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OROPOPO is leather jewelry and small objects made and crafted by a husband and wife duo drawing from mythologies and iconography of the American West. Karole's professional background is in architecture and engineering. Her husband, Grady, is a fiction writer from Tucumcari, New Mexico. Together they combine site and culture with contemporary technology, love of the desert and its aesthetic qualities, into a unique design and narrative process. They draw from Native American, classic Western, and New Mexican culture to create modern, geometric pieces that breathe new life into American history.
Oropopo is primarily laser cut leather jewelry. Becoming makers of jewelry was not a goal in itself but has evolved out of an ongoing exploration of design, culture, technology, and craft. Bringing cutting edge tools like laser cutters together with a traditional material, an iconic western material, like leather to create objects inspired by patterns of the southwest the couple finds both challenging and extremely satisfying. Oropopo is the culmination of their shared interests and experiences. The creation of new work can be initiated by the form of a desert plant or a passage from a short story or the cast of a shadow during an eclipse. All of these have inspired their current work. Their process from inspiration to final piece involves much iteration and discussion. Karole drives the design process and Grady works to articulate the design's concept.
While many of these works are inspired by traditional forms passed down and shared between the varied cultures of the Southwest these designs do not come out of a Native American tradition. “We have our own relationship to the land and the culture and those indefinable qualities that are New Mexico and the Southwest. If there is a shared element between our work and the work that has been done in this region for thousands of years it would have to be a tradition of artists trying to express their experiences. We want to make beautiful things that convey a sense of time and place.”
Founded by husband-and-wife Adrian Olabuenaga and Lesley Bailey, ACME Studios has elevated the standard for fine writing instruments by pushing the boundaries of production while maintaining the highest standard of quality and integrity. Nominated for multiple design awards including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, ACME's product is distributed by leading retailers and museums, with multiple shop-in-shops and freestanding flagship stores worldwide.
From the strong relationships ACME builds with their artists and designers to the company's inspiring facilities designed by Ettore Sottsass on the hillside of Haleakala Crater in Maui, ACME Studio has earned a place as a recognized leader in superior product design. ACME was nominated in 2009 for a National Design Award in Corporate Achievement by the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. In 2010, they were again nominated but this time in 2 categories (product design and corporate achievement).
Constellation & Co.
In a studio built during the new wave of construction following the 1889 Seattle Fire, the folks at Constellation & Co. are hand-feeding fully restored presses to produce a manifestation of their philosophy: to use ink and paper to connect people. With each letter handset with traditional wooden type and utilizing wooden engraving, their goal is to produce pieces of art embodied with intimacy and emotion– something meant for keeping and displaying.
Perhaps they say it best in their own words:
“These sentiments transcend occasions. You are home to me. You are my favorite. These are anytime cards. They won’t go out of season or out of style.”
Mongrel carries a number of their notecards in addition to fine art prints and notebooks.
Campfire Cologne is the Tried and True scent of your best summer ever. A nostalgic ode to cooking over the fire, secret swimming holes and the unending days of youth. For a better understanding, take a moment to watch this:
Light as Material
Lara Knutson is an Industrial Designer living and working in New York City. She received a master’s degree in Industrial Design and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and believes her work is informed by the interplay of light, space, materials and structure that unites these two disciplines.
Her “soft glass” series is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Lara’s work is sold in design stores and museum shops around the world, including MoMA, the Museum of Arts and Design and now, Mongrel.
A lifetime of flavor and inspiration captured in every bottle. All timeless recipes are rooted in tradition, as well as being the successful culmination of years of trial and error. Bone Doctors’ BBQ Sauce is no different, drawing on inspiration and insight from the lives of creators, Dr. David Heilbronner and Dr. Bruce Wilhelmsen.
