My new favorite toy by Kolton Babych

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Meet my new favorite toy!  It’s a charm chain, designed by Kolton Babych and exquisitely made of Sterling silver.  This ingenious little jewellery component is going to change the way I wear so many of my favorite pieces.

Ingeniously simple, it’s a oxidized sterling silver chain with one of his lovely talismans on one end, and a lobster clasp on the other.  The chain is satisfyingly round and juicy, and the signature Kolton Babych tag is a nice extra touch.

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The uses for this simple little device are many… it may be used to cluster together a number of other pieces, such as multiple bracelets, or even necklaces.  If you have a stack of bangles, try pulling them together with this little chain, and it not only gives a whole different look, but also prevents any that are a little too large from slipping off.  A series of necklaces are instantly updated with one of these cinching them on one side.  Want one of your favorite necklaces to be just a little longer?  No worries, just clip this on at the back and add a few precious inches of length, as well as a pretty charm at the back of your neck.

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Finally, just think how well this would work as an accent on your Trollbeads bracelets…  The charm adds a modern, artisan touch to the classic foxtail chain, and it’s just the right length to be an extra layer of security, and act as a safety chain.  Try using it to cluster together a group of your favorite bracelets to create an ultra luxe design, or to link your bracelet to other artisan bangles or chains.

I’m going to need a few of these little toys, I think!  Simply brilliant, don’t you think?

C.

 

The Return of RedFlag

 

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Good things come to those who wait…

…and we’ve been oh so patiently awaiting the return of RedFlag.  We’re delighted to report that these essential totes are now back in stock at Tartooful.

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Meticulously designed and crafted here in Vancouver, each piece is created with great care.  Their pure lines immediately please the eye… Over time one comes to appreciate the myriad details that conspire to create a great user experience.  From home to work to shops to boat or cottage and back home, these are hardworking partners in daily life.

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Come enjoy these West Coast design classics while they last…

C.

 

 

Lover Fighter at Tartooful

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Have you seen the amazing bags made by Joanna Baxter of Lover Fighter yet?  No?!  Oh my.  You absolutely must drop by Tartooful in the next couple of days to see them for yourself.

Grey+mantaThese are truly hand made, luxury objects.  They’re created right in our back yard, in West Vancouver, using some of the finest leather that can be found in the Fashion capitals of Paris, Rome and LA.  Each bag melts in the hand, the leather is as soft as butter!

In addition, sweet details such as a well placed bronze chain, a contrasting tassel or a cheeky gold spike add casual and modern visual interest.

 

So.  on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week we are delighted to host a Trunk Show for Joanna’s gorgeous work.  Drop by to enjoy a virtual banquet of bags!  … But only for these three days, so mark your calendar, round up a couple of girlfriends, and get ready to meet your new favorite tote.

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Best of all, you’ll be able to meet the designer herself!  On Thursday from 2 til 4, and again on Saturday from 2 til 4, Joanna herself will join us at Tartooful in Edgemont Village.  be sure to come by and meet this talented  designer, and help to give her a warm, Tartooful welcome.  There is no better time to enjoy all the delights of the Village, and cross off a few more of the “nice” people on your holiday list!

C.

Are you ready for Valentine’s?

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This is the question today…

Whether it’s a small gesture, or a lavish expression of love, Tartooful has you covered.

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photo-9With succulents artfully tucked into atomic inspired wooden planters… (Think clever alternative to the usual ho hum roses…) Mid century glass candlesticks by iitala and orrefors, worthy of the most romantic candlelight dinner… tiny perfect Trollbeads just waiting to be slipped into a glass of champagne….

photo-8Tartooful is the perfect spot to browse for a devastatingly apropos gift for your special someone.  For your young daughter?  Perhaps a mod posy for her hair?  We have adorable felt hairclips that she will love.  For your husband?  Perhaps a thoughfully designed gift by RedFlag…a dopp kit, or maybe a vintage brass key hank.  (Rugged and handsome!)  For your son?  No question, our cactus planted into atomic shaped wooden blocks will it his style… and oh my, for your sweetheart….

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Well, for the woman who is the love of your life we’d recommend you take a peek at the sparkling rings of the Mollard Collection…

IMG_3206These curated estate jewels range widely in style and price, with something for every taste and budget.  Each one has been professionally appraised, and is sold at merely half of that figure, making them a beautiful and brilliant choice.  We currently have a stunning array of pieces in store, so do drop by…

xo

C

 

 

 

A Very Tartooful Christmas

We have had such an exciting time the last week or so at Tartooful…

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Our long-awaited Maileg Pixies, mice in matchboxes and Princesses have finally arrived…( they’re a little jet lagged from Denmark, but can’t wait to go home with our customers!)

