Meet the Next Wave of Creatives Behind Six Sea-Inspired Collections
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Kramer founded her glass production studio in 2001, and in the years since, her work—which draws on her backgrounds in sculpture, design, anthropology, and archaeology—has included creating items such as glasses and vases, as well as objects inspired by her love of nature. "It has gone from really functional [pieces] to art that you can have in your home," Kramer says. Today, her proximity to the ocean and the things she collects during her walks on the shore influence much of her work.
Buy it: Barnacle Sculpture, from $650
"The shape of a barnacle depends on where it forms. Those organic difference really appeal to me." - Laura Kramer
Buy it: Sea Urchin Bowls, from $200 each
When California native and Hawai'i transplant Leah Klasovsky first became a licensed aesthetician, she was less than impressed with the skincare products at her disposal. So she began making her own. "I blended and mixed up products on the spot for my clients to address their particular needs," Klasovsky says. And when they started asking for products to take home, Leahlani Skincare was born.
1. Buy it: Honey Love Exfoliator, $52
2. Buy it: Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir, $56
"Its feather-light texture gently moisturizes and helps even skin tone." - Leah Klasovsky
3. Buy it: Mahina Evening Replenishing Elixir, $72
5. Buy it: Siren Serum, $48
"Our secret weapon for that aloha glow. This serum is like liquid sunshine!" - Klasovsky
Lisa Anderson Shaffer
West Marin County, California
Shaffer learned to crochet and needlepoint from her two grandmothers, Zelma and Rosemarie, who inspired the name of her fiber-jewelry business. "I usually refer to myself as a 'fiber artist,'" she says. "I use a process of freehand, off-loom weaving," which she creates in her mountaintop studio in Northern California. She is also writing a guided daily journal incorporating her photography, due out from Running Press later this year.
1. Buy it: Drake Bracelets, $68 each
"The weave is inspired by the texture of coastal grasses meeing the sand dunes." - Lisa Anderson Shaffer
2. Buy it: Lilah Necklace, $250
"Customers love the scale—it has become a favorite." - Shaffer
3. Buy it: Joshua Lariat Belt, $150
Wear it as a belt or a necklace tied in intricate knots.
JACOBSEN SALT CO.
Netarts Bay, Oregon
Since 2011, Jacobsen has made it his company's mission to produce craft sea salt that's approachable for customers with every level of culinary expertise. "I'm not a chef, and I've never worked in a restaurant kitchen, so I feel very lucky to have relationships with great professional and home cooks," he says. His advice for craft-salt novices? Don't be afraid to experiment: "If it tastes delicious, then great. If it doesn't, try something else."
Jacobsen Salt Co.
1. Buy it: Black Pepper Salt, $12
"This infused salt is the most versatile—I use it every day." - Ben Jacobsen
2. Buy it: Sea Salt Slide Tin, $5 for two
3. Buy it: Ghost Chili Salt, $12
4. Buy it: White Truffle Salt, $35
"We use real truffles, not synthetic oils—it's knock-your-socks-off good." - Jacobsen
5. Buy it: Oregon Black Truffle Salt, $19
Emma Laukitis & Claire Neaton
As children, Laukitis and Neaton fished for salmon near their home in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Today, they're incorporating that connection to the ocean into their home goods and apparel business: "We're using Salmon Sisters to tell Alaska's sustainable seafood story," Neaton says. For every product sold, the company donates one can of wild Alaska salmon to the Food Bank of Alaska.
1. Buy it: Fish Tumbler, $25
2. Buy it: Make Waves Technical Performance Leggings, $99
Made from sustainably harvested bamboo, so they're quick-drying and breathable
3. Buy it: Small Fins Performance Half Zip, $98
"This fleece pullover has an original fish design—because herring are adorable!" - Emma Laukitis & Claire Neaton
4. Buy it: Wild & Free Baseball Cap, $24
Hoff grew up on a horse farm and then spent four years sailing professionally after college, and her work combines elements of her experiences on both land and sea. To create her bags, she collects donated sailcloth and buys leather horse tack from area ranches. "I firmly believe in using something that would otherwise go to waste," Hoff says. "The materials are steeped in stories, so the product comes out with so much character."