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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.

With a fresh blanket of snow covering New England, there couldn’t be a better time to dream about everyone’s favorite warm weather treat, ice cream. Or, from the perspective of Victoria Young, as told to Edible Rhody, “Only in New England could you sell ice cream in the winter.” One might say Young, part of a rapidly growing movement of culinary purveyors taking the Rhode Island capital by storm, knows her way around a commercial kitchen. With a heavy-hitting resume, including time spent in the company of some of the world’s most renowned chefs (Redzepi, Boulud, need we say more?), Young has her sight set on elevating the profile of the creamy indulgence, one unique flavor at a time.

Scooping since Summer 2018, Fountain & Co., (Providence’s first craft ice cream maker), fully embraces the bounty of the Ocean State. A Johnson & Wales pastry alum, Young is drawn to the local RI community of growers and makers, using only the freshest ingredients in designing her flavors. And because ice cream is always more fun when there’s a party, Young has partnered with fellow Providence purveyors for a hitlist of brand collaborations (‘mashups’ for those of a more youthful generation). Need a little pep in your summer step? Cue Bourbon Butterscotch Coffee Stout, a flavor intense with Nitro Cart’s amazing brew. Ice cream sandwiches more your thing? Insert a PVDonut hugging your creamy scoop. Sundaes? Young’s got those too. Burgundian Liège Waffles are the perfect host for any combo of ice cream and toppings.

Craving a scoop to call your own? Young is currently popping up all over Providence, most frequently filling cups and cones out of a small window in partnership with Stock Culinary Goods. If the winter weather has you down, Young’s Pint of the Month is a no-brainer. Limited edition flavors in pint-sized containers, for all you late-night sneaky spooners.

Images courtesy of Fountain & Co. 

MIDCOAST MAINE

October 16, 2017

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There’s a reason they call Maine Vacationland. No matter the length of your stay or coordinates on the map, this postcard-perfect state grabs hold of your psyche whilst everything else melts away. Truth be told, we’ve been going to Maine for years, and easily a tradition we’ll continue for a lifetime more. An earlier Gilded Getaway found us in Portland, which in the short time since 2014 has exploded with such intensity that our travel compass is vehemently guiding us back for Getaway Guide v2.0. However, this trip had us craving a little more water, a little less land – we ventured farther up the rocky terrain, to an area the locals refer to as MidCoast.

Dotted with tiny coastal villages, each chock full of charm and character, the MidCoast region offers ocean vistas set against a backdrop of majestic mountains. Undoubtedly, one of the many reasons some of America’s most notable painters flocked to the region to capture the remarkable landscape for the rest of the world to see. Our admiration lies with time spent off the land, sailing along the coast past island after island, colorful lobster buoys as far as the eye can see. The natives are a hearty group, New Englanders through and through, some more salty than others, all eager to welcome visitors to their small slice of Vacationland heaven. Take Camden’s Schooner Surprise for example, setting sail in Penobscot Bay six months of the year, up to five sails per day. A crisp autumn breeze won’t cause this 99-year-old vessel to drop anchor, simply layer on the blankets, pack on the puffers and away you go.

Back on solid ground and as one would expect, the local fare epitomizes the freshest catch. Naturally, there’s seafood and lobsters galore, but what’s more exciting to a discerning palate is the new roster of restaurants that beautifully balance the bounty of land and sea. Nina June, recently lauded by Bon Appetit as one of 2017’s best new restaurants and of famed NYC restaurant lineage by way of Chef Sara Jenkins, does exactly that, all while overlooking a storybook setting below. Looking for a light lunch bite or packing for a picnic? Head to Main St. Markets in Rockland, pick up a handful of provisions and drive south to Owls Head State Park.

In these parts, we highly recommend a daily dose of Vitamin Sea, good for the soul and whatever else ails you.

We first laid eyes on a piece by O&G Studio in early 2014 and like any design junkie, have been following their work ever since. Hunkered down at The Dean during an epic New England blizzard, the Aquinnah chair in our cozy room stood tall and proud like a Renaissance statue, and when we departed, thoughts of her lingered like a long-lost love.

Based in the coastal enclave of Warren, Rhode Island, O&G Studio has already captured the attention of the design world with a modern approach to a deeply rooted (not to mention local) tradition of craftsmanship. Founded by Sara Ossana and Jonathan Glatt, RISD alum with a mutual passion and respect for traditional American design, the duo has continued the legacy of Rhode Island’s fine furniture heritage well into the 21st century.

Out of their ‘lil Rhody studio, Ossana and Glatt bring life to classic silhouettes with subtle details and a rich palette of hues plucked from Mother Nature’s native influence. Meticulously crafted in a style the duo describes ‘at once sophisticated and relaxed,’ we couldn’t agree more. Personally, we’re partial to the ‘Atlantic’ collection of settees and chairs, a soft enveloping profile reminiscent of a warm embrace on a chilly night in the Northeast. Not in the market to furnish your home? Enjoy the beauty of O&G Studio at some of our favorite nearby eateries, Little Moss and Bywater, where the food and seating are equally enticing.

If you’re in the ‘hood, drop by their showroom, open Monday through Friday and weekends by appointment.

O&G Studio | 30 Cutler St., Ste. 220 | Warren, RI 02885

All images courtesy of O&G Studio.

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When you come from New England, it’s always, “Time to make the donuts“. Since opening its doors earlier this year, Knead Doughnuts has been satisfying the sweet tooths of downtown Providence daily. Considering it’s the brainchild of Bolt Coffee Company co-owner Bryan Gibb, would we expect anything less than elevating a beloved breakfast treat to new standards?  Tucked into the ground floor of 32 Custom House, Knead brings from-scratch baking to life on the fringe of Providence’s financial district.

Deeply rooted in the trifecta of doughnut craftsmanship – old-fashioned, cake or brioche, Knead offers a rotating menu of classic, no-frills flavors. With an approach the team renders ‘timeless’, there’s no need to get caught up in fleeting fads of culinary cuteness. Glazed or filled, with a fritter or two if that’s more your fancy. Our personal fave? The Brown Butter Toffee, a brioche base coated in brown butter glaze and topped with house-made pecan toffee.

Have a carb-craving, but simply can’t get out? Thankfully, Knead knows the feeling and happily delivers. Lodging at The Dean, or spending an afternoon at the Museum? Both PVD hubs for Bolt Coffee Co. have Knead Doughnuts on repeat, served with a lovely shot of espresso (thank you, Bryan). Moreover, they’re so darn delicious, we may need to upgrade our Providence Gilded Getaway Guide to version 2.0.

Knead Doughnuts | 32 Custom House St., Providence, RI

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