The Only Scarf You’ll Ever Need!

If any US city is down right birthing out creatives, it’s Minneapolis. Who knew?! So many cool designs & brands are coming out of there right now. That’s why it was an obvious place for us to turn when we were thinking of apparel designers to potentially collaborate with on our Holiday Pop-Up Shop. We’d been long time fans of the incredible Hackwith Design House, known for their unique approach to creating timeless pieces of clothing- all sold in limited edition runs. They often create as few as eight pieces in a run, each hand signed and numbered by the person who made it. So we asked, they miraculously said yes, and basically a match was made in beautiful scarf heaven!

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Wanting to design the ultimate accessory that EVERY woman could wear, keeping with HDH’s motto to create every piece with the intention of it becoming a special highlight of your closet for years and years to come, we think we pretty much nailed it. We’re all very in love with our Limited Edition {there are only 12 left!!} Oversized Gray and White Salvage Scarf!

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It has been one of our most popular items in the shop thus far, and we can’t help but delight in the details of it. These handmade raw cotton blend scarves are oversized to perfection measuring in at 61’x45” {yep, we asked the team to go as big as possible!} and have a white salvage edge. The stitching, the color, the angle of the cut, the way it drapes and flows – we’re thrilled with every detail. It’s all classically beautiful, in signature HDH and Apartment 34 style! The scarf, literally, can go with anything {and we mean anything!} in your closet. The cotton blend allows you to easily transition this scarf from winter, to spring, to fall, whenever!

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Not only is this scarf gorgeous to the eyes, but everything Hackwith Design House touches turns to gold, from their loose fitting tunics, to their draped tops – even their awesome collaborative workspace, The CoMN, where they design, cut, hand sew, and join forces with some of MN’s finest is drop dead gorgeous. We thought it would be fun to take a peek into the space where our scarves were made. It’s only right, ya know? Before we move into the joint! Packing. Bags. NOW.

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A rented creative co-op studio space, started by Lisa Hackwith and Rita Mehta of The American Edit, The CoMN is decorated to a tee, complete with conference room, jumbo pendants over a communal desk space, copper piping to hang garments and every cute decor detail you can think of. We love that every Hackwith piece of clothing is made from start to finish right in this space by this amazing team. They have an elevated sense of style and know exactly what will look effortlessly chic on every woman!

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Everyone on the Apartment 34 team may or may not have bought this scarf for themselves! We’re just SO obsessed with how special they are. The quality is immeasurable, the how-to-wear-it options endless and the tag, signed and numbered, truly makes this an exceptionally rare piece to own. There are only a handful out of the limited edition of 20, left!! So please, treat yourself to something amazing this Christmas- you deserve it!

You can purchase this Oversized Grey and White Salvage Scarf HERE.

image 2, 4, original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // all other images c/o Hackwith Design House original photography by Paul Vincent 

Bump Style: Getting Cozy

As we race headlong toward winter’s official arrival, I’ve been having fun figuring out how to bundle up the ever-growing bump. While I could never really describe Bay Area weather as “cold” – I’m sorry but I require freezing temps and the occasional cameo of snow for that – I do love the opportunity to wear super comfy sweaters and other wintry favorites. I’m just a layer-loving kind of girl!

Since knits aren’t always terribly maternity friendly {at 25 weeks I’ve popped enough now that length starts to become an issue!}, I’ve been reaching for all things oversized. So when I spied this Old Navy Fair Isle Cardigan – borrowed from the boys no less – I fell in love immediately! A men’s cardigan is the perfect way to wear a seasonally festive piece and feel completely comfy and cozy at the same time. It’s also nice and long, super stretchy and when I do get to the point that I can no longer button it up, it’ll still look really cute worn open. Thankfully, the mild San Francisco temps let me rock it as my “jacket” right now.

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In case you didn’t already notice, I’m a big fan of the navy + orange color palette. It feels very cozy without having to revert to traditional Christmas colors {sorry red & green!}. Boyfriend jeans are also a staple these days – they’re how I’m avoiding having to buy maternity jeans! Thankfully, the trend has yet to wane. Combined with my trusty ankle boots, a pair fingerless gloves & a bad hair day favorite – a slouchy beanie – and I’ve pretty much set my uniform for last second Christmas gift shopping, coffee dates or a weekend brunch for two with the husband. Cramming in that just us time is essential this time of year btw!

