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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!
Southern Shake, Shake, Shake
There aren't many things that are more iconic of the south than the Mason jar. At least not in the eyes of Eric Prum and Josh Williams– the southern raised creators of the Mason Shaker and authors of the new book Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails.
With a shot of southern sensibility, and a passion for delicious cocktails, the Virginia native best friends combined an obsession with vintage kitchenware and an uncanny ability to fashion impromptu drinking tools, and The Mason Shaker was born. Made from classic glass Mason jars and high quality stainless steel, The Mason Shaker pays perfect tribute to both bygone American eras and modern usability.
The two didn't just leave us with a great cocktail shaker though– not without sharing the entirety of their passion for cocktails in a just released book called Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails. Filled with seasonal, straightforward drink recipes and great photography, the book reminds us that cocktails should be simple, social, and above all, fun.
Mongrel is happy to be among the first stores in the country to offer both The Mason Shaker and the book Shake, and hope that find them both as great as we do.
The Crafty Crafters of Night Owl
With a passion for fine craftsmanship, detail, and environment, Alan Henderson and Jennifer Tatham went out on a limb to start Night Owl Paper Goods, a stationery company devoted to creating handmade letterpress cards and eco-chic wooden goodies. The duo finds inspiration in the versatile works of Swedish and American folk artists, Brittish haberdashers, as well as the cute critters and colossal colors that mother nature provides daily. Their wooden cards (available for all different occasions) and other goodies can be found right here at Mongrel.
Night owl paper goods has been featured on "The Today Show" and in numerous publications, including Everyday with Rachel Ray, Family Circle, Redbook, Cottage Living, Country Living, Women's Day, Southern Living, Southern Accents, as well as Australian Reader's Digest, Marie Claire, Wedding Style Guide and Canada's House & Home, Style at Home and Canadian Family.
Since the moment they began offering stationery and greeting cards, Elum Letterpress has revitalized the centuries old art-form of letterpress printing while reflecting the current trends in the world of design and fashion like no other. Their sophisticated and often incredibly detailed designs are fabricated on superb 100% pure cotton rag printing papers with great precision and attention to detail. The result is something truly magnificent that is sure to impress anyone lucky enough to experience it. Mongrel carries greeting cards for all occasions from Elum in addition to unique notecard sets, lavishly packaged to transform your stationery into a chic personal accessory.
You asked for it, and you got it!
We're pleased to offer a great new collection of goods from the one-of-a-kind Rifle Paper!
It's hard to get enough of Rifle Paper's signature hand-painted florals– especially on journals with soft linen covers and luxurious interior pages... or now, on their elegant new line of iPhone covers!
Bison of Bellingham
Mongrel takes great pleasure in offering great handmade cards that are made by folks who are passionate about the preservation and evolution of print. When great new cards make their way to our shelves, we can't help but share a little bit of their stories.
Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress is owned and operated by husband and wife team Carly & Kevin out of Bellingham, Washington.
Their journey began in 2004 as Bellingham's premier letterpress and bookbinding studio, offering design and custom printing to their local community—well known for its active, eccentric, artistic, nature-loving citizens and businesses. Their style and process have been refined through years of producing hundreds of custom jobs. These experiences are the foundation of their letterpress paper goods collection.
As designer and artistic director, Carly collaborates with an inspired group of hardworking artists. Together they are gently pushing the boundaries of the traditional letterpress look—producing new designs that are whimsical, sweet, and edgy. These creations come to life through Kevin's impeccable letterpress print work, most notably his ability to give a balanced, heavy impression that is both pleasing to the eye and satisfying to the touch.
They are passionate about their role in the preservation and evolution of letterpress printing and book arts, and hope that their hard work contributes to the longevity of hand-written correspondence.
We are elated to offer greeting cards by artist/designer Ashkahn Shahparnia! Ashkahn has been featured in Interview Magazine, Paper Magazine, The New York Times & Taschen to name a few. In 2011 he was nominated by Print Magazine's prestigious Top 20 Under 30. To get a better understanding of Ashkahn and his work, checkout this video:
Bold. Colorful. Modern. Ready to put a smile on your face. These exceptional wall clocks are the fine work of Paul Ocepek (o-sep-ik). Trained as an industrial designer, Paul has been involved in the development of tvs, toys, telephones and trash cans. Motivated by a burning desire to design and produce unique, well crafted and locally made goods, Paul launched his first product line in 2010. His line of laser cut clocks are made from quality baltic birch plywood and printed with non-toxic water-based inks in Massachusetts! It's fun stuff for your cabin, castle, or crib!
Started in 2006, Petit Collage is all about good design. Artist Lorena Siminovich approaches all she does including authoring and illustrating over 20 children’s books with this philosophy. With her team of designers, she creates modern wall décor and home accessories influenced by midcentury design. The studio, located in an artistic hub of San Francisco, is an incubator of new ideas, art, and illustration where creating great design and pushing the envelope on new formats is the norm. Playfulness imbues every format Petit Collage touches. Striving to handcraft their goods in a sustainable way using the best-quality, most forest-friendly materials available is equally important.
Sure to delight inspired children and grown-ups alike and found in homes the world over, these goods are perfect for the nursery yet sophisticated enough for any room in the contemporary home.
Urban Graphic is a UK based contemporary and design-led publisher of greeting cards and stationery that have been going strong since 2003. Fueled by a passion for design and an obvious interest in every aspect of popular culture, their work incorporates elements of illustration, music, fashion and film, which has earned them commercial success and numerous industry awards.
The company directors attribute their insight into the 'commercial' side of design to their beginnings in retail and are on their way to opening up a new retail store as well as their own print studio to allow them to offer limited editions and original mono-prints of their designs. Urban Graphic plans to continue to collaborate with many great artists and hope to expand out of the stationery market to offer other different product lines.
Mongrel is happy to offer some of their best card lines in addition to some of the most unique giftwrap you will ever find anywhere.
GET YOUR FREAK ON
Beverage drinkers of all kinds, we present to you the ultimate drink insulator: The Freaker! Made in the USA by the self proclaimed “global leader in preventing moist handshakes and sweaty beverages”, the Freaker is a one-size-fits-all beverage insulator that’s as functional as it is fashionable. Hiding the hooch while walking the pooch? Just rockin’ tap on the way to the GAP? Let your Freaker flag fly! Mongrel has lots of freaking styles to choose from– just don’t call it a coozie...