Archive for the ‘craft’ Category

totally in love

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

with Marmod 8 Jewelry.

Piol: tested

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

So, a while ago I wrote about a new company, Piol, that makes made to measure dresses in the US, and recommends silhouettes, colors, and prints based on your coloring and shape. At the time, I had a lot of questions about the site, the company, and the quality of the dresses.

Well, Piol got in touch, and they graciously gave me a dress to help answer some of my queries. I filled out the form and waited a couple weeks. Honest MaterialConcern disclosures: I don’t love the prints they have, so I went for black silk. Also, none of the dress shapes were exactly my style, so I went for a classic little black sheath dress.

When the dress arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the weight and quality of the silk fabric, and the silk lining. The zipper was also high quality. The seams (both inside and outside) were smooth and straight. This was a very well made dress.

I had thought that I might not be the best person to test how great their fit is, as generally, things in my size fit right, right off the rack. However, things off the rack don’t fit like this dress does….which is to say it fits extremely well:

So! Answers to our questions: Piol does a great job on fit and quality is silk and sewing, and it does take a long time, but they keep you posted on progress.

I’m not sure how many woman can support Piol as its currently set up & targeted. It could be really great for Bridesmaids or more casual brides. And if the company had the capability to let you upload your own print it could be amazing. Eventually I’m sure they’ll adding more sophisticated prints as well as more silhouettes…I’m now dreaming of a custom blazer!

In the meantime, I need to figure out where to wear this super flattering dress…please let me know if you know of  a board meeting I can commandeer, an episode of Scandal that needs a background actor, or a French president’s funeral where I can freak out the real mistresses.

woven together

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Came across Erin M Riley’s woven work recently. More here.


Friday, February 28th, 2014

amazing Kokedama -inspired hanging plant sculptures by Fox Fodder Farm x Light and Ladder. Seen via Anthology.

much respect for

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Voices of Industry. They make clothes in Oakland.

And by make, I don’t mean how most lines make clothes domestically (buy fabric, most likely from overseas, and then have it sewn locally).  They weave the fabric, then they make the pieces.

Pretty awesome.


Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Obsessed with these beautiful, simple, understated smudges-of-gold earrings from WWAKE.

I really don’t need

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

another bag at the moment. But if I did, it would be a choice between the perfect Mansur Gavriel bucket bag

and the Building Block frame bag.

Totally in love

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

with my Tomo navy leather sac from This Is Ground.

It’s for your tech, but it’s a casual-but-still-a-bit-luxe (amazing leather) update to the rectangular clutch I’ve been carrying for years.

craft on your feet

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Totally into all of NIKE’s crafty shoes that invoke knitting, weaving and all sorts of traditional techniques while being cool and innovative.

The Flyknit Lunar 1+ is my favorite.

The Roshe is pretty cool.

and the inneva is lovely, too!

Sea Change

Monday, January 13th, 2014

I haven’t written in a bit for a couple reasons.

Mostly, I’ve been busy: I’m working a lot, stepping in with lines when they need fresh ideas and new ideas. I like the work and I like working a lot.

But, the real reason is that I’ve been….a bit bummed out maybe?

Lately I feel that some of the movements in design that I was excited, interested, and literally a producing part of, have become the same system of status that I’ve….been proud to not be a part of.

I went to a holiday sales event in LA that a couple of my extremely talented friends had a presence at. Their work is great. A lot of the work there was great. Their work is expensive, and has value: I know first-hand that making a small line and collection means that the product is expensive. There is value: and then, there is expensive.

A lot of the scene has become a checklist of status: get this ring, these shoes, this bag, this hat, yada yada: and now you look great: you look confident, you look like you aren’t playing the game: yet….you are playing the game: and you bought your way in. The same women who would perhaps mock a  Dior bag, marc jacobs bag, or rebecca minkoff bag, lined up in droves to buy a [fill in the blank] bag (and no, I’m not talking about a bag, really]: and we all look at our bag and their bags the same way the women eyeing their marc by marc or their neighbor’s marc by marc bag do.

The issue is not about money or the expensiveness of an object. It would be fantastic if everyone was ready to pay for quality of handmade and locally made objects. Quality, innovation, idea and product are worth a lot of money. A handmade piece where the money goes to the makers, and the item lasts for as long as it possibly can is priceless.

Buying status to me, however, has always seemed cheap.

That’s one part of my bum-out, the other part is about individuality from the point of the consumer, something I’ve always attributed to, loved about, and worn the flag of for small lines: it’s not about following a checklist to fit in.

The other issue is about individuality from the point of the producer. I understand these issues too. If everyone is doing indigo, soft leather, natural fabrics, moroccan rugs, and ceramics, and if you want to make a living: and you truly feel the pull of these themes: what do you do?

I’m feeling a little anti-everything right now. Going to this sales event made me want glass, plastic, tech, clean lines, hard fabrics (kidding, kidding, but also: not, not).

And yes, I know fashion pays for my entire life: and that status chasing is a part of what pays for fashion. Maybe I’m too idealistic. Or maybe this is what happens in your early 30s: movements seems to come from, and be for, you and your cohort. But maybe it’s always the same: everything is for sale: these items or ideas are just in your price range, your age range, etc.

Regardless: I’m feeling a bit ready for a sea-change.