As I mentioned last Monday, StyleCarrot has partnered with Finnish design house Marimekko with a series of holiday gift guides, among other projects. (Tomorrow evening I’ll be live blogging from the Marimekko flagship on Newbury Street in Boston—please stop by if you’re around.)
Las Monday’s gift guide, Marimekko for the Host, focused on tabletop and kitchen items. For our second installment, we bring you Marimekko fashions for your best friend, cousins, etc.— Marimekko clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids.
I am excited that StyleCarrot has partnered with Marimekko again this holiday season for a series of holiday gift guides. Today’s gift guide—Marimekko presents for a host or entertainer—is the first. Pretty much anything from Marimekko is a delight. The modernist tableware silhouettes, even in plain white, hold timeless appeal, and the bold patterns effortlessly enliven a tabletop scheme.
Interior designer Jamie Herzlinger, who has offices in NYC and Scottsdale, AZ, recently launched JamieShop.com. Through JamieShop.com, anyone can order from over 400 of the top “to the trade only” manufacturers, including favorites Baker Furniture, Schumacher, Duravit, Clarence House, Stark, Henredon, Ralph Pucci, and tons more.
Once you sign in with your email address, you can view the list of manufacturers, linked to their site. When you know what you want, just request a quote through JamieShop, which she provides within 48 hours from acknowledgement. The fee structure is 25 percent above her designer wholesale net cost. (She provides a copy of the manufacturer’s original invoice.).
JamieShop.com has signed on as a StyleCarrot advertiser, which I am psyched about. Over the summer, I worked with Jamie on a blog post for Matouk about setting up poolside patios, and both she and her associates couldn’t have been sweeter, not to mention enthusiastic and efficient. She’ll be my go-to buying source.
LuxDeco, dubbed the “Net-a-Porter of design” by The Daily Telegraph, is a recently re-launched, luxury, member shopping site that offers an elevated, curated collection of high-end furniture and accessories from over 200 home brands. Pieces include lush rugs, colorful throws and pillows, sparkly tabletop, contemporary lighting, luxury chairs and bedroom furniture, mirrors, and framed prints, from brands that include Nanimarquina, Gaia & Gino, Missoni Home, Calvin Klein, Designers Guild, Yves Delorme, Thomas O’Brien and Suzanne Kasler for Safavieh, and Zoeppritz.
LuxDeco’s magazine offers design editorial, and there’s also expert advice from tastemakers, who include interior designer Abigail Ahearn, former Wallpaper* interiors editor Suzy Hoodless, Erin Kleinberg of The Coveteur, and famed product designer Marcel Wanders.There’s even a concierge, not just to make shopping easy, but to offer advice, help track down specific items, and arrange for custom pieces. LuxDeco is based in Britain, but shops internationally, including to the U.S.
Here’s a sampling of a dozen items that caught my eye, all available here.
Ethica is an online retailer co-founded by my former colleague, the ever cute and hard-working Melissa Cantor. She has sourced some equally cute fashions that are as stylish as they are socially responsible. I was reminded that I wanted to blog about it after reading “Feel Good Fashion: The New Black” in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal. They totally should have included Ethica!
All of Ethica’s designers ensure that their products are made in safe, healthy environments, free of human rights violations. This means no child labor, no sweatshop-like conditions, and no exploitation. Their workers receive fair wages in the local context for every hour worked. The designers have also taken steps to minimize their impact on the environment, give back to communities in need, and generally pay it forward. If only more designers and manufacturers would do this. Ethica uses eco-friendly packaging and free, carbon-neutral shipping for domestic orders. The company is based in a LEED-certified green building in New York City. Finally, Ethica supports nonprofits dedicated to the development of responsible artisan businesses.
You can shop by “Ethical Qualities” if you wish, pulling a pre-sort of handcrafted or vegan items, for example. And, in addition its shopping component, the site features a blog with posts on ethical street style, eco escapes, and designer profiles. Enjoy; it’s guilt free!