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'Twas a Dark and Stormy Night... November 03 2014

The nights are getting longer everyone! I hope you were able to change your clocks back without getting "If I could turn back time" by Cher stuck in your head, or at least remembered before you had to leave for work this morning.

With the days being so short (and the weather being so wet), many of us are passing on the idea of going outside after work and opt for the warmth of a cozy living room, or kitchen, or an underground library if you're Batman. I find when the nights are long that it's a great time to get personal things done like art projects, organizing, cataloging your dog's extensive toy collection - things that you normally wouldn't have time for. For me, it's a great time to get writing done, but like any great writer I require the preliminary procrastination of setting up "my space" so I feel comfortable enough to stare at all the nice things around me when I get a block (which is quite often). It's a moody and contemplative kind of month, especially with Starbucks constantly reminding us that Christmas is two entire months away, and I like having a space that reflects that. I've taken a some of my favourite pieces from the store and have compiled a list of a current dream space, perfect for the month of November. 

 

Bronze Antler Candlesticks

Modern and rustic, these babies are the perfect accompaniment to a big glass of wine and the yellowed pages of a well-loved classic - or they'd make a great replacement candlestick in the boardgame Clue (they're heavy!). Cast from real whitetail deer antlers, they look strikingly beautiful in any room. 

 

Owl Lamp

The owl is an ancient symbol of wisdom and intuition, and if that's not enough to inspire you, they are known to be very cute as well. This ceramic light casts a warm glow and won't eat your trail mix like a real owl would. 

 

Workman's Lantern

Okay, so lighting is important to me. Nothing sets the mood to write like lots and lots and lots of candles. This lantern in particular has a nifty hinged door, allowing you to insert any candle you'd like. 

 

Batle Studio Graphite Sculptures

 
 
various shapes, click here for details

Now this is a writing utensil. Batle studios from San Francisco sculpts graphite and seals it in a way that never rubs off on your hands, only onto paper. The beautiful and intricate designs come in different sizes, and every box is signed by the artist who sculpted it. It's a great gift for someone who has everything, as each of these are one of kind. 

 

Midori Traveler's Notebook

No dream writing room would be complete without something to write on! Made in Japan, the Midori notebook has a vegetable-tanned leather cover, with replaceable and various notebook inserts. The leather is meant to last and take on character the more you use it. 

 

Ok, the scene is set. Now to get over this writer's block..

-Lauren

 

Bronze Antler Candlestick - $72-$85
Owl Lamp - $165
Workman's Lantern (round) - $65
Batle Studio Graphite Sculpture - $22-$82
Midori Traveler's Notebook - $59.90

If ever something is not available in our online shop, please email us any purchase inquiries. 


Botanically Bodacious! October 27 2014

If you were to step into our store right now, you'd probably wonder what smells so darn good. Well, don't worry, you won't need to ask because I'm about to tell you.

Walrus is now home to not one, but TWO new local lines of body care! Believe me, we're glowing over here.

After many years as a makeup artist and a lifetime of being a sister of six, Crystal Macleod acquired a love of simplistic skin care. Harlow's philosophy is based around simplicity, health and well-being. All of their products are handmade and small-batch, as well as being free of GMO’s, preservatives and other unnecessary additives. Plus, they smell really, really good. Harlow has quite the array of products, let me guide you through them. 

 

Harlow body butter 

spice market - musky and comfortable, reminiscent of a warm summer night or bundling up on a rainy day, spices and sandalwood
wild heart - like you've just come from laying in field of wild flowers, geranium, jasmine, neroli
bohemian - a deliciously exotic blanket of vanilla and grapefruit 

Harlow body butter nourishes, hydrates and protects. A little goes a long way for this luxuriously rich body butter. Scented with essential and fragrant oils, smooth all over for silky skin and a light, lingering scent. 

 

Harlow body whip

spa day - refreshing and relaxing with the invigorating scents of eucalyptus, peppermint and spearmint.
daydream - sultry and calming, French lavender swirled within the energizing citrus of bergamot and blood orange. 

This whip is lightweight and full of antioxidants, natural skin emollients, omega 3 and 6, and vitamin E. Again, a little goes along way for this hydrating cream.

 

 Harlow body buff

coffee buzz - an exotic and stimulating blend of coffee, raw sugar, lime and coconut
lemon lemon - scents of Lemon verbena and lime with a hint of fresh floral  

Scrub away dull, lifeless skin with Harlow's body buffs. Coffee buzz uses raw sugar as an exfoliant and lemon lemon uses espom salts. Each melts away leaving your skin  smooth and moisturized. 

 

Harlow fire

bohemian - vanilla and grapefruit
orange flower - a mild hint of ginger and zesty orange
fresh morning - scents of french lavender and cucumber
in the air - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, pumpkin, cardamom (limited edition)
warm - all the spices of a warm apple cider (limited edition)

Okay, maybe you don't want to put this on your skin, but Harlow makes candles as well. 8oz hand poured, NON GMO eco-soy candle, approximate burn time 50 hours.

 

Josée Gordon has also spent a majority of her life behind a makeup brush. Her passion for natural products and the magic of alchemy brought her to Reassembly. In her beautiful studio off Powell St, she creates elixirs, soaps and fragrances with ancient oils and waxes such as black agar and powdered sandalwood. A true fountain of knowledge, Josée is like a modern day shaman of the senses, bringing you into a different realm with her mystical scents. Also, it doesn't hurt that she's a complete joy to be around. All products are natural, paraben free, ethically sourced and at least 80% organic ingredients. 

