2018-08-20 20:54:06

Maptote Reads: National Booklover’s Day

Dear Readers,

We’re starting a “Maptote Reads” series!! What better day to start than National Book Lover’s Day? Read about our current favorites below, courtesy of independent bookstores.

Devil in the White City

This thriller by Erik Larson is about the 1893 World’s Fair, as it follows the perspective of real characters accompanied by historical events.

Rats

Author Robert Sullivan follows “the city’s most unwanted inhabitants,” uncovering fascinating information about their urban dwellings.

But What if We’re Wrong?

Asking a myriad of questions about time and space, Chuck Klosterman engages with our current world through a critical lens.

Salt

Salt examines the rich history of a common household item. Author Mark Kurlansky tells the story of its powerful influence.

 

We’ve been browsing these bookstores for inspiration: Powell’s in Portland, Book Culture in NYC, Vroman’s in Pasadena, and McNally Jackson in Brooklyn! While shopping these stores you can find Maptotes to fill with your favorite reads.

 

 

Posted on August 9th, 2018 by Maptote

Store Spotlight: Shout and About

Tamara Houghten is the shopkeeper behind LA-based gift shop, Shout and About. She had always dreamed of opening a retail shop and was finally able to make her dream a reality in 2015 when she found herself at a loss finding a good local spot for affordable, well designed gifts. Her main objective when opening the shop was to really embrace the setting of Echo Park, a neighborhood that is so dear to her heart, and to create an energetic, and inviting space.

Q: How would you describe your store aesthetic?/ What’s a fun or interesting store fact?
A: The first word I would use to describe Shout and About is without a doubt, fun! We never shy away from color or pattern and I think it’s hard for anyone not to feel happy after a stroll through our tiny, urban oasis. It’s a reflection of my love for design and supporting independent brands & designers. The shop is also full of lots of plants that are all also for sale, which, fun fact, are all provided by my wonderful sister-in-law who owns the California native plant nursery, Artemisia Collective!

Q: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A: Take a stroll around the Echo Park Lake where you can hop into one of the swan paddle boats, grab a fresh, hot churro, and people watch from your picnic blanket on the grass! The Echo Park Lake is just down the road from us & underwent a massive renovation in 2013. It’s well worth a visit and is an amazing LA landmark!

Q: What instagram accounts do you follow that you most enjoy?
A: Some of my absolute favorite Instagram accounts are those of local bloggers with incredible, fun style, such as @ohjoy, @sfgirlbybay, and @studiodiy. I also love utilizing Instagram as a platform to find new products & brands, so am constantly on the hunt for fun new accounts!

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
A: Just this week the store was revamped for summer and is full of so many new & old favorites! We recently started carrying the work of one of my favorite LA inspirations, Earth + Element, and her beautiful pieces can currently be seen all throughout the shop. Pottery is one of my personal favorite categories we carry and is something we are continually getting more of as of late, including lots of incredible pieces from Morocco soon!

Find Shout and About at:

1547 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
90026

+Follow them @shout.and.about

Posted on August 7th, 2018 by Maptote

The Sounds of Your City – Charleston

“In my mind I’m gone to Carolina.”🎶For music inspired by our Maptote locations, this is your Charleston playlist. 

+ Shop our Charleston products here

Posted on July 31st, 2018 by Maptote

What’s in Your Maptote?

Meet our summer intern, Makenna! Makenna is a Kansas City, MO native who attends Sewanee: The University of the South. She is spending the summer living in Brooklyn.

Q: What do you love most about where you live?
A: Brooklyn has been good to me in so many ways this summer. I love the charm of Brooklyn walk ups. One of my favorite things to do is to walk around the Brooklyn Heights historic district.

Q: What’s been your favorite part of working for Maptote?
A: I have loved having the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship in working for a small business. Every day I have the chance to work on something new that interests me with people who have experience in the field. From digital media marketing, to product placement and design, my internship with Maptote has allowed me to better envision my career path in an environment that allows me to grow in several capacities.

Q:What Maptote bag are you carrying?
A: I am carrying the Brooklyn Denim Tote.

Q:What’s in Your Maptote?
A: Wallet, keys, metro card, planner, moisturizer, lots of snacks, current reads, sunglasses, chap-stick, water bottle, earbuds, etc. etc.

Q: What’s your favorite Instagram to follow?
A: @life I love looking at old pictures 
@explorecanada!!  I’m a proud Canadian and this account really shows the natural beauty of the country.

What’s on your playlist right now?
 Right now I’m rotating between a lot of The Talking Heads, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lord Huron, Tom Petty, George Ezra, and The Head and The Heart. 

What location inspired you most recently and why?
I just came back from a semester in Dublin, Ireland. I loved learning about Irish literature, design, and theater. Pictured below is the canal, which was my favorite place to go after class. 

