, and bamboo fibers using unique felting process. I have one of her scarves, and it is the most beautiful accessory I own. Really truly.
The texture and the colors are just so rich, and the pictures really don't do them justice. It's much more breathtaking in person.
5. While on the subject of scarves, I should probably mention Flutter, a source for ruffles, buttons, and natural fibers.
6. And to add some clothing to all these accessories, I'd like to mention Hier Apparel -- edgy, modern designs, very interesting sensibility. Look almost basic, but always with an interesting twist. Like this jacket -- check out the button collar!