This past spring I teamed up with designer Milicent Armstrong of Artemis Design Co. to create a wine tote collaboration! We share a love for unique design, as well as an appreciation for good wine with friends. To celebrate these passions, we teamed up to bring you the wine tote collaboration. It was a big success, so we're launching round two for the holidays!
Again, made in New York City from a Turkish kilim rug, this wine tote is one-of-a-kind with local roots and a global point of view. Each wine tote comes with a set of two coasters! Cheers!
I asked Milicent a few questions about the origin of the rug and her amazing design adventures!
Where is your most favorite place you've traveled to source materials, why? I love traveling to Turkey for materials. The bazaars are filled to the brim with the most incredible carpets and textiles. Morocco is very special for me as well, and I plan on going back there this winter. In both places the sounds and smells really transport you to a different world. The call to prayer, people speaking in foreign languages, the smells of spices and street food, the ancient architecture of the holy buildings and bazaars. I love every aspect of it.
Where did this new rug come from?
The new rug that we used came from the Eastern part of Turkey, a town called Kars. There is a long history and tradition of carpet weaving there.
If you were putting any bottle of wine in your wine tote what would be and where would you want to be taking it? There are so many places!! If I were going somewhere far away, I would say the Greek Isles (somewhere I've always wanted to go!), or a grassy field overlooking the ocean in Scotland. If I were staying close to home, I would probably go for a picnic with friends on a little sailboat in Nantucket, Maine, or my home of MA.