Mansi Shah is a NY based studio that makes signature prints & products “inspired by the alchemy of image-making”. their launch collection is made up of eight varied patterns, all of which are also available as iPhone covers – i’m so into the Impasto one.
here’s an update so what’s been going on at Beautiful Dreamers, the Brooklyn based store that i featured over a year ago. i really don’t need an excuse to show you these wonderful wares, do i? i’m really jonesing for those gorgeous ceramic vessels by April Napier and that beautiful bucket bag by Samantha Grisdale.
damn, the FW14 lookbook by Mayflower Supply was bittersweet for me to look through. very sweet because New York is always a good idea; but ever so slightly bitter because my husband is actually there right now – without me, waaaah! owner Liz Hull gave me some insight into the lovely Meryl & Diane inspired shoot.
Eunice Lee is the woman behind Unis, a menswear brand based in NYC with another store LA. they have an awesome selection of basics for men; like these perfectly cut tees, which my husband actually went looking for when we were in NYC last year. the kind of menswear that women enjoy borrowing because it’s understated enough for either gender to wear.
Dinanda Nooney was a photographer from Manhattan who documented the lives of families living in Brooklyn from 1978-79. she donated the entire collection to the NYPL Digital Gallery in 1995, and i found myself looking through every single photo with my morning coffee yesterday. it amazes me that so many of these homes could in fact be the interiors of modern day Brooklyn apartments – the furniture, the plants, the bike racks (!), studios of artists & architects and designers…
Nooney initially became interested in the borough in 1976, while working as a volunteer for George McGovern’s presidential campaign. Two years later, she used the connections she had made in order to gain access to rooftops and other vantage points for a survey of the borough. She soon became more interested in the people she met and began photographing families in their homes. Many of these sitters then recommended other potentially willing subjects. The portraits that emerge are striking in their attention to the details of architecture and décor, which reveal just as much about the subjects as how they choose to pose themselves for Nooney’s camera.
Barbara Rothenberg. 135 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
Jerry & Linda Schick. 188 Washington Ave., Fort Greene
Geoffrey & Tobi Needler. 51 Montgomery Pl., Park Slope
Ernie & Lucy Bitzer. 300 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill
Spencer & Rosalyn Depas. 227 Cumberland St., Fort Greene
Bill & Sasha Saari. 104 Prospect Pl. Park Slope
Nat Lamar. 60 Tompkins Pl., Cobble Hill
Russell McCombs. 315 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
Suzanne & Mike Zufolo & daughters. 480 13th St., Park Slope
Fran Orans. 4715 Surf Ave., Coney Island
Tim & Carol Sullivan. 284 Clinton Ave., Clinton Hill
Joseph & Mary Merz, architects. Daughter Julie & cat. 48 Willow Place, Boerum Hill
Bill & Lucy Sikes. 231 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill
Allen Wiener & sons. 331 President St., Carroll Gardens
okay so everyone has a few go-to stories they like to tell after they’ve been on a trip somewhere, and probably my favourite one from NYC is meeting Erin Considine on the subway on our first day in New York. Anton and i were waiting in a station somewhere in Manhattan, i forget where, we had just been out and about all day after a long flight and we were bushed and kind of in a daze. so i notice this stylish girl in a big hat walk through the turnstile and the next moment she turns to us and says, “excuse me…” i couldn’t believe it when she introduced herself, as i am of course familiar with her work and we happen to follow each other on twitter. what are the odds that i would run into someone that i kinda-sorta-know on our first day in a city full of millions of people? so as you can well imagine, i just love telling this story.
anyway, Erin lives in Brooklyn and she makes beautiful jewellery with a focus on metalwork and natural fibers. she just sent me a preview of her SS 2014 collection which comes out in March next year. you can shop her previous collections at her website. i will not hesitate to say that i would gladly wear any of these beautiful pieces, especially the Caril Burst Cuff (seen in the last spread) and those wonderful braided rope + brass mesh chain necklaces.
By marrying two such diverse materials, Erin is able to continuously experiment with technique and form. Her natural-dye baths make use of ingredients like madder root, logwood, and onion skin. She tests new textile construction methods with every collection, incorporating weaving, crocheting, and the Japanese braiding style of Kumihimo into an ever-expanding roster of creation tools. Her metal forms are mined from the dregs of industrialism – whether it by repurposing dead-stock jewelry findings or sculpting models inspired by the antique metier. Her commitment to sustainability ensures that almost every step of the production process is completed by hand in New York, primarily by Erin herself.
hello! so we are in NYC and it is amazing. I wasn’t planning on checking in while we’re on our honeymoon (sacrilege) – but I see there have been some technical difficulties with images in the blog posts I scheduled. I’m sorry about that, and unfortunately I do not have my computer with me so it can’t be fixed. that means no new posts until we are back in Cape Town.
I’ll leave you with this pic I took at Top of the Rock until we get back. you can also follow all my updates on Instagram.
illustrations from this book about new york by fritz buzze, 1956
if you’re like me then you peruse the selby often (and by often i mean all the time), and there would be no need to show you these pics. but i’m going to take a shot in the dark and share them with you in case you’re not a follower. this is hervé pierre‘s apartment in new york city, he’s the design director for carolina herrera.
pierre has literally brought paris into his home, and it’s filled with the coolest stuff – hat boxes, paper art, vintage portraits, giant perfume bottles, fashion illustrations … not to mention the fact that his fridge is basically stocked with water and chocolate.
i urge you to see all the photos here
i wish all stop signs looked like this
YSL is sending five renowned bloggers on a journey around the country to discover and reveal their very own PARISIENNE experiences in New York City, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. YSL has chosen an ensemble of women with passions for beauty, art, design, music, fashion and food to create a travel diary of their trip. Stay tuned here to read articles, see photos and follow the women on their journey.
i like the concept because there’s isn’t heavy product placement in the stories (which would have ultimately made the bloggers look like sell-outs and the ‘experience’ a bit fake).
how to do your hair like a frenchie
urban bikers in NY
(ps: one of my favourite perfumes that i use often is YSL elle – so if parisienne is even vaguely similar, it’s probably amazing. i am very partial to darker/rich scents like viktor & rolf’s flowerbomb, kate moss’ fragrance etc)
i watched 30 Rock episode season 2 ep 2: “Jack Gets in the game” again yesterday:
Liz: How come men can be heavy and be respected, like James Gandolfini or Fat Albert? It’s a double standard, and America needs to get over its body image madness.
Jack: Oh, come on. What are we, back in college, freshman year? Let’s go to the common room and talk about apartheid.
Devon: Here, why don’t you take some of my steak? I could never eat this much meat.
Jack: That’s not what I hear.
Dr. Leo Spaceman: Now Jenna, medically speaking, for your height your weight puts you in what we call the “disgusting range”.
Liz Lemon: You just can’t be a real woman in this country. God! It’s like those Dove commercials never happened!
Tracy Jordan: My home address is in the GPS under ‘Da Crib’ cos we live on Da Crib Avenue.
there’s also a blink and you’ll miss it scene showing the boxes for Liz’s unassembled home office furniture, with the swedish furniture company’s name on it: Blërg
and you know like somebody walk on the street, when they listen mus- when they heard some music, because some black people…. they drove a car and then they turn the music up very loudly. and then somebody DANCING like me – some days. not some days, many days – it’s just dancing on the street. you know, it’s crazy. but i love it.