Mondays, Maggie Muses: Present & Correct’s Stationary Compositions

Do you love stationary? I do. It’s starting to become a real problem. I have more journals, notebooks, planners, writing instruments , markers, well lets just say I probably will never run out of the stuff. I am very fond of Present & Correct. A beautifully designed and curated on-line and brick and mortar shop based in London. I visit their site and dream of going to their shop one day. The owners are both graphic designers and go on sourcing trips to find their treasures. How fun is that?!

A few months ago they started an ” extra curricular project” - Stationary Compositions. Clever, graphic and colorful they make the most mundane things look like mini works of art. Here are some of my favorites.

 

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10 Soft Pencil Erasers

 

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Used sticker sheet, 4 pencil top erasers, some pink masking tape.

 

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4 pencils, 20 erasers, 2 index cards.

 

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Three stickers, one envelope, one sharpener.

 

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Divider card, 3 Cuisenaire rods, eraser, old index tabs.

 

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8 Post It Notes.

 

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6 card maths counters, 1 gridded notebook, 1 piece of graph paper.

 

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4 transclear envelopes

 

Aren’t they fantastic? For more clever  Stationary Compostions head over to Present & Correct’s tumblr feed here. All images are property of Present & Correct.

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

What to Wear Wednesday: MOMA 71405 Chelsea Boot

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. 

 

What to Wear with the MOMA Chelsea Boot

 

 

Although the weather around the PNW has not turned cool by any means, we are so ready for our fall wardrobes! Especially when you have boots like these from MOMA to inspire your autumn attire. This Chelsea style with its double-gore panels makes it an easy-on-in-no-time kind of boot. Wear it with a sharp tweed blazer and slim wool trousers for work or pair them with your relaxed jeans, a checked flannel and a cozy cardigan for your days off. It really is that versatile. Now, if it would only cool down enough to start wearing boots!

 

Featured re-souL items:

> MOMA 7145 dark chocolate brown chelsea boot, made in Italy.
> Brass Age bracelet by Maslo Jewelry, made in the USA. In-store only, contact for more information.

To view the other items featured along with their links as well as more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.

 

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Snapshots of the Navigli

Naviglio Grande

Naviglio Grande

This Monday I am musing about my recent trip to Milan. I stay in an area called the Navigli at a little B&B that I have been fortunate to call home when in the city. I attend a trade show to buy shoes for our shop. I know, rough life.

First a brief history of this charming neighborhood. The Navigli (meaning “fleet”, most likely derived from the Latinnavigium, which means “to navigate”) was a canal system originally built for irrigation and to transport goods into the city. In fact the marble used to build the Duomo in the 14th century was transported along the canal system from Candoglia (near the Swiss border) to the city center. Leonardo di Vinci engineered the first lock system using these canals at the end of the 15th century.

Though today, most of this canal system ceases to exist, the Navigli neighborhood has remained intact and is a romantic area to stroll, shop and eat. Artists’ studios, small shops, romantic bars, flea markets, and summer concerts make it a unique contrast to the rest of the city’s larger scale architecture.

I was lucky enough to be there for the last Sunday of the month to witness the antique flea market. It’s a flea market that changes its venues every month, going to different neighborhoods in Milan. Imagine my surprise to walk out in the morning to find the street filled with vendors! These are snapshots I took with my Iphone on my way to and from work during my stay.

 Thank you as always for stopping by our little blog. Have a great week! xo ~ Maggie

Studio Story: Maslo Jewelry

Nicole Maslowski

Nicole Maslowski of Maslow Jewelry

Maslo Jewelry is one of the freshest collections we have lately started to carry at re-souL. We have fallen in love with Nicole Maslowski’s themes of uniformity and simplicity in her modern jewelry collection. Nicole likes to incorporate into her designs vintage findings, dead stock materials, vintage chains, costume jewelry, copper, brass and silver. All pieces are handmade in her studio in Richmond, VA. We are honored to have Maslo Jewelry in the shop and Nicole was gracious enough to take some time to answer a few questions about herself, her studio and her inspiring collection.

