Designer Stephanie Echeveste (right) meets with creators around the world for inspiration. Photo courtesy of Etxe.

Stephanie Echeveste has combined her love of design with her love of travel to create Etxe, a company that produces handcrafted items, or “mementos,” inspired by places around the world.

Each month, Echeveste travels to a new place and creates a new product which is then produced in San Francisco or in the place of inspiration. She keeps a blog where readers can keep up on her travel experiences and meet the people she meets along the way.

Echeveste’s first product is a San Francisco Muni-inspired wallet, and the second is a wool baseball cap inspired by Seattle. Check out these items and more and help fund the Exte project on Echeveste’s Kickstarter page.

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