Accessories by Job & Boss

Clutches, Totes, and Scarves Made in Oakland

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Listening to GOP candidates blabber about employment rates can get a little dull.

Fortunately, Job & Boss makes deliberations much more interesting with unusual accessories.

Collaborators Brook Lane and Kirby McKenzie generate artisanal items in an Oakland design studio. They call themselves a salvation company, but it has nothing to do with religion: The duo dips small batches of canvas and leather into natural indigo using traditional Japanese techniques. The result? Modern, one-of-a-kind goods.

Luscious blue patterns (made from resist-dyeing methods that employ clothespins, pole wrapping, and double dipping) add intrigue to clutches (that double as iPad cases), bucket totes, loop scarves — and even a new carpenter’s apron modeled after Japanese work wear.

They get our nomination.

Available at James Rowland Shop, 2447 Dwight Way, at Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley (510-848-8180 or jamesrowlandshop.com); online at jobandboss.com, $78-$310.

Photo: Brook Lane / Courtesy of Job & Boss

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2447 Dwight Way
@ Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704