Back To School


The last weekend of August has come and gone and now, whether we like it or not, we’re in a back-to-school state of mind. Personally, I have never stopped thinking of the passing of time in terms of the school year rather than the calendar year–“last year” will always refer to anything that happened prior to summer, not the months leading up to January–and being married to a school teacher has only solidified that way of thinking.

So, while I may be mourning the waning of summer, I am looking forward to a fresh (harvest) season, cooler temperatures and the inevitable turning inwards that comes with the end of wild-at-heart summertime. Afterall, fall (and dreaded winter) is prime time for cooking, crafting and all matter of projects.

Never having been one for pumpkin flavored anythings–other than actual pumpkin, of course–I can’t say that the promise of autumnal treats reappearing on the menu does anything to ease my season-shifting woes. But, I always get excited for fall fashion and back to school essentials, even if my back to school shopping has changed a lot since the days of number-2 pencils and Lisa Frank lunch boxes.

Walking the NY Now show last week opened my eyes to a lot of really exciting, new designers whose pieces fit right into the fall wish list and I have laid out my favorites for you below!

A quick disclaimer: none of the below content was shot by me and all images are property of the brands. Since I was busy scoping out new jewelry designers for ViewPoint, I merely grabbed the business cards in passing of brands that caught my eye to research at a later date. 


Son of a Sailor

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Leather and wooden favorites for the desk and working on-the-go, all hand made in the Son of a Sailor Austin, TX based studio by husband and wife team and their staff.

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Graf Lantz

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Nothing excites me more for back-to-school than the prospect of the perfect, new carry-all. The Graf Lantz collection, comprising of much more than the lovely totes that I picture below, is a design-enthusiasts dream come true. Clean lines, exquisite materials and timeless color palettes. As the about page on the website so eloquently describes: their aesthetic is thoughtful and functional, combining the disciplines of both East and west into subtle, minimal design.

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Bing Bang

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The look-books and inpso boards alone are enough of a reason to visit the BingBang website. Their necklaces, bracelets and all other accessories are light, fun and stackable, but in particular, I am longing for some of their edgy rings to adorn my hands during long hours of pencil pushing and number crunching…aka adulting.

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Busy season for me means a lot of meetings and a lot of travel, which is why these essential, functional leather pieces strike my fancy. Especially on my wish list are the travel wallets that perfectly fit boarding passes and the oragami-reminiscent business card cases that feature one side for my cards and one side for the cards of clients. Hoff also features minimalist totes that are worth a peek.

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Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and happy pencil-sharpening!


Featured image via, Artist Angelina Litvin.

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