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We heart Kansas City: Prairie Goods 06.03.2013

We are super-excited to introduce you to our new obsession… Kansas City’s own Prairie Goods. Several weeks ago, we learned of the gorgeous leather goodness our W studio mate, Jason Domingues, was making, together with his wife, Allison, in his spare time and we have been dying to share ever since. We’ve known Jason as an amazing photographer, and it almost doesn’t seem fair that he has a whole other crazy talent for handcrafting belts, wallets, and other accessories. We have been following along as each new color and style gets perfected and now we can all order them! Every piece is created just for you after you order it. The belts are even cut specifically to your waist size. How cool is that?! The greatest thing about Prairie Goods in our opinion… great gift possibilities. Guys are so hard to buy for and we are thrilled to have belts and wallets that we would be so proud to give the men in our lives (and the ladies, too, for that matter)! So, you better jump on it for Father’s Day!

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this might be our favorite thing we’ve ever seen 05.28.2013

We’re not sure if we could love anything more than this rainbow, abstract painting on the exterior of a church in Washington, DC!!!

Artist, Alex Brewer, also known as HENSE, first made a name for himself as a graffiti artist and his work grew into the realm of public art, grants, commissions, and cross-media connections which have landed him local, national and international public art projects. Brewer developed his skill for graffiti in the mid to late ‘90s and early 2000s.

We couldn’t describe his work better than this: “HENSE’s manic marks, scribbles, drips and splashes produce an agitated tangle of shapes, symbols and figures that offer the viewer a unique and strangely peaceful platform for the eyes and mind. His slick stylizing may send observers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, perturbed to peaceful, angry to inspired, always travelling at the command of the individual’s own subconscious collection of experiences.”

Ted Elmore – RVA News

{all images from HENSE’s website}

comments 6

  1. Uncle Beefy

    Gah!!! JOYOUS!!!

    May 28, 2013 7:03 am
  2. Rhaynelina Estevez

    Wow, amazing! Never seen something like this…

    May 28, 2013 9:50 am
  3. Josephine Kimberling

    LOVE this!!!!

    May 28, 2013 3:00 pm
  4. ampersand

    we know, we know!!! so glad you guys think this is as incredible as we do!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2013 4:56 pm
  5. Sarah York

    This is amazing!!!! Would love to see it in person. I wonder what the neighbors think? Love!

    May 28, 2013 9:02 pm
  6. Anne Brent

    I want to go to there. His paintings are amazing too, like Rothko, Pollock and Rosenquist got together for a good ole crazy time. Want!

    May 29, 2013 3:57 pm

new furoshiki by leah duncan 03.29.2013

Aren’t theses amazing? Today, The Link Collective just launched two new furoshiki designs by Brooklyn-based designer Leah Duncan! If you remember, we shared our love of these multipurpose patterned fabrics here! Combine that with one of our all time favorite illustrators and this is what you get! What a dream team!!

Mountain Blossom Furoshiki – $48 and Angles Furoshiki – $48

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  1. Katie O'Keefe

    I absolutely love the idea of wrapping a gift box with a scarf, and these scarves are so lovely! Happy Monday :)

    April 1, 2013 3:02 pm

we have a crush on “Inspire Lovely” etsy shop 02.19.2013

Judging by the number of sales and number of admirers, we are the last two people in the world to have heard of this shop, so, we may be late, but we are jumping on the bandwagon!! It’s called Inspire Lovely, and if you’ve already visited this darling shop, then we are mad at you for not sharing it with us…but if this is news to you, you can thank us later! Isn’t it great? Our heads are filled with all kinds of project and party ideas!!!! Just scroll on down, yours will, too!

And look at this, a 2013 mini calendar!

See? Are you freaking out as much as we were! Inspire Lovely, we heart you!

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loving: Gorman 09.07.2012

Oh my! We have fallen head over heels in love with Gorman‘s current line-up! For two pattern and color super-lovers, you just can’t get any better than this!!!! I mean, that skirt? are you kidding me!! must own a piece from this collection!

And as if Gorman wasn’t already super fabulous, they just launched a collab with artist Rhys Lee (like just launched as of TODAY!!!)  It’s a 21-piece exclusive collection featuring his paintings and patterns splashed onto Gorman silhouettes!!

(all Rhys Lee collaboration images via The Design Files)

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  1. Kyla

    Gorman is one of my favorite designers, and this collection definitely doesn’t disappoint! The patterns are just so phenomenal, I want every piece.

    September 8, 2012 12:48 pm
    • ampersand

      We are with you, Kyla. We can’t even handle the cuteness!

      September 10, 2012 1:43 am
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  3. Jeanee

    drooling!

    September 14, 2012 10:04 pm