Introducing the Dapper Collection
If there’s one look you should have in your tabletop arsenal, this is it. It is timeless and classic. With this collection, we’ve taken the thinking, stress and strife over setting the perfect table out of the equation because from your WASPy grandmother (who thinks you should wear a blazer at the dinner table) to your fun-loving friends, the Dapper Collection has unanimous appeal. It’s smart, sophisticated, and handsome without trying too hard. (Single ladies, don’t you wish you could find a man like this?)
Dudes can do florals too
We call this collection the Dapper, because it’s rich color palette of navy, cream and brown and clean-lined accessories are a bit masculine. But, the Meraki Tablecloth is floral?, you say. True. But, we firmly believe that flowers can be masculine too. In our Meraki pattern, the botanicals are muted and sit against a bold colored background that together creates a balanced blend of refinement and charm. The stylized and exaggerated scale of the pattern highlights the tablecloth’s hand blocked construction thanks to tiny variations of character in the layout.
Blue and white has been around for ages – since the 9th century A.D. to be specific, when artisans in Basra added decorative patterns to their stoneware in blue glazes developed by the Mesopotamians to imitate lapis lazuli, a highly prized stone. Lapis colors were soon replaced by cobalt. And the rest is history! Blue and white flourished in the Chinese town of Jingdezhen (often referred to as the blue and white capital of the world), appeared in Japan in the 14th century, was made famous in Dutch Delftware and later Meissen, Staffordshire and Wedgewood.
Our Dapper Collection draws on the rich tradition of this color combination but feels fresh and modern. We won’t judge you if you go the more traditional route and use our Meraki Tablecloth and Navy Hemstitch Napkins (sewn by hand in northern Vietnam) with your Blue Onion pattern plates. (In fact we’ll applaud you. . . it looks beautiful!). But, we feel that by adding the rich brown glaze of our Mars Dinner and Salad Plates and brown and cream accessories like our Stria Vase and Stria Salt and Pepper Shakers, you add another dimension to your table.
Dress it up or dress it down
Our favorite way to wear a navy blazer is paired with jeans – this gives you the perfect balance of casual but pulled together cool. So, it comes as no surprise that we designed an element of the collection to dress it down – our Octagonal Woven Placemats. These placemats literally shout casual chic! Hand woven exclusively for us in the Philippines, these placemats look lovely layered over our Meraki Tablecloth or perfect on their own. They can work on our sun porch or grand dining room and everywhere in between.
Add a little bling
From horn to brass imprinted with a logo, the individuality of a navy blazer shows through in its buttons. We’ve added bits of bling in a wordly mix of materials to add character to the Dapper Collection. Our Two-Tone Bone Napkin Rings are perfect for every day and work with any color scheme. The coordinating Inlaid Bone Candle Holders and Inlaid Bone Barware are easy neutrals that you’ll adore (and they make great gifts!). When you want more of a statement, look no further than our Brass Ginger Jar. This traditional shape, made exclusively for us in brass, is a stunner as a centerpiece but also lives happily on a pedestal or console.
We can’t forget the functionality of the navy blazer (hello pockets!). As with all of our collections, we have taken great care to make sure our Tortoise Flatware, Mars Plates and Basket Weave Tumblers are dishwasher safe and our Meraki Tablecloth and Hemstitch Napkins are machine washable. Relax . . . and enjoy!
Be sure to check out how Eddie Ross has styled our Dapper Collection. And as we continue to add new pieces to the mix, we’d love to hear how YOU do Dapper in your home. So let us know! P.S. You know we love pics, too…
P.S. We literally die over Veronica Beard’s blazers! They’re tailored but feminine and oh so functional. Definitely worth the investment.