One thing that distinguishes ALT for Living from its counterparts is Principal Analisse Taft’s consistent support of female –owned and operated businesses. Between ALT's collaboration with organizations such as Goodweave and representation of a near all-female roster of textile artists, Taft has built ALT for Living to be a one-stop destination that supports the endeavors of savvy female designers and business owners.
In our quest to share the gorgeous collections and products carried at ALT for Living, we decided to find out more about the effervescent woman behind the gorgeous Nicaraguan cotton throws spotted in an eclectic Peconic, NY shop called North Found & Co. by ALT herself and her brilliant eye for design.
Two years ago, Hadley Wiggins traveled to Nicaragua for a surfing excursion and stayed in an intimate, eco-friendly and rustic boutique beach hotel called La Bahia.
There, she happened upon the simple but chic throws and immediately fell in love. Woven by the Handweavers of Leon Cooperative on looms made from vintage doors, these throws are truly constructed with intricacy and perfection.
Following her discovery, Wiggins knew that they would flourish tremendously in her own North Found & Co. shop, situated perfectly on Peconic Lane in Peconic, NY of the North Fork (where you’ll find the perfect selection of female-owned businesses!) Wiggins immediately placed an order in various color ways for her shop, which is frequented by like-minded, design savvy residents and visitors to the North Fork. Not only are the throws woven with love but each sale directly profits the Leon Weavers collective in Nicaragua.
What sets Hadley’s shop apart from others is her beautiful blending of country and urban lifestyles. As someone with a keen eye for business and design --- having worked in both the advertising and design branding sector --- Hadley has curated a wonderful assortment of finds from both her international travels and personal discoveries. As she likes to call it, North Found & Co. is a blend of “90% vintage and antique and, 10% handmade”. From handmade imported espadrilles to vintage bar tables, North Found is a perfect example of North Fork's rising popularity as a destination among artists and designers like herself (see NY Times article).
A selection of throws in the ALT for Living showroom.