In search of that perfect gift that’s not only stylish, but is locally designed and handcrafted of high quality, durable materials using sustainable practices? Look no further. Here is the second installment of our selections that will make a great present for Mother’s Day, or any day.
Left: The Las Pampas Purse from Oakland’s Brass + Blade was inspired by a trip to Argentina and the simply and beautifully adorned horses and gauchos of Las Pampas. The raw edge of the high quality American made leather has been retained to give the bag a one-of-a-kind closure. The handles are hand-woven in traditional round braid and attached to the bag with hand set copper rivets.
Right: Designed and hand constructed in Pacifica, the Tall Denim Banded Tote from Rennie has an interior pocket and is made of 100% selvedge edge denim and vegetable tanned leather, with a choice of brass or nickel rivets.
Left: The Lavender Gift Set from Etta + Billie, the San Francisco makers of natural body products, includes soap, body scrub and body lotion. A lavender lovers dream!
Right: Handcrafted in their historic San Francisco Pier 70 studio, Austin Press makes beautifully crafted ephemera, apothecary and candles with old world charm. Sanctum candles are “An unexpected ensemble of light, scent, color, texture, space, and sound. Where we find peace and inspiration, in any form it may take.”
Left: The Etta Food & Picnic XL Tote from San Francisco’s Millie Lottie is a luxurious food tote made of two layers of thick canvas with leather straps. Perfect for carrying a roasting pan, braising pot or a sheet cake with a bottle of wine and serving utensils. Comes in handy for an outing to the farmers’ market or a quick trip to the grocery store.
Right: From Oakland’s Lyonhart Bags & Soft Goods, the Hudson Saddlebag Purse is an elegant and simple cross body purse made from water resistant rugged waxed canvas fabric lined with a neutral cotton canvas. It has an adjustable leather strap, two exterior pockets, two interior pockets, solid brass hardware and a magnetic snap closure.
Left: The Robe from San Rafael’s Rough Linen is made of 100% mid-weight “St. Barts” linen and is for “relaxation, contemplation, bathing, and withdrawing from the world to a sanctuary”.
Right: From Oakland’s Woven Grey, the Oval Monterey Basket is handcrafted from heavy 100% cotton cord and sewn in a coiling method that results in a flexible textile that is stiff enough to hold its shape. It’s oval shape works for a table or shelf, and is perfect for holding fruit, or bread at a dinner party.
Left: For the hip mom on the go, the Indigo Selvedge Hip Pack from Oakland’s GURO Designs is made of heavy-duty 100% cotton denim that is waxed and water resistant. Light in weight, it has a leather strap with a brass buckle, an interior pocket for your cell phone, and an exterior pocket that secures with a brass snap.
Right: The Mathilde Clutch from Oakland’s Nanedi Valles is made of grey camouflage printed leather, lined in pink suede, and features their signature silver ringlet hardware.