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With the launch of our Spring Summer Collection we are excited to introduce pillows, stationery, and accessories that draw on one of our favorite destinations, Japan! Our travel expeditions come to life in a series of new embroideries inspired by the landscape, architecture, rich traditions, landmark visits, amazing meals and animal folklore as experienced by owner Stephanie Housley and colleague Asumi Tomita in December 2015. Here we will dive into the details of their trip and share inspiration behind each design!

今回の新作は「春の訪れ」をテーマにしたデザインに加え、2015年にステファニーが初来日した際の日本をインスピレーションに、日本の文化、建築、食、動物、昔話などをテーマにした新作も作りました!

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Our A Wish to Protect Pocket Pillow is inspired by Stephanie and Asumi’s visit to the Fox Shrine in Kyoto. Endangered species appear on the bold orange gate where visitors are invited to inscribe their greatest wishes and hopes. Our wish is to protect animals who face harm and extinction. Wishing Fox Pal lights a candle with his fellow animals in mind.

A Wish to Protect Pocket Pillow” には特別な思いが込められています。このデザインには、ステファニーが日本で体験した思い出と、絶滅危機にある動物達を守りたいという思いをこめています。

来日した際、京都の伏見稲荷大社を訪れました。その美しさと、平和な気持ちにさせる自然やキツネ達の姿にとても感銘を受けました。鳥居の上には、絶滅危機にある動物達を守りたいという気持ちをこめて。そして、ロウソクを手にしたキツネはそのメッセージを届ける役を担っています。

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Stephanie was extremely taken by the beauty and peaceful nature found at the Fox Shrine along with the concept of foxes as messengers. When interpreting her own experience visiting the shrine, Stephanie included detailed drawings of leaves and ferns to give a sense of serenity to the A Wish to Protect design.

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Raccoon Abode Pocket Pillow is a culmination of sites and scenes that stood out to Stephanie in each city and town she ventured to in Japan. The Raccoon’s abode is adorned with traditional good luck charms including a Shimenawa to the left of the door and a mask to ward off evil spirits, above the window. Lucky Raccoon, peeking outside of his door, is drawn from traditional. ceramic raccoon dogs, or Tanukis, that are placed outside many homes in Japan for good fortune. The Tanuki statue looks charming yet mischievous, Stephanie brought his jovial presence to our Lucky Raccoon Pal.

京都でよく見かけた信楽焼の狸。ステファニーはとても気に入り、新作のデザインにも登場しています。タヌキが住む家は京都の町屋にインスピレーションを受けています。しめ縄や暖簾など、ステファニーが日本滞在中に興味をもったものも描かれています。ちなみに、暖簾のデザインは、ぶんぶくちゃがまの物語に登場する魚と茶釜です!

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When the snow melts and the dogwoods bloom, bunnies peek out from their burrows and fawns show off their spotted coats…it’s springtime at last! Our Spring 2017 collection celebrates the burst of color and life that this bountiful season yields. As warmer weather draws us out to picnics and parties, our new Spring Blossoms series is perfect for hosting outdoor gatherings with family and friends, or inviting the outside in.

ウサギや小鹿が現れ、ハナミズキの花が咲く雪解けの季節….ようやく春の訪れです!2017年の春コレクションのテーマは「春の訪れ」です。ピクニックやパーティが楽しい暖かい春、家族や友人達との集まりにもぴったりのコレクションです。

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We are excited to introduce a collection of pillows, stationery, and accessories that draw on one of our favorite destinations, Japan! Our travel expeditions come to life in a series of new embroideries inspired by the landscape, architecture, rich traditions, landmark visits, amazing meals and animal folklore as experienced by owner Stephanie Housley and colleague Asumi Tomita in December 2015.

そして新作のもう一つのテーマは日本! デザイナーのステファニーは2015年に初来日。旅を通して経験した、日本の景色、建築、豊かな伝統、文化、素晴らしい食事、日本昔話などをインスピレーションに、ピロー、カードやポーチなどをデザインしましたした。

 

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In mid October we packed up our Coral & Tusk goods and headed to Houston for our trunk show at Kuhl-Linscomb! Our first store visit and trunk show of the season coincided with Kuhl-Lincomb’s annual Holiday Shopping Card Event, where participating businesses donate a percentage of sales to the American Cancer Society. We felt so lucky to be included in the Holiday Card festivities, as one of many trunk shows and events taking place for the ten day fundraiser. We had a blast connecting with customers and fellow designers!


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Kuhl-Linscomb’s sprawling campus is comprised of five buildings filled to the brim with furniture, antiques, bedding, table linens, apothecary, jewelry, baby, kitchen, garden and so much more! It’s impossible to see everything but was such a treat to try! We set up shop in the Main Building, displaying the entire C&T home line, including our brand new Framed Artwork!

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C & T Merit Badges and Stationery!

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Here at Coral & Tusk, we are proud to have our products stocked in independently owned shops both near and far. Visiting our stockists in person and meeting our customers is always an exciting experience! The partnerships we’ve created with our wholesalers are unique and we are very lucky to have the opportunity to work with some of the most beautiful and truly inspiring stores. We are thrilled to share our store visits with you on our blog this holiday season!

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Last week we joined k colette at their 5th annual Harvest Gathering, where we displayed our entire home collection for a trunk show! We’ve worked with k colette for nearly 3 years now, but this was our first visit to their beautiful Portland, Maine store.

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photo courtesy k colette