As the seasons fully transition in climate (not that the Bay would know it) and clothing, I’ve been paying more attention to my accoutrements, and not so much the initial wrappings. In the past year I’ve been trying to become better about matching my bags to my outfits. To that end, I’ve been leaving some extra time in my dressing routine to think “What bag really goes with this and will get me through the day?” The result is that I feel a lot more put together than if I were to match my belt to my shoes, which is a stodgy old fashion rule I never fully understood.
Enter Hansel from Basel, a design group that is as day-friendly as they are wearable, which means increased representation in my weekly rotation.
Once a month, NY legwear makers Hansel from Basel offer one item on their site at the wholesale price. They call it the Sock of the Month Club, which just sounds really cute, and not in an oversaccharine Zooey Deschanel way (It was her birthday yesterday and I don’t understand why anybody cares.) – much more appealing than all those StyleMint/JewelMint/InedibleMint subscription services that keep popping up and sounding the same. January’s Pom Pom Bag makes me think of the basic components of a snowman, except that you can tote Frosty Parts I, II, III, and IV to and from the market during any season you wish:
Always a fan of geometric designs, I’m also eyeing the Zig Zag and Stripe. At $32 and a recently discounted $24, respectively, they’re reasonably priced and perfect for hopping on and off BART. Foot-wise, these are my favorite Hansel from Basel tights and socks:
To get you through the quieter days of winter, Hansel from Basel got Cameron Mesirow from Glasser curated a playlist spanning Grace Jones to White Town (Yeah, you totally miss that song.), and it’s free for the downloading! Click to DL, scroll for the playlist:
“Devoted to You” -Everly Brothers
“I’ve Done It Again” -Grace Jones
“Land of the Glass Pinecones” -Human Sexual Response
“Herpes Simplex” -Lizzy Mercier
“Um Girassol da Cor Do Seu Cabelo” -Lô Borges
“Head Cage -Matthew Dear
“Why Spend the Dark Night with You” -Moondog
“No One is There” -Nico
“The Devil” -PJ Harvey
“Fairy Tales” -Stockholm Monsters
“Your Woman” -White Town