matt & nat for fall

new matt & nat bags are here for fall! we are loving the new shapes they've introduced for this season. and in case you didn't know, matt & nat is a completely vegan line out of canada. they are constantly experimenting with sustainable and recycled materials -- the lining of each bag is made from recycled plastic bottles! their commitment to being animal and eco-friendly has only ever complemented the functional, aesthetically-pleasing design of their products. who doesn't want a well-made, earth-friendly bag that's also attractive?!

cozy scarves from sophia costas

holy moly, it's been too long, friends! the summer and early fall just got away from us here at the shop. we've been busy getting ready for fall and (dare we mention it?) the holidays. it's cooling off in virginia, and that means it's scarf weather! we're loving these new fuzzy animal scarves from sophia costas. all of her scarves are handmade in nepal in a fair trade work environment - woohoo!




katie mawson is here!

every year we anxiously await our shipment of katie mawson wristwarmers. this year i may have even startled our wonderful mailman, bruce, when i squealed with excitement as he brought in our parcels from across the pond. each pair is carefully made by katie and chris and their knitters kerry and norman. katie hand finishes every piece, felting them for extra softness, hand stitching, and labeling them as genuinely made in england. come check out these new cozy styles!












lisa stickley london

we are beyond thrilled to welcome lisa stickley goods to o'suzannah. we have loved her textile design for years, and just last week a nice big box arrived from across the pond, full of pouches and bags of all sizes (and a tea towel for lovers of all things british)!
the bella clasp purse comes in this gray hankie flower, blue hankie flower, and charcoal round collar.




the martha pouch is perfect for holding tall bottles of shampoo or conditioner!





the double dora has two separate zipper pouches with a magnetic closure at the top. stay organized with pens and notepads on one side, 
lip balm and other necessities on the other.


i often carry a version of this bag, called the ivy, as a little lunch tote.


the alfred book bag is a sturdy tote that is lovely enough to carry everyday 
but durable enough for lugging school or library books. here you have a little sneak peek of the lining, which is always one of the most
 exciting parts of a lisa stickley bag or pouch.
  

the miss freemont tote is great for work or school, easily holding a small 
laptop or ipad, and it has a few additional slit and zipper pockets on the interior.
in a year that has seen the london olympics and the queen's jubilee, 
why not celebrate england with this cheerful tea towel?



Kisim


Yael Rosen started Kisim in 1999 inspired by the simple solutions of Japanese fabric design and the traditional leather craftsmanship of the Middle East.
this bag is 20 % latex 80% cellulose (recycled paper)
and yet is washable, crazy.
it is also yael's own patented fabric
called "jacroki"


this is the bag that caught my eye in ny and still takes my breath away.
we also have it in a washed black and dark bronzy brown.
(looks like leather but it's not)


new pieces from polli!

we always love seeing what our australian pals at polli come up with, and we just received a shipment of some new pieces in the shop. come see!


this cute little whale is happily swimming along in the sea.
tess and maja have also started incorporating more buildings
into their work, and this townhouse is based
on the architecture of amsterdam.
these lotus earrings are composed of two separate pieces
and look lovely when they move.



wristwarmers from katie mawson!

last week's temps in the 90's weren't exactly autumnal, but it is officially fall according to the calendar. that means we at least get to dream about cozy accessories, and katie mawson's wristwarmers are a perennial favorite!

all of katie's wares are handmade in northern england from
super-soft felted lambswool. these are perfect for when it's
chilly but you still need your fingers.
(hello, iphone users!)




we blew through these last year, so make sure you get a pair before they're gone!

fluf bags rolling in the door...

lately we've been noticing that so many of our favorite goods are made by our friends up north in canada, and fluf is no exception! hailing from toronto, nathalie and terra started fluf in 2005 with a focus on pillows. then they started designing their own textiles, and now fluf's fabrics are hand-printed (locally) on chemical-free hemp and organic cotton, all using water-based, biodegradable dyes. we picked up a few different bags at the gift show, and they landed at o'suz last week!


these little totes reverse perfectly and are
great for daily use, your lunch, your knitting, etc.



we snagged a few of the larger totes like the one above,
also reversible and in lovely colors.



