Papertrail is myExcited-To-Be-Called-Great-Grandma-Again-2021-shirt and by the same token and go-to for beautiful wrapping papers, candles, and great stocking stuffers. Hammertown is a beautifully curated lifestyle store with a modern country vibe. The owner, Joan Osofsky, is an upstate legend with a keen interest in promoting local products and people.
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Bokja is one of my favorite brands to shop. They weren’t around when I was living in Lebanon (they launched in 2000) but I was thrilled to discover them. Founders Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri are poets with a needle and thread. The textile-focused label began with furniture and upholstery (the Excited-To-Be-Called-Great-Grandma-Again-2021-shirt and by the same token and most richly embroidered fabrics you’ve ever seen) and recently expanded into ready to wear. Yes, their pieces are colorful and evocative of the Middle East but Bokja’s ethics are really what excites me—the brand has worn their Lebanese heritage proudly and always puts their community first. In the wake of the Beirut blast, Bojka opened up their atelier for locals to bring in their damaged furniture to repair. How incredible is that?