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Tuesday
Sep092014

The Franklin Bag

Love. That's the only word I can think of when I look at this bag. You can just tell what this gorgeous Horween leather feels like, the smoothness and sturdiness of it. Then, there's the hand stitching and rivets...

Erik Holmberg of J Stark in Charleston, South Carolina is the self taught craftsman behind the Franklin bag. With sheer determination, he's honed his skills and created an online shop that now includes wallets, pocket squares, watch straps, bags and iPad sleeves. 

But it's the Franklin Bag that has stolen my heart. It's beautifully made with such an original feel and design. Love. 

 

Photos: Erik Holmberg     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Sep082014

Heartwood Forge

I admire a handcrafted item, skillfully made, that will stand the test of time. These handsome knives, made by Will Manning of Jefferson, Georgia are designed for daily use, to be cared for and passed along to the next generation. 

Will learned the art of woodworking from his dad and found a passion for metal just after high school. He studied his craft at Florida State and SCAD, later working with blacksmiths who would teach him even more. After meeting his girlfriend, he realized his love for being in the kitchen. Together they drew some sketches for a kitchen knife and thought they may be on to something here...

I highly recommend that you watch his video that shows Will's process of making a knife, which is incredibly informative when you have no idea how it's done. It's quickly evident how much labor, focus, experience and patience is needed. 

Will hand stamps each blade with his initials. After all the creating, heating, hammering, refining, I believe he should.  

Recyling is important to Will. He uses only reclaimed lumber from saw mills in the Southern Appalachian region. The edges and angles are refined according to the needs of each knife (or knife owner). 

I love oyster shucking so I naturally love any oyster knife that makes the process easier. Made of carbon steel, this super tough tool is crafted to open even the most stubborn of oysters. Each knife, no matter your preference, is an investment for your kitchen...See the entirety of Will's shop, Heartwood Forge, and learn how you can order your own custom knife, here.

 

Photos: Heartwood Forge    Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Sep052014

The Sweet Peach Chambray Shirt

I feel flattered, grateful. That's the best way to describe my reaction to a recent phone call I received from Thomas Wages of TWEEDS, who created a new shirt for women with the Sweet Peach blog in mind. 


Thomas decided to use a peach colored fabric he really liked and create another version of his popular The Guy Shirt for women, which he released this summer. This shirt, named The Sweet Peach Chambray, is 100% cotton, made in the USA with a tailored fit and elbow patches. It's a very limited run of shirts available in store only. 

Shanna Kenyon of nearby Crafted Westside (one of my favorite new shops) was gracious enough to model the shirt for us and she quickly fell head over heels for it. It's stylish, cozy and just an all around fabulous shirt, if I do say so myself. 

The Sweet Peach Chambray joins the other Guy Shirts for women which TWEEDS recently launched to much fanfare and adulation (this photo via Southern Living). These gorgeous ginghams- in blue, navy, pink or red are available in store and online. Thank you Thomas, I'm flattered, grateful. I like it when you're inspired...

 

Photos: Sweet Peach; Final photo: Robbie Canponeto for Southern Living     Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Sep042014

Far Fetched

Far Fetched is a good name for a shop that sources its goods from around the world. Based in Clifton, Texas, this brick and mortar (and online shop) caters to those who crave a bit of unexpected style...

Melissa Johnson is the owner of Far Fetched and she has an impeccable eye for uncommon yet tasteful home goods. Each beautifully designed piece seems to evoke a question or comment- they're conversation starters in the best way possible. 

In Melissa's shop, you'll find furniture, jewelry, home goods, men and baby gifts. I particularly love all the textiles sourced from Peru, Italy, New Zealand and Australia. 

This weekender canvas and leather bag is an attractive, functional bag to own, while the canvas storage baskets have a cool, original look that are perfect for pretty storage. Melissa also offers a monthly goodie box for $22 which I suspect is really good... No matter where you are in the world, see the entire Far Fetched shop, here.

 

Photos: Far Fetched    Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Sep032014

A Herringbone Floor...

Adding to my long list of desires for a future, unknown home, is creating at least one room with herringbone floors. My love runs deep... 

Herringbone is often confused with chevron. In a chevron pattern, the wood blocks meet point to point in an unbroken zigzag. With herringbone patterns, the wood blocks finish perpendicular to each other, creating a broken zigzag. Both are incredibly charming, just need to pick a favorite. 

If you're extremely lucky, you'll find a room with herringbone flooring but more than likely, you'll need to create them yourself. I like this DIY video from This Old House but be forewarned, this is not for the builder with an attention disorder and a disgust for math. This is a tedious process that takes motivation and patience to finish. There isn't room for mistakes on these floors but if you do try it on your own, you'll have a bad ass floor to cherish and admire and show off. Guaranteed. 