 

Reassembly roll-on fragrance

blackwood - black agar, bergamot, sandalwood, musk, ho wood, oud and cedar
whitewood - oud and himalayan cedarwood, citrus
mosscape - lavender, japanese mint, spanish sage, oakmoss, sandalwood
mountain milk - sandalwood, spruce hemlock, balsam fir, pine needle, red cedar, vanilla, musk, amber
tobaccosuite - tobacco, ylang ylang, coriander, katrafay, black pepper, vetiver
nyc - jasmine, rose, galbanum, muhuhu, musk, leather

These roll-on fragrances are completely intoxicating. Well, don't drink them, but the combinations of fragrances in each bottle are enough to get you dreaming. Each one is unisex and inspired by something different, such as a men's lavender recipe from the 1800's (mosscape) or David Hockney's pool series from the 70's (tobaccosuite). 

 

Reassembly lip balms

rose
peppermint

A simple balm made with organic illipe butter, castor oil and beeswax. 

 

Reassembly honey/sandalwood scrub

A combination of organic sugars, organic raw honey and powdered sandalwood, this scrub is made to expel toxins while gently removing dead skin. Powdered sandalwood soothes irritation, tones, and has astringent properties, while organic marula oil and sandalwood essential oil are known for balancing and soothing skin. A truly dreamy exfoliant!

 

Reassembly beardo

A soothing and moisturizing treat for facial skin and hair. With the invigorating scents of lime and bay, this can be used to tame beards and moisturize the irritated skin beneath them. For a special treat, keep in the fridge and use as a refreshing aftershave. 

 

Reassembly herbal rock salt body cleanser

Clarifying, detoxifying, anti-bacterial, promotes and improves circulation, keeps skin taut, refreshing - this body wash has it all! The soap itself is derived from olive and coconut oils, and contains essential oils of basil, juniper, eucalyptus and oregano. The inclusion of himalayan rock salt aids in drawing out toxins and supports skin regeneration as the salt has a very high content of minerals. 

 

Reassembly body serum luxury oil

Quick absorbing and glow inducing, this body oil is packed with skin-loving oils like sea buckthorn, avocado, safflower, and camellia seed. Geranium, yarrow, key lime, and frankincense essential oils are infused to promote the balancing and healing of skin. 

 

Reassembly black magic bath crystals

The solar salts in the black magic bath crystals help to draw out impurities from the skin and soothe on a muscular level. Scented with Blackwood botanical fragrance, these crystals create a spellbinding and sensual bathing experience. Just add two tablespoons to a warm bath and enjoy.

 

And that is the reason it smells so good in here! Come on in and get wrapped up in it.

 

-Lauren

 

Harlow
butter - $28
whip - $28
buff - $22
fire - $25

 

Reassembly
roll-on fragrance - $45
lip balm - $10
honey/sandalwood scrub - $24
beardo - $30
herbal rock salt body cleanser - $24
body serum luxury oil - $50
black magic bath crystals - $18
 
If ever something is not available in our online shop, please email us any purchase inquiries. 
 

Spirals, twists and zigzags - Oh my! October 22 2014

A new collection from one of our favourite jewelry designers has just arrived and oh boy am I excited to tell the world about it!

 

First off, let me tell you how it all begins. In the words of Carl Sagan, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

Maybe we don't need to go that far back, but hk+np have a really interesting story. Hiroko Kobayashi (hk) and (+) Neil Prakash (np) met in 2005 while apprenticing in Vancouver at the office of Nick Milkovich Architects Inc. Hiroko graduated from the architectural program at Nihon University in Tokyo which she followed with an internship in the office of Kengo Kuma & Associates Architects. Neil is a registered architect with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and a graduate of the architectural program at the University of Manitoba. The two fell in love and eventually, into business together. 

 

hk+np, an architectural jewelry design studio, pulls inspiration from the same principles that influence their architecture. 

"Architecture for us is about the dignified composition of material, light, space, and rhythm. Our jewelry is an attempt to express and explore these elements in silver. We strive to create pieces that are understated and timeless. We emphasize design integrity and exemplary hand crafted quality as integral aspects to our work."

Each piece is made from .925 sterling silver, and each series of jewelry they produce focuses on minimalist and classic forms. To top it off, the seem to breathe poetry into everything they do, as seen in this blog post about their Infinity series. 

"As a happy coincidence, both of our mother’s were born on the same day. We designed the infinity pendant to mark the occasion this year. The idea for the infinity series arose while gazing over English Bay towards the horizon. For us, the horizon extends beyond the bounds of our imagination, as limitless as the night sky. At night, over these waters, the moon peaks out from behind the city to illuminate the bay. All of the phases on full display replacing the memories of the lunar calendar that hung on Hiroko’s wall when she was little. While the idea of infinity arrives through our imagination of places beyond the horizon, the lunar series unites the present with our reflections on remembered things."

We can't contain our fondness of this couple's work. They have an amazing attention to detail that begins with multiple models of each potential piece, before finally sending the final decision to a small metal-working business in Niigata, Japan. Niigata is known for their exceptional metal work and the craftsmen that create their jewelry are no exception. All of their jewelry is hand cast and finished to perfection.

We currently have select stock from their Infinity, Lunar, Q, Twist and Zig Zag series as well as their newest collection - Spiral. They offer three different finishes in certain pieces: Mirror (polished, high gloss), Matte (honed, non-reflective, micro-bead blast application), and scratch (satina, texturing technique consisting of a series of tiny parallel lines). These pieces are truly works of art and a timeless addition to anyone's jewelry collection.

-Lauren


 

 

 hk+np jewelry from left to right:

Infinity pendant - $230

Twist pendant - $170

Twist bangle - $300-$330

Spiral pendant - $240

Spiral earrings - $280

Zig Zag earrings - $300

Twist earrings - $180

Q ring - $200

Lunar earrings - $280

 If ever something is not available in our online shop, please email us any purchase inquiries.