the newest addition to fluf's line are these little
lunch bags, made responsibly in china.
featuring bold graphics that appeal to peeps both big and small,
the bags come with a detachable plastic liner that's easily washed
and keeps any spills from leaking onto (or out of!) the bag.


we've already sold out of one style of the lunch bag,
so come check them out before they're all gone!

molly m jewelry designs

molly mcgrath is the face behind one of our favorite jewelry lines, molly m designs. molly uses the laser cutting skills she learned in architecture school to produce delicate and lovely pendants and earrings. and in case you needed another reason to love her work, they are usually made from sustainable materials like bamboo, veneer from responsibly farmed forests and recycled suede and felt! come see for yourself!


branch 1 necklace


wood circles earrings and necklace

wood moire earrings and necklace

pod necklace

pith earrings


vortex earrings and necklace

layered drops necklace

longer days....

are upon us and none to soon. as spring seems be just around the bend, we are in high gear at the shop. the boxes are rolling in near faster then we can find homes for their juicy contents. this is definitely one of many rewards for us, for all the rearranging and revamping we have been doing. the new merch always makes us and our kind peeps smile. this is a good thing don'tcha think? who does not want to smile at this point? winter has seemed long and arduous at times, so chin up, come by and see our new windows for spring and all the new goodies (and bring us a smile while your at it).

introducing SHIRALEAH (super reasonable) vegan bags and wallets:




more pieces of shiraleah coming. some cool pewter bags and wallets and some more bright colors including more lime and a really pretty yellow.
ahhh, spring!



proof we love hedgies!


oh, how much we love hedgies....



so if you have been to o'suz lately or know me personally, or jessica for that matter, you know by now that we love our hedgehogs. if o'suz had a mascot, it would have to be the teeny tiny hedgehog. Other folk names include 'urchin', 'hedgepig' and 'furze-pig'. even my son redford has a new found love (though most things are newfound as he is only 2) for the hedgehog. he can identify them faster than most as his mama has taught him well. a few things about the hedgehog (not to be confused with the lovely porcupine) that we love:

"Long before the advent of Groundhog Day on February 2nd, the Romans observed a similar event thousands of years ago on the exact same day. Rather than use the North American groundhog, the Romans used the hedgehog."
Hedgehogs are fairly vocal and communicate through a combination of grunts, snuffles and/or squeals, depending on the species.
Hedgehogs are a powerful form of pest control. A single hedgehog can keep an average garden free of pests by eating up to 200 grams of insects each night. It is common throughout the UK to see people attempting to lure hedgehogs into their gardens with treats and hedgehog-sized holes in their fences.




the new ilee hedgie love card, sold out in 1 week.
more on the way....





girl of all work notebook. check out that hedgie with his spikey cactus friend!

hedgehog nail brushes in a variety of colors


the best little hedgie pillow


wee little lucid hedgie necklace




mark poulin little hedgie necklaces
holztiger wooden hedgie



“The fox has many tricks, and the hedgehog only one, but that is the best of all”
Archilochus

for the love of owls....

As anyone who has stepped foot inside the shop has probably noticed, we have a huge love for owls of all shapes and sizes. They have been flocking in from all over as they know they will find a good home at o'suz. they are friendly and useful and beautiful and mysterious and just plain lovely. come see...

brass owls by Two's Company

Roost owl lamp and owl coasters
by studio vertu

          Two's Company pitcher and Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds by Sam Keen

Kotobuki salt and pepper shakers


New Screech Owl Winking Owl card


girl of all work spiral notepad

And just in! Owl Heads Eco Wallet from Fluffy Co.

september love it...polli!

we discovered australian jewelry designers polli about two years ago, and we continue to be charmed by their amazingly intricate necklaces and earrings. the body of each piece is laser cut in stainless steel, which means it's strong, lightweight, and also stays nice and shiny no matter how much you wear it! (fyi, the hooks and chains are sterling silver.) we were first drawn to the line by their iconic elm necklace, pictured below, and in the past few seasons, they've introduced some more playful designs, like the cute little hoot owl. (you know how we feel about owls!) we love polli products, and not surprisingly, tess and maja are super awesome ladies -- they've increased our australian vocabulary significantly and also send painfully yummy chocolate candies in their shipments.





