Tuesday, July 11, 2017

YESAND holds summer release party at J. Stark this Friday

Map it out

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Local retailer YESAND makes cartography cool. The company's custom items — from Vans slip-ons to beer koozies — feature made-to-order hand-drawn maps of Charleston, but can also be designed for any city that has your heart.

YESAND will hold its summer release party at local bags and leather goods company J.Stark this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free to attend, and guests can sip a beer while they peruse limited edition YESAND Charleston blueprint map shoes, "Nothing is Cooler than Having Fun" pennants, and "Pinemapple" tanks and koozies.

Naked Eyes Jewelry is set to pop-up in the store next week, and at the end of the summer J. Stark will be expanding its production and retail space at 208 Coming into what was Sisal Creative's studio space.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

For their next trick, Distil Union kickstarts sunglasses that stick with you

Because you don't wanna lose those Ray-Bans, do you?

Posted by Jakob Lazzaro on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 3:29 PM

You might know local design collective Distil Union for its previous six Kickstarter successes — the Wally series of wallets and the Stanley stand. Maglock sunglasses, the firm’s latest creation, continues that trend. Launched this past Tuesday, the Kickstarter is currently at over $24,000 pledged on a $15,000 goal with 46 days remaining.

Maglocks clip to your clothes or any magnetized surface - DISTIL UNION
  • Distil Union
  • Maglocks clip to your clothes or any magnetized surface
Basically, Maglocks are sunglasses with little magnets embedded in the frame. Those magnets let you clip the glasses closed onto your shirt so they don’t fall off. You can also attach the sunglasses to anything metal, and they’ll stick.

Founded in 2011 by Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham; the collective’s design philosophy focuses on minimalism and simplification of everyday life.

Those principles played a major part in the design of Maglock — instead of carrying around accessories for accessories, the magnets are integrated into the glasses.

The original idea came about six years ago after Justiss lost an expensive pair of sunglasses at a football game. Annoyed, he affixed some magnets to a pair of old sunglasses as a solution. It worked, and Justiss still has those glasses today.

In addition to the magnets, the glasses feature polarized, scratch-resistant lenses with UVA and UVB protection. The company is currently offering two different designs in six colors paired with a folding sunglass case, and glasses are expected to be shipped to backers in December of 2017. But you should probably act quickly if you want in on the first batch of Maglocks, since supplies are limited.

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You can win local art in the Celebrate Summer Giveaway, now through July 14

Here's to hoping we win

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 12:08 PM

If you're like us you follow local artists religiously because you know that some day, somehow, said artists will feature their pieces at a discount, or, heck, even give them away. Lucky for us, today local artist Raven Roxanne announced a giveaway in which she partners with fellow Charlestonians Proud Mary textiles, NYC's Lizzie Fortunato jewelry, food delivery company Daily Harvest, and framing group Simply Framed.

All told, the goods are a $2,000 value, featuring a framed Roxanne painting, Proud Mary clutch and tunic, a pair of Lizzie Fortunato silk tassel earrings, and 12 organic smoothie cups from Daily Harvest. Stylish and healthy sounds OK to us. Enter the giveaway online through July 14. A winner will be chosen randomly on July 15.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Seattle-based glassmaker visits Williams-Sonoma on July 5

"From sand to hand to heart"

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Glassybaby drinking glasses - PROVIDED
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  • Glassybaby drinking glasses
If you're looking to up your glass game — we're talking stylishly sippin mimosas Sunday mornings and Prosessco Friday nights — you need to invest in a Glassybaby hand-blown glass. Not into hydrating? They have one of a kind votives too. And the best part? This West Coast biz gives back almost two million dollars a year to nonprofits that help people, animals, and the planet. And on Wed. July 5, this West Coast marvel visits William Sonoma on King St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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More than 80 glassblowers, working out of "hot shops" in Berkeley and Seattle, handcraft these vibrantly colored vessels through an extensive process. To begin, an overlayer dips a blowpipe into a 2,300 degree furnace, spinning it around to gather clear glass. A colorist then lets a molten bar of colored glass "droop" over the hot bubble, rolling it smooth. The glass is then transferred to a different rod; a trimmer spins and shears the lip of the votive simultaneously. Then the Glassybaby logo is stamped on the bottom of the glass before it is placed into an annealing oven which brings the incredibly hot glass temperature down. 24 hours later, your Glassybaby glass is ready for use.

Ten percent of all proceeds from Sonoma's event will benefit A Healing Grace, an organization that serves as an advocate in the advancement of childhood cancer treatment options.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Edmund's Oast hosts American Made Market this Sat. June 17

Born in the USA

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 4:10 PM

This could be you this weekend — shop vendors, coffee, and food from Short Grain and Dough Boyz. - PROVIDED
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  • This could be you this weekend — shop vendors, coffee, and food from Short Grain and Dough Boyz.
Edmund's Oast has been making the most of their outdoor space and this killer summer weather with a number of recent markets. And they're showing no signs of slowing down with a special, American Made Market, this Sat. June 17 from 1-8 p.m.

Co-hosted by Edmund's, Winston, N.C. men's clothing company Centennial Trading Company, and local coffee shop Welkin, this event features, you guessed it, products made solely in the US of A. The "curated event of America made clothing and accessories" will feature men's and women's clothes, handmade jewelry, home goods, and more.

In addition to vendors, the market will have alcoholic bevs available for purchase from the bower bar, coffee from Welkin, and food from both Short Grain, who sets up 1-4 p.m., and Dough Boyz Pizza Co., from 4-8 p.m. Jam to live music from sibling act The Hadleys while you peruse the goods.

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