Best of The FIND Houston, spring 2011 edition

Mr. Larkin designs

On probably the last gorgeous day Houston will see until mid-October (if that), I hit up the fashion market, The FIND, at Boheme. It was the perfect venue, too: designers and their booths snaked around the cafe and bar’s back yard and patio area, drinking cocktails in the sun and chatting with customers and curious parties from inside. Here’s the best of what I found, and who I’ll be featuring in the coming months:

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  • Little Minnow: Two sisters harness their screen-printing and pattern designing talents into tees, tanks, prints, and awesome little scarves you can throw in the washing machine and wear this season and next: whether you’re battling the chill outside or in air-conditioned restaurants and

    Little Minnow

    grocery stores. The unisex shirts just showed up on the Etsy shop today. I wore my tank yesterday — love it.

  • Jocas Handbags: These bags — made from animal hide — are truly some of the most original and beautiful bags I’ve ever seen. Designer Susan Ross-Henderson’s clutches and shoulder bags are light and thinner than a Moleskine, but expand to fit your entire life. Each one is custom made and entirely different, with pieces of leather and hides patchworked together with luxe skill.
  • DEPetra jewelry: Stones and jewels from around the world — Pakistan, South America — are turned into feminine but strong pieces. Click through the images on their FB page (linked) for bracelets that should inspire your next vacation.
  • Piper and Ellie: One of the cutest designers at The Find was from Piper and Ellie, a line of personalized cosmetics bags

    Piper & Ellie

    and pillow cases for your couch throws and bolsters (I knew I couldn’t keep my ivory Pottery Barn pillow clean!)

  • Sea Salt: I also went home with one of my new favorite jewelry pieces: a beaded bracelet handmade from South American artisans, who reap all the profits. Owned by Claudia Gutierrez, Sea Salt boasts colorful, texturally pleasing necklaces and bracelets, as well as handbags and housewares. Only the fiber bracelets are available on their website at the moment, but I’m determined to find out where the beaded treasures are hiding.
  • Mr. Larkin: Designer Casey has recently relocated to Copenhagen, but her breezy, minimalist designs — made from sustainable “ingredients” including dye from roots and berries — fit just as well in Texas as they do in Denmark. I regret not

    Caged Yarn BeerSox

    snapping up a sky blue shirt dress.

  • Katie Mahoney, The Caged Yarn: Katie is awesome. She experimented with knitting in college, gave up, but has since picked up the craft again, specializing in making koozies — “BeerSox” — for your pint glass or beer bottle, wraps, and scarves that any hipster or country girl would love.

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