Alumni News: Michelle Wears Osei-Duro; Malia Rocks Dusen Dusen

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Up top: FLOTUS in a cool, colorful Osei-Duro number. Below: Malia working a swingy Dusen Dusen situation. Yes, you already knew those Obama ladies were stylin’, but this is your proof that they’re supporters of Of a Kind designers, too. Here’s to hoping an order comes through for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue soon. —erica 

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Alumni News: Check Out Orly Genger’s Mind-Blowing Rope Installations at Madison Square Park

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Ok, how amazing is that pic above? It comes atcha via Orly Genger—who’s made some damn cool jewelry with Jaclyn Meyer for this here site—who created this and other equally bold, gripping installions (made from 1.4 million feet of lobster-fishing rope!!!) in NYC’s Madison Square Park. They’ll be up until September 8, so get your butt over there if at all possible—and, if not, this NYT piece is required reading. —erica

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Alumni News: Richer Poorer is REALLY Ready for Festival Season

Our fave sock-maker, Richer Poorer, is collaborating with…Coachella. So if you’re headed out to the hot, hot desert to chill with Grimes and Local Natives, also swing by the merch tent for what might be the least-regrettable souvenir option around. —erica

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Alumni Sunday: Madeleine Bag by Ernest Alexander

Don’t think it’s going out on a limb to call this bag STUNNING. The gray canvas, the bright-navy leather, the solid brass hardware—up until this fall, Ernest Alexander was bestowing all of his design gifts on the boys, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that the ladies can get in on the fun. —erica

BUY / 30 of a kind / $295

Read more about the designer:

+ On drawing inspiration from his prep-school uniforms.

+ On getting some biz training first.

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Alumni News: Veda Wants You to #HashItOut Already

Listen, we’ve made our case about Pinterest loud and clear—and if 117 designers weren’t reason enough to try out the platform *just yet*, let this Veda challenge be it. See those tags up there? Well, Lyndsey Butler, the leather genius behind the line, wants to see YOUR interpretation of ‘em pinned to that online moodboard of yours for a chance to win, oh, one of the line’s signature leather jackets. NBD. Rules are on the Veda blog, and you’ve got until July 27th to make a good impression. #CatchYouOnTheFlipSide. —jiayi

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Alumni News: Alyson Fox Does the Dishes

Sure, Alyson Fox makes some of the most fun necklaces out there (see!), but the Austin, Texas, creative is also a photographer, an interior designer, and an illustrator. Hell, she has her own line of dishes, the product of a two-year-long collaboration with the rad housewares brand Ink Dish. The Tug set (second pic) is for sale now, but you’ll have to wait ‘til August to land the stunning geometric White Noise motif (up top). Alyson claims those plates and serving bowls are not meant to “compete with the food.” Whether they’ll outshine everything else on your table is another story. —jiayi

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Alumni News: Clare Vivier and Kathryn Bentley Double the Fun

OH, HI, FULL CIRCLE: One of our first pieces of Alumni News was on the grand opening of Vivier & Bentley, the rad retail-slash-studio space spearheaded by two Of a Kind alums—accessories whizzes Clare Vivier and Kathryn Bentley. Now, 365 (and some) days later, the duo has doubled the goodness, with Clare setting up shop two buildings down the street (address above on the genius invite—a classic CV pouch!) and Kathryn transforming their old space at 1404 Micheltorena Street to house Dream Collective, her other amazing jewelry line. We don’t usually approve of double-dipping, but, well, these Silverlake spots are an obvious exception to the rule. —jiayi

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Alumni News: The Hill-Side Does Clothes, Bags, and More (With a Little Help From Their Friends)

It’s not exactly a secret, but it’s not quite common knowledge either: The terrifically talented brothers behind The Hill-Side are the very same ones behind the e-commerce (and now brick-and-mortar) hit Hickoree’s. But now the duo is making things all public—the retail equivalent of checking “in a relationship” on Facebook—by working with 23 of the brands they carry in the shop like Dana Lee (shirt above) and Heritage Leather Co. (that crazy bag) to create 66 products using the stellar fabrics that have made their line of ties, handkerchiefs, and scarves so cultish. The undertaking goes by The Hill-Side & Co., and we hope it becomes an ongoing thing—a third project for Emil and Sandy Corsillo to rock out. —erica

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Alumni News: The Forage Twosome Dives Into Stationery

If you’ve ever ordered a Forage tie (like the so-good one they just made for us!), you know that Shauna Alterio and Stephen Loidolt are serious about their packaging—like, letterpress-their-own-boxes serious. And now they’re going next level, launching Seed House to give their paper prowess the attention it deserves. There are adorable (but not too cutesy) cards like the clover ones above and even scents to make your notes smell as good as they look. Because olfactory know-how is apparently in their skill set, too. —erica

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Alumni News: Ernest Alexander Gets the Girls

For nearly three years, Ernest Alexander has been making wares for guys. Well, or so he thought: We know a bunch of ladiez who scooped up the brief he created for us—and not for gifting purposes. Now he’s getting into girl goods in an official capacity, launching a collection of women’s totes, carryalls, and shoulder bags for fall. Don’t worry: He’s only feminizing things in subtle ways—slimmer silhouettes, delicate hardware—so no one will feel cheated on the waxed-canvas front. —erica

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