By Diane Small
There was something that drew me to this new brand–something beyond the soft, earthy colours; the thick, sumptuous textures; the comfortable lengths and depths. I couldn’t put my finger quite on it, but I knew instinctively these were accessories I would want to own and use for decades.
What first attracted me to Scout & Catalogue were the scarves. Dyed with organic tints by hand on thick silk in swirling shades of blue, these are more than scarves. They’re wraps, they’re coats, and let’s face it–they’re comfort blankets. You can throw them over a bikini, use them to cocoon under on a plane, tie them around your waist to form a skirt.
Then there are the bags. Made from natural, vegetable tanned leather that looks better over time, whether totes, clutches or shoulder bags, these are generously proportioned and are super versatile: I can imagine the totes holding everything from school books to groceries; overnight clothes for an evening with the boyfriend or carry-on essentials when travelling.
The bags are sourced from small artisan communities in Mexico, then they are taken to Vancouver where they are re-designed, sometimes with gorgeous hand-dyed with marble panels and other touches that make them wholly unique.
Scout & Catalogue claim to be “heavily influenced by the bohemian beach culture of Mexico” and “strive to make pieces that remind you of afternoons at secret beaches, sun kissed skin, and all day siestas.”
So that’s it, then–Scout & Catalogue’s goods remind me of every sun drenched holiday I’ve ever been on, and planned to be on in the future.
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