Like so many, I have been following the phenomenon that is EmersonMade for quite some time now. To my mind, it's the next logical step in the "made" movement - a personal creative vision that started out small and went viral in record time, without ever faltering in its ever-confident style as it grows. As our financial climate and job market are shaken to the core, changes are certainly afoot in the arenas of business and commerce, and my feeling is that EmersonMade is one to watch as a harbinger of what is to come. Emerson and Ryan have created and built on a beautiful and very personal vision with panache, confidence and a razor-sharp business sense. It's been exciting to watch.
So naturally I was thrilled when my first EmersonMade piece arrived - the Mod LBD. As anticipated, the quality and craftsmanship are superb. These pieces are built like fine architecture - with timeless style and heirloom quality (and the sachet of freshly-dried lavender in the box was the perfect final note). Another reason that I hope that EmersonMade will be a bellwether in its field is that I dearly miss craftsmanship - and I mean real, old-school craftsmanship, as in stone masonry, hand-blocked fabrics, the building of boats and of cathedrals. The kind of craftsmanship that has become a lost art in recent generations. The art of making things that are built to last, rather than things that are built for quick obsolescence. I think it's time for the tide to turn again.
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And of course, as a follower of the EmersonMade travel journals, my heart beat a little bit faster when I saw the photos of Emerson and Ryan's trip to India.
I could hardly wait to see what came of these fabrics and these inspirations!
So needless to say, I held my breath this morning when I saw the first set of photos of the Butterfly Caftan.
I am also intrigued to see what comes of these India-inspired ring designs....