Monday, March 7, 2011

Tigertree Exclusives!

People ask us all the time how we decide what to carry in the shop.  Simple; we carry what we like.  When we see that there is a need for certain products that we just cannot find on the market like fun jewelry that is affordable, comfy t shirts that aren't over-designed, simple leather belts in good colors at decent prices, etc, we make it!  And if we are not skilled enough to make it with our own hands, we find other local people who can!  As such, we have amassed quite a few Tigertree exclusives over the years.  Some of our current favorites:
Okay, so obviously we are the only people that carry our logo tee, but I bet other shops would if we would let them!  Our logo was designed by the most talented graphic designer alive, Jon Klassen, and it is hand screened on ridiculously soft tri-blend tees right here in Columbus!

This Columbus graphic was taken from an early 1900's book.  The book taught 10 year old boys how to be bigger bad asses than any grown man in this generation could dream of.  Thus, the paddles and guns. Again, locally screened on The Most Comfortable Shirt in the World.
Our most well-known commissioned work would probably be our Ohio necklaces which are made by local artist, Anne Holman.  She cuts each recycled sterling silver pendant out by hand with a jewelers saw!  Each one!  Every curve!  By hand!  We have seen a lot of people out there copying this necklace, but I don't think you can improve on the beautiful and simple design that Anne made.  

I've never been a jewels kind of girl and, to be honest, I just don't like spending much money on jewelry.   I wanted to be able to give our customers unique and fun pieces that were super affordable, and the best way that I found to do that was to just make them!  I mix a lot of vintage and new elements to create statement pieces that never cost more than $36.  
Our line of belt buckles made from the covers of discarded library books is what eventually led us to ope Tigertree.  To be fair, these are not exactly a Tigertree exlusive.  Over the years, we have been honored to have them sold by some of the best retailers in the world; Fred Segal was our first account and Bergdorf Godman and Henri Bendel followed soon after.  No I will not pick up those names I just dropped. 

Once we opened the shop and were actually meeting the customers who were buying our buckles, we realized that may of them were in need of a good belt to wear them with.  Again, after a pretty extensive search to find a quality handmade product at a good price, we gave up and decided to learn how to make them ourselves.  The belts pictured above have quote hand punched into them in tribute to our favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, they are also available plain. 

Look for more Tigertree exclusives coming this spring and summer!  We will definitely have new tees and we also have some great vintage collections in the works!

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