I thought I’d share some of the beautiful items and shops that I’ve been crushing on recently. How do I find these people? Through Instagram really. There are some really cool companies out there started by hard working, entrepreneurial women, men, moms, and fathers. On their sites and in their IG feeds you get to read their stories of where they began, where they source their materials, and just how much passion they have behind their products. I’ll share tidbits below with my favorite products (that I either own, have on a wish list, oooor might have coming in the mail right now.)
- Wildbird Sling in Cassin: Wildbird was founded by Taylor Golden, a mama and previous nurse, who loved the benefits of baby-wearing. She took those passions and created a product and community of sweet and stylish baby-wearers with her linen and bamboo slings. It’s hard to pick a favorite color they’re all so beautiful. They are made in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more about Wildbird here.
Follow on Instagram: @mywildbird
- Leather Weekender Diaper Bag: I’d been looking into a large leather bag that would be suitable for using as a diaper bag (for 2 babes), a laptop bag, or a camera bag for my photo shoots. Etsy seemed like the place to go and I came across The Leather Store owned by Beckie Sims in the UK. Started in 2005, Beckie has designed an incredible variety of unique leather handbags with her signature floral interior. With almost 4500 four star reviews on Etsy, you don’t have to wonder at the quality of these bags and the satisfaction of the customers. Basically: they’re built to last, they’re gorgeous (and smell amazing), and the price is better than most designer handbags.
- Gathre Mat in Mist Maxi: Gathre was founded in 2014 by friends, Marilee and Jessica, in Provo, Utah. They are two moms who saw the need of the modern mother for an easy to clean leather blanket that could take on everything your family has to offer. Their mats are made with bonded leather, which is water impermeable and stands up to the toughest of stains. You don’t wash it, you just wipe and go. Perfect for– well — just about anything! They come in various sizes and beautiful colors. Read more about Gathre here.
Follow on Instagram: @gathre
- Floral Split Maxi Dress: Alright– honestly, this is for the money and time saver in all of us! I found this dress on Amazon and bought it in black. It’s cheap, came quick, and is so flowy and pretty! Now I’ve been eyeballing it in creme and blue or white and blue. Simple as that.
- Design Dua Bilia Moses Basket: The Design Dua was started around 2014 by a cooperative that promotes “Trade not Aid” to the northern region of Ghana where basket weavers were unable to make a profit from their hard work. The cooperative created a fixed pricing guideline for their products and provides their artisans with training and materials. They’ve increased the earnings of their weavers by 50% through their program. The products you receive come from Ghana and are beautifully handcrafted. This is their most simple basket, but their other designs are stunning and hard to choose from! Read more about Design Dua here.
- Solly Baby Wrap in French Stripe: Solly Baby was started by mama Elle Rowely in 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She designs these lightweight wraps from Lenzing modal which is an incredibly soft fabric. All her fabrics and packaging are made in the USA. Read more about Solly Baby here.
Follow on Instagram: @sollybabywrap
- Sackcloth & Ashes Tribal Turquoise Wool Blend Blanket: Sackcloth & Ashes was founded in 2014 by Bob Dalton. He desires to give those who find themselves homeless a second chance. For every blanket purchased, a blanket is donated to your chosen homeless shelter. Read more about Sackcloth & Ashes here & here.
Follow on Instagram: @sackclothxashes
I hope I was able to introduce you to some great new companies today. Any of these would make a very special gift to mama or friend. Supporting USA business’ is a cool opportunity and is so beautiful when you know the stories behind the products. Do you have other favorite local stores that you think I’d love? Share them in the comments below!