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Things We Love

Things We Love: Crafted with Care

Feb 22, 2021

The Laundress was built upon an ethos of craftsmanship that doesn’t simply embody the act of crafting—it also represents passion and intention, thoughtfulness and imagination. Our newest collection, Artisan, is a celebration of these values and our devotion to creating exceptional products that stand the test of time. In the spirit of this celebration, I hope you are inspired by this round-up of pure talent and thoughtfully-crafted, have-forever pieces that I curated here.

Xo,
Gwen
Cofounder of The Laundress

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1. EMBROIDERED DRESS | FRANCES VALENTINE
The hand-embroidered detailing of this dress is so nuanced. I appreciate the inspiration of the design and technique that is a cornerstone of each and every one of their garments.

2. PLUM BEAUTY OIL | LE PRUNIER
A friend introduced me to this brand. I love beauty oils, and I am always excited for a new brand, especially one founded by women and also family owned and operated. The oil is made with plums—also known as the fruit of life in Asian culture due to its extraordinary beauty and health benefits—organically grown on their family’s farm.

3. THE CREATIVE HOME | GERALDINE JAMES
Before founding The Laundress, I was a senior designer for the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, so my love of timeless and meaningful decor runs deep! This book provides great advice for adding little design touches to your home that will tell your story and make it uniquely yours.

4. DALAURA HAT | TERESSA FOGLIA
While I delight in all hats, it is hard to beat any hat from Teressa Foglia! I had the joy of visiting her epically inspiring atelier in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Without fail, every time I put my custom hat on I feel a burst of inspiration.

5. HAND CREAM & SOAP DUO | THE LAUNDRESS
Pamper your hands after hard, hands-on work—whatever that means to you—with this gentle cleaning and softening duo scented in our soothing lavender and vanilla Baby scent.

6. APPRENTICE PITCHER | SIMON PEARCE
My family and I are longtime fans of this handcrafted glass and pottery brand. I have a beautiful collection of their pieces that I was fortunate enough to receive as wedding gifts and I cherish every glass that I own! It has been fun to see their business scale while holding onto the true craftsmanship of their product. Every item is handcrafted by their skilled glassblowers. It’s always a treat to visit their flagship store in Vermont and watch their glassblowing and trainings happen live in person.

7. ASYMMETRICAL DRESS | KIYA TOMLIN
While I have known Kiya since I was 5, I was in the 8th grade when she inspired me to make outfits that I actually wanted to create and wear, just as she was doing for herself. Fast forward many years, I majored in apparel design and Kiya is still creating custom pieces as well as a ready to wear collection, all made by her and her team in Pittsburgh.

8. BESPOKE MONOGRAMMED PLATES | OVER THE MOON
It’s hard not to fall hard for all the gorgeous products for home and closet offered on Over The Moon, many of which are artisan made. You don’t have to be a bride to appreciate (and shop!) their collections. I am gifting myself these plates for my 5th year anniversary this month!

9. WOOL & CASHMERE SHAMPOO | THE LAUNDRESS
The Laundress wouldn’t exist without my Ralph Lauren cashmere conundrum! This product is the hero and matriarch of the brand, a perfect representation of crafted with care; unlike dry cleaning, this product will thoroughly clean your woolens without stripping them of the natural oils that keep them supple.

10. VASE | FRANCES PALMER
I admire Frances Palmer’s stunningly elegant work. She is a brilliant artist, potter, and entrepreneur whose work and journey is an inspiration. I was lucky to catch the last day of an installation of her work in London at Pentreath & Hall. Here, I happened to run into another design legacy, Lulu Guinness. It was a very memorable afternoon!

11. FRESHWATER PEARL STUDS | B.YELLOWTAIL
Freshwater pearls surrounded by glass beads and handcrafted wearable art! B. Yellowtail is a really special company that is Native American-owned and run. Tradition, culture, and indigenous creativity is at the heart of all they do while creating economic opportunities for their community through the selling of their artisan-made crafts. For more ways to support indigenous artistry, click here.

12. SLIPPERS | OSAY THE LABEL
I love a handcrafted shoe! It is true that I studied a semester at shoemaking school in London—it took a whole semester to make two pairs of shoes—so i have real appreciation for all handmade footwear. I also have a small addiction to customized loafers from Penelope Chilvers.

13. AMAN PILLOW | BOLÉ ROAD TEXTILES
All of their pieces are woven by artisans and the detailing on each and every one is exceptionally intricate and special. Each item sold helps support the Ethiopian artisans who make them by hand. Another way I like to nurture communities and give back is through local art programs such as Art Start. Using creative processes, it supports historically marginalized youth and provides an outlet for them to utilize art to express themselves as well as start meaningful dialogue about the future of their communities.

14. ENVELOPE LARGE BASKET | CHARLIE SPROUT
I met Rebecca, the founder of Charlie Sprout, through a mutual friend from my time at Ralph Lauren. Rebecca had just returned from a trip to Africa and was determined to partner with the artisans she met in eSwatini, Africa. Talented and determined, she has brought together the most beautiful collection of goods hand crafted by eSwanti women artisans, like this textured, mixed-medium vase.

15. JUJU HAT ART HANGING | ST. FRANK
There’s a meaningful story behind the feathers in this handmade piece: Birds are sacred to Bamileke culture—their power of flight allows them to soar to the heavens. St. Frank's mission of curating crafts is multi-faceted: They work with artisans in under-resourced settings to support their jobs and preserve heritage crafts. They also sell vintage items sourced from small businesses which in turn minimizes the impact on the environment through upcycling.

16. ARTISAN GIFT SET | THE LAUNDRESS
At The Laundress, we work hand in hand with masterful artisans who bring our products to life with heart and soul. I created our Artisan collection to celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into each and every one of our solutions. Our new meditative and inspiring scent is symbolic of a labor of love and was crafted to inspire anyone who uses it. Plus, it’s extra special to me because it’s the same scent and made by the same studio as the candle I had made for my wedding five years ago.

17. INFINITY COLLAR SHIRT | CHAVAS STUIO
I first read about Chavas Studio studio in New York Times magazine. Their subtly feminine, hand-done shirts are a nod to the art and process of making and hand crafting. No one loves a good button down shirt more than me and they have a beautiful collection.

18. IVORY BUJU SWEATER | ESCVDO
Escvdo creates gorgeous sweaters and innovative designs but their mastery, craftsmanship, and fair trade practices make them really shine. They use Peruvian ancestral textile techniques and locally-sourced materials to create all of their pieces and work with talented weavers to reclaim Peruvian traditions.

19. SEASONAL WHITES DUO | THE LAUNDRESS
A clean and crisp white textile is the ultimate blank canvas- from bedding and blouses to an attic heirloom. With this cleansing, brightening, and preserving detergent and Fabric Conditioner set, I LOVE that I never have to worry about keeping my whites white.

20. EDEN CARRYALL | PARKER CLAY
They thought of everything with this mindfully-made bag! It’s made from premium Ethiopian full-grain leather and each purchase provides 5 hours of employment to their team in Ethiopia. I really enjoy the removable crossbody strap and perfectly proportioned handles that allow for easy carrying.

Enter our Artisans Giveaway now for the chance to win over $2,300 in prizes from some of the above artisan-made brands.

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Artisan Laundry Detergent & Candle Gift Set

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