Muralist Jake Castro has a side gig making leather goods using top-grain Argentine cowhides. His roomy totes, which he makes by hand in his midtown studio, are super soft and luxurious. He’ll engrave your girls’ initials inside if you like.
Looking for an interesting, thoughtful gift for your wedding attendants? Consider a product made by a local creative. Here are our choices for great gifts for the guys and gals in your wedding party.
Handheld bottle opener, Shorebreak Designs ($20)—Newcastle artisan Lee Hinge crafts these nifty little bottle openers from exotic reclaimed woods such as purpleheart, wenge, zebrawood and jatoba, and he can engrave each one with the groomsman’s initials. If your budget is a little more generous, consider a personalized pizza peel ($100) or butcher block cutting board ($275). shorebreakdesigns.com
Handmade shoes, Benjamins Shoes ($250–$375)—Benjamin Schwartz can make a pair of custom shoes for each of your groomsmen in one of five styles: classic loafer, runner, chukka boot, high-top boot or double monk strap. Uppers are made from your choice of leather or luxury fabric from Loro Piana or England’s Fox Brothers. Shoes take four months from order to delivery, so plan accordingly. benjamins-shoes.com
#SacramentoProud pocket square, R. Douglas Custom Clothier ($50)—This hip haberdasher sells silk pocket squares with a distinctly Sacramento design: a jaunty illustration of iconic local buildings such as Tower Bridge, the Ziggurat, Golden 1 Center and the State Capitol. The squares come in two colorways: a subtle black and gray, and a bolder full color. R. Douglas also carries an artist series of pocket squares, based on paintings by local talents Tim Collom and David Garibaldi. rdouglas.net
Live plant in concrete planter, Tufarock Design ($15–$100)—If you’d like to give your bridesmaids a living gift, consider these countertop concrete containers planted with either a bromeliad, succulent or orchid. Artisan Joe Triglia crafts each one himself, adding organic materials such as peat moss and sand to the concrete mixture. He can also give the container a custom finish in a metallic or your wedding colors. tufarockdesign.com
Leather tote, Jake Castro ($180)—Muralist Jake Castro has a side gig making leather goods using top-grain Argentine cowhides. His roomy totes, which he makes by hand in his midtown studio, are super soft and luxurious. He’ll engrave your girls’ initials inside if you like. The article feature image is Jake Castro’s leather tote. jakecastro1.com
Earrings, Tula in Bloom ($50–$65)— Jewelry is a great two-in-one gift: something a bridesmaid can wear at the wedding and keep on wearing long into the future. Choose a pair of earrings from Tula in Bloom designer Omonivie Okhade. Her Strata collection features an elegant open-teardrop design as studs or drop earrings. They come in your choice of brass or sterling silver. (Or, for a bit more money, have them custom made in gold.) tulainbloom.com