It was love at first sight – or rather, first try, after meeting my first pair of Bryr clogs. The gorgeous color palette and uniquely modern styles were enough to make me swoon from afar. But it wasn’t until I actually slipped my foot through the soft, buttery leather and onto the featherweight Linden wood base, at a local boutique, that I fell in love with my first pair of clogs in nearly 15 years. So naturally, I just had to meet the woman behind the shoe and visit her studio. Designer Isobel Schofield‘s light filled workspace, coincidentally housed in a old, former clog factory in San Francisco’s industrial Dogpatch neighborhood, is every bit as detailed and charming as the clogs themselves. And the hands on, customizable experience, for anyone visiting the studio, is just icing on the cake. Clients are encouraged to design their clogs by finding their right size, picking one of two heel heights, choosing from a plethora of leather samples, and then selecting one of several styles – that is, if you can settle on just one. Peep toes, lace ups, slip ons, buckle details, tassels . . . it’s a nearly impossible task. Meanwhile, the clog making process is going underway with Isobel’s small team cutting leather, stapling die-cut patterns to wooden bases, molding leather against lasts and applying hardware. Despite how anxious I am to walk out with with my custom made clogs, witnessing the methodical clog making process makes waiting a few weeks totally bearable. Perfection takes time, after all.
With high waisted indigo tweed trousers that resemble denim, fringed bouclé knits, off the shoulder satin caftans and Ellsworth Kelly inspired patterns in rainbow hues, Rosetta Getty‘s resort collection has us feeling all kinds of groovy over that 70s, Southern California vibe. And to top it all off, the tall straw hats were right on. Just wish I was wearing it to the beach this summer!
If you happen to be in Northern Italy in the next 14 days, you must make a trip to Lake Iseo to experience artist Christo’s latest work, The Floating Piers. This is Christo’s first large scale, self funded project since The Gates in 2005 and since his wife and parter Jeanne-Claude’s passing in 2009. The idea of allowing people to walk on a body of water, by way of floating walkways, was first conceived by the duo nearly 47 years ago. And after scouting the lakes of Northern Italy, Christo and his team settled on Lake Iseo in 2014. After two years of engineering and installing 220,000 high density polyethylene cubes, wrapped in nylon fabric, the 1.8 mile long and 53 foot wide walkway is now connecting two small islands to each other and to the mainland. And like all of Christo’s projects, it is open free to the public 24 hours a day and on July 3rd, all the components will be removed and industrially recycled. So you’ve got 2 weeks to just follow the saffron colored road.
White denim isn’t always for everyone, including me. However, these examples of a more relaxed approach to the classic and clean jean is convincing me otherwise. Now the search begins for what I hope to be a summer staple . . .