Each season, we invite fellow makers in our orbit to weave our season’s palette, texture or technique into their craft—interpreting its gift their way. For our Winter Seasonal 2023 collection, we collaborated with creative partners, both old and new, to develop new products that focus on the natural materials of their crafts.
As we reflect on 75 years, we’re also looking towards to the future in how we can continue to build a sustainable practice, reducing our waste, and upcycling what we can. Like Winter Seasonal’s ode to Edith’s original clay, our partners have an intentional focus on how they use the natural materials in their craft.
This assortment features wool to glass, leather to linen, and celebrates the tactility and versatility of natural materials, inspiring us reducing our footprints, and bringing us closer to earth. Here's the inspiration and process behind just a few of the makers this season.
Sabah | El Paso, Texas
We’re excited to announce a custom pair of Baba shoes from Sabah to celebrate this Winter Seasonal. These handmade Babas are sprayed with leather dyes and mimic a signature faded glazing technique by Heath. These Babas bring sole to the season's palette.
While living in Istanbul, Sabah founder Mickey Ashmore received a pair of traditional Turkish slippers as a gift. They were great shoes — for everything from traveling and schlepping to workwear and formalwear. Inspired, he discovered one of the last traditional shoemakers of its kind, a family who has created this style since the late 1800s. Today, they, with a team of 30 craftspeople in El Paso, Texas, remain focused on great quality, locally sourced leather, and colorful, delightful designs.
Madda Studio | Oaxaca, Mexico
Madda Studio works closely with weavers in Oaxaca, where weaving has been part of the culture for centuries. Skilled artisans handweave each placemat and runner using a range of natural fibers, including jute and espadin. Espadin is the type of agave used in mezcal production; Madda upcycles leftover waste from this process into yarn that they weave with.
The result are one-of-a-kind, truly all-natural pieces. Their dyes are made from plants and insects from around Oaxaca and colors are built up through successive dye baths that produce beautiful variation in the yarns. Each piece is woven in a way that emphasizes—rather than conceals—this variation. The collection is a testament to the skill and knowledge of the people of the Oaxacan region.
Studio Prepa | Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Run by Japanese duo Katsuhisa and Mizuho Hira, Studio Prepa is a two-person workshop that designs and produces a variety of beautiful, handmade glassware. Based in Nagano Prefecture of Japan, the studio has produced a series of sculptural objects and lighting, made from recycled beer-bottle glass that otherwise would’ve ended up in landfill.
Studiopatro | San Francisco, CA
In our hometown of San Francisco, designer Christina Weber makes useful, elegant table linens with patterns that add artistry to the table, but always play well with other pieces. This season, Studiopatro crafted one-of-a-kind runners from deconstructed heavy woven linen.
Studiopatro’s products are designed for daily use and intended to displace disposable towels and napkins, creating a more resource-conscious option in the kitchen and at the table.
These collaborations, and more, nurture artistic partnerships and help us share the beauty they produce with our community.