Asian Inspired for Everyday
Renee LeFevre - Owner & designer of Sage et Cie
What is unique or special about your products/designs?
The artwork of the prints is hand-painted. The Kyoto collection of prints is inspired by patterns found in kimonos and wood block prints from the 19th century. We are an eco-conscious brand using mindfully-sourced, high quality and sustainable materials. We use unbleached cotton and no environmentally-harming dyes. Our Italian vachetta leather is vegetable-tanned. Our notebooks are 100% recycled and the ink is vegetable-based. Our candles are 100% soy and have aromatherapeutic benefits from the essential oils. All products are made in the USA.
How does the New England region influence your work?
My handbags are extremely versatile for everyday use whether you're going out to dinner in Boston, hitting a farmer's market at SoWa or going to the beach on the Cape. My notebooks are great for journaling when you're cozying up by a fire during a typical New England winter day. My candles are great for gifts all year round even if they're for yourself! I sell my collection at SoWa Open Market for the whole season from May to October. I talk to local people, gathering stories about their lives in New England. There's a refreshing sense of community, intellectuality, optimism and joie de vivre here in Boston.