- LEIF - Bklyn, NY
Curated lifestyle shops are all the rage right now and fill the instagram feeds of many folks I know. Here's a representative roundup of a few of the really good ones, all of which I appreciate because they link to new, young makers across the country. For home goods, clothing, jewelry and small batch apothecary items, there is something for everyone behind these links.
Above, welcome to LEIF. Founded by Stacy Anne Longenecker and based out of Brooklyn, New York, this is what she says: "I've come to notice that the smallest thing can inspire and enrich your daily life, whether it be a crisp new set of thank you notes, a beautiful mug for coffee or tea, stocking your bathroom with scented soap in a pretty glass bottle, or a colorful vase on display in a most frequented room... And there you have LEIF - set out to present the most special, beautiful things that add a unique touch to day-to-day living."
- Mexchic - Malinalco, Mexico
Founded in 2006 by Christina Hattler, who fled New York with all her talents to create and meet the world from the incredible resource that is Mexico: "Mexchic is a design company which works in unison with master artisans in fusing elements of design with traditional Mexican handwork such as weaving, embroidery, ikat dying, beading and sculpting in natural materials... We stringently follow the guidelines set by the World Fair Trade Organization and are part of the Slow movement. We pride ourselves in creating low impact, socially and ecologically responsible, hand-made, high-end products in original designs."
- Have Company - Grand Rapids, MI
Founded by Marlee Grace in 2013, Have Company is a very personal project with a strong maker impulse and a community mission: "Have Company is a shop, gallery, & artist residency space with a focus on handmade home goods, textiles, & facilitating dialogue between artists and the community. We offer workshops, creative consulting, and are always interested in a cup of tea."
- Fort Orange General Store - Albany, NY
Founded by Caroline Corrigan and Katy Smith, Fort Orange curates the world with a special eye to the beautifully designed and the handmade. "Fort Orange General Store is a small specialty shop in Albany's Delaware Ave. neighborhood in Upstate New York. Here you'll find a curated selection of beautiful goods and gifts, with an emphasis on handmade, high quality and design. We're delighted to share the work of up and coming designers, artisans and small companies from all over with our community."
- FUTURE - Kansas City, MO
Opened in 2014 by stylist Lane Leavens, FUTURE is edited and fashionable, covering clothing, home and beauty. "FUTURE is home to a revolving group of emerging artists and small-batch creators showcasing their wares to the public and providing a platform for creative community by way of workshops, skill shares and exhibits."
- The Primary Essentials - Brooklyn, NY
Founded in 2013 on Atlantic Avenue, The Primary Essentials features both new local artisans and classics: "a place to provide a meticulously edited mix of special objects, with an emphasis on how we live our daily lives. Striving to source goods that have a subtle yet distinctive impact, The Primary Essentials believes in the importance of independent designers and artisans, and their individual outlook on the world."
- Modern Folk Living - Ojai, CA
Founded by Wanda Weller Sakai, who spent 20 years designing clothes for companies such as Adidas and Patagonia, Modern Folk speaks through clothing, jewelry and home goods to express a beautiful and sustainable view of the world: "Today, as owner and curator of Modern Folk Living, Wanda’s impeccable personal aesthetic, passion for quality, and interest in sustainable materials and manufacturing influence her selection of products and services."
- General Store - San Fran & LA
Founded in 2010 in San Fran by Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St. Peter with the idea to not be just a store, but a collective design community, there are now two locations: "General Store features carefully curated items from both new and vintage sources. Local Artisans and Craftspeople contribute to the mix of furniture, clothing, tools, plants, household items, books, jewelry, cards and small treasures, a little bit of everything useful. Stop by for a visit!"