Sculptural jewelry from Spain, vintage rattan from Germany, and more international trends to shop this summer.
I have to confess: when I sit down to plan a trip, I'm often not looking for the latest It hotels or the must-try restaurants. Those will come later, after I've spent a few solid Sunday-afternoon hours researching the local boutiques and vintage shops. They can be really emblematic of the spirit of a place — not just in the wares themselves, but in the opportunity to chat with the artists, designers, and curators behind them.
Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson and I have this desire to fill our homes (and closets) with handicrafts from around the world in common. And Etsy's latest trend guide, put together by Johnson, is a treasure trove of just that.
"The wonderful thing about Etsy is that you're working with and buying from a real person," Johnson said. Often, this gives you the opportunity to potentially personalize and customize, but it's also able to bring that human connection element we seek out in our travels into an online transaction.
And we're definitely not alone. In the past year, Johnson has found that Etsy searches for “international” are on the rise, with searches for “international jewelry” up almost 100 percent year-over-year. So for the retailer's summer trend guide, she pulled together data that highlights the biggest rising shopping trends in 14 countries, spanning every continent.
On the world tour, expect to find easy-yet-chic summer garments, fun home décor, and plenty of where-did-you-get-that-worthy statement jewelry.