2014 GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR THE GLOBAL CHIC BOHO

by Marisa Marcantonio


A layered look, with a dose of ethnically varied textiles and textures adds an interesting global touch at home and in accessories. Embroidery, shibori dying techniques and unique crafts from wonderful remote locales are being created in on-trend designs that often help support indigenous peoples and their artisanal talents.  This boho global chic style is a fun way to incorporate color and excitement while also (in many occasions) being fare trade products that give back, supporting the artisans. Looking for gifts for those with a passport filled with stamps? Look no further  for the gypsy surfer or rain forest hiking friend, they will love the round up I have edited.

Photo courtesy of St. Frank

Photo courtesy of St. Frank

Having travelled all over the globe searching for unusually beautiful textiles, Christina Bryant of San Francisco's St. Frank chooses the best ones to frame in the material best-suited to the fabric. The  framed Indigo textile above is dyed with ancient West African Mali techniques. Her company has recently expanded, bringing her luxe woven treasures to pillows and throws. 

Photo courtesy of Virginia Johnson

Photo courtesy of Virginia Johnson

Painted with a charming flowery scene, Virginia Johnson's English Garden Cushion adds a bit of bohemian color when tossed on a sofa alongside a mixed variety of other pillows

Photo courtesy of John Derian

Photo courtesy of John Derian

In that un-fussy British way, certain upholstery just has that sink in and feel good thing going for it. John Derian's line for Cisco Brothers is designed with comfort and scale, two key considerations when purchasing furniture.

Photo courtesy of St. Frank

Photo courtesy of St. Frank

Handwoven in Rwanda out of metallic threads and natural fibers, St. Frank's Peace Coasters make a gleaming gift, and come in a set of four. May the champagne bubbles be as festive!

Photo courtesy of Pistachio Table

Photo courtesy of Pistachio Table

Perfect for warm weather locales, Pistachio Table's woven and hand-beaded mats made by the Maasai have a graphic border and casual appeal

Photo courtesy of John Robshaw

Photo courtesy of John Robshaw

Achieve the layered look with a cozy faded-striped cotton Glacier Throw by John Robshaw 

Photo courtesy of The Mayan Store

Photo courtesy of The Mayan Store

Getaway in style with a fabric bag that carries a ton of of stuff. The Mayan Store's Blue Pineda Bag is a good one to take on short puddle jumper flights to the islands.

Photo courtesy of Shop Bop

Photo courtesy of Shop Bop

A night out requires a fun, conversation-worthy clutch. This fun version from Kayu features embroidered palm fronds and a bamboo closure, just the thing for Guatemalan nights.

Photo courtesy of Addison Weeks

Photo courtesy of Addison Weeks

Filled with their signature Meadowgrass and Magnolia scent, Addison Weeks offers their candle with jewel and brass adorned lids in glass or gold vessels. Just the thing to give to the friend that loves colorful stones and cool brass.

Photo courtesy of Luna Bazaar

Photo courtesy of Luna Bazaar

Stay cool with a beautifully patterned Kerala-patterned fan from Luna Bazaar. You can also add them as party decorations to set a festive tone.

Photo courtesy of Madeline Weinrib

Photo courtesy of Madeline Weinrib

Argan Oil is known for its healing properties. Madeline Weinrib created a beautiful presentation bottle to hold the soothing oil-- I can't think of a better reason to indulge in a little Moroccan beauty ritual.