Very Fine South

Laura Shope of Very Fine South has a great aesthetic. I first started to see her beautifully made, minimally chic bags around Atlanta spring of last year. Since then, I've been a stalker of sorts, always wondering what she's up to as her work marries high quality with killer design. The cool thing is she just launched a new line and sent over a few pictures to share on Sweet Peach. Introducing the ENSO collection...

Enso is Japanese for 'circle.' As Laura shared, "In Zen Buddhism, the enso symbolizes strenth and elegance. Each piece in the ENSO collection incorporates a full circle in its design. Known for thoughtful simplicity in their design style, Japanese tradition was a naural inspiration of form." The Circle Clutch is made from buttery soft leather, available in six different colors and is fully lined.

Laura wisely subscribes to the 'form follows function' approach to design. As a student at Georgia Tech, she was greatly influenced by the works of Charles & Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Raymond Loewy who were designing to not only fulfill a need, but to do so in a way to bring pleasure and simpliticy into the lives of everyday people. Laura, "The simple and elegant designs that the early mid-century is known for have always made the most sense to me." 

The timeless, classic quality to her pieces that still feel modern is what I love most about her work. I mean, the Cutout Tote, what's not to love? The cutout circular handle allows you you to hold it in your hand or fold it over and slide your wrist through. Dual functionality is always a good thing...

Besides the four pieces in her Enso collection, Laura has a couple limited edition pieces that I just had to share. This includes the stunning Springbok Clutch made from the soft mohawk hair of the South African antelope...or the Deerskin Fringe Clutch made of buttery soft deerskin. They each represent original, handmade works that are truly the show stopper of any outfit. I want, I want, I want... To continue to drool and pine over Laura's goregous works of wearable art , click here.  

 

Images: Claudia Bost for Very Fine South      Content: Sweet Peach 

 

When in doubt, buy a bag...

I know I'm a bit partial to bags, but- I do think a gorgeous, well made bag is one of the best gifts to give this holiday season. My absolute favorite bag is one that also just won a Garden & Gun Made in the South Award. It's this scrumptiously dreamy, oversized, super soft black leather bag by SE Sherrick and Imogene + Willie in Nashville, $600. I'm not sure I've ever loved something so much...

There never is one great bag, however. There are many. These include, from left to right: Peter Nappi Ennio Tote, $420. J Stark Franklin Bag, $450; Very Fine South + Ashley Woodson Bailey Pink Zip Clutch, $350;  Emil Erwin Jane Clutch, $295; Bexar Goods New Porter Satchel, $680; Andover Trask Madison Tote, $225; Ceri Hoover Platinum Pintuck Clutch, $195; Moore & Giles Urban Satchel, $775. 

The Makr Post Bag, $180 and Makr Fold Weekender, $165. Happy bag shopping...

 

Peach Picks: Ashley Woodson Bailey

Ashley Woodson Bailey is having a good year. These past months, her incredible original artwork has caught a wave of devout, drooling fans across the globe. We all suffer from the same thing. We see, we gasp and then we pick a favorite. Living here in the South, I'm currently loving her Southern Magnolia image. And then, at the same time, I'm debating which gorgeous floral clutch to buy in her new bag collection created in collaboration with Very Fine South. So, receiving her holiday gift picks for Sweet Peach is something special and as expected, drool worthy. Enjoy...

Puzzle Heel, $299. These shoes. Oh my. All Gorman shoes are beyond comfy and so stylish. 

Tsalagi Clutch, $125. I've had my eye on this amazing Tsalagi clutch. Laura makes it in the yummiest black leather and I would love to carry it during fun nights out with my husband. 

Vertical Rectangle Vase, $45. I would love to hang this sweet little Copper and Torch vase in my house and fill it with gorgeous flowers. 

Diamond Anchor Necklace, email for pricing. A custom diamond and gold cross from Ivy Diamond Cole would be so dreamy. 

Hudson Dinnerware, $90. Keith makes these in black now and oh my gosh, I am not sure I want anything more. 

This class in Australia, $150. Plus, 2 round trip tickets on Qantas to Sydney so I can take this class and my husband can experience what I just did for himself. 

Citizen Atelier Gift Card, $500. I so want a gift card to Citizen Atelier so I can pick out some art for the house. Alessandra curates the site so well, it would be hard to pick just one piece. 

Katherine Sandoz Art Piece. I am a collector of all beauty made by Katherine Sandoz and this one might be my favorite yet. 

