6 Things Lizzie Falkenstein Always Carries in Her Bag

Black lip balm?! We’re intrigued.

image“If I’m not working, I’m out camping, hiking, or gardening,” says Oregon designer Lizzie Falkenstein. This means carrying around a bag from her Primecut line that, as she says, is “super-durable, and can be dressed up or down”—and making sure that everything she’s stuffing into said bag is hyper-practical. Here, a few of the things she’s packing. —alisha prakash

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Hungry Eyewear’s well-made sunglasses come in a lot of innovative profiles and awesome textures. They have many styles that come in matte black, which goes well with any wardrobe.”

imageMaak Lab is a Portland-based company that specializes in creating scents derived from the Pacific Northwest. The Juniper Black Salve is my go-to lip balm. I love being reminded of the scents of juniper and tea tree every time I put it on.”

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“This pouch is the perfect size for the essentials like cash, credit cards, and a phone. I carry one of these pouches in every bag that I own to stay organized.”

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“This Opinel folding knife is lightweight and great for everything from opening packages to prepping food while camping. I love the beech handle on this guy, and it fits perfectly in the Primecut leather pouch.”

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“A Primecut keychain—essential for not losing your keys! These come in different cowhide colorings and are perfect for clipping onto a belt loop or bag zipper-pull.”

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“I always carry a Moleskin sketchbook with me, with loose sketches and to-do lists. You can never have too many to-do lists!”

Lizzie’s got us thinkin’ about all the things we could fit in her rad edition—it’s coming up tomorrow. 

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In the Bag: Word.

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The Company: Word.

The Founders: Tim Jacobsen

The Story: As straight-up wonderful as Google Docs and Dropbox are, some things just deserve to be written down—and they probably ought to be put in a Word. notebook. All of the ones that the brand—which launched in 2013—produces are pocket-size and (hey!) made in the U.S.A. And while you can get basic black or beige versions, they serve up some pretty cool-but-subtle alternatives like a red bandana motif, a graphic Swedish camo, and a skull-plus-flower print that’ll make you feel compelled to jot down notes.

Get (or gift) your own Word. three-pack when you score one of our holiday grab bags.

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In the Bag: Good Candle

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The Company: Good Candle

The Founders: Johnathan Kroeger

The Story: Like many standout NYC businesses that have popped up in recent years, Good Candle got its start at the Brooklyn Flea, in 2012. Each of Johnathan Kroeger’s creations come in no-nonsense mason jars and are hand-poured from soy wax—made from grown-in-America soybeans, even. And how ‘bout this: Johnathan can be spotted winding around his borough on the company’s delivery bike, doing drops in Greenpoint, Crown Heights, and everywhere in-between.

Get this candle and a whole lot more in our new holiday grab bags!

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In the Bag: The Postmodern

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The Company: The Postmodern

The Man in Charge: James DiMartino

The Story: A lot of tie clips try too hard. But not the ones that James DiMartino makes. Avoiding designs that he calls “outrageously boring or outrageously gaudy,” he and his Bonobos co-worker Michel Nguyen started making streamlined-but-statement-making (and really well-priced) acrylic and wood tie bars and tacks in 2011. These days, James is on his own—and keeping plenty busy. Up next for his NYC co.: lapel pins and cufflinks. Hey, we’re in.

Grab one of our holiday grab bags to get the sucker pictured up top.

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In the Bag: Marble & Milkweed

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The Company: Marble & Milkweed

The Founders: Briar Winters

The Story: Where’d the line Marble & Milkweed get its start? Out of a clawfoot bathtub in Rivington Street on NYC’s Lower East Side in 2010. Everything that goes into Briar Winters’s products—like rose & chamomile facial scrub, cardamom body butter, and solid perfume—are made with only organic and fair-trade ingredients (which means that cloying, artificial scents and skin-stripping chemicals are officially banned). This no-nonsense approach also applies to the packaging of the goods—which are now produced from a light-filled studio in Tribeca: Everything comes in compostable paper, glass bottles, or metal tins that be reused or recycled.

Try out M&M’s facial kit—in our holiday grab bag!

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In the Bag: Cold Spring Apothecary

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The Company: Cold Spring Apothecary

The Founders: Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman

The Story: How serious is this brand about its name? Well, after selling her basil and hibiscus shampoo and rose hand salve online for a bit, Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman opened her first flagship store in 2011 in the New York town that is the line’s namesake. Something else Stacey is very hardcore about: How her peppermint toners and lavender white tea candles are made. She steers clear of parabens, sulfates, and all that nonsense—and puts her biology, chemistry, nursing, and cosmetology experience to impressively good use.

Want a sniff of this candle? Then buy one of our holiday grab bags!

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In the Bag: Cozy Leaf

The Company: Cozy Leaf

The Founders: Abby Hannaford

The Story: Yah, we’re kind of tea obsessives over here. And so is Abby Hannaford, the mastermind behind Cozy Leaf. After playing around with herbs in her garden, she went official with her own line—based in Wichita, Kansas—in 2009 with blends like Spiced Chai, Hibiscus Twist, Subtle Citrus, and (our fave) Gunpowder and Rosebuds, a caffeinated green tea situation developed to appeal to her husband and his soda habit.

Itching for a sip? Then get one of our holiday grab bags right this minute.

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In the Bag: Imperial Barber Products

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The Company: Imperial Barber Products

The Founders: Pedro Zermeno and Bryan Fisher

The Story: How do the dudes behind Imperial know what barbers want? Because before they launched their collection of grooming goodness in January 2012, they had racked up 26 combined years of experience in the biz. The L.A.-based company is all about keeping things simple and functional: Right now, they have eight (simply packaged) offerings in their line—we’re talking a cluster of hair pomades, a no-nonsense shave soap, and a bergamot after-shave. Because having 29 hair product options is definitely not better.

Get a bunch of Imperial shaving gear in our grab bag for boys! Score one while you can.

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In the Bag: Walk Up Press

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The Company: Walk Up Press 

The Founders: Elizabeth diGiacomantonio and Joseph Traylor

The Story: You ready for this? The Brooklyn twosome behind Walk Up Press met because they were Craigslist roommates. That was 2006, and three years later, they launched a line of smart, witty, and not-too-cheeky letterpress cards. Course, their creations are great for mailing, but they also look pretty rockin’ framed and hung on a wall.

Get some Walk Up Press goodness in our holiday grab bags! Now.

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In the Bag: Wondermade

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The Company: Wondermade

The Founders: Jenn and Nathan Clark

The Story: The delicious, bouncy marshmallows of Wondermade were born via a little bit of NPR listening—and some holiday-shopping urgency. When brainstorming the ideal present for his wife, Nathan Clark caught a radio program that made him want to take to the stove. As he explains, “I learned we had everything we needed to cook our own marshmallows except for a candy thermometer and some know-how.” The one-off experiment quickly became an obsession, with the Orlando-based couple spending a year developing recipes—landing on flavors like chai, Guinness, and sugar cookie—and dreaming up their killer packaging. All to make finding a sweet little gift that much easier for you.

Ready to get these fluffy treat…and a whole lot more? Check out our holiday grab bags, stat.

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