Spotted Around Town

Furniture made here

And, yes, you can find Eternal Youth

By Jennifer Dodds Fox
Maison + Artisan, the brainchild of Jon-Paul Capito, is a new startup in Fort Wayne focused on locally made luxury furniture. Gorgeous cabinets, dining and coffee tables and bedroom furniture pieces are handcrafted from high-quality, locally sourced materials with a multitude of customization options available to each client. What makes M + A unique is that these pieces are made for less dough and with shorter waiting times than larger retailers (M + A strives for no more than four weeks’ turnaround). This “choose your own adventure” approach to furniture design and home decor supports the local economy while giving consumers exactly what they want at reasonable prices. Lighting options are quite stunning thanks to raw iron cages, around sparkling chandeliers or Edison pendant bulbs or whatever else you can imagine, using materials from Steel Dynamics. I’m desperate to hang the metal birdcage chandelier at Chez Fox. Other offerings are mirrors and framed cartography maps as well as deliciously fragrant reed diffusers in scents like Lily + Coriander and Lavender + Sage (my two personal faves). Feel-good bonus: M + A donates a portion of every sale to local animal shelters. See and shop the M + A collection online at For custom orders, click on the envelope icon to send an email to the Maison + Artisan design team. 


Over the last year, I’d spotted Eternal Youth T-shirts on the backs of cool dudes around the city enough times that I finally had to check them out. I found them at the Holly Pop shops during the holidays and purchased a camo baseball T for my husband, then ended up keeping it for myself (no shame). Founded in Fort Wayne by Evan Perigo, the company maintains roots (and employees) here but now additionally operates out of Chicago. Eternal Youth Clothing Company is not necessarily a celebration of literal youth, rather the adventurous spirit of youth and exploration, seen throughout the Americana-infused images posted to the wanderlust-inducing blog and Instagram feed. What started out as a line of T-shirts and sweatshirts has morphed into a lifestyle collection with additional items such as backpacks, hats, gloves and notebooks. A vintage category boasts items like Pendleton wool shirts and blankets, watches, pocket knives, felt pennants and a set of glass Budweiser salt and pepper shakers from the 1950s. Shop for your Eternal Youth at


Last year I included Custom Leather Goods by Mark Gypson in this column and I’m thrilled to share that his hobby has continued to grow and has blossomed into the brand, Gypsonite. New items have been added, which include a continuous leather ring, one of which was under my tree on Christmas morning, thanks to a husband who likes Gypson’s work as much as I do. Customization options have expanded as Gypson has continued to experiment with various materials and techniques. Restored antique chromed brass sleigh bells on a handmade leather door hanger was a particularly inspired project over the holidays. Follow @gypsonite on Instagram or Tumblr for the most beautiful and up-to-date photographs of the coolest leather goods around (as well as a few inspirational images of Gypson’s non-leather handiwork). I can’t wait to see what he creates next. Watch and

Posted Fri, 03/21/2014 - 1:24 pm