I’ve been listening to Grace Bonney’s new podcast series, After the Jump, hosted via ByHeritage Radio Network on iTunes. Grace Bonney is the brains behind the popular design blog Design*Sponge and she is chatting up designers, business owners and other members in the creative world in Brooklyn each Monday. The second episode of After the Jump was a sit down with Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, the creators of Of a Kind. As I listened to their chat and browsed their site, I absolutely fell in love with their concept. Of a Kind is an online shopping experience which features the products and backstory of up and coming designers.
Each product featured is a usable work of art. It is so rare for me to find a boutique or online shop that I want each and every single piece; a place that feels as if the merchandiser had me in mind when they made their selection.
Here’s a rundown of the pieces featured on Of a Kind that I adore. Since each product is only offered in very limited quantities, these items are no longer available. So, if you see something that speaks to you on Of a Kind, don’t wait too long to checkout.
This leather striped vest by Veda has a great drape and is unlike any leather piece I’ve seen before. Veda was launched in 2008 by Lyndsey Butler. I’m a huge fan of her leather jackets; it was great to see her featured on Of a Kind.
The perfect leather tote is the Landscape Tote by Louise Goods. Handmade in Brooklyn and available in stone or cognac, this tote is perfect for a day out shopping. Large enough to hold a paper, bottle of wine and other purchases. Louise Goods attended FIT and is now designing wallets, messenger and laptop bags.
The Roses from Gaia earrings are a great mix of tough and feminine. Great for the girl who wants a unique every day earring that will get noticed time and time again. Designed by Andy Lifschutz. His pieces are a tempting combination of organic shapes with a modern edge.
The tear drop shaped bangle set by Fay Andrada, called the Trikolori Bracelets are a wonderful mix of brass, sterling and copper. Fay is a former graphic designer who now spends her days hammering metal into modern bracelets, rings and earrings at her Brooklyn studio.