I can't say that I've always been thrilled with the previous H&M collabos but I'm seeing some real gems for the Isabel Marant one. Those boots might have to be mine.
These items and so much more now available in the shop! Keep your eye out for a few more items that should be up in the next few days.
New items listed in the Etsy shop today!
Clockwise from upper left: 1) Ikat and Leather Pockets Tote (the perfect size for your laptop!) 2) One of a Kind Turquoise and Coral Stackable Rings 3) Pendleton and Salvaged Leather Fold-Over 4) Thin Silver Stackable Rings
My new machine came with a rusty table, which after a little elbow grease and spray paint now looks brand new. By the way, she's humming along beautifully.
After four attempts at perfecting our leather foldover clutch, I think it will be ready to hit the shop soon.
I've spent the last week making extra inventory for the Wynwood Artwalk Style Market. This will be my first time selling there, but from the stories I've heard, it sounds like it can get pretty hectic. Be sure to stop by this Saturday if you're in the Miami area. We'll be there from 3:00 'til late.
I spend a lot of time thrifting for leather and I always buy other oddities I find along the way. I always thought I'd open a vintage shop one day and a few weeks ago I just went ahead and did it. Heist Vintage is currently mostly stocked with nautical and rustic home goods and more goodies are on the way.
I've only been buying things I would want in my house, for 2 reasons: 1) I have no idea how to shop for other people, and 2) anything that doesn't sell, I get to keep!
You can find the above, plus more in the shop right now. I also have some vintage jewelry (including the most adorable turquoise stud earrings) that will be making it into the shop in the next few days so stop by and have a look!
Miami just hit that late summer phase where it rains every afternoon, mosquitoes are lurking just outside your door and your hair remains in a permanent humidity frizz no matter what control measures you might decide to try. And yet I can't stop looking at all the beautiful Fall collections that are rolling out. I know it's cliché to even say it but, I love Fall. I really truly do.
Margaret Howell A/W 2013 is exactly why. Classic menswear inspired styling, plaid, tweed and gorgeous brown leather...yum.
Can we just fast-forward through September please?
When I decided to expand the Heist line into leather handbags, I was completely unsure of how deep into it I would get. After doing a ton of research, I decided to start on the cheap(er) side and invest in a portable walking foot sewing machine.
These portable walking foot machines are mainly used on ships to mend sails and vinyl and make other repairs on the go. Long story short, the machine was just ok. The lift under the foot was just not enough to fit any thicker materials, it often left track marks and the machine was just...finicky. It refused to top stitch properly and I wasted a lot of good leather because of it.
I started getting really frustrated with my limited options and about 2 weeks ago I started trolling Craigslist looking for a proper industrial machine. After perusing many, many leather-worker and sewing machine forums, I made a list of the top 5 machines I should be on the lookout for, and sure enough one popped up last week.
It was listed in Tampa, which is about 4 hours away from me, and I just decided on the spot to make an offer. The seller accepted immediately and the very next day I was driving across the state to pick it up.
I met the sellers in their upholstery studio, tried out the machine and loved it. They were so helpful and explained all the ins and outs (about half of which I understood and absorbed), and then they helped me pack it up and I hit the road.
Welcome to the party, Consew! I can't wait to get to know you.
Summer is soon coming to an end (at least in theory, Miami won't see cooler temperatures until the end of October), so I figured I'd commemorate it with a little post. It was a rough start to this summer but it ended up being one of the best summers ever. Sometimes you just need a little perspective to realize how great you really have it, right?
That trip to Big Bear
Thrift adventures (and an addiction to stripes?)
Discoveries on my evening hikes with Zero. On this evening it was this giant airplant which had been knocked down in a rain storm.
Salty air and salty hair in Ft. Myers Beach
A trip to the aquarium in Wrightsville Beach, NC
Now it's back to business. I'm prepping for several local markets that we're participating in this Fall, and as crazy as it sounds, I'm already busy making inventory for the Holiday season (including new jewelry, so stay tuned!) Lots of fun stuff in the works!
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