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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

Patio Party 08.04.2014

Anyone else think that summer is flying by?! Let’s make the most of it with some end-of-summer entertaining! We’re dreaming of cool night breezes, fruity cocktails, ice cream desserts and dips in the pool. Oh summer, please stick around a little longer! Hopefully this mood board will get your juices flowing on hosting your own get together!

1. CB2 Acapulco Multi Lounge Chair  //  2. Anthropologie Geo Chimes  //  3. Society6 Geometric Pillow  //  4. Serena & Lily Round Jute Rug  //  5. Leif Pinched & Glazed Planter  // 6. Etsy Shop Geometric Serving Platter  //  7. Urban Oufitters Dip-Dye Napkin Set //  8. Etsy Shop Vintage Ice Cream Strips Spoons

  1. Jane Smith

    Gorgeous color!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that fabulous chair!

    August 6, 2014 4:35 am

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}

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  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
  7. julie

    I agree! I’ve been following Hense for a while and this is just so amazing!! I can’t imagine how he keeps the spontaneity in his work at such a large scale…truly amazing!
    ps I love your work :)

    May 12, 2014 3:52 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