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Sep 17, 2014

by Cole Hands

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello! We’re Lesley and Hannah, the mother-daughter team behind Cole Hands. We make women’s clothing and handbags in Tel Aviv, Israel. The name of our business comes from a family expression – my mum’s maiden name is Cole, and whenever someone makes something amazing we say, “I can tell you have Cole hands.”

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My mum Lesley and I spent our first year as students at Shenkar College of Design together; she studied pattern making at the same time I was beginning the interior design program. Studying at the same place was great – we met for lunch once a week and she let me try out her new designs. Soon, we started collaborating and making things for ourselves, and then for our friends. When we heard about Etsy, we thought, “Why not?”

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We work together in a small garden studio, listening to music and taking a lot of coffee breaks. Our process is collaborative: we fuse our style, knowledge and inspiration to come up with new designs. We try out all of our pieces before we sell them; in fact, our motto is “Test before you sell.” To do this, we give samples of new work to friends with different styles and body shapes. We never lack volunteers for this part!

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Our inspiration comes from the way people wear things and make them their own. We like bold statements, individuality and anything that is a little out of the ordinary.

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For us, Etsy means we get to be our own bosses; it allows us to shape our lives according to what we want for ourselves. Learning new techniques as we progress, and mixing modern and traditional approaches – like patchwork and laser printing – keep us on our toes. We are thankful for our wonderful customers who appreciate handmade pieces and make this all possible.

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All photographs by Aya Wind.

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SALE 3 for 2,  Fingerless gloves, arm warmers, gifts under 30, winter accessories
SALE 3 for 2, Fingerless gloves, arm warmers, gifts under 30, winter accessories
ColeHands
$52.00 USD
Fingerless gloves,, Arm warmers, mittens, gifts under 30
Fingerless gloves,, Arm warmers, mittens, gifts under 30
ColeHands
$26.00 USD
Fingerless gloves, Hand knitted gloves,  Wristlets
Fingerless gloves, Hand knitted gloves, Wristlets
ColeHands
$45.00 USD
Long arm warmers, fingerless gloves, gift ideas for her, gloves
Long arm warmers, fingerless gloves, gift ideas for her, gloves
ColeHands
$26.00 USD
Knitted fingerless gloves, wool mittens
Knitted fingerless gloves, wool mittens
ColeHands
$30.00 USD
Capri wool pants, relaxed fit pants, Joggers
Capri wool pants, relaxed fit pants, Joggers
ColeHands
$95.00 USD
Wrist warmers, Knitted fingerless gloves, gifts for her
Wrist warmers, Knitted fingerless gloves, gifts for her
ColeHands
$30.00 USD
Sleeveless top, sheer back top
Sleeveless top, sheer back top
ColeHands
$58.00 USD
Asymmetric sleeveless top, cotton blouse
Asymmetric sleeveless top, cotton blouse
ColeHands
$65.00 USD
Hand knitted gloves, Fingerless gloves, Wristlets
Hand knitted gloves, Fingerless gloves, Wristlets
ColeHands
$45.00 USD
Biker jacket
Biker jacket
ColeHands
$135.00 USD
Linen jacket, lightweight blazer
Linen jacket, lightweight blazer
ColeHands
$135.00 USD
Yoga bag, Yoga mat bag
Yoga bag, Yoga mat bag
ColeHands
$55.00 USD
Hand knitted cable cardigan
Hand knitted cable cardigan
ColeHands
$385.00 USD
Knitted snood, tube scarf
Knitted snood, tube scarf
ColeHands
$58.00 USD
Deep V blouse, Bird print cotton shirt
Deep V blouse, Bird print cotton shirt
ColeHands
$62.00 USD
Draped top, sleeveless waterfall top
Draped top, sleeveless waterfall top
ColeHands
$75.00 USD

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