Last week I was delighted to receive an email from Warby Parker about a new collaboration with 826 National, an organization dedicated to helping and encouraging students to write while motivating teachers to support the creative ambitions of their students. When I read the words “pro-imagination” and “pro-curiosity” I was totally hooked, and read on to find out that the power of reading and writing is what 826 National is all about, which seems on point with Warby Parker and their already inspiring business model. The collaboration consists of two pairs of frames known as the Kidd; one pair in optical and the other sunglasses. Each frame is limited-edition and is engraved with a number out of the 826 that were produced. In addition, Warby Parker is sponsoring two original publications of students’ work. The 826NYC publication is titled The Review and features poems, short stories, and essays while the 826LA Activity Book is filled with projects for both kids and adults. Beginning today, the Warby Parker x 826 Kidd frames will be available for sale in NYC and LA retail stores and online. The books are sold separately, and proceeds from the books go directly to 826. From an early age, reading had such a huge impact on my life. I sometimes joke that Reading Saved My Life, but deep down I know it’s true. I’m so happy to support this project.
Lately I’ve been thinking about online shopping and the kind of atmosphere a web store creates. The more that technology evolves, the more shopping begins to move online and become “mass” – meaning almost anything can be found in more than one online store. While I think accessibility can be a good thing, I also think it can be sort of unappealing. I enjoy looking long and hard for those special things, whether it’s clothing or objects or accessories. I love the thrill of discovery and of seeing something new that inspires me. I live for it, so much so that I created a job focused on just those things. (This is also one of the reasons why I love vintage so much, but that’s another blog post!) Don’t get me wrong; I like knowing that there is sometimes a second shopping option if the shoe I want sells out on a favorite retailer’s site, but I also like to know that something is so special or so exclusive that it will only last for a moment. There are a few online retailers who are really making a mark with creativity, innovation, exclusivity and discovery. One of my favorites is L’Arco Baleno run by curator Ambra Medda. Ambra never ceases to amaze or inspire me with her unique discoveries of people, places, art, etc. I always learn something new while reading her blog and browsing her site. It’s fresh, completely inspired, and all carefully articulated through her perspective. While catching up on the L’Arco Baleno blog this week I came across the South African artist Hylton Nel who is known for his playful and charming ceramics that he paints over. I am particularly in love with his plates, some of them also sold on L’Arco Baleno. Each of his pieces is one-of-a-kind, making them even more desirable and precious. Photos below, and more here.
A few months ago I saw the supermodel Daria Werbowy walking down the street in New York. She had no make-up on, her hair was pulled back and she was in jeans, a tee, and Converse. She looked ethereal and fresh, just like these photos in a somewhat recent issue of W Magazine. I’ve noticed that she’s recently been photographed for many editorials and fashion ads with little or no make-up (Céline, etc.) and there’s something it that seems luxurious and incredibly chic. She’s a natural beauty, that one. I adore this editorial — the slightly overexposed photos taken outdoors, the white dresses, the heavy embellishment, and the carefree movement. And of course, Daria.
A couple of years ago I received a small booklet in the mail that was beautifully designed and filled with chic photos of models draped in Hermès. It was the Hermès Vestiaire booklet that is produced every year that reads more like an artful coffee table book rather than marketing material. I still have it displayed in my studio. I haven’t received one this year, but the images for the Spring ’14 Vestiaire booklet are floating around online and I think I might love this one even more, and it has to do with that first image below. The hair, the dress, the wrap-around sandals — all completely lustworthy. I’m also digging the sweater/short/sandal combo in the last photo. Perfect California dressing.
Receiving a Céline email announcing new arrivals can have a girl staring at a computer screen for a little too long, lusting after pink bags that are pretty much perfect. Leave it to the ultra chic French brand to make pink look like a neutral. One of these below might be worth the splurge.