Above image: “Broken Arrow” screen printed tote bag.
Like many people, I often associate seasons with smells, colors, sounds, and textures. During fall and winter, for example, you’ll often find me falling for deep, rich colors and heavy fabrics like wool and flannel—perfect compliments for a cooler, darker time of year. The warmer months, though, are all about shedding the weight that came before them. With the onset of summer comes not just morning birdsong, deep green foliage, and steep air conditioning bills, but nude canvas, cool linen, and lightly colored cotton. There’s something about summer (perhaps the weighty heat often found in New York City) that makes me yearn for simpler, more back-to-basics materials and colors. Luckily, I just stumbled upon a small company that totally has my number this summer: the Washington-based Slide Sideways.
Founded in 2008 by Jacqui and Scott Scoggin, Slide Sideways began as a small, husband/wife graphic design operation. The couple’s love of the outdoors and handicraft, however, soon had them expanding their entrepreneurial horizons and starting a small product line. Today, the Slide Sideways line features a range of charming bags and pouches, all constructed by hand in tehe couple’s home studio. With a nod towards old scouting motifs, these little lovelies are right up my alley. I was especially drawn to the couple’s collection of silkscreened produce bags—they’re an excellent way to reduce plastic intake while shopping and they look super swanky. Win-win! Check out the rest of this fabulous, hand-crafted line after the jump! —Max
Above image: Screen printed nature patches
Above image: Produce bag
Above image: Cotton zip pouch
Above images: Silk screen printed backpack
Above image: Cotton Pencil Pouch