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Studio Visit With By Boe and INEZ

9.17.2014

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Visited the always, always, always inspiring Annika Inez in her downtown Brooklyn studio before Fashion Week kicked off. Before diving into her new collections for By Boe and INEZ, we discussed our favorite shapes, photographs, and of course, our favorite ways to style our jewelry while touring about her showroom/studio. 

It's a joy looking back and realizing that Annika and I have had our capsule collection for 2 years now, and getting the experience of seeing a crafted object emerge out of pages of drawings and photos has been one of the most valuable experiences I've gotten through working with her. When we started working together, INEZ was a work in progress, a side of Annika's design sensibilities that were a bit tougher, a bit more mysterious than By Boe, which is more daytime and tomboyishly sweet. Now that its first look book has been shot and the collection continues to grow, I can even see bits of INEZ's mysterious appeal blending over into By Boe, which is really cool! I'm very happy for her, and I'm of course looking forward to what the future has in store

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The Whims

9.16.2014

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Vintage coat, blouse and denim vest, Motel pants via Koshka (℅), Modern Vice Jett shoes (℅)

Took the latter end of the weekend to hang with my best friends from growing up. Some of these shots were taken by dearest Elanna, who I've known since second grade. We took Monday afternoon to walk around Astoria and Long Island City, which is business as usual, really. We stopped by the Fall exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park- which is something I implore every one of my fellow New Yorkers to hit up at some point, especially now since the crispness of Fall is right on the heels of these late-summer afternoons.

Here's the thing, almost every time I meet someone, I end up giving this spiel at some point: I grew up in Sunnyside, Queens (NYC), then my family moved to upstate New York (to Buffalo, where I spent high school), and then I came back to the city for college...bah, blah, blah. I feel kind of self-conscious when I go through this because I worry it can come off as if I'm sensationalizing the surroundings of my upbringing, but it's really hard to explain myself otherwise, ya know?  This borough has a flavor all its own that breeds imagination in tiny corners.

I've lived in Manhattan and I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn now, but man, nothing compares to Queens. Long Island City is the kind of place where you can walk past a taxi graveyard and a mailbox you have to climb whilst on your way to a seriously beautiful sculpture park on the water- in the midst of an industrial-slash-residential neighborhood. I like living in Williamsburg for now, but I've been itching to come back to the place where I grew up for quite some time now, and I'm looking forward to next year, when I can really start planning. Still, for now, I can't complain, because I live down the block from Blue Collar Burger, sooo....

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Fashion Week Recap {She Knows}




Fashion Week was like woooooooo!

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Fancy Laze

9.12.2014

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Jonathan Simkhai tee, Brandy Melville bra, AG jeans (℅), Jewelmint long locket, Lulu Frost zigzag & crystal necklaces (℅), vintage chain choker, American Apparel cardigan

Achieving comfort at the end of the day is always going to be one of life's finest delights.
Sometimes I still pile on sparkly stuff when I'm just lounging about.
For example, took these after going grocery shopping, making dinner, and then partaking in some of that Modelo Especial. 

Mmmyes.

Also, many thanks to my go-to hair dude for 2 years now, Barton for the fancy Fall 'do.
He's at Graceland if y'all ever need recs for a colorist. 

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Ode t' Joy

9.10.2014

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☺☺☺Had the fantastic opportunity to get a walk-through of Joy Gryson's Brooklyn boutique this afternoon by the lady Joy herself! ☺☺☺
The Boerum Hill space is great- her second boutique after opening her first in TriBeCa, and what a story! Before walking into her boutique, I walked passed the equally charming Brooklyn spaces for Steven Alan and Atelier Cologne, and Joy later explained that she has pretty much the same neighbors at her Manhattan location, so she's lucky to be close to her friends, it's a good li'l community it sounds like! We spoke at length about how important surroundings can be, and how, for any designer, those surroundings can start to influence your craft and customer outlook. Brooklyn residents, for example, are much more prone to exploration when it comes to their closets; a mindset that Joy tells me has her looking to get extra creative for her next season (stoked!).

But onto the bags: Joy told me her inspirado for fall '14 came from notions of a moonlit forest: deep, woodsy tonal palates, dreamy reflective surfaces with textured haircalf (super cool) and pebbled skins. I was particularly interested in her use of matte black hardware and the little details she took care to explore: things like belted, adjustable straps and snaps that hold handles together. It all comes together nicely for a delightful thing to wear on one's hip.

Speaking of hip, I guess you could say I went for a 60's-inspired ensemble after coming home with my Nyla satchel. I'll probably end up wearing this dude out with more streamlined, menswear-inspired black pieces come winter, but for now, I'm gonna keep it as festive as I can.

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