Explore beyond the Avenue and Build Your Own Luxe Weekend Bag
The three destinations picks below made our list because of sustainable qualities like handmade craftsmanship, heritage, and above all else - the simple wonderfulness of each product. Each is held at a time-honored shop, none is widely advertised, and all are limited in quantity to ensure quality. It won't hurt to inquire in advance of your trip to the Village. (Note, we don't earn a commission on these products and are in no way incentivized to promote them. These are our personal, local luxe favorites and we hope you love them as much as we do!)
Bee, Bark, and Moss
Bee, Bark & Moss is a wonderful gift to locals, thanks to former East Coasters, Minori Shironishi and Philip Rodrigue. Minori was born in Tokyo, Japan and educated in fashion design at Parsons School of Design NYC and amassed over 20 years of experience at the helm of Yohji Yamamoto USA. Philip was born in London, UK and was educated in Fine Arts and Interior Design at UEA and the London College of Furniture.
Their little courtyard shop offers bags, totes, pouches, and soft furnishings, all fabricated using hemp, organic cotton, recycled and locally sourced materials.
Bee, Bark & Moss - San Carlos Courtyard, San Carlos St. (btwn. 5th/6th Ave.) Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Nazar Turkish Imports
Having been born and raised in Carmel, let us tell you that sometimes you have to adventure beyond the obvious yet touristy Avenue shops to to discover the real treasures. This find is no exception. We found this shop after enjoying a post-beach-walk Cappuccino and poached eggs at Carmel Belle (another one of our go-to spots, but that's a later story).
We picked up this stack of gorgeous Turkish linen towels - for $15 each!!! They are exceptionally perfect for our Luxe Weekend Bag for three reasons: They are super light weight, making the steep walk up from the beach a breeze; the aesthetics of the towel thrown on the white sands of Carmel Beach are beyond Instagram-worthy; and finally, LUXE doesn't always have to be expensive. Did we tell you we bought them for $15 each?!
Towels weren't our only find. We also scouted Turkish hobo-style bags with traditional kilim and floral designs. The bags are fully lined with zipped inside pockets. At $35 each we picked up a few for our friends back at the office.
As you can imagine, Nazar's products and inventory move quickly and are ever changing, and aren't always available at their online store. You'll have to hunt in person to find their little Village bazaar but trust us, it's worth it.
Nazar Turkish Imports - Tucked inside Doud Arcade Craft Studios, entrances at both San Carlos and Ocean Avenue streets.
Bittner, the Pleasure of Writing
Here's the thing about Carmel and the greater Peninsula. It's awe-inspiring. Far and away, this is the singular reason our partners choose this California region for their leadership retreats and strategic off-sites. There is no other place than the Peninsula that so inherently exists as a platform for inspiration.
Throw a Bittner fine-point and a notebook in your Weekend Bag for when inspiration strikes. Fair warning, it might take a bit of self control once you step into their little nook on the Avenue. Locals call it "Pen Heaven" for a reason!
Bittner, the Pleasure of Writing - A little nook next to the old Dick Bruhn's. Right past San Carlos, on Ocean Avenue. Or just ask a local.