☺☺☺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.