- Bringing Handmade to You -
Most people these days are familiar with the flash sale websites offering a designer’s label or jewelry or home goods for only a few days that comes to your inbox daily. Well, think of this concept but with independent designers who make their pieces by hand. Clay and Elly Bethune made that concept a reality in 2013 with 9thelm.com.
9th & Elm is a website that brings independent designers to one website for you to shop. The most exciting part (for me) is you discover talented individuals you may never have come across creating items from handmade jewelry to clothing and swim suits to home decor pieces.
The casual boho chic look you see above is created from a lace headband, arrow tank, and silver arrow bracelet (similar one here) all from 9thelm.com. Each piece I ordered was from a different designer and all 3 are high quality items I will definitely utilize over and over again. I truly saw how 9th & Elm works with the designers when only the gold arrow bracelet was available, but the designer located one last silver one that I was able to have sent to me. And, everything arrived promptly in great condition. Now I find myself checking the website weekly, if not daily, for more exciting wares. Before writing this, I found the coolest monogrammed Chuck Taylors. So many independent creatives now available at your fingertips!
Because cutoffs have made a major comeback this summer (you’ll see them everywhere!) the light denim perfectly paired with the arrow tank which HAD to go with the headband for a chic boho summer look. What I loved so much about the tank (only $29 on 9thelm.com) is that it can be worn for a laid back look, thrown over your swim suit, and is perfect to travel in your bag for a weekend getaway. The silver arrow bracelet coordinates with the tank standing alone on your wrist or as an exciting addition to your arm party. And, lace headbands ($21) are available in multiple colors so you can choose the best hue for your hair color and skin tone. A slide on sneaker completes the look with style mixed with comfort for summer.
9th & Elm is a wonderful way to support small businesses without having to seek out unique items website after website. Just take a few minutes to peruse the “handmade, independent, or otherwise cool” pieces from 9th & Elm… that few minutes will quickly turn into more!
Tank: Feather Arrows Flowy Racerback Tank Orig. $55, 9th & Elm $29
Headband: Lace Headband in Ice Blue $21
Bracelet: Silver Arrow Bracelet (similar available now - 9th & Elm)
Shorts: My own cutoffs (similar here)
Sunglasses: Versace (similar here)