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We just received beautiful new sparkles from the Mollard Collection, with rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings from every era over the past century… platinum, gold, diamonds and coloured stones are shimmering in the shop, ready to bring smiles to faces on Christmas Day!

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Don’t miss the subtle and lovely Pyrrha, made with care right here in Vancouver.  Using reclaimed sterling silver with designs from wax seals from the 19th century, these pieces carry deep meaning are will become treasured talismans.

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Fresh new RedFlag bags and accessories with exclusive colours and designs also just arrived at the gallery.  Be sure to take the time to savour the meticulous details on each piece while you choose just the right item for your loved ones who are passionate about great design.

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Anyone who has walked past the shop at night has stopped to gaze at the new pieces by Steelwood Design, glowing in the window.  This local atelier creates beautiful, functional pieces created from recycled wood and metal sourced from the North Shore.  Their lamps, benches, tables, servingwares and so much more are inspired by the raw beauty of the West Coast, and are perfectly designed for the way we live here.

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There’s so much more in the shop than I can list here… delicate Shamila jewels, sweet hand beaded bracelets, and of course – lots and lots of gorgeous Trollbeads!

Come see us and let us help make your holidays magical this year… we’ll cheerfully help you find just the right thing for each of the people on your list, and have you wrapped and ready to go in a jiffy.

See you in the village!

C

 

 

 

Tartooful News: RedFlag Sail Sale

Vancouver atelier RedFlag Design meticulously creates beautiful and useful objects for everyday life using alternative use materials.  Their bags and accessories that you will find at tartooful are made of repurposed sailcloth, with extraordinary details such as hand knotted pulls and waterproof zippers.

The former life of the materials gives each piece a unique feel, texture and appearance.  The pure aesthetic and functionality of Red Flag Designs are simply perfect.

Now, for a very limited time, their coveted designs are available at perfectly irresistible prices… A fresh array of stock has just arrived at unheard-of SALE prices.  However, they won’t last long, so please drop by soon for best selection.

See you in the village…

C

Roadtrip Kit…

With so many of you getting ready to travel this holiday season, we thought it was a good time to offer a few suggestions for a kit of functional luxuries to help you feel at home while on the road…

Start with a perfect shave kit:  these ones are made by Vancouver’s own RedFlag Design.  They are sewn from rugged recycled sailcloth that has been overdyed in a myriad of soft grey blues.  Each unique piece is beautifully finished with well made zippers, hand knotted pulls and functional leather tabs.  Best of all, this clever design louvers open with more contents, but folds neatly back on itself when emptied, to take up a minmum of precious suitcase space.

You’re particular about your bathroom luxuries at home, so why settle for nasty drugstore brands when you need a lift the most?  At Tartooful we have lots of beautiful treats for all your senses… Pretty new resin toothbrushes by Alan Stuart of New York, each one tucked in a reusable travel container… Gourmet Marvis toothpaste from Florence, and of course  lotions, soaps, travel candles and lip balms by Tokyo Milk.  (Airplanes are such dry places… keep your hand lotion and lip balm close…)

Now that your cosmetic kit is packed, you’ll want to think about your carry-on luggage.  Ideally it should be a bag that is flexible enough to be your “everything” bag once you reach your destination as well… I like to suggest Astrosatchel’s Medium Tote as a great travel bag.  It’s compact enough to be a handbag on your trip, is open plan to accommodate all sorts of unexpected finds, very secure and very comfortable, with it’s wide adjustable strap.  This bag is feather light – just the thing when every ounce counts!  I would also suggest that a wallet by Astrosatchel is ideal for travel: durable, secure, easily stores multiple currencies, coins, cards galore and even space for your passport.  Naturally, these designs are as beautiful as they are functional – very tartooful.

(photo courtesy of 32books.com)

Now, all you need is a book to keep you company… Don’t settle for an overpriced bodice ripper at the airport – instead stop into our neighbours at 32 books and pick something simply wonderful.  You’ll be supporting a local independent bookseller and will find something so much better.

Bon Voyage…

Redflag Design: The genius is in the details

I’m just back from another inspiring trip to RedFlag design’s Vancouver studio to stock up on all their beautiful new designs for Autumn 2011.  I always leave their space having refreshed my design palate, and with an inevitable urge to come back to the shop and tidy up.

Autumn 2011 at Redflag is all about “grey on grey on grey”.  It’s very Vancouver, with its subtle and moody shades of charcoal, misty grey, soft aqua and even the odd indigo.  The over dyed recycled sailcloth has a wonderful hand and texture, with lots of natural colour variation.  They’re so lovely that a glance is enough to fall in love… but as with all the RedFlag products, it’s on closer inspection and hard, day-today use that the real genius of the designs becomes clear.

