Discovering local makers is one of our favorite things. It’s exciting to explore shops that give a neighborhood it’s flavor and learn more about there influence regionally and globally. These local makers are inspiring us lately.
Bleed Clothing in Germany
Vegans everywhere can rejoice now because a new, non-toxic alternative to leather jackets has hit the market, thanks to the ingenuity of the folks behind Bleed Clothing company. This vegan “leather” jacket is made of Portuguese cork, which is a completely renewable and sustainable tree bark material that’s harvested without damaging the tree. German founder Michael Spitzbarth saw the need to develop a full clothing line that is truly ecologically correct and fair labor so that no living being is harmed in the process of construction. This approach has been proven fruitful as the cork jacket became Germany’s most successful crowdfunding design in fashion. —Mateo
Check out Bleed Clothing online or at any of their shops across Germany.
Handmade Sammade in Seattle, Washington
It could be the grey skies outdoors but I’m itching to add greenery to my home. I’ve been cruising Handmade Sammade’s collection of geometric mobiles and plant holders to get inspired. These works of beauty are made of brass and hold a variety of air plants and rooted plants. So even if my green thumb fails me again, I’ll still have sculpture wall art to decorate my home. —Vee
Handmade Sammade sells online and at various Seattle pop up markets.
Dr-Cow Tree Nut Cheeses in Brooklyn, New York
For those like myself who can’t and have no desire to digest animal lactations, Dr-Cow is a Godsent. Their raw vegan cheeses are easy to digest, filled with enzymes, vitamins and minerals that support higher levels of energy, focus, and pure joy. Every dessert (Think: Raw Vegan Cheesecake) and block of vegan cheese is made of live nuts, typically cashews, that are shipped from Indonesia, opened by hand, and fermented for months. Though you can pick up Dr-Cow’s handmade products at various locations, I recommend stopping by the cute flagship store in Williamsburg where you can meet raw chefs/owners/wife and husband Veronica and Pablo behind the counter. —Alexandra
Dr-Cow Tree Nut Cheese is located at 93 South 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Bakeri Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York City
I would be letting myself down if I didn’t pick something involving food. The current focus of my baked good obsession is Bakeri, a small-batch cafe in Williamsburg that handcrafts every delicious little thing they sell. If you need to hunt me down on my lunch break, make that the first stop. Not to be dramatic, but maybe it was the 1950’s hometown aesthetic combined with the intense, pure buttery goodness of their biscuits, but I may have gotten a little teary-eyed the last time I dropped in. In a world where “small-batch” and “handmade” can be considered empty buzzwords, it’s nice to see a local bakery pushing out delicious product that really lives up to it’s description. Now if they only delivered! —Lauren
Bakeri Brooklyn is located at 150 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Twig & Twine in Los Angeles, California
I’m a strong believer in always having fresh flowers in your home. Aesthetically they look great everywhere and add such life to a room! Heather Williams of Twig & Twine sources beautiful local flowers and designs them to perfection. While some of us (like myself) don’t know how to pull together different florals to make a beautiful statement bouquet, Heather has the amazing skill to serve up some seriously designed floral arrangements. Not only does the Silver Lake based shop have flowers galore, but she also showcases and sells products from a variety of different local makers. I went in to browse and left with so many treasures that I proudly show off to everyone! If you want to immerse yourself in those Silver Lake vibes, grab lunch at Sqirl and then head next door to Twig & Twine to support the locals! —Chrissy
Twig & Twine is located at 716 North Virgil Avenue in Los Angeles in California.