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.
Travel and discovery are the inspiration behind Kneeland Mercado, so we decided to incorporate them into our first-ever Pinterest contest. We want to know where your dream destination is, whether it be chic Paris or colorful Morocco. The prize is this colorful folk basket handmade in Mexico. Excited to enter the contest? Here’s how:
1. Follow KneelandCo. on Pinterest.
2. Create a board titled Kneeland Viaje. (You can check out our Kneeland Viaje board for some ideas.)
3. Pin images of your dream travel destination for 2014, such as the places you want to visit or the food you want to eat. Make sure to use the #kneelandmercado tag when you pin.
4. Leave a link to your board in the comments below! The contest ends on Tuesday, February 11th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced on February 12th. Happy Pinning!
I was completely flattered when Heath Ceramics asked me to be a guest pinner in celebration of 10 years of Heath. I’ve been anxiously waiting for my week of pinning to begin and finally it’s here. All week I’ll be pinning images and ideas that have inspired me the past 10 years, both new and old. You can follow my Heath Pin Pals board here and also check out their feature on Kneeland Co. and Kneeland Mercado on their blog.
A few months ago I moved my studio to a bright, light-filled space in Atwater Village. I took the space next door as well when I saw the potential it had as a storefront for Kneeland Mercado. That all happened in July and a couple of weeks ago I was finally ready to open the by-appointment shop right next door to my studio. I had an opening party filled with friends, family, the most delicious chai martinis by my friend Satbhajan, Indian-inspired food by Take Flight and Feast and a world renowned sitar player and his student on the tablas. It was incredibly magical and I was surrounded by so much love and inspiration. Pics from the party below from my friends Jessica, Sara and Ava.
Ricotta and chutney bruschetta by Take Flight and Feast
With my dear friend Janelle
Heather trying on an epic necklace
One of my all time favorite songs. It makes me feel good. Alive and Kicking, Simple Minds.
This video of Patti Smith giving advice to young creative people at the Louisiana Literature Festival is everything. I find myself watching it often and I’ve sent it to pretty much everyone I know. Beyond inspiring.