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3191 Miles Apart | 2012 | May

11 May 12 • MAV

I thought I would follow Stephanie’s lead this week and give you a little peek into my Collection for our new by3191 shop. It’s a new direction for me, in some ways, but in some ways I’ve been thinking about it, and sketching it out, for ages.

For my Collection, called Beauty & Use, I decided I would work with my seamstress here in Maine to create a small offering of single edition women’s tops. Now I’m no fashion designer, mind you, but I am a woman who is constantly searching for good tops! I like natural fabrics that feel good (I’m not going to put acrylic or polyester on this real estate, no thank you!), I like generous fits but not so much that they are slopping all over the place, I like pieces that will take me through all seasons not just one, I like pieces I can layer up and strip down, I like comfort. Well, you see, I’m picky!

What you’ll find in my Collection are single edition pieces (meaning I only made a few in each fabric in each size but may offer the pieces again in future Collections in different fabrics) made of handwoven cotton, organic cotton and hemp. You’ll find raw edges and simple seams.

You’ll find smocks you can wear to lounge, outside to garden or out to dinner with friends. You’ll find that pop of color crop top you can layer over your chambray shirt, a printed tank or just wear on its own to show off your neck and your tummy. You’ll find that perfect medium-weight v-neck alongside a soft cropped natural cap-sleeve that looks like you might have just cut off the sleeves yourself.

And I guess that’s it. All of my pieces you could make yourself; there’s no rocket science here. I like that they look handmade because, well, they are. Each piece made with care here in Maine. Each piece referencing my personal mantra regarding clothing, which you’ve heard me say time and time again, quality over quantity and taking good care over being careless. It just feels right to me for my little Collection. It also feels right that there are only just a few of each because, as Stephanie and I have said many times, we don’t want to put more “stuff” out into the world. We want to share our loves and our visions, and in the case of our Collections, our creations, but we want the impact to be gentle … handmade and small … simple … beautiful & useful.

We are really gearing up here in the studio for next Friday (remember to sign up for our mailing list so you will be the first to know when everything goes live). This is a thrilling time for us here at 3191 … new adventures abound!

11 May 12 • SCB

Most of the items in my home are found. Garage sales, thrift stores and estate sales have furnished and outfitted most of our home.

I want to bring things into my home that are useful, beautiful and well-made. I want to feel as if they have been, and will be, around for a while.

In an era of the disposable and mass-produced, I am attempting to make a different choice when I can.

Not everything I bring into my home is useful. Somethings are just beautiful ( I love blue).

I know from spending time at MAV’s home that she also outfits her home with great care and thought. It was with this shared commitment to keeping things simple, beautiful and sustainable (along with, let’s face it, the thrill of the hunt) that MAV and I decided it would be fun to offer some of our finds to you.

Along with our personal collections at by3191 (which launches a week from today on May 18th!), we will be offering a collection of items that we found in each of our Portlands. Our Found Collection will feature useful and beautiful vintage objects for the home. MAV and I selected items that we would want in our own kitchens, dining and living rooms to share with you. We are very excited by this new addition to the shop and hope you will be as well!

Of note, these photos are of some of the things that I’ve “found” over the years, but they are all staying with me! Sign up on our mailing list to be the first to see what we “found” for the shop.