Light Drawings, email for prices. I would love one of Rinne Allen's light drawings to hang in my daughter, Byrd's room. They are breathtaking. 

Frida Vase, $295. I also want this amazing vase by Love Star, an Aussie brand, for my love of flowers and my love of Frida! 

 

Top Illustration: Rob Wilson, Silas Tom.  Ashley photo: Katie Oblinger 

 

Peach Picks: Libbie Summers

From the moment I met Libbie Summers at last year's Southern C conference in Charleston, I was an instant fan. I just love her infectious energy and adorable, lively style. Her gorgeous food blog, Salted & Styled, which she created with Chia Chong, was voted best food blog of 2013 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. I have (and love) her cookbook, Sweet and Vicious. If you haven't checked out her playful, pretty culinary videos, it's well worth a few minutes of your day. It'll make your day actually- much like Libbie saying yes to sharing her favorite gift picks with Sweet Peach. Somebody pinch me. Enjoy...

1. WOOL FELT PENNANTS, $26. I love these adorable pennants from artist, Jessica Duthu. They are perfect for a kid's room, or if you're like me, you just have one hanging from your lamp on your desk so you'll always know when to ROAR!

2. LEOCI'S RASPBERRY JALAPENO JAM, $12. If I'm giving you a packaged food suggestion, you have to know it's better than great! This Raspberry Jalapeno Jam from the award-winning chef, Roberto Leoci is just that great. I always have a jar in my refrigerator...always. You should too. 

3. BIRD DOG ZIPPER TOTE, $158. I'm OBSESSED with this Bird Dog Tote from Hayden Reis! Not just because I have a bird dog with an attitude, but also because the bag is so durable, chic and has a shit ton of pockets inside to keep me organized. 

4. KATHERINE SANDOZ PAINTING, from $500. Artwork is an intimidating thing to purchase for someone, UNLESS it's a piece by artist, Katherine Sandoz. I've never met a person who doesn't swoon when they're staring at a piece of Katherine's work. I'm blessed to have a piece of hers in my home that I get to smile at every day. How can you put a price on that kind of joy? 

5. BROOKE ATWOOD LEATHER CAMERA STRAP, $145. Really, who doesn't think they are a photographer now? This kick-ass leather studded camera strap from the talented Brooke Atwood is exactly what every fashion blogger needs!!

6. ASHLEY WOODSON BAILEY/ VERY FINE SOUTH CLUTH, $350. 'Every flower has a story.' That's artist/designer Ashley Woodson Bailey's line. I just love that Ashley's flowers will make the look I choose to wear even more fantastic with one of these clutches in my hand! 

7. TAPER CANDLES, $37.50. Hot Pink taper candles for my dining room table? YES PLEASE!!!!

8. LOVELANE'S SHEAR-LING BOMBER HAT, $40. I pretty much love everything that artist, Lane Huerta touches. I've even used her children's capes and hats to hang on the doors at a NYC party for some heavy hitting journalists to get the conversation going. These shear-ling bomber hats are beyond! Trust me when I tell you that a small headed adult can even wear them! 

9. SWEET AND VICIOUS FRINGE CUFF, $52. I am BEYOND excited about these butter soft metallic pink leather Sweet and Vicious Fringe Cuffs! Perfect with a chambray shirt or a sweet cream cashmere sweater. For the coolest chick on your list! 

10. CERAKKO FARM FRESH CANDLE, $22. I'm weird about candle scents. I don't want to smell apple pie unless an actual apple pie is in the oven, or magnolias blooming unless magnolias are actually blooming in my yard. This Farm Fresh candle from Cerakko Farm is simple- fresh and clean with a little gritty undertone. When I smell it burning, it reminds me of my grandmother Lula Mae's farm in Missouri...minus the pig smell. 

11. EMILY McCARTHY GIFTS TAGS, from $8.50. Coastal living designer and influencer, Emily McCarthy is a breath of fresh air! I love her modern takes on Southern traditions with big pops of color and prints. Her gift tags are a great gift to anyone before the holidays or after. She will personalize them with a hand done monogram too! 

12. MEREDITH ANNE SUTTON 12 GAUGE BUCKLE, $200. A handcrafted 12 Gauge buckle from metal artist, Meredith Sutton will win you extra brownie points from the men in your life...trust me, I've experienced it. 

 

Top Illustration: Rob Wilson, Silas Tom. Pics from respective artists    Content: Sweet Peach/ Libbie Summers