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best new bags and the Made Movement!

   

 

 

Here are some quick peeks of new bags that will be available at Urban Air Market on September 16th.  The top one is made from beautiful Horween leather which is made in Chicago.  It is a nice big bucket tote with an inside pocket out of woollen plaid.  The leather is butter soft, but nice and thick.  The second is a Pennyroyal standard carryall with a sturdy leather bottom made from leather from Hermann Oak tannery in St Lois.  It is vegetable tanned and will patina with sun exposure and with use.  The bottom picture is another fringe-close carryall made from a new super small batch of woollen plaid from Cotswald Woollen Mill.  I put a little leather pocket on the front - I was thinking lipstick, but you can say Chapstick if you are a guy.  I only have 3 of these.

 

And sticking with the Pennyroyal spirit of contributing to and assisting in the rebirth of American Manufacturing, a great poster put out by a fantastic company - Made Movement.  Check them out here.  In their words..."Made is a marketing agency dedicated to supporting a resurgence in American manufacturing."  Sweet, right!!!  And while you are there, check out their shop - Made Collection.  All sorts of cool things to peruse.

Last but not least - the shop is allllllllmmmmmmoooooooooossssssssst ready.  Really.  Swear.

That is it for now - back to the industrial machine!  Vroom vroom.  xoxo

happy

Our new pup, Shasta.

Snap shot of Sonoma Mountain from our front yard.

It is good for me to stop.  To take a breath.  Sit still.  To look around and appreciate where I am in my life.  And to be happy.

xoxo

new bag

Pennyroyal's latest bag.  This one is made from naturally hand dyed hemp summercloth and embellished with lots of hand stitching.  It has the multi-strap handles and a little vintage skeleton key closure.  It was super fun to make - much for free-form than my others.  Still super sturdy to carry all your goods.  Lined with ticking.

I hope to make some more of these for the upcoming Urban Air Market in San Francisco on September 16.  Check out their site - you can get a sneak peek of all the designers that will be there - and then come on by and say hello!!  Hope to see you all there!  xoxox

four craftspeople I love

new wool clutch

A new clutch.  Made with organic wool that has been naturally hand dyed by me.  The wool is from Woolgatherer Carding Mill.  You can read about what they do here.  Lined with hemp summercloth.  Little leather straps to tie it up.  Big brass zipper.  Approximately 14" wide and 10" high.  You will be able to purchase one in the new shop next week.

made in the U.S.A.

A LITTLE STORY.  A TAD TOO LONG-WINDED.  BUT I COULDN'T LEAVE ANY OF IT OUT.

I was/am ramping up to get my F/W 12 line ready for the Urban Air Market in September.  I began looking for fabrics and wool for some great new bags, pillows and other accoutrements.  I started out at my local fabric store.  And this is where it begins.  The questions that led to the quest.  The quest that led to the commitment.  The commitment that has me completely fired up and inspired.

THE QUESTIONS

Why is everything made overseas?  Do we not grow cotton here?  Do we no longer have cotton mills?  Do we no longer have woollen mills?  And if we do, where are they?

THE QUEST

I began to hunt for fabrics made from cotton grown, spun and woven right here at home.  And I began the hunt for wool grown, scrubbed and milled right here - at home.  Not as easy as it might seem.

THE RESULT

I am happy to report, mission accomplished.  Yes indeed.   I found fabric from organic cotton - grown, spun and milled here in the U.S.  And I found wool milled in Norther California from sheep living on organic farms in Oregon and California.  More local than even I dared to dream.

THE COMMITMENT AND THE VALUE BEHIND IT

And so the commitment has been made.  To source as much raw materials as possible from mills and farms right here.  In America.  Where we live.  Where people are trying desperately to find work.  Where families are hungry and poor because we have decided, in our infinite wisdom, that profit is king.  And we have chased that ideal for so long that those mills and farms that used to supply us with beautiful cotton fabrics and beautiful woollen weaves, and those mills that used to employ entire towns, are gone.  Is the profit worth it?  I don't think so.  I - in the immortal words of my Mum - am done!

From now on when you purchase a Pennyroyal product you will see exactly where every piece of your purchase came from.  Everything will be clearly labeled.  Down to the very last brass screw in post.  Which, apparently, we do not make in America anymore.

And so I begin another phase of Pennyroyal.  A deepening of my craft.  A narrowing of my focus.  I will pay more for fabric milled in America.  I will pay more for our own organic cotton.  I will pay more for leather lovingly oil tanned here at home.  And I will pay quite a bit more for the gorgeous organic wool that will be arriving on my door any day now.  Ready for me to dye in some of the lovely plant, mineral - and now insect! -  dyes in my workshop.  Funny how things start like that.  It all started with the label on a bolt of fabric.

first chair by Pennyroyal Design

One of two chairs I recently finished here at Pennyroyal Design.  I think it turned out rather well.  The next project involves a beautiful teak mid-century modern couch.  I will be hand dying and stitching the fabric for all 6 cushions.  Slightly more ambitious, I would say.

On a different note...one of the things we strive for here at Pennyroyal is to have our raw products be as natural as possible with the smallest carbon footprint possible.  That being said, it has been extremely difficult to find fabrics made here in the US.  The majority of it coming from China.  After much hunting and some dismay over the loss not only our farms but our mills, I finally found a source not only for US grown, spun and milled organic cotton but also organic wool Melton!  Yeah!  I have some on order already and am really excited to begin working with it!

xoxox

Loft 1513, Noe Valley SF

You can - as of right now - find Pennyroyal Design bags and home accessories at Loft 1513 @ 3927 24th Street, San Francisco.
"High fashion indie design house and brick and mortar store LOFT 1513 dazzles in their new San Francisco location, bringing the best independent local designers right to city fashionistas.  A perfectly curated collection of one-of-a kind sustainable apparel and repurposed designs; LOFT 1513 is a favorite spot for that special something you can't find anywhere else." - IndieMade
Loft 1513 feels like a very well curated fashion gallery.  And, I have to say, I am feeling very happy right now.  I may even eat cake!

new gallery up and running...

...and the new shop will be up very, very soon!  So here is a little sneak peak of what will be available.  You can see more here.

great new photos...

...all thanks to my good friend Debbie.  xoxo

3.30.12 Objects of Use, Oxford

Objects of Use No. 6 Lincoln House Market Street Oxford OX1 3EQ United Kindgom

Telephone: ++44 (0)1865 241705

goat hair high duster, cobweb duster, and carpet beater

garden goods and brooms

lovely garden goods

Wandering around Oxford – some may call it lost, we like to call it exploring – we stumbled upon THE most amazing shop.  And I do not say that lightly.  Objects of Use is quite simply the loveliest shop I have ever stepped foot inside.  Filled with a vast array of usable items of the most exquisite workmanship and quality.  The time the proprietor must have spent in choosing each piece is impressive, to say the least.  What was most refreshing and touching, really, was the lack of slick brand goods.  This is not a design store.  Although it is, in my opinion, exquisitely designed.  It is a store filled with Objects for Use.  Simple in its function.  Stunning in its execution.  Again, the loveliest shop.  My heart leapt when I spotted a selection scissors lovingly hung from wooden pegs along the wall.  I may have to take a trip back for the little gold stork handled embroidery ones.  At only 15 pounds, I would be a fool to pass them up.

the lovely lady of the shop

the very gracious owner - a supremely brilliant human being who is - in his own words - 'against throwawayism'

cooking and kitchen