These stylish gifts from local designers are always in vogue
Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t be fashionable, too. These stylish gifts from local designers are always in vogue.
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San Diegan Kate Gookin was only 22 years old when she founded Fiber, a size-inclusive, small batch clothing line made from recycled materials or environmentally friendly fabrics that, according to their website, “cause no air, noise or water pollution during production.” Items like tops, tanks and face masks are available in tones like terracotta, olive, ivory and mustard and are generally priced under $100. A favorite? The color block tee in mustard/ivory priced at $78. shopfiber.co
Founder Johanna Swanson’s line of sustainable ponchos for adults and children is inspired by her Colombian roots. Swanson runs Mar y Lana, which translates to “Sea and Wool,” from Cardiff with help from relatives in Colombia. Mar y Lana also produces blankets and 比特币交易网home items, like pottery. And thanks to their 1x1 Giveback Program, a poncho is donated to a child in the Colombia artisan community with each purchase. Adult ponchos start around $145; children’s ponchos start at $55 and blankets at $85. marylana.com
Boasting delicate and artistic designs made from crystals and stones like tourmaline, Luna Norte’s jewelry is inspired by art and nature — and is handmade here in San Diego. A wide variety of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, hair accessories, masks and more are offered at reasonable prices, many under $100. Available at local stores like La Loupe Vintage, Wild Dove Boutique and even the San Diego Natural History Museum, or online. lunanorte.com
Designer Rebecca Norman opened her first boutique in Solana Beach in 2008. She’s been producing a variety of goods, like jewelry, handbags, leather goods, pouches and even seasonal artisan ornaments ever since. Pro tip: her Medium Bangle Bag in black crinkle leather can be used as a pouch or a clutch is the perfect practical gift for anyone on your list. $88. rebeccanorman.com.
For a customizable and trendy gift, consider JNB by San Diego native Jacqueline Nicole Brown. Brown’s jewelry line features necklaces, chokers, rings and more — and a lot are customizable with names, initials or numbers. Best sellers include the custom Sweet English rings ($198) and constellation necklaces ($220). Prices vary, but many are under $100. jnbstyle.com
San Diego native and first generation Mexican American Vanessa Alcaraz’s designs are inspired by her heritage. Alcaraz is a multimedia artist who, in addition to jewelry design, also specializes in photography and art direction. Mostly priced under $100, standout pieces in the Combine & Create line include Sundial Moonstone ring ($70) and the Gem Bar necklaces (starting at around $23). etsy.com/shop/CombineandCreate
There’s no better gift for the holiday season than a classic watch like the ones in which San Diego company Original Grain specialize. Brothers Andrew and Ryan Beltran founded Original Grain in 2013, with the goal to create timeless timepieces that were inspired by the brothers’ Pacific Northwest roots. Watches available for men and women, with prices ranging from $199 to $895, but expect sales and promotions throughout the holiday season. originalgrain.com