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Category Archives: handmade

Holiday Pop-up Shop 11.12.2014

We are SOOO excited to kick off the holiday season with a little Pop-up shop in our own studio! We got to thinking it would be fun to pull together a few of our favorite local Kansas City makers to have a little shopping event, and before we knew it, we had what we think is a pretty killer group assembled. There are home goods, fine art prints, jewelry, leather goods, T-shirts, women’s wear, ceramics, accessories, and the list goes on and on! Plus, we will even have a fun Photo Booth by the talented One Sparrow Creative to capture some memories of the night! There will be some snacks and drinks to get you in the shopping mood, and what’s better than getting some shopping done early before madness of the holidays truly begins! We hope you can join us! Here’s a look at the fabulous vendors who will be there (scroll down for links to their websites):

1. Happy Habitat // 2. Jaime Rovenstine // 3. Janesko // 4. Prairie Goods // 5. Ampersand Design Studio // 6. Nickel & Suede // 7. Convivial Production // 8. Ocean and Sea // 9. Maddy Nash // 10. Alicia Janesko

 

new KC totes at West Elm Kansas City 11.04.2014

Our local, Kansas City, West Elm store just got re-stocked with BOTH styles of #KCtotes!! Get yourself there before they’re gone!!!! #shopampersand #westelmlocal #westelmkc #madeinkc #kansascity

 

Tiff Manuell 09.09.2014

We think we might’ve just found our creative soulmate! Seriously though, we LOVE everything about Tiff Manuell’s crazy fun explosion of color using organic shapes and painterly, drippy brush strokes!

In her own words about this little business adventure: “I want it to be spontaneous and to move quickly, for it not to be restrained by typical industry formats but more organic in its evolution.” We say, mission accomplished!

Check out her range of  bags, fashion, accessories and art at tiffmanuell.com! We’re partial to the bags ourselves. You can just never have too many!

 

  1. Marianne Humburg

    Love this!

    September 9, 2014 3:56 pm

#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