Tag Archives: handmade

put your stamp on it.

maybe it’s my private school education + southern upbringing coming back to haunt me, but recently i’ve found myself doing a lot of monogramming…


the weekender

my weekender was a gift from my parents on a trip to italy, and ever since, it’s been my favorite piece of luggage. i don’t believe in checking bags [on a flight]…



after some research and thought, i decided having my initials laser engraved might be a better bet than having them printed or plain/foil stamped. the leather had already been treated, and was softening and getting a patina from my having used it, and i was afraid any other method wouldn’t last. only time will tell!


just received the larger stamped disc charm in the mail today…

ordered this charm from JLynn Creations – i added it to a sterling diamond charm necklace i already had, and, voila!


…and finally, my monogrammed canvas tote!

*all images property of gloria c. and imunlisted.wordpress.com


frank clegg.

just came upon these gorgeous leather bags by frank clegg through a friend via instagram… (ladies, don’t worry, there’s goods for you too!)


“travel duffle” (sic)


“zip top briefcase”

"working tote"

“working tote”

*images by leathersoul.com via @frankclegg (instagram).


need + want.

next on my shopping list: ms. betty’s original badass candles.

need + want.

smells like… a winner.

*image property of ms. betty’s badass candles.

for the gentlemen.

we’re going the other direction this time.

while i’ve got an obvious penchant for menswear-inspired womenswear, the fact that father’s day is coming  up just gives me an excuse to look at gentlemanly things for, well, gentlemen.

i’ve managed to find goodies to my liking that would also make great gifts at canoe online and kaufmann mercantile


tube wringer by gill mechanical co. – via canoe online

[waste not, want not.]


mag table by offi – via canoe online

[form + function]


pocket-sized US Constitution – via canoe online

[…always be prepared.]


chrome desk stapler by el casco – via kaufmann mercantile

[i own a similar, true vintage one – sometimes simpler isn’t more beautiful…]


handmade Oregonian ceramic growler – via kaufmann mercantile

[a great gift for a beer lover or home brewer…]


aluminum & nickel plated lunch box – via kaufmann mercantile

[i wonder what looks i would get at work with this…er, i mean, that dad would get…]

*images property of canoe online & kaufmann mercantile, respectively.

crafty margiela.

thanks, will!

will sent me a link via twitter to yoox, where i got to take a gander at some sick, hand-crafted maison martin margiela garments.

below are my two favorites – 1) an open-backed one-shoulder leather top bedecked in small square mirrors, and 2) a woven elastic bold-shouldered jacket. these were both priced at upwards of a knee-softening $10,000.00 USD, so i’ll just move them from  “wishlist” to “inspiration“.

margiela mirror top.

margiela elastic jacket.

*original images courtesy of yoox, created images property of g.cheng & imunlisted.wordpress.com.

post up stick-up.


this leather revolver journal is just way too cool.

357 magnum revolver leather journal - by Strikebooks Montreal

the “esquivel” man.

guys, how many shoes do you own?

correction – it would probably be more telling to ask, what shoes do you own? a pair of nike or adidas? maybe a tattered pair of converse? a pair of rubber (…or maybe leather) flip-flops? since this is texas, it might be fair to say you even have a pair or two of cowboy boots. well, m’boy, it’s time for some man-shoes. er…excepting the cowboy boots – cowboy boots, that you actually wear and use, are manly-man shoes. no, that pointy-toed, western-esque, faux leather, stacked heel shit you find in expensive stores doesn’t count; those wannabe’s are girly-man shoes. run. away. so… i guess what i really mean is, middle-of-the-road-between-boy-and-manly-man-and-far-away-from-girly-man shoes.

it’s time for some serious questions. do you have shoes for a job interview? for that job once you get it? a wedding? a funeral? for your great aunt mildred’s tea party next sunday? no need to panic. check these out: these are the latest offerings by george esquivel, of southern california. begun in 1994, all his shoes are made-to-order, by hand. in addition, the leather he uses is sourced from the same place venerable fashion house louis vuitton buys its leather. of course, another serious question you should ask yourself is “do i have enough disposable income?” if not, it can’t hurt just to take a peek.


some shiny trotters, by esquivel.

*created image property of g.cheng & imunlisted.wordpress.com; individual images property of esquivelshoes.com.


…and feeling small.

sure, i have my creative spurts, and i’ve been told i have pretty good ideas once in a while, but when i find things like these, i think to myself, “who am i?!” – just a bump on a log in life compared to these brilliant minds.

*all images linked to original source.

zodiac baby necklace, "aquarius" - by Anomaly Jewelery

zodiac baby necklace, "Aquarius" - by anomaly jewelery

"teddy bear natural history" - by stephanie metz

"teddy bear natural history" - by stephanie metz

work by unknown artist - lifted from Litter

unknown artist - photo source: litter

work by unknown artist - courtesty of litter.

unknown artist - photo source: litter.