Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Vendor Round-Up: Penny & Paul and Helmand Craft

In today's vendor round-up, we have two crafters who bring out the absolute lushness of their materials and create some fantastic accessories.

Penny & Paul is a crochet and home goods company based in D.C. They design and make hats and accessories for all ages.  Each item is precise and detailed, allowing your inner awesomeness to shine.

Fun story: Emily McCarthy is the designer behind Penny & Paul.  She learned to crochet at a laundromat while on a family vacation on the California coast. Here's what she said about it:
"Rocking away on the porch next door were three old lively biddies, cackling and crocheting away. Intrigued, I asked if they would teach me their secrets. That day I made a simple chain, which evolved into my first (lumpy) scarf, which catapulted my passion for all things crocheted and ultimately handmade."

Helmand Craft

Helmand Craft's leather accessories and leather-bound journals are such a treat.  All the leather is processed by hand (cut, dyed, oiled, stitched) using premium materials and traditional methods. The journals contain artist grade Strathmore or Canson drawing paper, vegetable tanned leather, and waxed Irish linen thread. 

There are also wallets, phone cases, and card holders! These clean, minimal designs make every day accessories into luxurious must haves.

We can't wait to see more from these vendors!

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