Like many of us, Gurung has spent the Kinda busy being a teacher and a dog mom Mother’s day shirt in other words I will buy this past several months of the pandemic searching for inspiration, often scrolling Etsy to find it. “Especially during the lockdown and the pandemic, to see these independent business owners, these independent artisans, telling their stories, still creating—I realized art and creativity had been our savior during this challenging time,” he says. “It gives us hope, it gives us joy, and that is the biggest resistance to these uncertain times we’re living in.” While the collection marks Gurung’s first foray into home décor, he notes that, philosophically speaking, it’s not so different from his approach with ready-to-wear. “I can’t create a product for the sake of creating it,” he says. “When it lives in someone’s home or their closet, it has to mean something.” And with this Etsy collaboration, he hopes shoppers can also explore the stories and craftspeople behind the designs.
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As for Gurung’s own home? It’s a “collage of memories,” filled with art, mementos, and a robust Shakespeare collection, including several editions of Romeo and Juliet, each in a different language. “It’s a mix of stuff—but there’s enough breathing room.” The pieces in the Kinda busy being a teacher and a dog mom Mother’s day shirt in other words I will buy this new collection, he notes, are designed to become a part of someone’s more intimate moments as they work their way into the fabric of their new homes. “I want people to look at these inanimate objects—plates, candle holders, vases—and have the permission, have the courage, have the freedom to create their own dining tables, and make them really diverse and colorful,” he says. “Not just the food that they’re serving, not just the flowers they’re arranging, but the people who are there eating, sharing stories and creating memories.” Shop the collaborative collection below and while you’re at it, explore each seller’s Etsy shop should you need an extra dose of inspiration.