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#westelmlocal in Kansas City 08.19.2014

Have you heard the exciting news??? WEST ELM IS COMING TO KANSAS CITY!!!!!!!!! As if we weren’t excited enough about this, we have a little (BIG) announcement to go along with it!

They are doing something really cool, called #westelmlocal and they have decided to partner with a select few local makers for handcrafted goods…all from LOCAL artisans!

We couldn’t possibly be more excited to announce that we are one of those local makers!!! That’s right, you can now find Ampersand Design Studio products at the brand new West Elm store on the Country Club Plaza!!!!!!!! AHHH…..we are pinching ourselves to be collaborating with one of our very favorite stores! We’ll have a few of our favorite products there including our brand new “Kansas City” tote bags in both styles AND a new addition to our line-up is our ampersand screen prints in a new size: 8″ x 10″ (which happens to fit perfectly in many of our favorite West Elm’s picture frames)!

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Check out the other local makers you can find in the new West Elm Kansas City store. We’re so happy to be in such great company!

Happy Habitat is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Happy Habitat

1canoe2 is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

1canoe2

2nd Story is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

2nd Story

Convivial Production is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Convivial Production

Tad Carpenter Creative is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Tad Carpenter Creative

Hammerpress is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Hammerpress

Axel Co. is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Axel Co.

Ruff House Art is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Ruff House Art

Check the west elm Kansas City page + follow @westelmkc on Instagram to stay up-to-date on #westelmlocal launch parties + events.

 

  1. Jess Zimlich

    So exciting! Congrats, ladies :)

    August 19, 2014 1:41 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Jess! :)

      August 19, 2014 9:02 pm
  2. Kari

    This is SOOO awesome! You ladies rock! I love the bags you designed and can’t wait to check them out! Congratulations!

    August 19, 2014 7:47 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks so much, Kari!

      August 19, 2014 9:02 pm

announcing: our new Kansas City tote bags!!! 08.18.2014

We have been DYING to share this fun little addition to our etsy shop…and finally the day is HERE!!!

There’s no doubt that we LOVE the city where we were both born, raised and have chosen as our home to raise our own families. What better way to show our Kansas City pride than to create our very own product to showcase the love? We’ve been wanting to do these for so long; it’s really exciting that we are getting to launch them today!!

They are perfect for just about anything — whether you’re headed to the farmer’s market, the gym, the pool, or simply to use as your everyday bag! These limited edition Kansas City totes come in two styles and there are only 50 of each!

“The Plaza” Kansas City tote is a black canvas bag with metallic gold hot foil  “Kansas City” lettering!

“The Crossroads” Kansas City tote is a natural canvas bag featuring stripes hand-painted by us with screen printed “Kansas City” lettering in black ink. Each bag comes with its very own tassel & pom charm that we’ve handmade including two tassels, beads and yarn poms in various colors. Each charm is a unique color combination — no two bags are alike!!

Get ‘em before they’re gone!

Handmade and screen printed in Kansas City! #shopampersand #madeinkc #kansascity

 

 

 

8 days a week: thank you to jordan clark 03.21.2014

We are so happy to introduce you to Jordan Clark, the owner of ScatterBrained collars. Jordan makes the most amazing and fun pet accessories that we’ve ever seen. She does bow ties collars like the one below, fabric flower collars, leashes and so much more! You have to check them out here! Jordan made the adorable bow tie along with a (human) headband :) and two pillows! Biggest thanks to Jordan for volunteering your time and sharing your darling collar set with us and for being so versatile in your sewing. She can do it all! Plus, her company was born from her love of animals and she works with her local shelters and rescues in her home state of Mississippi! What’s not to love about that?! Thanks, Jordan!

  1. Dana

    Hi! I love this fabric line! I bought a bunch to make my daughter a birthday pillow with the calendar panel but there are no zeros on the number print! Have I lost my mind or are they really none? I’ll happily find other uses for the prints :) I see a big full skirt with the month names print.

    May 16, 2014 7:14 pm

8 days a week: thanks for caroline ritter 03.20.2014

We found Caroline Ritter’s site, ‘Lina Bean, awhile back and fell in love with her beautiful designs for babies and kids. So, we were hopeful that she would lend her talents to our 8 Days a week project and were thrilled when she agreed. She created the stylish and functional pieces below in our fabrics and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Caroline sells crayon rolls and carry-alls like these in her shop along with many other adorable things like capes, ties and pillows. The craftsmanship on Caroline’s products is flawless and the crayon roll, in particular was a huge hit with Morgan’s son, Shaw. We love that it can roll up and be tucked in a purse or diaper bag to be used at restaurants or anywhere a busy toddler needs to be occupied. Both of these designs are Caroline’s own creations. We’re so impressed!

Thank you, Caroline, for sharing your talent with us! We love what you made with our fabrics!

8 days a week: thank you to carrie dickerson 03.20.2014

We are so happy to introduce you to Carrie Dickerson! She is one talented lady! She does custom embroidery, monogramming and sewing over at her shop, One Pink Duck. Her work is just beautiful so we were excited to see what she would cook up with 8 days a week. She did not disappoint. She made the little skirt and top set (modeled here by Carrie’s sweet niece, Emma, who you may recognize from our Cream and Sugar days). We love the umbrella applique. SO cute! The shorts modeled by Carrie (Kiefer)’s son, Emmett, were also sewn by Carrie (Dickerson). (This is getting confusing to type with all these Carries.) Those two loved jumping around in their polka dot duds. Carrie made the sweet vintage dog toy below as well. Who doesn’t love a cute striped Scotty dog? Carrie designed the patterns for the kids’ clothes herself and used this pattern for the little dog. Impressive, huh? Thank you, Carrie for your time and amazing work on our pieces! We really appreciate it!