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CREATIVE CRUSH | APRIL

April 4, 2020

Given a very mild New England winter, we’ve officially diverted attention from flurries to fresh air – trees are budding, daffodils are making their debut + we’re secretly scheduling solo meetings with Mother Nature between #wfh conference calls and April showers. This month’s Creative Crush feels decidedly fresh; we’re firm believers a fashionable pop of citron is as satisfying as a twist of lemon in a five o’clock cocktail. For the foreseeable future, let’s keep washing our hands, stocking (please, no hoarding) our pantries and honor our homes as sacred spaces that keep us and our country safe. If a need to break-up with ‘breaking news’ is on your to-do list, or you’re simply looking for a five-minute sojourn from the daily stats, join us for a dose of inspiration, occasionally golden, always deliciously creative.

CREATIVE CRUSH | APRIL EDITION

Fashion with a splash of lemon. (@annarosakrau | @claudiepierlot)

Tasteful typography. (@flourist)

Wallflowers + floral frivolity. (@shopthelma | @markarian_nyc)

A show-stopping sink. (@framacph)

Feminine fisherman knits. (@lenamaria.s)

Pantry perfection. (@plainenglishkitchen)

 

PSA: We interrupt your never-ending news feed filled with doom & gloom to bring you something slightly more uplifting – pretty pictures + thoughtful prose, all in the spirit of optimism that brighter times are ahead. It goes without saying, no one will come out of the current global crisis untouched. Individuals, local businesses, large corporations, international organizations – everyone will feel an impact to some degree across the spectrum. Like all of you, we’re doing our best to be healthy, adjust in solitude + process the calamity facing our world; as creatives, staying inspired is our guiding principle, it’s what keeps us grounded and encouraged to continue moving forward. Hence, our intent remains steadfast at Around the Pound, sharing stories of the things we love, people and brands we admire and places we aspire to someday visit – we hope you’ll stick around if you’re in need of something light and beautiful in the coming weeks. As always, (and perhaps more than ever), we’d love to have you.

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the country, but is by no means lacking in creative spirit. Over the years at TGL we’ve shared our unabashed admiration for Ocean State brands and entrepreneurs, from furniture makers to an ice cream purveyor, and yes, the best doughnut in New England. Lotuff Leather joins an expanding list of small businesses designing and producing American-made wares we simply can’t get enough of. At times like the one we face currently, these homegrown companies, built on passion and pursuit of a dream, need our support more than ever.

Founded in 2013 out of a small studio, Lotuff Leather embodies end-to-end the true essence of what it means to be from ‘America’s Creative Capital’. Embracing the approach and technique of European ateliers, the Lotuff team, lead by Creative Director Lindy McDonough, lovingly handcrafts each leather good using the best methods, leathers and materials they know. The team of artisans, many classically trained at RISD, (a two mile stone’s throw across I95), means talent remains hyper local within ‘lil Rhody, hitting the mark on centralized craft + employment opportunity. Under McDonough’s guidance, the brand’s collection is a testament to not only meticulous craftsmanship, but also design leadership, a venture which earned Lindy a well-deserved induction into the esteemed Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

In the words of McDonough, “Creating a piece that will be handed down generation to generation, and become more beautiful as you use it, that was always the ethos for the company.” Having personally worked with some of the most magnificent and respected leather workshops in Europe, we can attest this is an artistry learned over years, not days or weeks, with the same exquisite attention given to each piece by Lindy’s team at Lotuff. Since we know many of you have some extra time on your hands these days, watch Lindy’s behind the scenes view of life at Lotuff and you’ll quickly see for yourself, “Bringing Handmade Back to America” isn’t a marketing slogan, it’s the brand’s bonafide modus operandi.

Consumerism will look different in coming months, likely even years. As you contemplate your next purchase and where to spend your hard-earned discretionary dollars, pause to consider a few things: quality, integrity and community. In case we haven’t sold you, Lotuff’s quality is nothing short of superior (appropriately donned the Porsche of leather bags by stylish critics). Lindy’s business model oozes the time-honored spirit of American Made at its core. And, Lotuff nurtures a local creative community with close ties to one of our nation’s leading and most highly respected art institutions, educating and developing a new generation of artists in the tradition of fine arts and crafts. Currently, the studio is closed in mindfulness to the health and safety of the team, but their online shoppe is chock full of in-stock products. Looking for something slightly more personal? They offer bespoke services too, and inquiries are openly accepted. Here’s a few things on our wishlist to spur a virtual return to the office haul, date nights at our favorite Rhody restaurants and long weekend getaways across New England.

The Working Tote | Like your favorite Boat + Tote, in leather

The Mini Lois Pouch | The cosmetic carryall to ‘Meet you for cocktails’ clutch

The Mini Leather Bucket Bag | You had us at ‘Shearling’

The No. 12 Weekender Bag | Destined for future Gilded Getaways

The American Alligator Tripp | aka The Ultimate Crossbody

Images courtesy of Lotuff Leather.