one of our best sellers, the succulents; new terrace earrings with two different houses, one of which is modeled on the house in which polli was born (see if you can find the tiny dog, alfie); new feather earrings (all en route as we speak!)

this was my first piece of polli, the canopy necklace, which you must come visit in order to see all the detail. after i'd had it for a few weeks i realized there were tiny birds! and what i thought was a curly-tailed monkey! i was later informed by tess that my 'monkey' was actually an australian possum, which as far as i'm concerned, makes this even more awesome. that's one of our favorite things about the designs, that they are so firmly rooted in the visual world around them, and that tess and maja are able to incorporate these tiny details of their environment into the works. speaking of the environment, polli was recently awarded the low CO2 rating by the carbon reduction institute, and they are working hard to be no CO2 by 2010. yay! maja and tess, who will be a new mama very, very soon, agreed to answer our usual questions. enjoy, and see you soon!

interior of polli studio

what were your first jobs and how did you end up working in jewelry design?

Maja and I both worked at Dinosaur Designs at various stages through school and university. It was an inspiring experience as we were exposed to many different facets of a design company who manufactured locally and exported worldwide. We met at university in 1999 studying Industrial Design. After graduating we started working for competing design consultancies and were faced with strict confidentiality on our work. Product design is a slow process with some products taking years in R&D. We yearned to design together again and to design something with a fast turnaround that we would use ourselves. So we started Polli, initially as a hobby, by designing and die cutting polypropylene baskets and bags. We soon recognised regular off cuts from this process and use these plastic discs to make simple jewellery. The jewellery took off and the bags discontinued. Soon we started to work with other materials like stainless steel and aluminium and Polli has grown from a weekend markets stall to an international business with distribution through Australasia, North America, the UK and Scandinavia.





what are your favorite pieces/groups/series in your work?


Everything new is exciting but we’re both big fans of the original mobiles made from Stainless Steel – they’re like a giant necklace hanging in your room and cast beautiful shadows when lit. We’re also thrilled with our new hand stitched collection of jewellery which allow us to add colour and texture to our classic stainless steel jewellery. Being able to experiment with different colour-ways is something that we don’t often get to do and it’s been surprisingly challenging.

polli mood boards

who or what inspires you?

Life, Travel and Nature are our main inspirations. We’ve been fortunate enough to travel to interesting places and to get to travel regularly with our work. The new woven range has drawn inspiration from a tapestry carpet with spans three generations from Maja’s family. This carpet was designed, the wool hand dyed and hand stitched in Denmark by Maja’s grandfather. The final stitch was done in Australia by Maja and her mum, Pia, and the piece hangs proudly in Maja’s Sydney apartment.

maja's three-generation family carpet

what three websites do you visit daily?


describe your ideal sunday.

Tess - Sleeping in, waking to warm Sydney weather, walking my two dogs by the water, enjoying a home cooked meal with friends.

Maja – Start with a good espresso coffee, followed by a bike ride in the sunshine, a long lunch with friends and finish it off with an early night.


what do you see outside your studio windows?

Our studio is part of a converted ginger beer factory (this is a kind of natural soda, I actually think it’s an Australian thing, it was originally made in ceramic bottles). It uses a lot of recycled timber and each studio faces an internal courtyard. The doors / windows are so grand they’re as wide as a our studio and nearly two stories high so you can literarily open the front of the studio! At the rear of the studio we look onto leafy gum trees.


thank you, tess and maja!

june love it...fluffyco!


this month we're so excited to feature fluffyco on the blog as our june love it! we've been carrying san francisco-based fluffy for a few years now, and it's been neato to watch the line expand and branch out in new directions. the fluffyco booth is always one of my favorites at the new york gift show because i know there will be awesome new goodies to scoop up! we started out featuring their range of screenprinted naugahyde wallets, checkbooks, and ipod cases. we love all of their animals and nature-inspired designs, and they're made even better by fluffyco's commitment to keeping their production as local as possible and using earth-friendly materials. here are a few of our favorite mini wallets, perfect for guys or girls. all of us o'suz girls have at least one.

