In the Bag: Makr

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The Company: Makr

The Founder: Jason Gregory

The Story: The magic of Makr is that every single thing the accessories company—based in Winter Park, Florida—makes is just so goddamn thoughtfully designed, with just enough flair to function perfectly. Take their canvas weekender with its fold-down top to keep your gear under wraps without the hassel of zippers or snaps or their plant ring—the guys are starting to get into home goods—that allows you to line your walls with cacti if you so desire. One of our faves (that happens to be in our grab bags): a bottle opener shaped like a key that makes cracking open an afternoon Dogfish Head that much easier and, ok, more fun. 

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In the Bag: Clark’s Botanicals

If you’ve been eyeballing our springtime grab bags, well, get on that: They’re nearly gone, and they make a stellar gift for moms, dads, grads, and even yourself—been known to happen. Plus! They include goodies from eight amazing brands you should know, including this one right here. —erica


The Company: Clark’s Botanicals

The Founder: Francesco Clark

The Story: In 2002, Francesco Clark, then a 24 year old working at Harper’s Bazaar, had one of those swimming pool accidents that makes your chest clench up. Not only could he no longer walk but he also lost his ability to sweat, which caused all sorts of skin problems that nothing he tried—prescription or otherwise—would remedy. So, with the help of his physician father, Francesco started dabbling in the skincare realm himself, developing botanically based face washes and lip treatments that eventually became the basis of his (sharply packaged) namesake line. If all of this isn’t appealing enough, a percentage of the company’s profits goes to The Christopher Reeve Foundation—Francesco is a National Ambassador.

Scoop up a grab bag right this minute. There aren’t many left!

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In the Bag: Chief & Crown

Dang, our springtime grab bags are going fast. They’re perfect for dads and grads, moms and May babies. (Well, not actual infants—people with bdays on the horizon because there are probably chocking hazards up in here.) And all 50 feature companies like this one that make awesomely cool stuff. —erica

The Company: Chief & Crown

The Founders: Conor and Jane Riley

The Story: Postcards are the most exciting form of snail mail—are you with me?—but most of the ones on the market are as blast-from-the-past as Hot Tub Time Machine. Conor and Jane Riley, the hyper-creative (and ridiculously cute) Oahu-based couple behind Chief & Crown, makes the slickest ones we’ve seen in a long, long while. They also print stellar wood-blocked notecards if you’d prefer to keep your epistolary prowess under wraps. 

Scoop up an in-season grab bag, stat!

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In the Bag: Juniper Ridge

There are a lot of things to hype about our springtime grab bags—8 at least because there are that many stellar, up-and-coming companies involved in their creation. And here’s your chance to get to know about one of them. —erica

The Company: Juniper Ridge

The Founder: Hail Newbegin

The Story: Interested in smelling like the Big Sur, Red Rock Canyon, or San Jacinto? Oh, because you can. The Berkeley-based company Juniper Ridge makes soaps, solid perfumes, and room sprays that evoke the scents of the West—aromas that the founder Hail Newbegin missed with he went East for college. And if you’re interested in tasting Douglas fir instead, you can do that, too—the company also does teas, so at least two of your senses can take a vacation if you can’t.

Get (and gift) you grab bag while you can! $45 each!

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In the Bag: Steph Mantis

Our grab bags are back! For spring! And these suckers—25 girl bags and 25 boy bags—are going fast. Because we care about these sort of things, we want to tell you all about the amazing brands whose products are included in each little bundle. Companies like this one… —erica

The Company: Steph Mantis

The Founder: Steph Mantis

The Story: The Steph Mantis origin story includes a pizza parlor: She grew up in one (and a house too!) in Maine. Not surprisingly, she infuses that same affection for novelty and quirk into everything she makes and does it in a charming way—we’re talking vases that look like lamps and mirrors that pay tribute to Columbus’s ships. She also has a thing for animal butts. She transforms plastic ones—the rear ends of toys in their former lives—into crazy-cute magnets and key racks that are, you know, kind of a thing.   

Score a grab bag now! These things will go, and fast.

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Sunday Special Release: Springtime Grab Bag

You probably knew this, but May and June are just around the bend…and that means there is going to be gifting to be done. Mother’s Day! Father’s Day! Graduations! All those birthdays that were neglected during grade school because they happened over the summer! If you ask us, our grab bags are the way to go for any of these occasions. They’re $45 a pop and are stuffed with goodies from Makr, Chief & Crown, Clark’s Botanicals, Richer Poorer, Liddabit Sweets, Baggu, Juniper Ridge, and Steph Mantis—read more about the brands here. If you scoop up a few now, that means you’ll get to play more outside later. —erica

BUY / 50 of a kind / $45

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In the Bag: Liddabit Sweets

The grab bags we put together for the holidaze were such a hit that we figured they were due for a revival—just in time for the dad/grad/mom gifting onslaught. Like last time, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest emerging brands out there to create 25 girl bags and 25 boy bags, and we’re also sharing their stories (cause that’s how we roll). —erica

The Company: Liddabit Sweets

The Founders: Jen King and Liz Gutman

The Story: Are you prepared to taste the most delicious caramels you’ve ever encountered? Well, you better be: Though they’re hardly traditional, Liddabit’s beer and pretzel take—crammed with Martin’s pretzels and Brooklyn Brewery ale—are sweet, salty, gooey, crunchy…basically all kinds of wonderful. And that tends to be a theme for the two French Culinary Institute pals who started their biz at the Brooklyn Flea. I mean, the stuff’s so killer that it warrants a cookbook, coming this fall.

Score a grab bag now! These things will go, and fast.

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In the Bag: Baggu

Our grab bags are back! This time their doing a spring thing, with all kinds of awesome goodies for boys and girls from brands we heart and want to share with you (see below and here). Grab one of the 50 while you can! —erica

The Company: Baggu

The Founders: Emily and Joan Sugihara

The Story: Gonna go ahead and guess that you have approximately 17 reusable bags—totes you use for lugging groceries and god knows what else, day-in and day-out. But I’m also willing to bet that not of them are as striking or utilitarian as Baggu’s. When dreaming up the line that they unveiled in 2007, the mother-daughter team had a lot of needs to meet: Joan lives in CA and does her hauling by car (requirement: lots of bags for little money), and Emily is in NY, doing her shopping last-minute by foot (requirement: a compact design she can toss in her purse). Oh, and both have design degrees, so giving their totes, rucksacks, and pouches a killer look was a non-negotiable.

Right this way to scoop up the grab bags! So excited about these things.

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In the Bag: Richer Poorer

Our holiday grab bags were such a hit that we’re bringing ‘em back for spring. There are just 25 warm-weather versions for girls and 25 for boys, and we’re featuring some brands we’re way psyched on, like this one right here… —erica

The Company: Richer Poorer

The Founders: Iva Pawling and Tim Morse

The Story: When did guys decide to embrace statement socks? No matter. We’re into it. In fact, we’re ALL ABOUT IT. And it turns out the same Cali locale that brought us Kristin Cavallari gave rise to the line that is making the coolest ones around. Richer Poorer, which launched last holiday season, has an impressive range: There are bold, pink-and-purple checks, neon-toed numbers, and more neutral styles you could wear to an office that has rules about these sort of things. Basically, no excuses.

Score a grab bag while you can! For all the dads, grads, moms, and spring babies in your life.

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