The man, the myth, the legend: Kent Stetson

Lovely view of the Kent Stetson sign hanging outside of his adorable shop inside of the Hope Artisan Mills in Pawtucket RI

Lovely view of the Kent Stetson sign hanging outside of his adorable shop inside of the Hope Artisan Mills in Pawtucket RI

I was so excited to stop by the grand opening of Kent Stetson's brick and mortar/production studio today in Hope Artists Mills in Pawtucket this morning.  I first came across Kent's work at a local fashion event and fell in love with his quirky prints and simplified clutch forms.  Today, he sells his work in over 150 locations nation wide, stocking the shelves of smaller boutiques, museum gift stores and Norstrom stores.  Impressive work for a designer based in little Rhody! Each clutch is made by hand using a high end printing and heat setting technique before being coated and finished with his signature additives like donuts or dump truck handles.

Part of the reason I adore Kent's work is his dedication to hand-made.  Despite the volumes of work that he is faced with producing, he continues with his process.  Hiring local artisans and college graduates to work in his shop and develop his web presence, Kent doing well is a great thing for little Rhody. 

Kent's billiards and bowling bags are my new favorites!

Kent's billiards and bowling bags are my new favorites!

A wall of Kent's bags = Dream come true.

A wall of Kent's bags = Dream come true.

Donuts and birch trees, I myself own the donuts bag- a personal favorite!

Donuts and birch trees, I myself own the donuts bag- a personal favorite!

Additionally, the quality of Kent's work is impressive.  I was blown away with my purchase.  As a craftsman myself, I can be picky when it comes to the products I keep in my closet, often spending weeks at a time hunting for vintage designers to satisfy my need for quality.  The finish of each piece, the piping, the handle, the clasp- all carefully considered and impeccably executed.  I love the optional strap on my clutch, I'm a total ditz and can't risk leaving my clutch behind!

I styled my outfit around the pink frosting on my favorite Kent Stetson Bag.  The high quality images of donuts are accented by the actual donut which acts as a handle for this incredible clutch.  I'm wearing madewell denim and a madewell T.  My fuzzy jacket is from Urban Outfitters, and my turban is of course, of my own making.  Shop our turban selection by clicking the links. 

The current selection of Kent Stetson donut bags can be found in his shop in Pawtucket, or check his current offerings here on his website!

Because of the handmade, limited quantities of his work, offerings will change from week to week- make your impulse purchases because if you pass up, your bag could be gone before you change your mind!

My ootd ft. Kent's infamous Donuts bag

My ootd ft. Kent's infamous Donuts bag

This dump truck bag pictured below is officially my next purchase.  Kent photographed a local dump and printed it onto this adorable clutch.  The clutch is accented by a (totally theme appropriate) toy dump truck.  The bag is a more structured design than the cloth clutches, and is accented by a brass clasp and frame.  This bag is only fitting for me because of my obsession with up-cycling.  Xmas anyone? Please? So in love!

If you have not already clicked the links throughout the post, definitely click here and check out Kent's website!  Make sure to follow him on his social media platforms to keep up with his latest designs, markets, and happenings.  Find links to all of his handles below, and remember to shop small this Holiday season.  Did you know that if every consumer spent just 5% more on US made goods, they could help to create nearly one million American jobs?  Small changes can yield big results.  Comment, share and tell everyone how much you love KS handbags <3

Behind the Product: The Jump Suit

Every day, I have decided to share with you a behind the scenes look at the making of one of my products.  I have received so many emails over the last few weeks from interested customers regarding my process and I’m answering all of your questions in the following weeks!  I’m naming this new segment ‘behind the product’.  Check back for new posts and stories throughout the week.  We will post at least one!  Today, I’m going to tell you a bit about our iconic jump suit.  The jump suit is the item that we have definitely gained the most interest in producing, and she’s the most complex design we offer to date.  As a vintage lover myself, I scour the internet and high end vintage stores for designer vintage.  In the early stages of development, I had been on  a man hunt for a 1970’s jump suit.  Regardless of the intensity of my search, my efforts yielded unpromising results.  I resolved that it was my duty to create one for both myself and all of my 1970’s jump suit lovers.  Creating this piece was no easy task.  I purchased dozens of used and unused authentic 1970’s jump suit patterns to better understand their construction.  Many of my prototypes based off of these models were too fitted, too tight at the waist or too difficult to get in and out of.  Using the elements that I liked and disliked about each of my original models, I constructed my iconic jump suit.  In traditional Clothes Horse fashion, the jump suit is completely unconstructed through the waist- meaning there is not ‘fit’.  It can be easily stepped in and out of, and fitted at the waist with a belt.  This makes peeing worlds easier, you’ll thank me for it later.  Additionally, we have embellished the design with cuffs and a collar.  Using this simplified form as a bass, we were able to incorporate all of our insane novelty prints.  Our jump suit is offered in book print, cat print, unicorn print, vintage stamp print, and a variety of other fun prints.  In addition, it’s available in short and long sleeved versions.  Perfect for chilly days or spring mornings.  Check out our entire collection on our website and explore the comfort, versatility and beauty of our jump suits for yourself- it’s a must have for any diverse closet!

xx Bianca Jones
Clothes Horse Clothing

Urban Outfitters Dreamers and Doers Celebration

Julians on the west side created this incredible display. &nbsp;Greens on greens on greens!&nbsp;

Julians on the west side created this incredible display.  Greens on greens on greens! 

Check out the #dreamersanddoers tag on instagram to see images of all of the nationwide dreamers and doers events! &nbsp;So many talented people participated to bring this event to life- check them out!

Check out the #dreamersanddoers tag on instagram to see images of all of the nationwide dreamers and doers events!  So many talented people participated to bring this event to life- check them out!

Wednesday night, winners of the Urban Outfitters Dreamers and Doers came together to celebrate the beginnings of an incredible new program.  Student artists and designers (myself included), arrived to The Salon in downtown Providence to snack on delicious food catered by Julians Restaurant,  and make 'zines' with underground 'zine' artist Rachel Coleman, editor at large for Movable Magazine.  

I walked away with some incredible UO swag and talked UO with store manager Kerry, UO social media guru Sarah, and the lovely Casey (who officially have the coolest jobs ever).  

Check out the images from the night!

My +1 and I, Liz of Royale Diary enjoyed the nights festivities and captured a few on these awesome visocam's available for sale at UO!

My +1 and I, Liz of Royale Diary enjoyed the nights festivities and captured a few on these awesome visocam's available for sale at UO!