Designer’s Designer: Nana Spears and Naomi Clark of Fort Makers Heart Them Some Morgan Parish
When Naomi Clark and Nana Spears of the design collective Fort Makers fall in love with a great bag or a killer necklace, they are in a unique position: They might just be able to barter, swapping some of their rad, hand-painted scarves (see) or prints. And they’re always looking to get their hands on more pieces from their pal behind the supa-chic line Morgan Parish. —julia silverman
“I traded my friend Ayeisha [Mesinger] of Morgan Parish for the Clarendon Sac by giving her a couple prints from my time in Venice, Italy. It is the best bag I’ve ever owned! I ride my bike a lot, and it’s the perfect tote to sling over my shoulder to shop for groceries.” —naomi
“I bought these Morgan Parish keychains because of the beautiful and rich color palette. I wanted to see a bunch of them in person—and, honestly, I really wanted to touch them—so I bought them for all the ladies in my family and a few close friends. Now I get to look at them all the time!” —nana
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On the Table: Ayeisha Mesinger of Morgan Parish Dresses Up Greens
Man, our designers know their way around the kitchen. If you don’t me, dive into this stellar recipe that Ayeisha Mesinger, the designer behind these clutches—as bright as summer berries—shared with us.
Crazy-beautiful berries in Ayeisha’s garden.
“I love a meal involving yummy greenery of any kind, but sometimes I lack for inspiration—it’s hard to figure out a refreshing alternative to the usual arugula with lemon and olive oil standard. The ladies behind Apples & Onions are dear friends of mine, and while I no longer have the luxury of popping around the corner for an afternoon cocktail and hors d’oeuvres, I still look to them when in need of culinary inspiration. This awesome recipe for raw kale salad with strawberries and almonds is time-efficient and as tasty as it is good-looking. We have our garden going right now and have the YUMMIEST strawberries growing. And, like most people these days, I love, love, love some kale.” —ayeisha