Lauren Manoogian Crochet Bowl Bag, available in black here, shot on a beach in Malibu in April 2018.
Some pieces stick in your mind. When I first saw this bag, I fell in love instantly. So simple yet so perfect. I can’t do proper ladylike bags, I prefer totes and often opt for the perfect cotton ones I’ve received as packaging.
But sometimes it’s time to grow up. This hand-crocheted bag has a relaxed structure but is still thickly knit, and big enough to fit a life into. And yes, I can carry it on my shoulder.
Lauren Manoogian is a New York-based designer whose brand has grown from material experiments to knitwear focused ready-to-wear over the course of the last decade. She has an intuition about combining modernity and hand craft. She pays close attention to the authenticity of her materials; organic yarns (the bag is made in Peru of 60% Cotton, 40% Linen) in earthy color palettes developed with independent dyers who use natural, plant-based materials—sometimes she grows them herself. Mannogian forms strong, long-term relationships with everyone in the supply chain, emphasizing the importance of making her ethics theirs too. Check her work out here.
Brand to Watch: Isa Boulder
We're obsessed with Isa Boulder's 'Hardcore Handmades' and cannot wait to see what's next.
Justice For People and Planet: Introducing Intersectional Environmentalism
In the past few weeks, activists have pushed hard for a more inclusive kind of environmentalism. We wish it wasn't needed, but with no doubt, it is.
Paid Collaboration: Transform Your Wardrobe Without Buying Anything New
One of the seven focus areas of GANT’s initiative ’The 7 Rules’ is Remake and the perks of giving old garments a second chance. Click to see how you can turn an unused sweater and a simple shirt into the most treasured garments in your wardrobe!
Brand to Watch: Tach Clothing
Hand-made in Uruguay with a vintage gone supermodern sensibility, this is Tach Clothing.