For example,  Inside each tote you’ll find a suspended zippered pocket, just the right size to safely contain all your valuables.  The top of the bag can remain open and easily accessible without compromising the security of your essentials.  Looking about the bag you’ll notice a series of circles, stitched either to the inside or outside of the bag.  They’re pleasing to look at, and might be mistaken for a decorative element until one notices that they are all reinforcing  stress points.  The grommets, zippers and pulls are sturdy, well-made and selected to not only function properly, but enhance the appearance of each piece.  The straps are hand made sennett knots that feel satisfyingly firm in the hand, and stay snug on the shoulder while in use.

The same meticulous attention to detail is applied to all  RedFlag products large and small, from duffels to shave kits and even key hanks.

Once you finish admiring the gorgeous range of colours on the shave kits below…(meet my new evening bag.  Truly.) …you’ll notice waterproof zippers, hand knotted pulls, leather tabs for ease of entry, and a gusseted design that allows the bag to expand with the size of its contents and contract with smaller loads.   With so much love put into the details, it probably goes without saying that the main construction of each bag is impeccable, with only perfect sailcloth being incorporated and the seams and construction being unbelievably strong.

RedFlag Design Autumn 2011 collection, now at Tartooful.

C.

(Header photo & Top Tote Photo:  Redflag Design)

Tartooful’s feeling warm & fuzzy

Today we had the pleasure of having Janna of Astrosatchel and Winterluxe visit us at the shop for the day… We took special orders, chatted fashion trends and heard all about the design history of our favorite pieces.  You may have missed your chance to join the conversation… but it’s not too late to come see the amazing array of Astrosatchel at Tartooful!  Janna has very kindly allowed us to “borrow” her studio for a couple more days – so be sure to swing by the village and take a peek!

The Holidays are lurking just around the corner, and Janna’s hard-working and beautiful designs are perfect for so many people on the “nice” list…  Her cashmere is 100% recycled and each piece is locally made by the artist and one-of-a-kind.  Her scarves, armwarmers and new mittens are perfect for hard-to-please fashionistas and are so easy and lightweight to pop in an envelope and mail to the lucky recipient.

Don’t miss out on her “Sadie Bags” – the sleek and simple, round shape is very now and so comfortable and easy to use.

New this year are her gorgeous, shag cashmere home accessories.  You’ll find cashmere shag cushions this weekend at tartooful in colours such as couture pink, mod black & white, olive green and rich hues of turquoise.  These cushions are the ultimate luxury – so soft and unabashedly pretty!  But don’t worry – they’re still 100% recycled and locally made by the artist.

Other stocking stuffer ideas include her oh-so-smart wallets, with their cool industrial snaps and perfectly planned pockets… lipstick cases, the indispensable little case that holds everything in its place, cashmere hot water bottle cozies, d-ring bags for the girl on the go, and sleek pocket clutches.  If all that’s not reason enough… don’t forget the bag that started it all:  the totally perfect Medium Tote!  We have oodles of Totes in all colours and patterns… if one of these beauties is on your holiday list, be sure to pop in and shop early while this amazing selection is in store.

The “Astrosatchel Studio comes to Tartooful”… on now!

C.

Summer Comes Softly…

“Bird Stories Again” by Anne Griffiths 36″x36″ oil & resin on canvas $1800
 

Summer comes softly here on the West Coast… in other places, Summer may arrive with a bang of bright turquoise water and lemonade yellow sunshine, but not here.  Here we have soft warm grey sand, velvety bone-white driftwood, teal water and beach glass coloured skies.

It’s not surprising that some of our favorite things this season are in soft tones that are perfect for our sun bleached summer.  Take this gorgeous RedFlag design bag:  It’s re purposed sailcloth that has been over dyed a subtle shade of grey.  The previous life of the material shows in the gradations of grey, which are distinct to each piece.  Most importantly, it’s roomy, simple and tough – perfect for carefree Summer days spent near the water.

We’re enjoying the softest of blue grey tones in the Trollbeads at the moment, and so many of our Troll ladies seem to be collecting in this palette as well… Beads like “Light Blue Stripe”, “White Petals”, “Silver Trace, beige-blue” or any of the beautiful, dichroic glass beads… These designs seem to glow from within, with a soft cool light that somehow just suits this time and place.  Try one of the Trollbead leather bracelets, and add just a few of your favorites, for an even more casual, summery feel.

It’s the soft time of the coast… enjoy…

C.