As colleagues in the field of medicine as well as kitchen cuisine, the actual origination of Bone Doctors' BBQ Sauce began 31 years ago, when the physicians first met. After realizing they each possessed a strong sense of culinary curiosity, the pair of orthopedic surgeons (Bone Doctors) embarked on a journey to create the "Original" barbeque sauce, using only natural ingredients without preservatives, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavoring, or coloring. This eventually led to the discovery of the savory blend that serves as the basis for every bottle of Bone Doctors' BBQ Sauce.
Whether grilling at a neighborhood barbeque or selling BBQ to help with a daughter's soccer fundraiser, the Bone Doctors' passion for creating their own homemade barbeque sauces and authentic spice rubs was fueled by friends and family who found their bold recipes discriminatingly delicious.
The years of balancing professional careers with friendship and family have helped Dr. David and Dr. Bruce perfect the balance between the sweet, succulent, spicy and smoldering flavors in each of their all-natural sauces. Mongrel carries their Original, Brazin Heat & Carolina BBQ sauces in addition to their Fire & Brimstone hot sauce.
Fabric horse is a product design studio that has pioneered a return to high quality, handcrafted workmanship with an original line of multi-functional soft goods. They make all of their products by hand in Philadelphia. All of their materials have been chosen with sustainability in mind, from junkyard-salvaged seat belts to recycled yoga mats. After gaining international acclaim in the cyclist community, over the past decade their products have proven valuable to countless professions and lifestyles for work, travel, and the everyday. Fabric Horse dares people to expand their imaginations socially, creatively, and philosophically. Their completely vegan product line maintains a standard of quality that ensures their products are built to last.
RVA Neighborhood Candles
Our latest line of hand-poured candles are inspired by the unique neighborhoods that make up Richmond. These pure soy candles have a 60+ hour burn time and are packaged perfectly for gifting. The line includes unique fragrances for RVA, Carytown, The Fan, The West End, Forest Hill and Westover Hills.
Are you an east coaster? A west coaster? These new coasters are here to show your love! Buy some for yourself of send some to one of your coast-hopping friends. Made from baltic birch in the USA.
RVA + VCU
The newest addition to our RVA collection has arrived! Show off your RVA and VCU love with these brushed aluminum, router-cut picture frames. Get creative and personalize them with your own 5x7 photos or artwork to create your own unique expression. Also, feel good knowing that these frames are made right here in RVA!
The Wood of Wolfum
Wolfum’s line of tabletop and home goods bring traditional items into the contemporary home with a nod to vintage, and a respect for modernity, eco-kindness and functionality. Wolfum features elegant and bold product intended to grow with the well curated home and stand the test of time. Each item is handmade in Los Angeles, California with quality materials and manufacturing, as well as timeless and unique prints and colors that will withstand trends.
Dave Marcoullier is a certified arborist and landscape designer living in San Francisco's Mission District, and much of his work is an extension of these two disciplines.
His work is comprised of CNC routed solid hardwood wall hangings and wooden trays. He derives color variations and contrast by treating some areas with natural oil, while leaving other areas of wood untouched.
As no two wood grains are the same, each and every piece is unique. Dave takes pride in selecting only the finest grains, and orienting color, direction and striation to best compliment the context of the design.
Whenever possible he uses reclaimed and FSC certified lumber.
Guys & Groomsmen
You've heard it– and maybe even said it: he's so hard to shop for! Lucky for you, Mongrel has first-class gifts for guys. In fact, we've just been named #1 Best Place for Groomsmen Gifts by Virginia Bride Magazine! A few ideas shown here: a dopp kit, shoeshine kit, wine opener, metal pen and pencil set, flask, credit card holder and manicure kit.
Teroforma first captured our senses a couple years ago with their now-classic whiskey stones, a set of small soapstones cubes designed to be frozen and added to your whisky to cool your drink without watering it down. Since then, they have continued to impress with their expanding collection of other high quality goods for the table, both whisky related and not. Be sure to come in and check out our entire collection of Teroforma goods next time you are in the neighborhood!