I stumbled across Passport yesterday while shopping and, although it’s fashion (vs. home decor), I had to share the label with you anyway. Plum, teal, slate, chocolate, black, fuschia, and cream are big on the menu here for Fall/Winter fashion, mostly solids with pretty trimwork, and lots of fur trim on boots, hats, and vests to capture a bit of a Nordic vibe. That Russian folklore style is big here too, cropped pants and skirts embellished with embroidered patterns are huge. Kneesocks (think Japanese school girl) and patterned tights are popular, knee-length city coats, belts belts belts!, lots of knits and felted wool, and adorable fingerless mittens with flaps that you can fold over to cover cold fingers.
Another must-see German fashion label, Kapalua. Gorgeous. Love their skirts. (locals: you can find both collections at kaufhof opposite haufbahnhof)
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(images from passport and kapalua)
I met up with Hamburg-based Herzallerliebst this past weekend over at Infa here in Hannover, and fell in love with their textiles, used on stylish handbags, baby shoes, pillows, laundry totes, everything you can think of! I saw so many hip chicks toting around Herzallerliebst bags at Infa, I could tell they were a huge hit with the ladies. Their design is so feminine, a sprinkle of girly, lots of English influence, and a definite Asian touch. It was impossible to chat with them for long, their booth swarmed with excited shoppers, but I grabbed their website addy and a few snapshots to share with you so you can check them out for yourself online.
Note: If you’re attending infa, they’re in hall 25, booth c34 – and a huge shopping perk: everything in their booth is 50% off! Yes, really! You have until October 22nd, so hop on over to Infa!
Visting Europe during the past three weeks has been a wonderful experience. I don’t need to tell you this if you’ve ever been here. You know how special it is. Long nature walks, pretty parks, cobblestone streets, relaxing train rides, dining for hours… Of course, another huge advantage is the exposure to so many new products. Simple trips to the local food market is an absolute pleasure, the colorful labels, chocolates filled with liquors, creamy yogurt that melts in your mouth… Of course, I can’t deny the fun involved in discovering new fashion labels and jewelry, too. Discovering many new design products for the home that I’d not seen before, or if I had, only in the pages of UK or French home magazine. Spending time away from your home soil is total freedom. We’re here until the beginning of December, so I’m trying so desperately to take it all in before it slips through my fingers and we’re back on our flight to Boston…
Now that we’ve wrapped up our contest, I’m going to start posting about the many things I’m discovering here… I have lots of photos to share with you from a fair I attended this past weekend, I will get those up on the blog tomorrow.
Let us start with some of my new finds with the atelier of Fiva in the Netherlands. I spied their jewelry at a store here recently and fell in love. I think you’ll enjoy their studio design, and perhaps, the jewelry as well. So pretty. What a great color palette – the natural tones of beige and cream with a touch of lavender…
“We use semiprecious stones, handmade glass beads from Venice, freshwater pearls and crystal. While travelling around the world I search for all kinds of innovative materials. We fashion these parts together in our studio, with a lot of care and attention to detail. In this way extraordinary eye-catching jewelry come into being which is manufactured in small quantities by hand, in the Netherlands.”
(images from fiva)
Lovely + glossy things from dbO Home that I think you’ll enjoy today… Either for giving or keeping all to yourself. Fancy a spot of tea? The Tea for two gift sets contain two petite handthrown porcelain tea cups paired with a charming tin of delicious Harney & Sons tea sachets. Love the look of a sweet puppy dog face? You’ll drool for the silky smooth Winter White Dogface Cereal Bowls, sold in sets of two. The Minty Soap Dish Gift Set makes for the sweetest gift ever, and I love the simplicity of the aqua Plantlife Porcelain Soap Dish - such charm!
(images from dbo home)
Congratulations to the winners of our Workspace Contest, sponsored by Fabulous Stationery! Thanks to the votes via email and comments on the blog by decor8 readers, we’ve determined our winners. If your name is listed below, you will be contacted via email within 24 hours with information on how to claim your prize.
A warm congrats to everyone, and a big thank you to all who entered our contest. More contests will follow in the future, so stay tuned…
#1: Cristin in Texas – $100 Gift Certificate
#2: Holly in Atlanta – $50 Gift Certificate
#3: Karen in Oregon - $25 Gift Certificate
#4: Christine’s Classroom – Your choice of either a $15 Gift Certificate OR one MoMA Limited Edition Pen*(valued at $25)
#5: Geninne in Mexico - Your choice of either a $15 Gift Certificate OR one MoMA Limited Edition Pen*(valued at $25)