 

Posted on July 23rd, 2018 by Maptote

Store Spotlight: Awesome Brooklyn

Awesome is brought to you by Vanessa Raptopoulos and her daughter, Athena who spends almost as much time at Awesome as Vanessa does. Awesome is also brought to you by our biggest supporter, the husband, Miles, who you may see out on Flatbush promoting Awesome. It has been Vanessa’s dream for the past 15 years to own her own store and she finally found a location in the best neighborhood to complete her vision. In November of 2017 Awesome opened its doors to the community. Since then, it has been met with lots of that Brooklyn love we hear so much about.

Q: How would you describe your store aesthetic?/ What’s a fun or interesting store fact?
A: What we do here is we try and cultivate enough AWESOME gifts that when you shop our site or enter our doors you think WOW! This place is Awesome! My (mom, sister, husband etc) would love this!

Q: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A: We border Prospect Park and so everyone must go play in the park either before or after shopping at Awesome. We also have lots of delish restaurants and bars in the area that you should try if you are here for the first time. Some of our favorites include RISBO, Silver Rice, Midwood Flats, Zurilee and Blessings.

Q: What instagram accounts do you follow that you most enjoy?
A: We love following our customers because we love them. In addition to our Awesome customers, we also love following our vendors – The Found is one of our favorites. Stores like Caliope in the Boston area are also a favorite and of course we love following our local politicians like Diana Richardson to see what she’s up to.

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
A: We are always having Awesome events. At the end of July we will be having a street fair/festival that will be right in front of the store with music, games, bouncy houses etc. That’s July 22nd! But our most fun events are when we do pop up shops with local vendors. Breukelen Rub often stops by with free treats so you can sample their spectacular rubs.

Find Awesome Brooklyn at:

617 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

+Follow them @awesomebrooklyn

Posted on July 19th, 2018 by Maptote

What’s in Your Maptote?

Meet our Graphic Designer, Kelsey! Kelsey started in December and helps with everything from custom design to product development.  Hailing from St. Augustine, Florida, Kelsey has lived in Brooklyn for the past five years.

Q: What do you love most about where you live? 
A: I love having access to so many different kinds of food. Momo Sushi Shack is one of my favorites in Brooklyn.

Q: What’s been your favorite part of working for Maptote?
A: Collaborating on, and creating new products with the team.

Q: What Maptote bag are you carrying?
A: The Catskills Grocery Tote! Its very “well loved” right now.

Q: What’s in Your Maptote?
A: Wallet, keys, water bottle, lip balm, sunscreen, face mist, snack, & metal straw (for mother nature’s sake!). 

Q: What’s your favorite Instagram to follow?
A:
@warymeyersthe coolest soap & candles and tons vintage seventies
@lisacongdon – a lovely illustrator, colorful & inspirational woman
@jessicavwalsh – creative photo stylist & designer with the best sense of kitsch
@thejungalow – apartment goals!

Q: What’s on your playlist right now?
A: Khruangbin, SZA, and always David Bowie.

Q: What location has inspired you most recently and why?
A: Iceland – it is unlike any place I’ve ever been or seen! The contrast in geography makes it seem otherworldly.

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Posted on July 11th, 2018 by Maptote

The Sounds of your City – Summer in Brooklyn

For music inspired by our Maptote locations, this is your Brooklyn summer playlist. 

+ Shop our Brooklyn products here.

 

 

Posted on June 29th, 2018 by Maptote

Bring Maptote Along to Your 4th of July Bash!

For all the independence day parties you’re attending, celebrate in style with Maptote:

For patio settings, toast to the nation with our wine tote!

For time spent around the grill, our market tote will help you stock up on your favorite ingredients! Lay back, watch the fireworks, and show your hometown pride with a made in USA tee.

For time spent poolside, fill our beach tote with towels, sunscreen, and more. Stay cool by tying your hair back with one of our bandanas.

 

 

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Maptote

Feelin’ Beachy Keen

 

Heading out to the Cape or California dreamin’? No matter where your beach vacation takes you, you can always rep your city or favorite getaway spot with our carry all beach tote.

Choose from 20 coast to coast locations in bright summer shades!

Tell us about your favorite beach spot. Shop a few of our faves here!

Posted on June 19th, 2018 by Maptote

Father’s Day Gift Guide

 

Amanda Jane Jones X Maptote Zipped Pouch Bundle , Park Windbreaker Jacket , Hip Flask

Austin Denim Tote , Bowie Rebel Rebel T-shirt , Beach House 7 Cassette

 

Texas Tea Towel , Kabob Grilling Baskets , Bottle Opener – Get Crackin’

Seattle Mapnote , Bedside Caddy , Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk

New York City Dopp Kit – Natural , Leather Clic Card Case Holder for iPhone , Titanium Fork & Spoon Set

 

Show you dad, uncle, brother or bud how much you care this Father’s Day with gifts from Maptote and few of our other favorite brands!

Posted on June 1st, 2018 by Maptote