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Copper Standard Necklace

 

How did you get started in jewelry design? Did you always make jewelry or did you have another career?

When I was younger, I loved doing any and all crafts. I liked using my hands to create something. I went to college for graphic design, worked as a display coordinator for Anthropologie, and then decided to go it on my own and started making jewelry.

Where is your studio space? 

Plant Zero in downtown Richmond, VA. It’s an old warehouse that has been turned into studio spaces and it’s fun to be working shoulder to shoulder with so many different creative types. Plus, there is an amazingly good cafe on site.

What is a typical day at work like? 

That’s one of the things I love about having my own business, no two days are the same! I would have a really hard time trying to define any day as “typical”. But it usually includes filling orders, sending emails, searching for inspiration, and playing with the dog.

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Brass Age Bracelet


Your collection has clean lines and simple materials, which we think is awesome, what are your greatest influences and how do these inspire you?

My tastes are so much just a part of who I am that I would really have trouble even figuring out what originally shaped them! I can say for certain that I like classic styles and that I also pull inspiration from books, movies, and the world around me (like the street style I spot in Richmond, VA). 

Which are your favorite pieces? Which ones do you personally like to wear?

My favorite pieces, not just of my creation but all accessories, have the similar quality of being really simple and clean, but still statement pieces that stand out. At the moment I’m loving Chock a Block and Copper Standard-Off White. 

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Chock-a-block Necklace

What are you looking forward to next and why?

I’m really excited for my next chapter! I’m starting to explore producing hand stitched leather goods and it has been a million ideas a minute! Right now I am perfecting everything before I start offering them, I want these pieces to feel just as special and unique as my jewelry.

We can’t wait to see Nicole’s new leather goods! To shop the current Maslo Collection, stop by the store. We would love to help you find your perfect Maslo piece just right for you. ~ xo, the re-souL team

Proud to Present: Coclico

Coclico "Dore"

 

 

“A shoe is a story disguised as an object.” ~ Coclico

 

We have been selling Coclico at the shop for several seasons now, and to us the collections just seem to be getting better and better, season after season. We thought it would be nice to tell their story and show why “slow fashion” is as important to their esthetic as well as their philosophy for producing beautiful shoes.

Coclico speaks to a personal identity that extends beyond style and luxury to our way of living in the world. Consciously, artfully, elegantly. At Coclico, they believe that luxury isn’t the ability to purchase endlessly, but the privilege of choosing wisely. Their materials are sourced locally in Europe, near their small, family-run factory in Mallorca, Spain.

Coclico "Ivonne"

 

Coclico founder Sandra Canselier descends from a long line of French shoemakers; her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all made shoes in the province of Pays de la Loire. It is the region’s local wildflower coquelicot that lends its name to the company. Now a firmly entrenched New Yorker, Sandra continues making shoes in the French tradition.

Clean lines and a neutral palette are the cornerstones of each Coclico collection. Subtle beauty in architectural silhouettes are carved from wood, cork and leather. Coclico eschews ornamentation and excess, invoking instead a classic, timeless expression wherein beauty is only enhanced by wear.

Their shoes are produced in a small, historic factory in Mallorca, Spain, where Sandra is on a first-name basis with the craftspeople who make each pair of shoes by hand. Coclico are the only shoes made in this family owned and operated factory. The facility is noted for providing living wages, environmental reliability and setting the bar for best practices. The craftspeople take pride in the production of shoes, and their skill ensures the consistent quality of our brand.

Slow production is not just one of Coclico’s fundamental values, but a guiding principle that affects how they approach their work and lives each and every day. “Slow our consumption, slow our impact on the environment, and invest in the things we wear with thoughtfulness and care. We expect everything we wear to endure, which is why we produce shoes that will look good, season after season.”

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“Beauty evolves from the union of quality and time.” ~ Coclico
We couldn’t agree more. 

To see the latest collection from Coclico, click here.