My dear friend Michelle Ouellet recently introduced me to fresh, new label after traveling to Bolivia to be a part of Cienne‘s fall campaign. Inspired by the daring and adventurous French Ye-Ye girls of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, the mood is both dark and exotic, yet playful. The unparalleled quality and sumptuous texture of the knit heavy collection can be attributed to designer Nicole Heim’s quest to source textiles from global artisans from around the world. Bolivia’s expertise in both alpaca fibers and intricate hand-knitting drew her to an artisan group of over 200 women who hand-knit the materials, which were then locally constructed in New York City. Cienne’s direct-to-consumer model is able to keep costs down without sacrificing the highest of standards when it comes to craftsmanship and style. I’m a fan!
When Abe and I first walked stepped onto the property which we now call home, we instantly became to devoted and just knew it was meant to be ours. The house was nearly 100 years old, the floor plan was terribly awkward and the windows were undesirably masked in bars. But it was easy to see past all of the cosmetic imperfections as it had great bones, was located in one of the most charming neighborhoods in the Bay Area and boasted an unusually large and glorious backyard. Fast forward four years and we’re happily living in our renovated labor of love. I say labor of love because it’s still a work in progress – there are certain rooms that aren’t fully decorated and we have yet to finish landscaping. But taking on these projects, and traveling long distances in search of materials, furniture and decor, is one of the most gratifying joys of being a homeowner. Since we’re blessed with summer-like weather through October here in Northern California, creating an outdoor bedroom has always been a dream of mine. I recently teamed up with Toyota and tested out their newly designed Prius, which like our home, was once perceived as being quirky but now with its newly redesigned state of the art safety and hybrid technology, it has become one of the most popular cars in California. I loaded up my new ride with vintage European treasures from the ever so inspiring Elsie Green and turned a little outdoor corner into a tropical, French-Moroccan oasis. If you lay on the bamboo bed with your eyes closed, you can almost, just almost, hear ocean waves crashing. The imagination is a powerful thing . . .
A glance at one of Willian Santiago‘s many bold and vibrant characters and one can’t help but wish they’d come alive – even for a second, just enough to find out a little bit more. Where are they going? Where do they live? What’s their favorite song? What inspired their über chic ensembles?! My inquisitive mind will simply have to follow the Brazilian artist’s stunning Instagram account to piece it all together . . .
What perfect timing. This is a lookbook so good, that it’s actually easing the pain of summer’s immanent end. Sessùn‘s latest collection is all about layering sumptuous textures and rich colors – it’s everything we love most about dressing in cold weather. Hooded cotton sweatshirts, plaid shirts, and wool knits are paired with heavyweight linen, corduroy, and vinyl coated pants and topped with puffy jackets and long woven coats. It’s the start of September and I feel inspired and ready to embrace fall.
Brazilian born model Mari Giudicelli had just graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology before starting her eponymous shoe label. Inspired by her love of vintage wares and appreciation for utilitarian comfort, her first collection has launched with only four simple silhouettes with strong details: mules with high vamps and low, wooden block heels, fur lined flat boots, lizard skin loafers and woven soled slide sandals. Production is currently limited as they are being produced in small batches in a family run factory in her beloved Brazil but we have a feeling demand will quickly catch up to this emerging designer.