Shopping has always been Rita Mehta's ultimate adventure. She delights in the smallest details, pounds the pavement for the perfect pair of jeans, views favourite boutiques as a home away from home. "When I finished school years ago, a career in product development and sourcing seemed a natural fit for me," she says. Marrying her twin passions of shopping and travel, the fashion and homewares industry veteran has a blog and directory, The American Edit, that highlights US designers and makers. Here she tells us what and where to buy, State-side, for that unique souvenir.
There are few things I love more than travel, so I'm fortunate that my work gives me the opportunity to do so quite often.
I run The American Edit, a website that celebrates the best American-made products. I typically plan my trips around independent restaurants and shops I want to visit (with a few museums or hikes thrown in), which means I'm always uncovering new and incredible brands and the shops that carry them.
Here are ten of my favourite recent household finds. Everything is manufactured in the USA and sold at small, independent shops across America.
1. Denim Block Print Throw
Susan Connor block prints her collection at her studio in Brooklyn. Her denim throw is the perfect weight for cool summer nights.
Price: $195 (A$250). Buy stateside: Wilson & Willy's (Minneapolis)
2. Ceramic Tumblers
I have Ginny Sims' tumblers all over my house and love the colourful, whimsical prints.
Price: $40 (A$55). Buy stateside: Mille (Minneapolis)
3. Low Plant Stand
Not exactly carry-on friendly, but KKDW's planter is made in Austin and is the perfect accent piece for any home.
Price: $305 (A$420). Buy stateside: Gather Home & Lifestyle (Chicago)
4. Mini White Star Bowl
The MQuan Studio bowl is a much more travel-friendly option! I pick up beautiful ceramics wherever I go and keep them for our home or to give away as presents.
Price: $36 (A$50). Buy stateside: The Commons (Charleston)
5. Freedom Sake Cup
Another beautiful ceramic cup. This one is made by Romy Northover in New York.
Price: $28 (A$39). Buy stateside: The Line (New York)
6. I+W x Apothia Candle
Even when you're not in the mood for trying on jeans, the shop's signature scent is enough reason to visit again and again.
Price: $55 (A$76). Buy stateside: Imogene + Willie (Nashville and Portland)
7. Magnus Spice Mill
This spice mill is made in Portland and New York and is a beautiful addition to any modern kitchen.
Price: $110 (A$151). Buy stateside: Beam & Anchor (Portland)
8. Porcelain And Leather Serving Spoon
A beautiful, unique piece from Kati von Lehman, made by hand in Portland.
Price: $38 (A$52). Buy stateside: Spartan Shop (Austin)
9. Small Bang Plate
Throughout her collection, Kelly Lambs uses simple materials in the most unique shapes.
Price: $95 (A$131). Buy stateside: Mohawk General Store (Los Angeles)
10. Bud Vase
An iconic shop. I always leave with a piece of Heath Ceramics after visiting California.
Price: $24 (A$33). Buy stateside: Heath (San Francisco, Sausalito, and Los Angeles)
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