Archive for the ‘Shoppe’ Category

 

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.

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.

When prepping for a Gilded Getaway Guide, there’s a substantial amount of legwork that goes into building an itinerary. Infrequently do we simply succumb to the powers that be – there’s recommendations we’ve collected, articles we’ve bookmarked and tear sheets we’ve filed away for that special moment when the flights are booked and the bags are packed. With our recent trip to New Orleans, we had a hearty list of hotspots, mostly eateries (because yes, we love to eat), a scheduled tour, and a mere handful of shoppes that had been on our radar. For our final list, head to our recent post, capturing the best of our time in The Big Easy and what we considered to be the gold standard in this southern city.

Tucked at the bend of Magazine St. in the Lower Garden District, Sunday Shop was worth the walk at the end of a long and hot, (did we mention hot?) day in NOLA. In their own words, “Sunday Shop is a carefully curated lifestyle shop led by a team of approachable and knowledgeable interior designers.” Carefully curated? How ’bout darn near perfect. Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen, the design duo behind Logan Killen Interiors have mastered the mix in their relatively new retail space, complete with a courtyard and an offering of coffee.

Perhaps it’s the French influence on La Nouvelle-Orléans, but there is definitely a certain je ne sais quoi of interior inspiration unfolding at Sunday Shop. For the owners, they wanted a shoppe that would house all of their favorite things – an extension of their interior design studio, not to mention a perfect vehicle for clients and interior enthusiasts to add the finishing touch to any room. Lucky for us, the result mimics a laundry list of our own highly-desired brands and wares.  Just the right amount of vintage, with a dash of southern sophistication – antique rugs and textiles, furniture and furnishings, apothecary too. Meticulously merchandised like a well-outfitted home, these ladies have a vision that warrants a stiff dose of anti-desire. Cursed by the carryon, we left with only a vintage stoneware bowl, and a wishlist a mile long.

In need of inspiration? Check out their ‘grams, a photo reel not only of wares in shop, but also enviable environments and fun-filled frivolity. Interiors more your fancy? Spend some time at Logan Killen Interiors, whose work must just provide the perfect excuse for your very own Gilded Getaway House in the Garden District.

 

Our Sunday Shop Wishlist:

Antique French Escargot Plates to make the Captain’s favorite dish.

19th c. French Bread Board to raise the bar on cocktail hour charcuterie.

African Kuba Cloth to add to our collection of historical textiles.

Ukrainian Bed Coverlet for keeping warm on chilly New England nights.

Vintage Quilt for summer picnics in the City-by-the-Sea.

 

Sunday Shop | 2025 Magazine St. | New Orleans, LA 70130

All images courtesy of Sunday Shop and Logan Killen Interiors. 

NEW ORLEANS

June 18, 2017

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It’s no secret, New Orleans has had its share of trials and tribulations. But like any great city grounded by its historical roots, layered with a resounding pride of the locals, it will make a comeback, and some may venture to say, find itself emerging head and shoulders above where it was before. When mentioning a visit to New Orleans, usually three things come up in conversation – the music, the food, and yes, the never-ending party. Hence, we knew we were in for good tunes, even better eats, and the rest is as they say, history.

Itinerary confirmed, we sensed it would be darn near impossible to have a less-than meal in NOLA. And while there’s crawfish and cajun aplenty, we had a mission to find the pulse of newer eateries in The Big Easy. With coastal fare a staple in our daily diet, the Crescent City did not disappoint. We fell head-over-heels for one of the most adorable seafood haunts we’ve ever laid eyes on. (In fact, she was so memorable, we’ve decided to dedicate a separate post to her entirely.) High atop our destination list? Balise, a corner gem in a Creole townhouse on Carondelet. Barely a foot across the threshold, you’ll witness the work of our pals at Stitch Design Co., whose discerning eye for details left no stone unturned in complementing the equally amazing food of James Beard award-winning Chef, Justin Devillier.

In cities like New Orleans, the best found spots are typically discovered off the beaten path. In a concerted effort to avoid the aforementioned fête interminable, we decided to trade the hubbub of Bourbon St. for the quiet charisma of the Garden District. Lead by Katrina of NOLA Architecture Tours, (who just so happens to be a native New Englander), we soaked in side streets chock full of Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian homes, many with humble secret gardens, all oozing with Southern charm. Not to be missed in this beautiful ‘hood? Loomed, a New-Orleans based textile brand that had us filling our carry-on with all the pretty pestamels. Lest you forget, you can also find their wares at Sunday Shop, a short walk away in the Lower Garden District.

All-in-all, our most recent Gilded Getaway had something for everyone – well-crafted cocktails, oysters by the dozen(s), did we mention there was a Marsalis too? Heading to NOLA? Bring your sunnies (or pick some up at local shoppe Krewe), find some shade and settle into your own gentle, slow and easy-going way of life.

 

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