Not to get too punny here, but we’ve been hounding Jen Beeman to bring her line, Hound, to Dose pretty much since we started. Fortunately, the stars aligned this month and she’s making a grand entrance with the debut of her spring/summer 2012 collection. We’re stoked, and you will be, too, after taking a look at a few pages from her ridiculously fun look book. It’s no surprise the Chicago-based designer has a BFA in photography; the images are as striking and dynamic as the collection. Have fun and give her a warm Dose welcome this Sunday! (Photos by Julia Stoltz and Brian Guido)
Do you like handbags? We do, too, which is why we’re bringing some of the best bags in town to Mother’s Day Dose:
Born in 2010, WORKSHOP/CoOp was conceived when Leslie Thomas met the women of Trama Textiles, an artisan-owned female-led cooperative practicing the ancient art of backstrap loom weaving.
Delighting in their colorful craft, Leslie created a few bags she thought essential to her own life. The experience inspired her to set up a new business, WORKSHOP/CoOp, designed to help women by ensuring fair working conditions and higher-than-typical wages for the makers of her bags. Prices range from $45 to $95, and built into the cost of each bag is a donation to a woman or girl in need. Purchasing the smallest bag equals a six-month supply of hygiene products for refugee women and girls. The big bags? Purchase one and you’ll be covering the cost of a kitchen kit for a family. Guilt-free and good for all kinds of moms!
Meet Chuey, an artisan at Lisa Kingsley’s workshop in Leon, Mexico, crafting one of her French linen clutches.
Lisa sources her French linen from vintage Paris stock and her signature exotic leathers from a company that owns and operates farms around the world, where animals are bred in their indigenous environments and live out their full life spans. For every egg that’s incubated and eventually used for leather and meat, the farms with which Lisa works releases three eggs into the wild. Translation: Environmentally-conscious, animal-loving ladies can feel better about leather carrying a Kingsley bag.
The third entry in our handbag lineup, new Chicago company GAIA will showcase the Susanna Valerio line of minaudieres and accessories. This Italian mother/daughter creative team was contemplating their latest travels while chatting over a glass of wine at their luxury handbag factory. They discussed the necessity of adding a chic, eco-friendly bag option to their production schedule. Using collected shells disposed of by local resturants and beautiful already-used woods, they breathe new life into their materials with fabulous little catch-all clutches for parties and brunch outings.
Debuting stateside at Dose, don’t miss the opportunity to shop this incredible mother/daughter line!
We’ve been giving you hints about what’s inside the goodie bags at this weekend’s Dose. It’s time for the big reveal.
What’s in store (times two): a hand-dyed Janice scarf
a sweet sterling silver necklace and charm by M&B Vintage to start your own charm collection
and in foodstuffs, Quince + Apple tart grenadine syrup, debuting at Dose
All moms are eligible to enter to win one of the two gift baskets for free on Sunday. You’ll grab a raffle ticket at the market, names will be announced by the following day and baskets ready for pickup at lovely Doser storefront Sprout Home.