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Around the Table with Arden + James

Around the Table with Arden + James

I don't exactly remember how I first came across an Arden + James bag.  It was a few years ago when I was living in Philadelphia, and I had been wanting to find a well-made leather tote bag that really spoke to me.  While it was super tempting to buy a bag from Madewell and just be done with it, I really wanted to support a fellow maker and find a piece that was truly special.

And then I found Arden + James, owned by Bri Brant.  It was the buttery leather and relaxed shape that had me hooked.  I am so lucky to now own two of her bags - one leather, one linen.  They are the only bags I use and the only ones I really need (just don't tell my husband that!).

Here is my chat with her on my blog series, Around the Table, where I talk with and interview other designers, makers, and entrepreneurs about their connection with food, cooking, and hospitality.  

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Name: Bri Brant
Job TitleOwner / Maker at Arden + James
Location: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

How would you describe your ideal get-together?
Spit of the moment friends and family over - food from the garden and grill

Do you have a food or cocktail recipe that you are really into right now, that you would like to share?
Keeping it simple - lime pellegrino and tequila, a squeeze of fresh lime

What did you eat for dinner last night?
Watermelon and leftover pizza :) summertime

What was the last gift you gave?
Leather wall hanging that I made for my brother - a thank you for hosting us in Charleston SC

What does gathering around a table mean to you?
Family and friends. Free to be your true self. Living in the moment
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Photos courtesy of Bri Brant
Pictured with our Fern Napkin/Placemats
You can follow along with Bri at @arden_and_james

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