In the blink of an eye, travel (and let’s be honest, life) has taken on new meaning entirely. We’re optimistic the world will return to a state of normalcy (albeit defined differently from here forward) and we’ll find ourselves navigating new spots in traditional Gilded Getaway fashion. In the interim, like the rest of the country world, we’re relishing the quiet comforts of home while mentally adventuring to places high atop our list ‘to-visit.’

We discovered Vancouver-based Flourist in early 2019 and have since been creatively captivated by a relaunch with beautiful new branding, a picture perfect bakery and an unwavering company mission celebrating supply chain transparency. Originally founded in 2014 as Grain, the team behind the Canadian brand has been dedicated to providing consumers 100% traceable grains, beans and fresh-milled flours, exclusively sourced in Canada. “In a category dominated by opaque supply chains and mysterious origins, Flourist connects people with the sources of their food. Every product can be connected to the farmer who grew it.” In an era where scrutiny of everything we ingest, apply and encounter has become paramount to maintaining health and happiness, you’d be hard-pressed to ask a brand for anything more.

Working in collaboration with creative studio Glasfurd & Walker, the world of newly named Flourist provides not only delicious products, but a visual feast for the eyes. A reimagined brand mark reminiscent of flour mills past is the common ingredient across product packaging, brand signage and the necessary to-go tote. Defined as ‘nostalgic but with a modern touch’, the logo resides on a field of kraft, the most humble of papers in the design world and perhaps a nod to the humble farmers behind each grain and grassy pasture.

Out of their simple and sophisticated storefront, Flourist serves sourdough, sweet treats and specialty coffee in the company of many other menu items to the Vancouver community. If, similar to us, your mouth is watering but the miles are far, Flourist thankfully ships to locations across the United States and Canada. They also have an extensive recipe collection on their site, perfect for work-from-home days when something savory (or sweet) is just what the world demands.

Flourist | 3433 Commercial St, Vancouver, BC V5N 4E8, Canada

Images courtesy of Flourist and Glasfurd & Walker.

Five years ago we backed a Kickstarter campaign to launch a new brand, Appointed. An assortment of American-made paper goods were destined to elevate desktops one beautiful bookcloth covered notebook at a time. The brand’s founder, Suann Song, had been designing and producing letterpress wares we’d purchased for years; we knew any creative pursuit she was leading, we definitely wanted to stand behind.

Fast forward from 2015 (when we could barely contain our excitement over the soon-to-début brand) and Appointed is celebrating their 5th anniversary. Under the discerning eye and creative direction of Suann, we’ve watched the boutique brand grow to a curated collection of products, each the embodiment of the brand M.O., “Everyday elevated paper goods to inspire productivity and creativity.” In the five years since purchasing our first notebook, Appointed has become a staple for every project and planner we took a pencil to, and quite honestly, if asked to assign a score, we’d unequivocally hand out a perfect ten. Every layout, typeface and color selection – perfection. For all the paper peeps out there (cue #paperpeoplearethebestpeople), that’s a proclamation not to be taken lightly.

Last week we received a surprise package, wrapped in a signature box with bespoke branding. Inside, 5th Anniversary special edition wares and a handwritten note from Suann, thanking us for our ongoing support for the past five years. We weren’t alone in receipt of such a delightful display of gratitude, similar boxes were posted to fellow backers and loyal supporters – the act a reflection of Suann’s combination of poise, generosity + humbleness that reminds us why we fell head-over-heels for this now iconic brand in the first place. In honor of International Women’s Day, congratulations to Suann and the many other female-led brands + companies we adore, we applaud you for being industry pioneers, champions for creative culture and amazing spirits in the company of fellow females. xx

Images courtesy of Appointed Co.

CREATIVE CRUSH | MARCH

March 7, 2020

It’s 2020, have you heard? We know, it’s been awhile since we last dropped in, and scenes from Detroit circa 2019 are basically a fading memory. However, if you’ve been following along, you likely heard the exciting news, we launched a complementary insta-feed, chock full of things we love behind-the-scenes at TGL. Don’t worry, we’re still snapping pics of eateries, shoppes + tucked away treasures from all our travels (although, who dares to do much of that these days??), but if you’re in the mood for more curated content, join us here for the freshest catch of inspiration, posted (almost) daily. From fashion to food, frivolity to faucets, like a great meal, if it caught our eye, it’s worth sharing.

CREATIVE CRUSH | MARCH EDITION

Quintessential camel. (@bonsergentstudio | @toteme)

Neutral with a pop of noir (@plaingoodsshop | @gachotstudios

Saturated salmon + rusted reds. (@stitchdesignco | @t_o_o_g_o_o_d )

Marble movement. (@laura___ | @brittrademaker)

Heavy-gauge handknits. (@babaa)

Minimalist merchandising. (@framacph)

A killer kitchen. (@stevengambrel)

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