Gifts of Indigo...for the men

Indigo seems to be the impact color this year. It's rich, earthy, enticing and it sprung up in all manner of gifts for the guys this year. This mix of items above I found over at the Stag Provisions shop in Austin, Texas. 

From top left: Tweeds floral pocket square, $40. The Hill-Side indigo bow tie, $85. Appointed Workbook, $24. Billy Reid chevron tie, $125. Sid Mashburn scarf, $85. Mifland Rucksack, $415. 

More gifts to impress include Sid Mashburn cashmere sweater, $475. Herringblone blanket, $420. Indigo dopp kit, $51. Imogene + Willie jeans, $235. Indigo catch all, $150. Anchor Bracelet, $31. Oak Street Loafers, $325.  


Elk Head Clothing

Last month, I met Garrett Hilgendorf at an event at the Brick + Mortar shop in Atlanta. My friend Matt introduced us as Garrett was just days away from launching his first men's fashion collection, along with his business partner Jonathan Ruane, under the name, Elk Head Clothing. Garrett was wearing a couple of his pieces and without any bias, I thought- now this would make a perfect Manly Monday post.

My favorite of Garrett's pieces are his Oxford Popovers, available in both blue and indigo. With just a few buttons and a pocket (or not), they blend dressy and casual quite seamlessly. 

The line is beautifully made and well priced. Elk Head shirts range from $98-$118 and the trousers are $148. Garrett refers to his collection as casual and rugged, a result of growing up in Michigan as an avid outdoorsman and hunter. I'm just happy he's now here in Atlanta, sharing his skills and cool, modern aesthetic. 

If you're in Atlanta, you can see Garrett and Jonathan's collection for a limited time at the Brick + Mortar shop or, as always, online. I have to say what I really admire about the Elk Head brand is the perfectly crafted logo. Click here to head to the site and run your mouse over it. A bit of genius...


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Alanah Textiles

I have one drawer in my kitchen reserved for tea towels but alas, it's full and getting hard to close. I blame artists like Kristen Chandler for this common kitchen based ailment. Her beautiful textiles leave me wanting more. Is that so wrong? 

As my love of indigo runs deep, I'm wide eyed over these hand-dyed shibori tea towels that can also double as square placemats. These are perfect paired with white plates...

It's fun to see Kristen play with different dying techniques, like hand marbling these tea towels and pocket squares. I love how Kristen finds most of her natural dyes by walking out her back door to fetch ragweed and pokeberries. She likes to experiment with natural dyes, creating interesting patterns without a heavy hand. 

Kristen lives just outside of Athens, Georgia, where she continues to play in her craft and expand her collection. I just found her and I look forward to following her here on Sweet Peach. I'll just have to grow up, do the right thing and clear out a second kitchen drawer...


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Barrett Alley's Indigo Wallets

Indigo is not just for pillows, duvets, scarves and bags. Barrett Alley of Dallas, Texas works with skilled artisans to create a handful of sumptious, indigo wallets

Barrett's popular Devilish wallet is now available in plant-derived indigo, hand cut and sewn from a single alum tawed calfskin. Over time the indigo will slowly rub off, creating a cool fade pattern, similar to a pair of jeans.  

The Destiny 5 pocket flip wallet, like the Devilish wallet, is lined with with an antique Japanese cotton boro textile, dyed with natural indigo. As both these wallets are limited editions, there are just a few left to get your hands on...

These wallets are meticulously made by hand, never by machine. Each one is constructed using a traditional saddle stitch, which is more durable than a machine stitch. As described on their site, "If a hand sewn saddle stitch breaks, the thread is only loosened on one side and the stitch on the other side of the material continues to hold the materials together."

Each Barrett Alley wallet is individually numbered. My personal favorite perk is the antique fabric (sourced globally) that gives each piece a unique feel and character. Sigh,...our collective indigo obsession continues. See the entire Barrett Alley shop, which includes belts, pouches and jewelry, here.


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In the mood for Indigo...

Indigo is everywhere. It's been a trend in the making for quite some time but now its got me wrapped around its finger. I'm on the lookout for all things indigo these days. Deep, dark, moody, layered, beautiful. I can't resist falling under its spell... 

The nice thing is there is no shortage of indigo home decor items or inspiration at our disposal. Search Google images for 'indigo pillows' or 'indigo bedroom' and there's a ton of great links. Plus, you can peruse so many fab Pinterest collections, like this one. When I get a little extra time, I'm definitely going to try this DIY for Shibori Indigo Pillows. 

Here's a few of the many home decor indigo items that caught my eye - Shibori wallpaper by Scion of UK; mudcloth indigo pillow; Indigo plate by Marimekko; Fluidity wall covering by Porter Teleo;  Indigo sheets via Jayson Home; short striped cup by BTW Ceramics for Steven Alan. 

And then of course is Maura of Folk Fibers who handcrafts the most insanely beautiful quilts and pillows, dying all of her fabrics on her own, the natural way. The results are truly stunning. Oh indigo, you've got me... 


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