click here to maximize your minimalism!
click here to view my favorites from the archives. gee
are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
chronicling my quest for the one true
have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
clothing & accessories design
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous
ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think
it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!
Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple
Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Daily Buss Feature
in the blog press
the girl who ate everything
(into) the fray
far too cute
couture in the city
high fashion girl
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer,
traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads,
succulents and other waxy flora
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic,
low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max
Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum,
pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism
magazines of current
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper
favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation
current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too
sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary
jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how
about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness
of their styles.
what's in a name?
I have decided on a name for my new Blog! I love coming up with tag lines and punny titles. Have you ever read the titles of the articles in WWD? They make me groan, they are so good! But I digress... I have made up a few good catchy slogans for my company over the years that I was still considering. Here are a few:Fashion=MCsquaredDon't Just Stand There. Accessorize!Every Good Girl Deserves Fashion
But I decided to go with the broadest title possible for this Blog so I could go in any direction with my musings on style trends, people, food, shoes, luxury, shopping experiences, street trends, my own new designs, and probably more. i am a fashion designer.gee
* will allow me to discuss "all things fashion designer," where ever that may lead.
Anyway, I think I am going to like doing this Blog. I have a lot of opinions, and I like to seek out lots of things, and now I get to share them all! Hooray. Plus I don't mind telling you, I need a bit more structure to my day. More on the topic of organization in other entries. I can't wait!
*I coined this phrase years ago when a hat design I created landed me on the pages of Vogue (gee!) and totally changed my career path. Once a curatorial assistant in Japanese Art, now a Fashion Designer, self-taught, self-employed, self-generating, and for some years now! I started my company in Boston, and recently uprooted and moved the whole operation to NYC! I started with hats, and then switched to doing a full line of women's clothing. Later I added accessories, and silk-screened t-shirts. I design clothing that is item-based, Japanese-inpired, economical and useful. I like a limited color palette of darks, but I also like the candy-colored bright tones mixed with very flat, bold prints. As a rule, I do not like lacey, flowery, drapey things. I do like lace and flowers but only if they are flat and bold and sculptural. And anything I make that is "drapey" is really more structured and sculptural. So I have a certain style. If you like my kind of design, you will get hooked.