 

Photos:   cozystylishchic.com; pandashouse.com; Remodelista;  sarahbarksdaledesign.com; The Tory Blog; murraymitchell.com;  designtraveller.blogspot.com     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Sep022014

Royal Highnies

Every year, I always seem to find a few products that quickly become my favorite holiday gifts. You may remember Midnight Moon Moonshine, The Mason Shaker, HollyBeth's Organics skincare, Otis James ties, Emily G's Jams, Loyal Stricklin mugs. Now it's a new love...Royal Highnies.

LeighAnn Yates and Allison Moore of Flinstone, Georgia are the savvy women behind this luxurious brand. After making boxers for a few friends out of a super soft fabric they both fell in love with, their small idea suddenly became a big idea...and the boxers were in high demand. 

So next, Allison and LeighAnn decided on a fun, catchy name, Royal Highnies (the perfect home for the family jewels) and sold their boxers in a men's store in Texas. Just a handful of years later, they're in over 340 retail locations across the country. 

Hence, their luxury line has expanded to include bathrobes, tops, bottoms, gowns, tank tops for both men and women, plus some Tiny Highnies for the boys. 

Although I do have a few people in mind to receive these as Christmas gifts, I may first buy these silky lounge pants for myself. After feeling the fabric firsthand (at Tweeds in Atlanta) I just can't stop thinking about them. I want to lounge in them, sleep in them, blog in them, do as much as I possibly can in them...

Their infamous fabric is 400 count pima cotton (with virtually no shrinkage). It's loungewear that just makes you feel really good. That's always a good thing and personally, I think y'all deserve a pair. Find your Royal Highnies, here. 

 

Photos: Royal Highnies      Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Sep012014

Muscle Shoals

I drove up to my parents home in Greenville, South Carolina for the weekend and in my downtime, decided to watch a documentary I had heard a lot about on my last job. Muscle Shoals is about this small town in northwest Alabama that churned out some amazing music beginning in the 1960's, that propelled the careers of Etta James, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and so many more. It's beautfully produced and incredible to see what this group of country guys were able to pull off together in this tiny town of just 8000. Plus, it's a good way to enjoy a little downtime yourself this holiday. See the trailer, here.  

 

Friday
Aug292014

Pick a Pickle

Whenever I visit Empire State South in midtown Atlanta, I always like to see what goods they have for sale behind the hostess stand. It's either baked items, the softest t-shirts, cool kitchen accessories or my new favorite, a pickling swatchbook by Restaurateur and Chef, Hugh Acheson. He offered a sample recipe for Sweet Peach readers- Pickled Okra. Yumminess. (pretty pic by Rinne Allen) Pick a Pickle is the perfect book for the pickling fan, plus it's a nice way to preserve summer veggies... 

 

Thursday
Aug282014

Nisolo

The one thing my wardrobe currently lacks is an array of good shoes. I tend to spend my money in every other direction but my feet. That's not to say I wear flip flops every day of the summer but I dare admit, I find a bit of bliss in their cozy simplicity. Yet, truth be told I do aspire for something more- something eye catching, well designed and if I'm lucky, made by a true craftsman...

Nisolo in Nashville, Tennessee was founded in 2011 after Patrick Woodyard took a job in Trujillo, Peru. During his stay, he met shoemakers who shared an exceptional talent as well as an inability to find a foothold in the industry. Although highly skilled, they were unable to find consistent work. 

Inspired, Patrick brought in designer, Zoe Cleary, whom after seeing the quality and passion of the Peruvian shoemakers firsthand, quit her job with a major fashion label to help create a company that would empower this group of craftsmen. Their work collectively would have purpose, meaning...and great style. To their credit, Patrick and Zoe have started one of the world's first social impact fashion labels. 

Besides shoes made for both men and women, their fashion label includes classic essentials like bags and accessories. I'm a bit head over heels for these leather totes, all priced under $200. The small leather clutch is $44...

For their producers, Patrick and Zoe facilitate sales, offer skills training, safe working conditions plus pay an average income increase of 300%. These are craftsmen who should be proud of their work and not worry about inconsistent employment or a savings for their family. As I aspire to find more meaning in my day to day work, this special group of artisans offers incredible inspiration. Now, about those shoes...

 

Photos: Nisolo      Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Aug272014

Southern t's...

I love a soft and cozy t shirt done right, especially one with a southern touch. I couldn't help but smile when I recently saw Jerry Slater of H. Harper Station wearing one of these Bitter Southerner tees. I have a friend in Alabama whom this would be absolutely perfect for. It's on sale now for $35. 

Billy Reid always makes a good tee. They have that worn in look and feel with a homage to someone or something southern. See his current collection, here. 

This Make Cornbread Not War tee is no longer available online but I have seen it available in the Billy Reid stores. It's a good dad gift actually as my dad likes any clothing item that starts a conversation. Click here for the Cornbread cap. 

 

Photos: Bitter Southerner; Billy Reid     Content: Sweet Peach


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