SWORDS-SMITH is an innovative retailer of women's wear, men's wear, jewelry and accessories. The Brooklyn boutique carries a unique curation of more than 80 talented designers, their own in-house collection and exclusive collaborations with a ton of brands, artists and friends. Founded in 2013 by married partners Briana Swords and R Smith, their goal is to enable clients to discover new brands and support exciting designers who emphasize creativity and quality.
All Hands is a collection of handbags inspired by life at sea (“all hands on deck” — get it?). Designer Jennifer Stilwell grew up with a ship captain for a father which meant long spells of her childhood were spent on boats; a theme that repeated itself in her adult life when — post-big breakup — she ditched her gig in the music industry and signed up to scrub anchor chains in Alaska, eventually leading to a position traveling the world with an artisan development fund. From there, Stilwell took an apprenticeship with a leatherworker in Argentina, then moving on to learn from a sample maker in London before starting her own line. Stilwell aims to keep everything in the collection small, creating only shapes she can sew by hand, with all pieces made entirely by hand.
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