August 18, 2016
District Eight Design is an office and workshop located in a refurbished colonial townhouse facing Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Originally founded to preserve and develop historically significant buildings, warehouses, and objects in Ho Chi Minh City, the firm has rapidly expanded to include a production line of modern industrial furnishings.
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Blue Claw Co. was started in the autumn of 2010 by Adam Blitzer and Alex Realmuto, two avid travellers. The catalyst came from a trip across Argentina. Whilst traveling they realised the importance of well-crafted, durable luggage but they also wanted it to look good.
The two founders started drawing some concepts on paper and upon returning to the US in November 2010, they got serious about how to manufacture the bags. In the pursuit of uncompromising quality, each item is handmade and assembled by American craftsmen.
Carolyn Denham and Roderick Field are Merchant & Mills. Based in Sussex, the company was formed in 2010 to elevate sewing to its proper place in the creative world, respecting the craftsmanship it entails.
Carolyn has a degree in fashion and has lived and worked in Italy and New York. She spent several years in Interior Design. Roderick is an established photographer and writer with works in the National Portrait Gallery. He is responsible for the company’s visual style and is currently designing artwork for a wide variety of contemporary merchandise.
With an aversion to fast-paced and mass-produced goods, Lisa Jones founded Pigeon Toe in 2009 with a vision to design uniquely beautiful objects that incorporate a touch of history. Highly curated and refined, each piece is culled from skilled hands, trained minds and inspired hearts.
Lisa has lovingly curated a sustainably aware collection harking back to an era where artisans not only created but also inspired. Pigeon Toe describe their designs as naturally imperfect, casually irreverent and playfully charming.
Peg & Awl was started by husband and wife team, Margaux and Walter Kent, based out of Philadelphia, Penna. They create products made from old things, treasures found and recovered from misfortune and neglect, relics of the unusual that they cut and pull and build into inscribable keepsakes and useable, long lasting treasures. A lot of the materials used are more than a century old and every item bears marks of a not-fully-known and not-quite-finished past.
Fuelled by her love for all things linen and a beautifully dressed table, Amanda Smith created SMITH handmade. Amanda uses natural linen and a colourful satin-stitched edge for her handmade napkins and cushions that are just the right mix of neutrality and bold, fun colour. SMITH handmade’s line of linen items brings rustic yet modern style to any space. Each item is handmade by Amanda in her home studio in Toronto, Canada.
Teixidors not only creates beautiful woven items but also has a great story behind the company. Based outside of Barcelona, Spain, it is an impressive organisation with two main goals, to help people with learning difficulties and to make the highest quality textiles possible from the finest natural materials.
The company, a not-for-profit organisation, is thirty years old this year and appears to be achieving both goals.
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