Anthony Defilippo caught the entrepreneurship bug and started Earth Custom Designs, an ecologically aware jewelry line, as a high school student. Yup. How's that for awesome?
Earth Custom Designs started by designing leather bracelets that feature non-precious stones from developing countries. The sale of the bracelets helps support the growth of poor villages where the stones originate. Each wonderful bracelet comes with a story of origin explaining the stone and is presented in a hand-stitched gift bag. Wow. This year Anthony will introduce necklaces and earrings to his line and plans are in the works for t-shirts and bags that will help support impoverished communities in Guatemala.
We're so impressed with Anthony's vision and commitment. Anthony says, "I really appreciate what the Providence Flea is trying to accomplish. They are helping grow small businesses throughout Rhode Island."
Stop by and meet Anthony this summer at The Flea!
Kyla Coburn's signature interiors can be found in some of the city's sleekest spots--Loie Fuller, Broadway Bistro, The Avery, and most recently--and amazingly upcycled and architecturally salvaged--The Grange. "I love getting the psychology of a space and contributing the environment that serves up the tastes and sounds. Certain objects and art call out to be a part of a completed space and making that match is inspiring," Kyla told us. What does she do with that which doesn't make a match--one-of-a-kind finds, spoils of the restaurant design wars, picks of the pickers and hoarded beauty of all kinds? Why bring it to The Flea, of course! And Kyla's favorite thing about flea markets? "Mmmmmm...like a religion, an addiction, and a lover all in one harmless Sunday afternoon." We couldn't have said it better. Catch Kyla and her magic red truck of curiosities again at The Providence Flea on June 30, July 14 and 28, and August 11 and 25.
House of Findings specializes in a mixed collection of vintage, upcycled, young designers, artisan goods, and global finds. They feature vintage women's clothing, accessories, jewelry and home goods from the 1920s through the 1980s. Mayra and Biorn have collected all the products during their travels and repurposed them, and they love the process of discovering, collecting, restoring, presenting and finally FINDING the right home for each piece among their customers. We'll have House of Findings at The Providence Flea throughout the summer on June 2, 16, 30; July 14, 21; and August 4, 18 and 25!