Category Archives: SUSTAINABLE LIFE + DESIGN

THIS IS FOR YOU

This Is For You by Rob Ryan – a beautiful inspiration & glimpse into the world of Rob Ryan. One of our favorite artists, we were lucky to do a collaboration with Rob for our Fall/Winter 2004 collection.

And yes, everything is going to be OK…

CHANEL DOES COUNTRY – REALLY.

Okay a small fashion moment this morning, please.  Can we just ponder for a second?

It is a moment courtesy of Garance Dore – my new heroine.

You have to seriously love a girl who writes this about herself:  

“Seriously though, there’s always this side to me that ends up utterly unorganized, that can’t get its act together to be the perfectly manicured creature of light that I would sometimes like to be.”

I have been feeling a bit like that off and on for the last month.   I dream to have a tea (or other beverage) with Garance and Scott.

I would like to interview and photograph the two of them…

I have thought so often about a post that Scott did in August called “So What Do We Think About This?”

The quote below has really stuck with me. In my constant berating of myself because extra weight that came with having Maggie at 44, I shy away from cameras and photos like most other women. Perhaps this should be reconsidered:  

“When I am shooting on the street older women and larger size women often say “no” to my request to shoot them. Actually, much more than any other category of people I shoot. I think they have a real suspicion about how the image will be used. I also think there continues to be a growing disconnect between the fashion community and “average” women in general.”

BUT back to today, nobody captured the mood of the Chanel like Garance. Please go read her post and look at her photos.

Karl Lagerfeld does country with Lily Allen singing. Really? I am not sure why this shocks me so…

Please tell me what you think.

Garance sees a time coming soon when fashion shows will be like rock concerts.

Are The Songbirds singing?

*Photo Garance Dore

SETTING THE TABLE

Partners & Spade, Manhattan

“Setting the Table,” from Maria @ Bureau of Friends:

Have you ever noticed that most of the real action at conferences takes place in the lounges and walkways outside of the Main Halls and presentation rooms? There is absolutely a place and time for sit-and-listen audiences and there’s nothing like a compelling speaker to move and enlighten us, but what might we do better to nourish real connections between people who gather around shared goals or values?

In our first few weeks together as the Bureau, we talked much about how difficult it can be to decide in which efforts we should involve ourselves, as speakers or partcipants. There are so many worthy conferences and community programs out there. We decided, that in addition to getting more strategic about how we respond to invitations, we’d proactively develop our own opportunities to engage talented and conscientious people.

Our first attempt was a collaborative event at HEATH and our next, is an up-coming conversation-in-the-round with Partners & Spade—the storefront and think tank for Andy Spade (co-founder/previous owner of Kate Spade and Jack Spade) and Anthony Sperduti (Andy’s creative partner).The evening at Partners & Spade, will build on the success of the Bureau’s experience at HEATH by continuing a forward-thinking conversation in the form of a traditional sewing circle. We are already at capacity for the Partners & Spade event, but I promise we’ll post about it later.

While these initial events revolve around a collaborative project inspired by charter members of the Bureau, Natalie Chanin (Alabama Chanin) and Cathy Bailey (HEATH Ceramics), our work at the Bureau will evolve to reflect other ideas and efforts of those who wish to deploy the hearts, minds and muscle of the Bureau.

In our media drenched, social networking maxed, Twitter-pated lives how else might we hear from and engage with others in a way that might lead to action—or at the very least, connect us to each other in more satisfying ways?

BLUE MONDAY

Back in the studio after what seems months & happy to get back to the business of making beautiful things…

Here is my favorite shot from Spring/Summer 2010. I feel like I can breathe this blue.   We will be working on the web catalog and hope to have something to share by next week.

Read: Blue: The History of a Color

Watch one of my favorite films: Blue from Three Colors Trilogy by Krzysztof Kieslowski

 

LES BLANK

It is an amazing thing in life when your heroes become your friends. And so it is with friend Les Blank.

I rented Gap-Toothed Women in the 1990’s when I was living in Vienna. And then came Burden of Dreams. A clear addiction to documentary films ensued.

Don’t miss this great interview with Les @ Vice Magazine.

THE COLOR OF DESIRE

Red can be a naughty color — red-light districts and bordellos. It is both the color of Satan and the color of the Roman Catholic Church. Stevens notes that red was a color often associated with divinity; medieval and renaissance paintings show Jesus and the Virgin Mary in red robes.

Red is for happiness — Indian brides get married in red saris. Red for good luck — the one-month birthday of a Chinese baby is celebrated with red eggs.

Red is rarely an accident.

“A textile is not dyed red by chance,” Stevens says. “No you use red for a specific reason whether it’s for love, for fertility, for happiness — you made it red on purpose.”

From: The Color Red: A History in Textiles

Read:  A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire


BARNEYS NEW YORK

A Time to Sell Green, Not Greed

By SUZY MENKES From the New York Times:

September 13, 2009  
NEW YORK —

“Fashion’s Night Out” — an evening of open-house shopping last week in New York and other major cities around the world — was designed to brace up nervous customers and convince them that consumption is joyous.

But it also proved that there is more to e-commerce than buying online.

The key “e” words were “emotion” and “energy” during this Vogue-sponsored fight against retail gloom. After a long period of credit-happy consumers and easy sales, stores and designers are having to work much harder to engage customers and make them feel that their purchase is worthwhile.

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