It’s no secret that at Frangipani we love all things funky, fresh, and fun. It makes us what we are! That’s why today we want to highlight a favorite brand that embodies these three attributes perfectly: En Shalla!
En Shalla is an Anglo-Moroccan brand that focuses on high end accessories, blending North African art with modern fashion. And yes, they are as cool as they sound! They are based in Marrakech where all their products are handmade by local female artisans, and they’ve even adopted some of the Moroccan society’s values. For example, they make sure to use recycled materials during production whenever possible, as most people in Marrakech live on a low income and are very careful to reuse things so that nothing ever goes to waste. En Shalla’s founders found this way of life very refreshing, especially being from London where they were used to a very western, materialistic mindset and people constantly buying new products excessively.
En Shalla even started working on a project four years ago called Food Bag Foundation where they use their embroidering techniques on recycled food bags made in and out of Marrakech. They work with industrial sized bags of rice, couscous, flour, and other commodities. Using this technique, where they weave different materials through a square grid, they are able to create beautiful designs and patterns in a pixel-like format – and create even less waste! To keep the bags’ original essence, the material is turned inside out so that the original design is still seen from the inside. They say this adds a sense of ~romance~ to the story, and I definitely agree! So poetic.
Here are some of our favorite En Shalla bags that you can find at Frangipani today!
Pastel Recycled Bag
This colorful, fun bag is one of our absolute favorites in the whole store! The size makes it perfect to use as an overnight bag or to take to the beach, and the versatile straps make it so comfortable to hold. Not to mention the amazing pom poms which create a playful energy that you’ll want to take everywhere with you.
Green Albers Bag
This bag, inspired by Josef Albers, is one of the very special bags from the Food Bag Foundation, made from a recycled bag of rice! This bag is so special and you can definitely tell it was made with so much love. Also, guess what… it’s on sale! Run, don’t walk to snag it now before it sells out!
Red and Yellow Envelope Clutch
This clutch is so unique and delicately made! I’ve honestly never seen anything like it. The details on it are next level and the craftsmanship is so special. It’s so fun and will definitely tie any outfit together. Buy it now and use it the next time you meet your girls for some drinks! But warning, they will most definitely want to borrow it every weekend!
Here at Frangipani, we are very conscious about the brands we offer and always make sure that their values align with ours. One thing we are passionate about is sustainability. We know the impact we have on this planet and truly do our best to make it a positive one. We make sure to do our part by providing sustainable product lines for our customers so that you, too, can feel empowered to make a difference through your shopping and consumption habits. We’re proud to say that over 50% of our store’s products are friendly towards our planet’s wellbeing; made with reused or sustainably sourced materials. Here are some of our favorite sustainable product lines that you can browse online or at our funky, fresh, and fun location in Wynwood:
One of our most popular brands, Mavrans, prides itself on its sustainability… as it should! Mavrans truly goes so far to make its products entirely eco friendly while also super fun, colorful, and inclusive. Mavrans' clothing is made from recycled plastic bottles that would normally take 450 years to decompose (can you imagine?!) and coconut husks which make the garments soft and breathable. Only the exact amount necessary of fabric is printed in order to create minimal waste during their manufacturing process. Most importantly, Mavrans fabrics are made without any water! We’ve carried Mavrans in our store for years and their creative solutions to common waste problems in the fashion industry never fail to amaze me. And it’s no wonder their products are a fan favorite. Drop by the store and take a look for yourself to see how truly awesome and unique all of their designs are.
The Jacksons is a London based handbag brand that also cares deeply about our planet and the people who inhabit it. They focus on sustainability through their materials, production, brand development, practices, and on top of that, they are also fair trade! Their code of ethics truly inspirational! They state on their website, “these codes cannot be an add-on, we believe strongly that it needs to be woven into our lives so that it becomes second nature to us all.” We are so proud to carry their products at Frangipani! Not to mention the fact that their bags are so fun and practical. We personally love using them on an everyday basis, but they also make great beach bags and the larger size can easily be used as a weekend bag for all your getaway essentials.
Salt + Umber
Salt + Umber is one of the few shoe brands that we carry at Frangipani. On top of being completely spectacular and the perfect complement to any outfit, they also have a very strong focus on sustainability, quality, and accessibility. They use small batch, sustainable manufacturing processes and recycled materials all the way down to their packaging and tags. They recently were able to even cut back 50% of their carbon footprint! How amazing is that? The list of sustainable practices they use throughout their business goes on and on, and includes things like minimalistic packaging, made-to-order production, raw materials, and computer generated samples. These shoes are one of our more limited products so don’t hesitate to stop by and try on a few pairs! I trust you’re going to fall in love.
We hope you care about taking care of our planet, our only home, as much as we do! Our store and our products are here to complement your life as best as they can, not only by making you feel more fun and beautiful, but also by assuring you that it’s possible to make a difference in the world through the small actions we take everyday. How cool is it that we can have fun and do things that we love, like go shopping (duh!), while also creating a positive impact at the same time. We’re here in Wynwood everyday, excited to help you out in picking the right items to take home and answering any questions you might have. See you soon!
Spring has sprung, and what better way to transition with the seasons than with a fresh and fun dinner party? Hosting any kind of meal at home is already a special and intimate experience, and even more so when it’s in celebration of life! and warmth! and new beginnings! But as fun and exciting as it is, it can also be a big task to plan and execute the perfect ambiance for everyone. That’s why we’re here to help you create an impeccable table setting for you and your guests.
To start creating the perfect table setting, let’s start with one of our main characters, plates! Plates are essential to the dinner party, but they’re often seen as a simple necessity, rather than a decorative part of the ~vibe~ that they truly can be. Especially with these Xenia Taler dinner and side plates! They’re made of bamboo fiber and are PA, PVC and Phthalates free…on top of being the most fun and charming plates we've ever seen. We have so many fun designs to choose from at Frangipani and they are sold in packs OR individually so you can mix and match patterns to create a whimsical place setting for your guests.
Another crucial and very much overlooked part of any table setting is, of course, the napkins! The RIGHT napkins make such a huge difference. Yeah, you can get the same old, white paper napkins, but what is that actually going to bring to the table? (pun intended). Not much other than waste that will only end up in the trash. It’s definitely not going to add to the incredible energy you’re creating. So instead, try these beautiful and reusable cloth napkins by Atelier Saucier made with 100% premium reclaimed fabric. These will truly highlight the special and intentional space you’re creating while also serving their very important purpose.
Now let’s talk drink ware. Glasses are equally as important to the table and should also be an important part of the vibe. This element can often be a trickier find, especially when you have a specific vision for what you want the setting to look and feel like. But lucky for you, Frangipani has you covered (as always)! Our Turquoise and Clear Stemmed Glasses are the perfect option for your Spring celebration! They’re made of recycled glass and guess what… they’re currently 50% off at our Wynwood location! Come visit us and check out all the different colors we have for you.
Last but not least, your perfect table setting needs a beautiful serving bowl to hold your yummy salad or main dish. Again, our priority here is to maintain an intentional and vibrant energy to match the changing of the seasons. Our Bibol Bamboo serving bowls are the perfect low key and elegant complement to your table, with their colorful exterior and dynamic shape. They are handmade, making each one all the more special and unique.
I hope this helps you set up the perfect Spring dinner party! I already know you have everything you need to be the hostess with the mostess this season, but curating a special and intentional table will make all the difference to you and your guests once it’s time to sit and enjoy your lovely meal. A good table sets the mood for good conversation and deep connection among all your loved ones. Follow this guide and visit us at our store in Wynwood to create a magical night that your guests will never forget! Happy hosting!