Buy less, buy well. Madesmith makes it beautifully easy

If you love handmade items by local artisans, we’ve found a collective that showcases the best of the best every week. So, basically, it’s like the cream of the Etsy crop, curated just for you.

Even better: these makers are thoughtful and sustainable, and you can read their stories as you ogle their wares.

Madesmith Claire Tinder tourmaline necklace | Cool Mom Picks

 

 

Madesmith is based in Brooklyn and LA and focuses on showcasing designers and makers who produce goods the old-fashioned way–our kind of stuff. Whether you’re into jewelry, skateboards, handmade shoes, or stationery, you can read about the designer’s background, process, studio, and training. They’re all based in the US and have an emphasis on sustainable, small-batch production. And boy, are these products gorgeous.

Here are just a few favorites:

Brooklyn artist Claire Kinder shows her commitment to beautiful stone setting and her attraction to tiny, delicate details in pieces like this gorgeous tourmaline necklace shown above.

Hammerhead skateboard | Cool Mom Picks

The skateboards made by Loyal Dean sprung from an old friendship and a skateboard crafted for Dino’s daughter. Each beautiful work of art is a fully functional skateboard made from 40% reclaimed lumber, like the Hammerhead board.

 

Elita sandal | Cool Mom Picks

Brooklyn shoemaker Keiko Herosue of k*shoes combines beauty, comfort and versatililty in her handmade kicks. I really love this handmade Elita sandal in teal and light red leather with a surprise pop of silk at the heel.

 

Wooden bowl and spoon from Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading | Cool Mom Picks

Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co does absolutely exquisite things with wood, from cutting boards to serving pieces, and even a wood oil that’s so popular, it’s what put them on the map in the first place.

 

Letterpress notecard set | Cool Mom Picks

We loved this letterpress calendar from mom-run Sesame Letterpress, so we’re so happy to see the company on Madesmith. The Letterpress Notecard Set they’ve made exclusively for the site is a great gift.

If you’re clicking the links, you’re probably noticing two things: one, everything is lovely. And two, Madesmith goods are pretty expensive. Of course, no one expects handmade skateboards and blue sapphires to be cheap, but this is definitely a site for those hoping to invest in beautiful, bespoke, one-of-a kind pieces that support small crafters and make you feel good every day you look at them. -Delilah

Find very special handmade goods and the stories behind them at Madesmith.

Delilah

Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.

1 Comment

  • Reply September 11, 2013

    Magda

    I love, love, love handmade! And I so agree, buying handmade is even better when you know the artist and/or crafter! I’ve been buying handmade more and more and developed great relationships with the makers.

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