since we moved to our new space in august, we also started carrying fluffyco's tshirts for the ladies. we can't keep this snazzy owlie shirt in the shop:


and these are two new ones we got in april:



also back in april we ordered a few of these amazing belts. they are handmade in oklahoma city, and each one is distressed differently. since we are lovers of all things owl, we snagged the owls and another one with a forest silhouette.

last but not least, we love us some little fluffy for little ones. we're waiting for red to grow into his already substantial collection of little fluffy tshirts, stay tuned for future cuteness on that front. and who doesn't want to sport the teddybear picnic? we have it in yellow and gray in the shop -- i only wish it came in my size!


now, onto the good stuff. fluffyco founder paulina berczynski answered our probing questions and sent us lots of awesome photos, including the portrait below, which was titled 'evil twin'! thanks, paulina, for giving us this sneak peek into the world of fluffyco!


what was your first job and how did you end up working in design for accessories and home goodies?

My first job was working at Sbarro pizza as a cashier when I was 14. Actually I was 12 and they fired me because I was underage. At 14 I got a very similar job at Sizzler.

I had always loved drawing and the visual arts, and discovered Andy Warhol in high school, when I was a total art nerd and would spend lunch checking out different art and artists in the library every day. I am one of those lucky people who always pretty much knew what I was into. I applied to this super hardcore university on the East Coast (Carnegie Mellon) for both Fine Art and Design. My mom, who has always been totally comfortable opening my mail, let me know I got into both and asked which direction I wanted to go, and I decided right then to go for design so I could make a living.

I realized at school that A. I never wanted a corporate job and B. that I had a serious problem with being told what to do- which basically means, start your own business. I did freelance design work for over 7 years, interspersed with stints in advertising. I worked on some amazing projects (Puma, Thrasher Magazine, and Lucky Strike were highlights), but I always burned out- I knew I wanted to do my own designs, on my terms.

So I ended up moving to Seattle where my best friend was living, to start a housewares business together, called TruckStop Ink. We both put in $50 to start and began by making wooden magnets and wall art using transfer printing, selling them at craft fairs, then in local stores. We taught ourselves how to screen-print in the kitchen and the business was pretty steady, but we both kept our day jobs. The first time we came back from a fair with $300 we were flipping out. When we brought home $1000, we could barely believe it.

Long story short, about a year into it I decided to go out on my own. I was working in advertising at the time, and managed to save up close to $60K to start my own gig. I moved back to San Francisco, where I had lived years before and always knew I would come back to forever, and started FluffyCo in late 2004.

trees billfold from fluffyco's new(ish) eco canvas group

what is your favorite piece/group/series in your work?

I think each new season is the best, so my favorites are always changing. Right now, I am seriously loving the Premium Tee line (especially the Gators), and the eco wallets. I have a wood one and it’s pretty great. I’m also cooking up a ton of new housewares stuff for Fall 09 and Spring 10, so I’m pretty preoccupied with all those ideas. (ed. note: egad, we can't wait to see!)

who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by San Francisco’s vibrant youth and music culture, street art from all over the world, and what other indie designers are doing most of all. That and the urge to run the business with a sustainable, low-key approach– FluffyCo uses American manufacturing whenever possible, to keep our local communities strong. That’s a big one over here.

one of paulina's new poster designs, which she plans to post guerrilla style in europe

what three websites do you visit daily?

Right now I’m doing some more art-nerd stuff in Poland, so I can’t live without my Facebook. Other than that, I do an insane amount of train-of-thought web searches. Today I was checking out sustainable messenger bags at Reload and Freitag, sourcing US makers of truck tarp scraps and recycled vinyl, clicking around different screen printers’ poster sites, and trying to find vintage European toy posters like the Moomins, Babar the elephant and Barbapapa all over the place. Yesterday it was mirrors, organic fabrics, fashion designers and cold rolled steel.

describe your ideal sunday.

Wake up really late, brush teeth and get back into bed. Daydream in bed with my husband for like an hour, eventually convince him to make me an omelet. Do something active outside (ideally with or near plants), spend time relaxing with friends, eat something delicious for dinner and watch a movie at home or go out to a show.

a view into the fluffyco studio

what do you see outside your studio windows?

A cool old brick building, a leafy tree, the SF landmark Twin Peaks, plus (extra bonus) some sky.