Currie Person of Austin, Texas-based Spartan has a knack for sleuthing inspirational local design featuring southwestern motifs.
When Person returned to her hometown of Austin after 11 years as a film location scout in New York, she found she missed the small, eclectic shops of her New York neighborhood. To remedy the situation, she opened Spartan, where she specializes in everyday objects that are both beautiful and useful.
N.B.: Person recently opened a second store in San Francisco (see Shopper's Diary: Spartan Opens in San Francisco) and also sells her wares online.
Above: Three Rivers iPad Case by The Good Flock; $59.
Above: Inlaid Wood Handle Bread Knife by Santa Fe Stoneworks; $75.
Above: The handle has an intricate wood inlay, created by inlay specialist Steve Rosenblum of Rainbo Woodworks.
Above: The Single Point Antler Key Chain is made from a naturally shed white-tail deer antler from Canada and wrapped with vegetable-tanned recycled cowhide; $48.
Above: Detail of the hand-braided cowhide.
Above: The Good Flock's Eyeglasses Case is made of Pendleton wool and features a tagua-nut closure; $49.