Anytime there's a label that includes the words 'industrial, luxury, and utilitarian' in its description, my interest instantly peaks. Thus, it's no great wonder that I'm quite intrigued by the pieces on offer by Los Angeles-based accessories brand, Building Block.

The spartan pieces designed by sisters Kimberly & Nancy Wu was initiated in Tokyo prior to finding its way Stateside, and I'm so glad it finally did. The collection - largely a range of angular, minimalist bags in vegetable tanned leather - is the sort of thing that anyone with a decidedly understated style could add to their collection without thinking twice. 

For my part, I'm gravitating towards the rectangular Big Business bag, last image. Beyond the obvious, attention grabbing size, there's a quiet boldness about the portfolio that's very appealing in an offbeat way. And think about how much stuff one can haul away in that bag, without it looking like a gaping, saggy mess...



NB images Courtesy Building Block

The Volume

  • Au Courant Vol. 02
    Edwin Jacobs, director of Centraal Museum Utrecht
    Looking around Gerrit Rietveld's modern space 
    Curator Martin van Nieuwenhuyzen on the artist's retrospective
    In studio with the Los Angles sculptor
    Works by Nadia Huggins, Monika Holzer alongside Rebecca Martin, Mark Jason-Weston, and Nick Wilkins. Literary writings by L.T. Harris, Caroline Mackenzie, and Breanne Mc Ivor.
    With Astier de Villatte, HER swimwear, Mariage Frères, Hôtel de NELL, La Garconne, Cahiers d'Art, and Rosemanclub.
    By Lisa-Marie Harris.
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Of Interest

Astier de Villatte Incense and Pottery
Astier de Villatte

Fine Japanese incense blends and hand-crafted pottery from the Parisian home wares maison.
Japanese made eyewear from Rosemanclub
Rosemanclub Eyewear

Japanese made eyewear inspired by classic shapes, from Thailand's Rosemanclub Eyewear.
Mariage Frères Thé Maison
Mariage Frères Thé

Exquisite loose leaf, speciality, and blended herbal teas from the longstanding Parisian Maison.
Gerrit Rietveld Furniture Design
Hôtel de NELL, Paris

An understated, modernist 5-star hotel & spa with a minimalist design outlook in the heart of Paris.