Of a Kind

Get ready to nerd out: a book locket from Dirty Librarian Chains. Can we get a Party Girl sequel with Mary wearing this (and dancing, obviously)? —erica

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Weather Vain: New Orleans, Louisiana - 93 and Partly Cloudy

New Orleans in the summer? OOF. And this is just the beginning. Here’s what to wear in the Crescent City on a day like today when you’ve got to have your café au lait on ice. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Jérôme Dreyfuss bag that’s neutral…but not tooneutral.

+ A Raquel Allegra dress as white as the powdered sugar that coats a beignet.

+ Bright little Rebecca Minkoff sandals that can handle a hunt for a snowball, no matter how long it takes.

+ The mixed metals of this Dirty Librarian Chains necklace (just for Of a Kind!) mesh well with the city’s culture-melding ways.

+ A wood-and-howlite Sophie Monet bangle that goes as well with po’ boys from Parkway as poached gulf shrimp from Gautreau’s.

+ The no-fuss bifold Eayrslee created for us—encouraging you to carry no more than you absolutely need. 

For more forecast-based getups, click right here.

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Wave Hello: Susan Domelsmith of Dirty Librarian Chains Ties On a (Silky) Beach Accessory

The super-stylin’ designers we work with know how to make the most of their rare chances to stow the needles and pliers and head to the water. Here, wave-jumper extraordinaire Susan Domelsmith of the rad jewelry line Dirty Librarian Chains (proof!) shares one of the things she tosses in her beach tote. 

Yes, we know: She’s disgustingly adorable.

I try to always bring a headscarf to the beach to tame the post wave-jumping frizzies. My favorites have come from vintage or thrift stores—I have this insane one that depicts a leopard sitting in a tree of flowers…but the leopard is made out of leaves for some reason. Folding the squares once into a triangle and then tying two of the corners together at the nape of my neck seems to work the best for me.” —susan

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Hot Shot: Dirty (and Organized!) Librarian Chains

When it comes to putting found materials to good use, Dirty Librarian Chains designer Susan Domelsmith is a full-blown guru. And not only does she do the hard work of sourcing the chains and charms she uses in her mixed-metal jewelry (see!), but she also digs up the containers for storing them before they become they make their way into her line. Check out one of her favorite salvaged things in her studio full of discoveries. —poppy

"I bought these antique jewelry-salesperson trunks that came filled with these amazing velveteen and leather trays. I took all of the pendant cards out of the trays, and now they function perfectly as a way to keep my jewelry materials organized while I am working. These are materials for all of my spring pieces that I am currently making. I love the colors and charms from this collection so much!" —susan

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Alumni Sunday: Cirrus Necklace by Dirty Librarian Chains

Well, here’s a strong case for mixing metals if I’ve ever seen one: The crazy-talented jewelry whiz behind Dirty Librarian Chains is playin’ in gold, silver, and copper for her latest Of a Kind creation, and if all of those gleaming bits and bobs look especially charming, it might have something to do with the fact that they have so much history: All of the components here are vintage. Judging by the looks of things, they’re pretty pleased with their revival. —erica

BUY / 26 of a kind / $120

Read more about Susan Domelsmith, the designer behind the necklace:

+ On taking her line from TX to NYC.

+ On her deep, undying affections for found materials.

+ On the 9 places she thinks you have to hit when you’re in Austin.

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The 25 Of a Kind Designers You Should be Following on Instagram

Here’s your chance to get in on a road trip with the Upstate ladiez, peep a Society for Rational Dress photo shoot, and scope out Brook&Lyn’s newest materials. It’s this thing called Instagram. Heard of it? DUH. Of the 15 million users, these are the vets who get our seal of approval. —kate barrett

Ace & Jig - @jennnnnnnnna

Alex & Eli - @anna_zeman

ALL Knitwear - @annieleelarson

Ann Yee - @theannyee

Blanca Monrós Gómez - @blancamonrosgomez

Brook&Lyn - @brookandlyn

Clare Viver - @seevivier

Collina Strada - @collinastrada

Cursive Design - @cursivedesign

Dirty Librarian Chains - @dlcbrooklyn

Dusen Dusen - @dusendusen

Erin Considine - @erinconsidine

Forage - @foragebowties

Gabriela Artigas - @ladyartigas

Laura Lombardi - @lauralombardi

Louisa Parris - @louisaparris

Mctega - @semclellan

Partners & Spade - @partnersandspade

Rachel Nasvik - @rachelnasvik

Rachel Rose - @rachelrose8248

Society for Rational Dress - @societyforrationaldress

Sophie Monet - @sophiemonet

TOMTOM - @tomtomjewelry

Toujours Toi Family Affairs - @toujourstoi_familyaffairs

Upstate - @kalenk

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Of a Kind

"Score DLC Brooklyn’s Upcycled Necklace at Of a Kind—Only 17 Made!" Ecouterre.com, August 31, 2011.


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Of a Kind

We’re just going to go ahead and do your fall shopping—you know, make it easy on you. And on the necklace front, you going to want this mixed-metal piece from Dirty Librarian Chains. It has texture. It has depth. And it has personality! Every single bead and piece of chain is vintage, given a second lease on life. We expect the finished product to do the same for the sweater dresses and well-worn oxfords that you wore to death last fall. —erica

BUY / 17 of a kind / $110

Read more about Susan Domelsmith, the designer behind the line:

+ On her favorite spots in Austin, her pseudo-hometown.

+ On her way fashion-y band Open Ocean.

+ On sourcing the materials for our sweet necklace.

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