Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I met Laura Cler of Linnea's Lights back in August at this wonderful event called Monday Morning Mimosas organized by the fabulous Erika Firm of Delphine Studio and joined by Smock Paper, Green Paper Company and Russell and Hazel. It was a nice way to spend a morning in the city before I trekked on over to the jinormous NY Gift show in the Jacob Javits center. I just fell in love with these candles for so many reasons. Linnea's Lights, founded by Laura Cler, is a small but quickly growing company based in Indiana. Laura and her mother run the candle company where they meticulously hand pour these lovely triple scented candles in small batches to get the mix and scent just right. The fragrance is subtle and lasts for the entire 60 hour burn. The wicks are of lead free cotton and there are two of them on each candle. They use only pure essences, fine fragrances and sustainable soy wax to create these masterpieces. Their process is completely done by hand. The packaging is a simple, yet sophisticated, recycled natural kraft cylindrical box that is hand stamped with the name of the scent. The glass candle is wrapped in brown paper along with a box of matches. The scents are divine and yet quite unique. They make absolutely lovely gifts, especially at a wonderful price of $28.00. We have already sold a bunch of them. They've been featured in several magazines including In Style, Vogue and Everyday by Rachael Ray. You will be pleased! We carry 8 scents: Moss, Fir, Pomander, Blue Agave, Current Rouge, Bamboo, Yuzu and Winter. I think Pomander is my favorite because of the cloves and spice- it just perfect for this time of year but I also love Bamboo and Yuzu for their really unique and soothing scents. It's really tough to choose!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
We have carried Susy Jack since we started. Created by Susan Connor, a Manhattan artist and designer, the collection emerged in 2007 as bold new alternative in the paper goods market. Inspired by everything from trips to the hardware store to textiles and fashion, the collection's joyful colors, carefully chosen materials, and fun, functional product brings paper to a new place; as much a statement of the user's individuality and style as it is a useful and artistic object.
We just fell fell in love with her great eye for color and modern designs. Her designs just make us happy. Really. She writes an awesome blog at http://www.susanconnordesign.typepad.com/ which is chock full of great images and collages of fashion, style, home design, paper and mundane stuff. It is total eye-candy! We are quite excited to offer her 2010 desk and wall calendars. The colorful and clean images will brighten anyones day. We swear. And, with the help of Susy, we created two different paper goods gift boxes. One for both sides of your brain and life- work and play. The "work" box will help you organize your everyday "to dos" with fun magnets, days of the week clips and a handy notebook for sparks of inspiration. The "play" box also has great magnets and clips but with a nod towards your more imaginative and thoughtful side. Use these to hang pictures of your friends, kids, family and favorite vacation spots. Let these images remind you of what really matters in life (after you pay the bills of course)! Also included is a box of notecards to send to a quick thank you or a "just because note" to your mom or a friend. They come in a stylish eco-friendly "take-out" box for added kitsch. Both the gift boxes and calendars make great gifts for just about anyone on your list, especially for corporate and teacher giving. They are chic, modern, fun and so well-priced! How can you go wrong?
Susy is also committed to creating the most eco-friendly paper goods possible. All of Susy Jack's products are printed and hand-assembled in the USA. Recycled packaging is used for shipping and office needs whenever possible. All papers used in Susy's products are 100% Post Consumer Recycled. How cool is that? We are not sure how she manages to do it all-she is quite amazing!