Ode to Local

 In Culture, Guide

Eight St. Louis-area artisans peddle their wares at the new West Elm.


National home décor retailer West Elm, which recently opened its first Missouri location at the Saint Louis Galleria, is known for its mission to support artisans on both national and local levels. One way of accomplishing this is by featuring collections by independent designers and local artists, sourced through Etsy, at its retail locations.

The “Etsy for West Elm” collection began in 2012 at the hand of West Elm’s Vice President of Merchandising, Shane Brogan. “We’ve been highlighting Etsy sellers in our catalog and through special events for a few years. Adding wholesale collections in our new stores is an amazing way to connect our customers with artists in their own backyard, and make each of our stores a true reflection of its local community,” he says.

The Artistic Agrarian Farmer and rancher Aubrey Famuliner Finkeldei creates handcrafted chandeliers, lanterns, vases and decorative bird cages using new and found objects like metal and wire.

Belles and Ghosts MissySue Hansen’s handmade soaps, scrubs, oils and lotions are 100 percent organic and vegan, containing no harsh chemicals, preservatives or compounds.

Gallery Zoo Art Inspired by nature, Catherine Jeltes’ photography, paintings and prints are made with the highest-quality media.

Grindstone Designs Brooke Hamilton’s rustic décor items include a mix of handmade and vintage pieces—like light fixtures crafted from Mason jars and mounted on barn-wood wall sconces.

ReAuthored Designer Maha Libdeh gives e-readers an old-school vibe by creating cases from discarded books. These handcrafted gems leave the original pages and binding intact, making them truly bookworm-friendly.

Sprouted Designs Amanda Gray-Swain produces botanically inspired housewares, including her signature screenprinted flour sack towels with graphic images of fruits, vegetables and kitchen gadgets.

Sucre Shop The Sucre Shop team delivers hand-printed wooden utensils made from sustainably harvested wood. These 100 percent biodegradable utensils are fully customizable with colorful graphics and designs.

Two Wheel Design Using wood, metal, leather and bike parts, Two Wheel Design creates laser-carved iPhone cases inspired by bike culture.

Find all of these lines and more at West Elm, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.863.5287. Follow the “Local Love” column on ALIVE’s Style Notes blog to learn more about STL-area artisans and their latest collections.

Grindstone Design, Belles and Ghosts and Sprouted Designs photos courtesy of the artisans. Sucre Shop photo by J. Pollack Photography. Bag icon by Michael Rowe/The Noun Project.


4271_1424.jpgAsparagus flour sack tea towel, Sprouted Designs

4268_1424.jpgWood scoops, Sucre Shop

4269_1424.jpgDavana soap, Belles and Ghosts

4270_1424.jpgWood scoops, Sucre Shop


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