Spring is just around the corner, and that means all kinds of new things are on the horizon. What does this mean for us? We’re excited to announce dozens of new items from our local makers, both new and returning, that will brighten up your home, revamp your self-care routine, and elevate your decor for the warmer, happier days to come.
Since its beginning in 2013, West Elm LOCAL has worked with 800+ makers across the country, helping to nurture talent in small businesses while introducing one-of-a-kind products to make your home feel unique to you and your community. So get ready to be inspired for your spring decorating (despite what the weather is telling you!) with new products that support local, small and handcrafted.
A returning West Elm LOCAL maker, Ashley Mary is a Minneapolis-based abstract artist, designer and illustrator. Ashley’s background in design informs her paintings and collages that effortlessly blend bold color and modern shapes. Inspired by what can be found all around us, she creates energetic works that are organic, fresh and delightfully messy.
For spring, we’re introducing three new limited edition paintings: “Steady,” “Green Machine,” and “Put The Needle On The Record.” Ashley debuted with our LOCAL program in 2018, and has since grown within our collection, expanding each season to include exclusive artwork. Her joy-inducing paintings are one-of-a-kind, created by hand and shipped directly from her studio to your home to add a little extra happiness to any space.
Shira Entis and Alexandra Bell were searching for the perfect bag for their frequent flea market trips—sturdy, roomy + American made. In 2009 they founded Fleabags using Italian and vegetable-tanned leather and colors that popped to put an elevated spin on the classic tool-bag. Since then, Fleabags has expanded to include a full assortment of canvas and leather bags + accessories that are designed in Brooklyn, New York, and cut and sewn in nearby New Jersey.
A new-comer to our local collection, the leather Credit Card Envelope, is the handy sidekick you didn’t know you needed until now. It holds anything from credit cards to business cards, or dollar bills. The leather wears with time and becomes unique to each person and will last a lifetime. Shira + Alex work out of their small studio in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, where everything is hand-made and hand-finished.
Melanie Abrantes believes that in order to create something beautiful, you have to get your hands dirty. In 2013, she founded Melanie Abrantes Designs where she creates heirloom objects for the home using locally + sustainably sourced materials. Using the lathing technique, Melanie transforms solid wood + cork into one-of-a-kind vases, planters, serve ware + more.
We’re introducing a new, fresh color of the fan-favorite Hardwood Vases this season. Hand-turned and hard-carved in her studio in Oakland, California, Melanie hand-finishes each piece with mineral oil and beeswax to bring out its rich texture. A hidden glass vial holds water for your favorite fresh flowers!
Get ready to elevate your self-care routine! After years of struggling to find natural products that worked with sensitive skin, Johanna Peet founded Peet Rivko, a line of simple + clean, plant-based skincare products. Their daily essentials are free of toxins, parabens, sulfates and other irritating ingredients. “Skincare simplified.”
The entire Peet Rivko skincare line was discovered by our sourcing team at a small maker pop-up in Brooklyn and is now sold online.
Two brothers were frustrated by the limited options out there for ethically-made and well-designed furniture, and are now single-handedly trying to change that. Paul and Vincent created Misewell in 2009 with the goal to perfect small-batch production of their American-made furniture line, which includes stools, wall hooks, mirrors, coffee tables and more, setting the bar for what’s possible for small-batch makers in the USA.
Based in Milwaukee, the company works with many small-scale furniture producers across the U.S., and their goal is to eventually work with producers in all 50 states. Their stools, side tables, coffee tables, and mirrors are all responsibly and locally-made, and are available through West Elm this season!
When you shop Misewell, you’re not only supporting an independent design studio, you’re supporting countless craftspeople and small businesses across the country. They currently proudly manufacture in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin.
Virginia Sin is a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary designer. In 2006, Virginia made the move from LA to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and developed her first line of ceramics for SIN. Since then, her collection has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times and more. Virginia’s focus now is to redefine ceramic coils and challenge the limitations of clay in the hopes of bringing some extra warmth into the world.
In her Minneapolis studio, Louisa Podlich creates ceramic bowls, planters + more by hand, or a mano. Louisa believes her art should be accessible to everyone and designed her collection in a variety of colors, functionalities and with an attention to detail that proves each piece is made with love.
Since it’s been a customer-favorite in our LOCAL program for a long time, we are expanding the A Mano line with new colors of old favorites: a new Dot Design for a planter + a ring dish, plus a new custom colorway for Ceramic Tumblers, which are limited edition and exclusively made for West Elm.
The Wild Standard
A newcomer on the west elm scene, designer Linsey Metcalf turned her love of simplicity and ancestral heritage into The Wild Standard, where she and her team handcraft cotton flags from start to finish using a minimal aesthetic and neutral color palette.
These hand-sewn, hand-torn heavyweight canvas flags are the perfect addition for your wall — all crafted from start to finish in Austin, Texas.