Hale Mercantile Co.

Hale Mercantile Co is a new Australian company manufacturing the most stunning collection of luxury European linen lavished in culture, tradition, pride and centuries of craftsmanship.  Designed to be relaxed in nature and truly easy care, their entire range is grown, spun, dyed, woven and sewn in Europe. This beautiful collaboration is the result of the pairing of like-minded Melbourne duo Sharon Patsiotis and Siobhan Beaney.

HMCo’s Philosophy :

In searching for the secret to making superior linen that met our standard for texture, softness, colour and durability it was discovered that a true luxury linen is best made from individually dyed fine linen yarns. Where most linen today is piece dyed in an effort to contain costs, we set out determined to find the perfect yarn which would offer us colour beyond compare. It had to have the ability to maintain the integrity of its colours and it had to have the strength that we yearned for. Fulfilling our desire for quality, our yarns are spun from A grade flax sourced from France. HMCo then sought to find unrivalled craftsmen to weave our linen in true European style.

It was decided to set up a base in our much loved European hide away, Riga where we committed to make our linen as charismatic and endearing as the ancient city itself. We were fortunate enough to find a group of incredibly talented artisans, each one accustomed to producing for the Scandinavian market. Our standard was met!  And so the story goes, our linen was born from the collaboration between divine yarn and brilliant craftsmanship.

It is with great pride that we manufacture a true European linen range lavished in culture, tradition, pride and centuries of craftsmanship. Designed to be relaxed in nature and truly easy care, our entire range is grown, spun, dyed, woven and sewn in Europe.

HMCo . . . “weaving our passion into our products”.

This exquisite range of handcrafted bed linen, table linen as well bathroom & kitchen linen can be viewed via HMCo’s website here. Keep up-to-date with the latest from HMCo on Instagram.

 

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Beautiful hand crafted clay beaded chandeliers from South Africa

Introducing klaylife™ – Clay beaded chandeliers, proudly hand crafted by the women of South Africa.

While majority of lights are factory produced, these chandeliers have a human story. They’re lovingly made by the hands of local women on a small farm in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Our partner and designer Merewyn (owner of Hellooow Handmade) works closely with her team to hand create each work of art.

Drawing on African heritage and local craftsmanship, each bead is hand rolled using raw clay from the region. They are then dried, kiln fired and dip-dyed before being masterfully strung onto its unique wrought iron frame. This hand made process ensures that no two lights will ever be the same.

Initially, our chandeliers were crafted by local women whose lives had been impacted by HIV and so desperately needed an income to support their families. Over time, as our popularity grew, more and more women with differing circumstances approached Merewyn for work. As a result our criteria has been broadened to any local woman who is prepared to put in the effort to create something special.

In 2012, 8 ladies were permanently employed. There are now over 65 dedicated women rolling beads and creating their own masterpiece. More importantly, they’re making a difference to their local community.

Today our chandeliers can be found lighting up some of the most gorgeous homes, hotels, restaurants and reception centres around the world.

klaylife™ is run by a South African family now based in Melbourne, Australia.  Available to purchase online here.

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Ferm Living Collection Spring/Summer 2015

Ferm Living have captured such beauty in their latest collection for Spring/Summer 2015.  The pastel pinks & soft greens of the ceramics work in perfect harmony with the pale greys of the concrete pieces and the luxe feel of the metallics add interest and balance to the range.  Inspired by Bauhaus classics using strictly geometric shapes this collection will both captivate and delight.  See it here.

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