If you follow us on social or read our blog, you probably know by now that we. love. local. In fact, we’re growing our seasonal West Elm LOCAL assortments to include more new makers and expanding existing product from seasoned makers. This means more local goodies for you and your home, and more growth opportunities for small makers and artists around the country. What’s not to love?
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Here, we’re diving in on part two of our new West Elm Local Summer ’19 assortment and highlighting everything that’s fresh and new this season. Read on below to find your next local favorite! And don’t forget to check out part one if you missed it.
Ashley Mary Prints
Ashley Mary, a Minneapolis-based artist, has followed her passion for art down bold paths of experimentation. She says she tries not to take herself too seriously, discovering new designs mostly through what she calls “happy accidents.”
Ashley has been part of the West Elm Local program for several years, creating custom, one-of-a-kind paintings for our customers and shipping each one out herself from her studio in Minneapolis.
This summer, we’re excited to debut an assortment of brand new prints that will add a heavy dose of happiness to any room. Whether you’re looking for a series of prints, or just a single, there’s a print to match any style and add some playful color to your space.
Closed Mondays Tiny Trays
Bekka Palmer, the founder of Closed Mondays, believes strongly in the idea that tradition is made to be broken — particularly the 9-5 grind. She broke free of tradition in 2017 when she decided that making things wasn’t just her past-time, but her life’s passion. She set up shop in a small studio in Brooklyn and started making waves in the small maker industry.
She started Closed Mondays, a brand that focuses not just on hand-crafted, colorful, beautiful baskets and trays, but also on fair wages, ethical sourcing, and providing a great life for all involved. And yes, they really are closed on Mondays! #worklifebalance y’all.
Her assortment with West Elm LOCAL is growing this season with the addition of Tiny Trays that come in 5 bold colors — it’s the perfect catchall for keys, jewelry + more.
Virginia Sin Fruit Bowl
Virginia Sin is a new addition to our LOCAL program as of Spring, and we’re excited to further expand her online assortment with the all-new Fruit Bowl!
Virginia is redefining what can be done with clay, working out of her small-but-mighty studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. After leaving behind a career in marketing, it’s no wonder her brand has a unique, modern aesthetic that knows how to cater to those looking for unique and functional statement art pieces in their home.
West Perro Wall Hangings
When you think of someone who embodies the West Coast, you probably picture someone like Jimmy Brower. This local maker embodies all that is the West Coast and California — laid back, desert-loving, and unrestricted in his creativity. He started West Perro 10 years ago from his Oakland studio, in an effort to reconnect us with nature via jewelry and home goods.
This new wall hanging, The Desert Serpent, is an interpretation of the evil eye as a talisman to ward off negative energy.
A MANO Bowls
For Louisa Podlich, creating and making things has always been a part of who she was since as early as she can remember. She was what she refers to as a “childhood entrepreneur,” creating lanyards, cards, and jewelry for neighbors and friends. Over time, her creative energy has taken her wandering down many paths, eventually convening into her own ceramics business, A MANO, coming to fruition.
Since joining West Elm Local in 2017, Louisa’s assortment is growing to include two new snack bowls for all your summer snacking needs.