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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.

COASTAL ATTIRE

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When we first laid eyes on this 2018 spread from Harper’s Bazaar, it was an unquestionable bookmark. Photographed by Paul Bellaart and featuring Dutch beauty Bette Franke, the oceanic backdrop calls for nothing more than timeless, coastal attire. At a time when it feels the entire nation is purging closets in anxious pursuit of anything and everything ‘sparking joy’, we remain steadfast in our belief that successful style is best embodied in a few simple basics. It’s true what they say, we’ve never met a stripe we didn’t like, and call us old-fashioned, but we’ve been collecting vintage fisherman knits for years. Layered with the refinement of classic tailoring, the simplicity of an elongated silhouette and a healthy glow that radiates from the inside out, it’s a win-win no matter if you’re dressing for the seaside or countryside. If you’re one of the cult-Kondo followers looking to make some drastic revisions within your own wardrobe, check out a few of our favorite of-the-moment options.

Breton Stripes

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Classic Tailoring

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Elongated Silhouettes

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Fisherman Knits

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Sunkissed Glow

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Harper’s Bazaar España, October 2018 | Images by Paul Bellaart.

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When it comes to classic dressing, one can never be ‘too Kule for school’. In her quest to ‘stripe the world’, brand founder Nikki Kule has hit the fashion bullseye – updating a style staple in a manner that feels quintessentially fresh, yet decidedly timeless, not to mention, a move that’s driving the #stripeobsessed to update their closets to the next generation of Stripes, version 2.0. An industry veteran, it wasn’t until Kule looked to her own creative roots + personal aesthetic that she ventured to evolve the brand into a modern-day calling card for preppy panache. With a bevy of silhouettes dancing between streamlined & slouchy, we liken the collection to one’s favorite set of records, a rotating repertoire to be worn on repeat. Similar to our lifestyle M.O. here at TGL, Kule’s mix of classic Americana with a dash of Francophile whimsy has found a permanent place in our own wardrobe. Dare to agree? Follow along and #showusyourstripes, the brand’s hashtag for all things stylish.

 

Lynn and Lawrence

Lynn & Lawrence, the textile brand-child from Jessica Lynn + Simon Lawrence, couldn’t be more fittingly suited to a life by the sea. The duo, one from Manhattan, the other Yorkshire, model their knitted beanies from the traditional handknit fisherman’s woolly. Lovingly crafted from some of our favorite fibers (alpaca and wool), each piece is a nod to the pair’s fondness for all things casual and coastal (sea and surfing to be exact). ‘Cousteau’ and ‘Sailor conjure images of off-shore expeditions from decades past, charming chaps and dashing lads reeling in the daily catch in effortless fashion. As if their simplistic beauty wasn’t motive enough, each piece is delicately tagged + numbered, and comes with a limited-edition zine, Autumn Toast, packaged in a cute-as-a-button ticking pouch. Accessories of the jewelry sort more your thing? The pair also offers a smattering of handmade gems, each classically nautical with a pinch of glam, just the way we like ’em.

Images courtesy of Lynn & Lawrence.

Summer rays may be fading, but we’re still dreaming about the most adorable shoppe under the Tuscan sun, i visionari. High atop our Gilded Guide of Florentine faves, and part of the Unusual Florence retail collective, this eyeware shoppe deserves some extra time in the golden spotlight.

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Owned by a brother & sister duo, i visionari strives to offer customers glasses from the most creative and inspiring personalities in the field of vision. Their business credo, ‘we specialize in stealing hearts and eyes’, couldn’t be more spot on;  a 20/20 approach, meticulous merchandising and product oh-so stylishly sweet… all the ingredients for love at first sight. And for those of you unable to visit their shoppe in the charming San Frediano district of Florence, stop by their online boutique, we guarantee it to be a delight for design eyes.

Images courtesy of i visionari and Unusual Florence.

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