Black Friday is upon us!
The holidays are coming!
For most, the holidays mean spending time with family and friends, exchanging gifts and having a great time. Others it's a stressful time filled with nothing but misery and regret. We hope that it's the first one for all of you.
Here at Luv. we believe that love is the driver of all great stories. So in order to showcase our lovely gifts, we are going to tell some of the designer's stories! We hope to inspire you to pick gifts that not only look great, but have an interesting story behind them.
Sierra founded Lovewild Design after years of working unsatisfying jobs in search of her passions: sustainability and creating. All Lovewild's products (sustainable stationery, gifts and more) are handmade in New York City out of raw materials manufactured in the US from wind powered mills. Each Grow Luv. set consists of an antique tea cup and saucer (which are found around the East Coast then restored) and plant-able paper which is created by taking recycled junk mail, adding seeds to a paper pulp and pressing it through a fine mesh screen.
If you are looking for a unique and thoughtful gift that is also handmade out of sustainable and recycled materials then the Grow Luv. Set is perfect!
Founded by husband and wife duo, Jenifer and Don Green and their production leader, Juliette Consigny, Greentree Home Candles creates candles made from 100% pure beeswax. Each candle starts off as slabs of raw wax that have to be broken into pieces and melted to an exact temperature. Next, their top secret dye recipes are measured and added and the wax is poured into the mold where it cures. After being cured, it is hand finished, wrapped up and ready for use!
Greentree Home’s beautiful and unique Luv. Birds would make a beautiful addition to your holiday decor, as they add a lovely ambiance to any room.
To pursue her passion, Nicole Aquillano attended Rhode Island School of Design and earned her MFA in ceramics. Nicole Aquillano’s creative process consists of drawing subtle narratives in porcelain to evoke feelings of nostalgia. Each piece is designed and hand-made using the technique of turning plaster positives on a pottery wheel. This technique is a long process with many steps, but the end product is a beautiful, sustainable, and unique gift for any occasion!
Nicole Aquillano's porcelain Lots of Luv mugs are perfect for those who like modern twists on a timeless classic. Also available in a smaller size.
Caron Miller started designing and creating her own clothing after receiving her first sewing machine at the age of 10. Still passionate about fashion and design today, Miller’s beautiful designs focus on themes of empowerment and self-worth for their wearers. Each of her pieces are designed by Miller and hand-crafted domestically to provide her customers with the finest quality goods.
Caron Miller’s Limited Edition Summer Luv. Scarf would make a beautiful gift for anyone who wants to be reminded of the warm summer on those extra cold winter days.
Having realized her lifelong dream of designing and crafting exquisite jewelry, Ariela Zaidman now designs and hand makes her own line of beautiful jewelry pieces in Mexico City using a wax technique she adjusts to fit her needs. Each piece is carefully designed, molded, cast, polished and plated making a high-quality, unique piece.
Ariela’s Luv. Calm Ring, Luv, Brightness Ring and her Luv. Present Ring would make the perfect gift for someone who likes simple, yet unique jewelry.
Since 2007, Mia Lara has been using semi-precious stones from India and a mixture of textured metal to create bold and elegant jewelry. She merges they contemporary, timeless and organic in her signature style.
Mia Lara’s pieces capture the asymmetrical beauty of nature, making them the perfect gift for those who appreciate a less conventional beauty.
Stinson Studios is a two-generation family business that creates beautiful, hand-crafted wood bowls. The wood comes from beetle infested trees that would otherwise go to waste. Those beetles are what create the "spaulting" – the discoloration in the wood, creating the patterns that the bowls are famous for! Stinson Studios also ages the logs and burls(tree lumps) used in their products for up to a year to enhance the natural colors and patterns of the tree.
Using sustainable materials found in Indonesia such as reclaimed wood, driftwood, lava, natural river stones, recycled glass and bamboo roots Garden Age Supply creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that make perfect decorations for your home. Garden Age Supply enables the local women from Indonesia to use their talents in design and production to provide for their families.
Our Nature Luv. Dish + Stones are the perfect gift for someone who wants to tastefully decorate their home using ethical, sustainable pieces. The stones are also sold individually.
Beth Mueller combines old pottery making techniques with modern narratives to create high quality pieces. Each piece starts out as pages and pages of ideas and sketches until a final concept is decided upon. She then moves onto fabrication, which is done using a technique called "slip casting". After the pieces are formed, they are fired in a kiln three separate times to a temperature around 2000 degrees. They are decorated in layers. The final layer is a clear glaze which seals everything. The entire process takes around 3 weeks from start to finish.
Beth Mueller’s Simple Luv. Vase would make the perfect gift for someone who like simple, tasteful decor.
Inspired by her love of the ocean, Philippa Roberts creates simple, organic, high quality pieces of sterling silver jewelry. Her pieces have been featured in art museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the DeYoung Museum and the Museum of Art and Design in New York City.
Philippa Roberts’ Gem Luv. Necklace and Gem Luv. Earrings would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves jewelry and is looking for true pieces of art to have as their own.
Érik Fürer, the owner of Swell Fellow, works closely with his mother to hand-make beautiful and unique ties. Inspired by history and art from a young age, Érik Fürer took it upon himself to learn a wide-range of creative pursuits(sewing, drawing, sculpting, painting, etc). This experience has allowed him to design and produce his ideas from start to finish.
Products from Swell Fellow would make the perfect gift for someone who is looking for stylish accessories that are also true pieces of art.
Jill H. Davis, the owner of Henrietta Glass, strives to create pieces of functional art suitable for regular people. Davis creates, tests and refines each of her ideas. Once she is satisfied with the design, Davis teaches her team how to create that piece. All the shaping for Henrietta Glass products is done by eye and by hand using a variety of tools and techniques in Davis’ Rhode Island studio.
Our Hold onto Luv. Ring Holders and Global Luv. Vase are the perfect gift for someone looking for a functional, yet beautiful piece for their home.
Since 1993, Patricia and Javier Dam, two free spirited, hard working, passionate people, have been running the Peruvian Trading Company which has been producing beautiful, handmade, sustainable products that provide jobs for the talented rural Peruvians. This gives these (mostly) women and men a source of income that allows them to hone their skills, work from home and care for their families.
Their Finger-less Mittens would make a great gift for someone who is looking for products that are ethically made and fair trade, but will also keep them warm this winter.
Josh Title founded Cate & Levi due to the lack of unique, consciously made products for children. They recycle textiles into one of a kind and responsibly made products for young ones. Furthermore, because he wants to set a good example for his children, he donates a percentage of Cate & Levi's profits to help children in need.
This is a great environmentally conscious gift for children that is sure to create lasting memories.
Which ever one(s) you celebrate this time of year, we hope you have (a) Happy Holiday(s)! What gifts do you think have the most meaning?