New York-based imaginative consultancy Hugo & Marie recently launched an online boutique offering apparel accessories, jewelry and artwork from its stable of visual artists and designers. The firm, founded almost two years ago, provides services to a broad client list that includes Nike, W Magazine, Warp Records and Microsoft.
Serving as another platform for the agency's artists, co-founder Jennifer Sims explains, "since we mostly work in print or web, it seemed natural to have flowing printed scarves, large-scale typographic embroideries, art products, and jewelry, which we began developing in the spring." The luxurious scarves, designed by Anna Giertz (top right), Deanne Cheuk, Micah Lidberg (top left) and Benbo George (above), are custom printed on 100% silk twill or silk habotai using eco-friendly dyes, with prices ranging from $135 to $170.
The jewelry collection, of Jennifer's own designs, exudes a dark luxuriousness yet comes with recession-friendly pricing thanks to the scrupulous selection of materials. Pieces in onyx, quartz, beads and baubles, vintage glass, velvet, felted wool, silk, grosgrain ribbon and more range from $155 to $280.
They also sell a selection of publications, including back issues of Newwork Magazine, which we featured here earlier this year. A few editioned artworks round out the collection, most notably Mario Hugo's typographic panels, which are hand-embroidered with silk and cotton threads on ivory hemp-silk fabric. With such a strong roster of visual artists, we can assume that this last category will expand and improve with time.
Now through 21 December 2009, the Hugo & Marie boutique is offering Cool Hunting readers a promotional discount off all store items (except publications). To receive 20% off your order, enter the promo code "coolhunting" at check out.