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The best part about this look? I could simply swap some chic sweats and be totally ready for Christmas morning. It’s all about getting the most out of increasingly limited wardrobe my friends!

Are you getting into the holiday spirit with your looks? If you need some additional holiday outfit inspiration check this and this out {I’m also pregnant this post & this post too fyi!}.

Here’s to enjoying the holiday season while it lasts!

GET YOUR SHOP ON: What I’m Wearing

> Old Navy Fair Isle Cardigan {men’s, women’s similar}
> Boyfriend jeans {similar}
​original photography for apartment 34 by emily scott

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

A Unique Gift for Him OR Her!

It’s not everyday you come across something that is rugged enough for him and chic enough for her, but we have. In fact, we helped design it! We’re super excited to introduce and share the story behind our Limited Edition Black Waxed Canvas Musette Bag in collaboration with Sketchbook Crafts {that you can find in our Holiday Pop-Up Shop right now!There were only 25 made, by hand, by Amber, founder of Sketchbook Crafts, in her artist’s studio in the small town of Marshall, North Carolina. We hope you enjoy this exclusive bag, perfect for him or for her, that is as beautifully crafted and unique as its story!

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Amber is very much inspired by the the small mountain town of Marshall in Western North Carolina, where she both lives and works – out of an old high school that has been converted into artist studio spaces! Outside her studio windows runs the gorgeous French Broad River. Her small town vibe is one of the reasons we fell in love with Amber’s work. The craftsmanship and the methodical process, the artistry and accuracy of each hand driven stud really shines through and when you look at each bag, you can practically see the snow falling outside of her studio! Seriously, look how dreamy this classic town looks!

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Coming from a creative family {her mother an interior designer, her father an architect}, Amber learned the appreciation of making something beautiful with your hands very early on. She taught herself how to sew and worked in her parents’ basement after receiving a B.F.A in drawing before eventually developing a full line of bags.

From Amber: “Working with my hands creating high quality, thoughtful work was encouraged early on and today is a part of my everyday life. The inherent tactile nature of working with textiles seemed like a natural evolution as I grew up and started my own company.”

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Inside her studio, Amber crafted up something really special for us! We knew we wanted a bag with a classic neutral color palette and really wanted something that could appeal to both men and women- another thing we love about the Sketchbook Crafts line. We chose a thick black waxed canvas, a gorgeous natural leather and of course, beautiful brass hardware for our signature touch of glam. The ruggedness and durability of the waxed canvas paired with the carefully applied brass details and natural leather work absolutely perfectly together – if we do say so ourselves!

For him, he can adjust the strap and carry it across his chest like a messenger with iPad and notebooks inside. For her, she can wear it over her shoulder, having all of her daily essentials right where she needs them. She can even remove the strap and wear it as a modern, oversized fold-over clutch! Hello, three bags in one! Not to mention, the waxed canvas makes it practically waterproof and the double pockets with a middle compartment {perfect for stuffing a jacket between or water bottle!} makes it a GREAT travel bag. It’s just waiting for someone to take it on a wondrous adventure around the world with them!

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Get Your Gifting On:

> Limited Edition Black Waxed Canvas Musette Bag
> Vintage Italian Notebook Set 
> Aesop Hand Balm
> ‘Things’ Pouch
> Exclusive Ombre iPhone Case
> Clare V. Leather Tassel Keychain
> Kinfolk Magazine

From Amber: “Since there is so much care and detail that goes into each bag, my hope is that the owners of these will also care for them as well as take them on wondrous journeys and exciting adventures. My hope is to create a timeless object that can be passed down and enjoyed by entire families.”

We truly believe that our Black Waxed Canvas Musette Bag is really the perfect gift. It’s durable and chic enough to last a lifetime. Whether it’s worn as a murse or a purse- this limited edition bag is going to make 23 more people completely city chic and ruggedly utilitarian!

Hurry and gift this to someone you love, or yourself, before they’re all gone!

image 1 original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // all other images c/o Sketchbook Crafts // @sketchbookcrafts