- Scarf from Block Shop Textiles
Based in Los Angeles, Block Shop Textiles was founded by sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman. They work with 5th generation master printers in Bagru, India to bring their creations to life. Everything is done by hand, as it has been in Bagru for 350 years.
The company invests 5% of its proceeds into a community healthcare fund for families of their printing cooperative.
Their designs are beautiful and limited.
You can watch my scarf being made in this video that showcases the process from design to printing and packaging.
<iframe src=”//player.vimeo.com/video/111488201″ width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/111488201″>Block Shop Textiles</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/andrewmclain”>Andrew McLain</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
- Stash Minimalist Tote
I’m a huge Stash fan. The minimalist tote was my first purchase and I use it daily. I have stuffed so many items in this bag, expecting to break the straps at some point, but nope. It is built to last.
Bag builder Cheryl Schulke utilizes hand-tools and vintage boot making equipment to create her masterpieces. She is dedicated to mindful production over mass production. Her thoughtful, minimal designs are timeless and just get better with age.
Handmade in in Texas.
- HoldFast Gear Money Maker camera strap
This beauty has been on my wishlist for a while. It’s the only item here that I have not personally used, but I sure hope to someday!
It holds up to three cameras, on your body, so you don’t have to dig into a camera bag if you want shoot with a several cameras, which I always do. There is even a special option for those of us with long hair!
After years of back pain, Matthew Swaggart created a brand with a nod to the past while embracing functionality. Brilliant.
Handmade in Oklahoma.
- Tilley Jersey Flip Skirt
I’m a fan of Tilley Endurables and really love this skirt for traveling. It is wrinkle resistant, so often it’s the first thing I wear after arriving in a new destination. It dries overnight and is easy to style for many occasions and different types of weather.
The fabric is soft and I love the secret pocket for stashing cash and my ID.
Made in Canada.
- Jao Brand Deluxe Holiday Pack
Every product I’ve tried from Jao (which is nearly all of them) has become a staple in my life and travels. I am sensitive to chemicals so their all natural approach is perfect for me. Even the mosquito repellant smells good and doesn’t irritate my skin!
Gale Mayron, the daughter of a chemist, has created a fresh line of products that are unisex and multipurpose. She believes in less products that do more.
Check out my post from two years ago to learn about the items I use on a regular basis. Oh, and add the LipJao to that list. I hadn’t tried it when I wrote the post, but of course once I did, I was hooked.
Made in Pennsylvania.
- Lulu Organics Hair Powder
I actually have a four ounce container of their hair powder, but this one ounce version might be better for traveling. I purchased mine in Marfa nearly two years ago and I still have plenty left. It really goes a long way.
It will extend the life of your hair when you don’t have time to wash it (or don’t feel like it). Plus, it’s organic and talc-free!
Made in Minnesota.
Artists, these are items I desire when I wander, what are you wishing for?
May your journey be your muse,