Indie City: Cold Picnic

Indie City is a monthly column featuring unique independent designers and artisans, and written by Sydney Pfaff, owner of LEGION in San Francisco.

I came across Cold Picnic while on a quick research trip to Los Angeles last year. When I opened LEGION, I knew I needed the line in my shop. The founders of the line, Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer, truly are a dynamic duo. How many couples have you met that could live and work together day in and day out? Not many, I'm sure. And to work together to create such an incredible line of products—everything from macramé plant hangers to hand-knotted wall hangings to handmade jewelry—that’s impressive.

The pair met in 2006 while at college in Boston and have been working together ever since. With backgrounds in fashion design, they started Cold Picnic while owning their own shop in Brooklyn. They simply needed to fill the shop with merchandise, so they made their own. After they closed the shop, it developed into so much more. The 1970s craft movement and American films of the same decade have heavily influenced the line, and they describe the brand as “nostalgic but modern.” They make each piece by hand in their Brooklyn studio, except for the metal jewelry, which is cast in Manhattan by a family-owned business.

Their latest collection, dubbed “The Return of Han-Sur-Lesse,” carries on their playful aesthetic in the form of leather-cord necklaces, colorful art hangings, and painted leather totes. They’ve added bright new colors to their assortment of brass-and-enamel jewelry, including coral, lime, and lavender. A few of my favorites include the colorblock rope plant hangers, the painted caves pendant, and all of their unique stud earrings. Keep an eye on these two—with their combined talent and creativity, Cold Picnic is definitely a line to watch.