Founded in 2007 by Stephanie Housley together with her husband Chris Lacinak, Coral & Tusk embodies the spirit of luck and good fortune.
First enchanted by the natural world during childhood trips to the Eastern seaboard, Stephanie’s frequent travels now span the globe. Magical experiences everywhere from Wyoming to Nepal inform the imagery and humor behind Coral & Tusk’s designs.
Inspired by a love of animals, travel and adventure Coral & Tusk invites you on a journey to explore the whimsical and sometimes adventurous nature of her animal characters.A RISD-trained textile designer, Stephanie begins the design process by sketching pencil drawings of her elaborate scenes, telling stories about animals in love, the circus, and whatever Stephanie’s imagination creates.
Once they have met her approval, Stephanie painstakingly redraws them stitch by stitch using special computer software so that her original drawing remains in tact on the fabric.
Finished by hand in Coral and Tusk’s Brooklyn loft, every machine-embroidered pillow, doll, napkin and artwork retains the story-telling spirit and hand-drawn allure of the original illustration. A mix of smart design, magic and mischief is at the heart of every Coral & Tusk embroidery.
We are in awe of all the work and extra hands it takes to carefully execute crafting these embroidered products. The craftsmanship of the Coral & Tusk team is evident in every tiny stitch that is perfectly manicured on each linen and stuffed animal.
Coral & Tusk offered a peek into their Brooklyn loft space and we absolutely love it!
All photos by Kate Lacey Photography
We can’t wait to see Coral & Tusk’s tiny embroidery stitches in person! Be sure to check out their website as well as follow them on instagram, pinterest, facebook, and twitter. Can’t wait to see you all this weekend at the San Francisco Summer Market!