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Stuff We Love

Frolic with the Sheep, Rabbits, and Alpacas of a North Carolina Knitting Mill and Farm

Stuff We Love BY katie nave freeman 09/24/2019
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We dare you to name a dreamier place than Echoview Fiber Mill. The company's HQ, which includes a spinning mill, knitting operation, and design house in Weaversville, North Carolina (yes, that's really the name), is home to a team of phenomenal female artisans who make plush, handcrafted goods from the wool of sheep, angora rabbits, and alpacas, some of which live just across the road at the company's farm. Join Yoko Morris, head of sales, for our tour - and then stop by for an in-person one next time you're near Asheville. READ MORE
Got It Made

How to Make an Outdoor Oasis—and Then Make the Most of It

Got It Made BY katie nave freeman 09/10/2019
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After moving back to her home state of California a few years ago, the jewelry designer Jaclyn Mayer decided to renovate part of her Oakland home, basically becoming her own general contractor. And that's when things started getting really complicated. "I found out in the middle of the project that I was pregnant with my second child and realized that if anything was getting updated, it was now or never," she says. "So we ended up gut-renovating the whole thing." The final - and most important - piece of the puzzle was creating a backyard refuge with enough space for entertaining adults and little ones alike. Here's how Jaclyn made what's on the outside count as much as what's on the inside. READ MORE
Stuff We Love

Three Bauhaus Women Who Were Full-Blown Badasses

Stuff We Love BY katie nave freeman 07/16/2019
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Lindsey Reif, the brains behind the Portland-based brand Reifhaus, is a sucker for contemporary lines and compelling details, both hallmarks of the Bauhaus creative movement, which encouraged interwar-period students and teachers to pursue their crafts together in workshops and design studios. Specifically, Lindsey is drawn to the work of three visionary, original women of the period. "The female artists from the Bauhaus era could do it all - weaving, furniture, product design, pottery, photography, and painting," she explains, and she's here to share the impressive details. READ MORE
Key to the City

​Explore the Coolest, Tastiest, Most Fascinating Corners of Central Mexico

Key to the City BY katie nave freeman 05/10/2019
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Liz Clark, the founder of the adventure-ready accessory line Nipomo, has been traveling to Mexico since she was a kid growing up in San Diego. These days, she spends the most time in the country's central region, where she visits the weavers she works with in a town outside of Tlaxcala and (of course!) takes in all the sights, sounds, and flavors the area has to offer. Seven of her favorite excursions below. READ MORE
Key to the City

A Guide to the Very Best Street Art in Oakland

Key to the City BY katie nave freeman 03/27/2019
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When it comes to her jewelry line, Harp, Shelly Harper draws major inspo from all the good style she sees on a daily basis around her home in Oakland. And since she spends so much time pounding the pavement for ideas, she's perfectly poised to share a list of her favorite street art, too. Tag along for a tour of the murals and graffiti she loves most - and why the medium means so much to her. READ MORE

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