You know what I love more than first love of the romantic kind? First love of the platonic kind. My first best friend was right before second grade started. I had just moved into a new neighborhood and we met out on the grass and decided to be best friends when we realized we were going to be in the same class. We stayed inseparable until I moved away again in the beginning of sixth grade. I loved her with ferocity and vividly remember the first flush of finding that person that really got me, you know? We were superstars, partners in crime, sisters. For awhile we even wore matching friendship bracelets. It was ragged and torn but I wish I still had it, to tell you the truth. In fact, the latest trend of fashionable friendship bracelets has me excited to start ordering them again and giving them out the special people in my life.
Grace Michiko Hamann creates gorgeous beaded bracelets under her moniker, Michiko Designs. Marrying Japanese design with a Southwestern aesthetic, Hamann (along with her sister, Coco) create gorgeous, beaded pieces that bring a modern twist the to the nostalgic friendship bracelets of youth. Also a featured maker on BRIKA, their work is whimsical, sophisticated, graphic, and beautiful. This set, in particular, is making me want to call old friends, ride bikes in the afternoon, plan vacation weekends with my girlfriends. You know what is an even better idea? Wear a few on my arm, patterns mixed, to honor my friendship with myself. True love, indeed.