Enrich and Endure | New design for an age old industry

One of the greatest pleasures I have in writing this blog is uncovering the stories of people who are working to keep the age old skills and industries of their local towns and communities alive and, by applying fresh, new design ideas, helping to breathe new life into them.

Growing up in a town famous for its traditional weaving skills, brother and sister team Sarah and Lorcan from Northern Ireland had the perfect platform from which to launch their textile company Enrich and Endure.

Here's their story.

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10 pairs of sandals you'll want to wear all summer long

Yesterday, to my excitement and joy, I managed to get hold of one of the few remaining pairs of Dune Jolene slides - the Isabel Marant inspired sandals that all the fashion bloggers seem to have been snapping up this season.

Perfect for both pool side and getting around town in equal measure, slides are apparently this summer's 'it' shoes. Birkenstocks are also back, although for some of us they never really went away. This is one trend that I am happily on board with.

Can we all just take a moment to rejoice in the fact that fashion editors are for once telling us to buy shoes we can actually do stuff in. You know, the kind of practical things busy real women actually do every day, like popping to the shops, or taking the dog out for a walk.

Here are 10 pairs you might like.

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5 minutes with... jewellery designer Jana Reinhardt

Born in East Germany, Jana Reinhardt is a classically trained goldsmith and jewellery designer who divides her time between her London office and a workshop by the sea in Worthing, West Sussex. Working alongside her husband Ross, who is also a trained goldsmith, she creates contemporary jewellery designs that are made entirely by hand, using traditional methods of fabrication and wax carving.

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In my bag

This week as part of my guest edit for The White Company I've picked out some of my favourite things from their current summer collection over on their blog. One of the items I chose was this grey leather tote, so I thought it would be fun to do a quick 'in my bag' post to show you what I'm currently carrying around with me in mine.

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Joseph Dirand's Paris apartment

T magazine featured the beautiful Paris home of architect Joseph Dirand a few weeks ago and I haven't been able to get it out of my mind.

“It’s not a showroom, or something to show clients,” Dirand says in this video. “It’s just my home.”

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Design Hunter's guest edit for The White Company

Since I began writing Design Hunter more than four and a half years years ago I've been fortunate enough to receive many wonderful opportunities and invitations, but when it comes to working with brands, I'm hugely careful about what I take on. If I don't think something's a great fit for Design Hunter then, quite simply, I won't agree to do it.

In all honesty I probably turn down more than 90% of the requests that come my way, but when The White Company got in touch recently to ask if I'd be interested in working with them to create a series of posts as guest editor of their blog and weekly newsletter The Weekender, it took me all of about thirty seconds to say 'yes'.

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Edmund de Waal

I've long admired the work of Edmund de Waal. I love the quiet presence of his ceramic installations, and was equally captivated by his writing in The Hare with Amber Eyes in which he undertakes a personal exploration to piece together his extraordinary family history through the journey of a collection of Japanese netsuke.

This month sees the publication of the first monograph of his work. Published by Phaidon, it offers a complete survey of his work to date, encompassing all his major exhibitions and installations. It also includes critical and personal writings by de Waal and offers a glimpse into his day to day life in the studio through a series of photographs.

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