D. BRYANT ARCHIE is a New York City based studio combining artistic, intelligent design with ancient handcraft. We work with global artisans to create handmade home textiles and accessories. By providing fair wages, we’re helping to improve peoples’ lives and ensure handcrafts thrive.
In 2005, on my honeymoon—inspired by the colors, textures, sounds and smells of Marrakesh, I dreamt of a blanket collection—statement pieces of artistic expression. In 2008, I launched the company with seven alpaca blankets, made by a small group of Peruvian artisans. In 2009, we began sewing alpaca pillows with a small workroom in New York City.
Each blanket begins as a drawing and chosen yarn colors. I collaborate with artisans to translate the 2-dimensional concept into a three-dimensional blanket. It’s a challenging process requiring us to invent ways to work within the bounds of the handloom. Sometimes we add embroidery to achieve a modern interpretation—such as in our chief blankets and pillows. The braided trim that appears on most of our blankets has become a signature feature. Each alpaca pillow is born from a respective blanket.
In spring 2011, we debuted the De Loin Collection—an offering of limited edition pillows made from vintage and one-of-a-kind fabrics and tapestries found around the world—from Morocco to Nigeria; Uzbekistan to Japan.
In fall 2011, I went to Guatemala to design a cotton blanket collection made mostly by women cooperatives. In 2012, we added bath and table linens. Beautiful, industrious communities near Lake Atitlan weave and sew our cotton fabrics, bedding, and bath towels.
I’m thankful—to work with global artisans employing centuries-old, indigenous techniques in the countries they originated. I’m grateful—our pieces may find a place in your home, your life. It is a privilege and joy.