Proud to Present: Bellroy

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Here at re-souL we have always had an eye out for quality, distinctive and conscious products. It’s part of why we exist in the first place and one of our key driving principles when choosing what we sell in our store. So of course we were absolutely thrilled when we started carrying Australian brand Bellroy in our little Seattle shop.

Started in 2010 by surfers Andrew and Hadrien who lived between Bells Beach and Fitzroy, (hence, the name Bellroy) Bellroy is a combination of the two worlds. Wallets designed to function between work and play, taking inspiration from the lifestyles of an urban town like Fitzroy and the coastal surf town of Bells.

Bellroy’s main goal is to help you slim your wallet through inventive and just downright cool ways of storing your cards, receipts and cash. But just slim isn’t enough. They strive for their products to look elegant, be functional and fun to use.

They have 5 insights that guide them in the design process.  Here is what they have said about these key things as quoted in Opumo.

1/ Work & Play are merging – more than ever, our social and business lives intersect. We need to have toys that can make these transitions with us.

2/ Guys carry more stuff – men and women carry more technology and items more than ever before. We need new ways to protect and access these, without compromising on size or style.

3/ We want deeper brand relationships – no longer do we want to just be sold to. These days we want brands that have strong values, brands that engage with us openly and honestly, with social and environmental considerations a must. This stuff is not easy to live up to, but it’s worth trying for.

4/ This is not for a sedentary lifestyle – it’s nice to be able to ride to work, run for the bus, or take off on an impromptu surf trip. Our products are made to adapt to anything you throw at them (well, maybe not the kitchen sink – but can you even throw a kitchen sink?).

5/ Modern Craft is not an oxymoron – we want to combine modern progress and insights with the joy of the craft world. Beautiful pieces that tie these two places together.

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With a narrow focus, constant learning, agile processes and creative thinking, they continually improve the solutions to the perfect carrying wallet and having your pocket contents adapt along with you. Making them the ideal wallets for the individual who seeks different alternatives to the standard bi-fold.

To see more styles and find the perfect match for you visit resoul.com.

 

Studio Story: Maslo Jewelry

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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.

Maslow Copper Standard Necklace

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.”

Coclico "Iris"

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

To see the latest collection from Coclico, click here.

Proud to Present: Thorocraft for Men

 

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Thorocraft

re-souL is proud to present Thorocraft footwear for men. Founded in California in 2009, this company blends interesting modern materials and advanced footwear technology with traditional bench style craftmanship. For example, Thorocraft utilizes laser cutting technology to precision cut a perforated detail as shown in the style Mercer below. For their sneakers the footbeds are lined with soft pigskin and utilize premium breathable latex foam for soft cushioning. The outsole is crafted from their genuine rubber compound which provides excellent flexibility and comfort. We love the mix of materials; leather, suede, raffia and ponyhair which turn an ordinary oxford or sneaker into something truly unique. 

Quality and construction are just as important as style. Thorocraft hand selects high grade materials that will gain the unique character of the person who wears it and only look better over time. Upon the completion of each shoe, each pair is thoroughly inspected and only after meeting their construction requirements, the heel rivet is added to their shoes as a seal of approval.

Thorocraft Porter

Thorocraft Porter

Thorocraft Mercer

Thorocraft Cooper

Thorocraft Cooper

All of the styles shown above are in stock and available now for the Spring/Summer 2014 Season. Click here to shop re-souL , call or email us with questions. (Pair images courtesy of Thorocraft.)