Coming out on July 15th is our next Makers Alongside piece, a multipurpose belt from our friend Talin at Spring Finn & Co. The delicate, but well-crafted leather belt is unique with its tassel ends–a little accent that adds personality to any outfit.
We had so much fun coming up with new ways of how to show it off. We even wrapped it around our Brookes Boswell x HDH Straw Hat, and are pretty pleased with the result! You can also wear it with a dress like the Josephine Dress we made for Covet + Lou or our Basics dress to give them a little more versatility. Finally, wear it with a shorter top like our Rachel Tank and your favorite pair of jeans or pants. The tassels add the perfect flirty visual interest to any outfit, and the black leather goes with anything. There’s no right way to wear it, so let your creative juices go crazy!
The belt will be available for purchase on our website on July 15th for $45.
Lily has had an eye for fun and quirky adornment since she was little, never really understanding the appeal of more traditional jewelry. She admits, “I’m drawn to jewelry that has a unique perspective as well as jewelry inspired from other cultures. I also find it exciting how jewelry can really evoke a mood and express something about the wearer and or/alter an outfit.”
When living in San Francisco in 2011, Lily began making embroidered jewelry, meshing her graphic design background and passion for fiber arts and craft by making mostly geometric and folk inspired patterns. Although her work was well received, it was also extremely labor intensive and repetitive.
As a result, Lily moved to Brooklyn in 2012 to explore new techniques in the fiber arts world. She continued to teach herself new practices such as natural dyeing, weaving, braiding, and ceramics through the Textile Arts Center, books, and YouTube videos. What was originally just a hobby and stress reliever quickly evolved into a successful business. “As it’s evolved over time and more opportunities have arisen, I am learning a lot about the business side of being a craftsperson.”
We admire so many things about Gamma Folk, including Lily’s unique and passionate approach to making jewelry, her fascination with sustainability and thinking about how to incorporate it into her work, and how all of Gamma Folk’s accessories act as the perfect statement piece against our HDH pieces. Lily recommends our Darcy Jumper. “I also love a good kimono, and the Cady Kimono fulfills that.”
On June 17th, we will be excited to release our next Makers Alongside piece: this beautiful, mod necklace handcrafted by designer Lily Piyathaisere from Gamma Folk in Brooklyn, New York. This statement necklace is sure to work with any outfit and can be worn through all seasons. The ceramic pendant tied together by white rope can be adjusted to fit at any length, whether it’s a tighter fit around the neck or a looser hang.
To compliment the necklace, we paired it with an all-white ensemble consisting of our white Bowen dress, and another contrasting look with our black short-sleeve Basics top and black trousers. However, this versatile accessory will match almost anything. We’d love to see how you style it! 🙂
Brookes Boswell started her craft under the mentorship of another Manhattan-based milliner in 2009. New York, like the rest of the country, was in the middle of a deep recession with jobs being scarce. While Brookes had started making hats as a hobby, she said, “ it just seemed obvious, to me anyway, that I should pursue starting my own millinery label.” Brookes officially launched her own label in 2012.
When creating new designs and crafting her hats, Brookes is inspired by her background, which is in architecture and interiors. “But I also love vintage and contemporary fashion, textiles, and crafts for everything from aesthetic and color palette to specific construction techniques and detailing.” One can see Brookes’ attention to construction techniques and detailing in her work. Each hat is handmade in her Brooklyn studio (occasionally with her pup Bao in attendance), and the attention to detail is readily apparent. She looks for such detail-oriented products when she shops as well, “The HDH swim knot top and high waisted bottoms treated me so well on a recent vacation. They were really perfect!”
You can find Brookes’ most recent collection for sale on her website, www.brookesboswell.com. “I also keep all of my past lookbooks available as those hats can still be made too. Emails for questions or custom orders are welcome, and if you’re in New York (soon to be Portland, Oregon!) you can make an appointment to try on the hats in person!” Check out the stockist list to find a store with a Brookes Boswell hat in your area.
You can follow Brookes on Instagram and Twitter @brookesboswell.
Photos by Natalie Chitwood.
Purchase your own on Wednesday, May 20th for $170.