July 26, 2013 § Leave a comment
This week we received a special delivery from artist and leather artisan T Smith Knowles. Inside the package were 5 of Knowles’ latest creations. Each handbag is a one-of-a-kind piece numbered and signed by T Smith Knowles herself. SEE the pictures BELOW.
Born and raised in California, Knowles is a sculptor and fine artist. Her paintings, photographs, sculptures, and handbags have a timeless and heirloom quality that often make reference to the natural beauty of the western landscape.
As a result of experimenting with new mediums Knowles became fascinated with the versatility and beauty of leather. The handbags are the product of all her favorite mediums – painting, photography, sculpture – and finished with the same creative force for the purpose of being worn.
The bags are light without typical hardware. The details are culled from authentic vintage indigenous weaves, semi-precious stones or antique beads. Only T. Smith Knowles had been involved in the cutting, stitching, lacing and adorning of these bags. They cannot be duplicated and that is a great part of what makes them so very special. Each one is a work of art.
Please drop by to visit and see these pieces for yourself.
July 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
1. Jeanine Payer
A local San Franciscan and pioneer of poetry and prose engraved jewelry, Jeanine Payer brings her collection to CARROTS. Jeanine Payer’s designs are whimsical, romantic, delicate, and thoughtful. Each piece is engraved in the most minute script (we can’t believe they can do this free hand) and each quote makes each piece all the more personal.
2. Martin Margiela small leather goods
Impeccable finishing, fine leather, and convenient sizes. The bordeaux color just in for Fall is really rich and pretty.
3. Faliero Sarti
A scarf for every season.
This L.A. collection is a new one for us. We love their soft and cozy t-shirts and tunics. I almost wore mine to bed I felt so comfy!
5. Eli Halili
Some of you well traveled types might know Eli Halili for his gorgeous jewelry shop in New York. Eli is now doing handbags and they speak to the designer’s impeccable taste. Structurally they are exquisite in their shape and design. The calf leather, ostrich leather, and sterling silver hardware is superb.
6. Parker Blue
New basics just in!
7. Ilia cosmetics
We love this all organic, ‘no-bad-stuff’ cosmetics line. The new lip crayons just arrived.
8. Goldsign virtual in focus
It’s nice to have a higher rise for a change.
9. Avant Toi
Coming soon! The best kept secret in cashmere – Avant Toi will be at Carrots this Fall.
10. Hitchcock Madrona
A recent discovery from Seattle: Hitchcock Madrona … what a good name. This ultra-cool design duo is, in fact, Erica Nelson-Sheehan and Dustin Nelson. They also own a great shop in Seattle, but you can get a piece of the action here in SF with their leather and metal cuffs.
July 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
As you may know we have been carrying the skin care line Kahina Giving Beauty – Morocco – New York and loving it. Kahina Giving Beauty takes its name from a famed Berber queen and prophet. Founded in 2008 by Katherine L’Heureux, who personally traveled to Moroco learning the beauty secrets of the Berber women, this company offers a holistic line of organic skin care and also donates a percentage of profits to support programs that improve the lives of the Berber women, who help harvest the natural ingredients used in the products.
The latest in beneficent beauty from Kahina is the lively Pouf Necklace! This accessory is a local favorite from Marrakesh. Berber women mold these necklaces by hand from virgin sheep’s wool then embroider them – the result is a one-of-a-kind artisanal piece. Part of the profits go to Education for All Morocco, an organization that assists girls from rural Morocco to continue their education beyond 3rd grade.
Be sure to snag a few samples of Kahina skin care next time you are in Carrots.
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This sunshine sure is having an effect on my usual “go-to look,” aka some version of dark skinny jeans an a black blazer. I have been reaching for my most colorful accessories in an attempt to brighten things up. Try it this weekend- we have some fantastic options from uber-cool, NY-based collection Meredith Wendell.