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Elysian Exchange: And So It Goes

Written by Jessica Comingore Photography by Jessica Comingore

I’m so excited to have Georgia Tribuiani and Clarice Chin as guests here today, the talented pair behind And So It Goes, a line of handcrafted satchels that serve as a stunning alternative to the plastic bag. Georgia and Clarice both lend their creative minds to And So It Goes as a side project to their day jobs in production, and their attention to detail does not go unnoticed.

With wasteful packaging alternatives saturating the market these days, these ladies set theirs apart by promoting local artisanship and pursuing environmentally sustainable practices through their designs. They’ve taken the traditional technique of netting into a modern day setting through the use of fashion-forward colors and classic shapes to create an ideal on-the-go accessory. Find out a bit more about the duo behind the bag below!

1. Where did you grow up?
Georgia Tribuiani: I grew up in Giulianova, Italy. A small town on the Adriatic Sea.
Clarice Chin: I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, then shipped off to boarding school in England at 13 and university in the States at 18.

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2. What makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning?
GT: I consider the morning my personal time so I’m always excited to get up. Usually I’m up and ready to get started pretty early.
CC: We take the dog out on a walk to Venice Beach. It’s really nice to take a moment and take in my surroundings. Being on a beach really early with hardly anyone around is pretty amazing.

3. What does a typical day look like?
GT: I wake up, I exercise, answer emails, work on production of the bags and other projects. I have a long drive to work so I use the time of the commute to call my family in Italy. At work I usually jump between conference calls with clients, daily reviews, reading scripts, sketching ideas, briefing designers, pitching new projects. In the evening I try to relax with my boyfriend by watching a movie or reading.
CC: Wake up, dog walk, shower, drive to work, check emails and catch up on news over a cup of tea. Pitch for new work, meetings, research, designing — a day at work can vary a lot. After work I like to meet with friends or my boyfriend for a chill dinner or drink. He’s an amazing cook and spoils me with delicious home cooked meals.

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4. Motto you live by.
GT: And so it goes…
CC: What goes around, comes around.

5. Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work?
GT: The years working on production design in Italian theaters influenced a lot my work aesthetic and creative process, and taught me how to transform ideas into something tangible.
CC: Close family and friends. I like to surround myself with people who inspire me.

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6. Favorite winter recipe.
GT: Zuppa di ceci e castagne (chestnut, chickpea, rosemary and bay leaves soup with toasted bread and olive oil).
CC: Anything you can throw in a crock pot.

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7. Your dream travel destination.
GT: Naoshima Island, Japan.
CC: All around Japan and Greece are next on my list.

8. Book currently on your nightstand.
GT: Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton.
CC: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

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9. Something you collect.
GT: I keep very few things to make room for art books and textiles.
CC: I used to collect furry stickers and vintage fabric as a child. Now, I live pretty minimally and try not to be a pack rat.

10. Soundtrack for a productive day.
GT: ‘Summer On A Solitary Beach’ by Franco Battiato.
CC: Little Dragon station on Pandora.

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Thanks so much for the visit, Georgia and Clarice!

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