Foraged : Melissa Sonico

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The California summer lasts long into fall, but I’m noticing things are winding down and pairing down to their essentials. This week I’ve invited Melissa Sonico to share some fresh blooms with us – she’s seeing florals that are totally serene. These white hydrangea would look beautiful and calming in a low vase or jar on the coffee table.

When foraging for flowers or plants– or anything, for that matter, I always gravitate toward neutral colors. I have to admit that I tend to favor greenery and foliage over florals (as evidenced by the many houseplants I own), but my favorite flowers are those delicate summer blooms: peonies, Juliet roses, ranunculus, and hydrangea– all in white or pink, blushy tones.

+ Photos by Melissa Sonico and Lauren Donaldson

Tuesday, September 30 2014

Isabel Marant Étoile SS15

Isabel Marant, Julia Kostreva Blog
Isabel Marant, Julia Kostreva Blog

Isabel Marant, Julia Kostreva Blog
Isabel Marant, Julia Kostreva Blog

I’ve made my home in California for only just a few years now. I’m so completely in love with the dusty soft gold I’m always seeing around here, that I find myself looking for golden neutrals. Isabel Marant’s Spring collection hits close to my heart with these simple, cool styles and sunlit, sandy tones.

+ Photos by Mark Peckmezian for Isabel Marant

Tuesday, September 30 2014

London Milan Paris 15

Teatum Jones, Julia Kostreva Blog
Dries Van Noten, Julia Kostreva Blog
Christine Phung, Julia Kostreva Blog
Jil Sanders, Julia Kostreva Blog
Jil Sanders, Julia Kostreva Blog
Christine Phung, Julia Kostreva Blog
Christine Phung, Julia Kostreva Blog
Lea Peckre, Julia Kostreva Blog
Lea Peckre, Julia Kostreva Blog

If New York was the show where my favorite picks were classic-with-a-modern-twist, then the international spring 2015 shows are where I’m seeing gorgeous patterning and ornament.

THE ORNAMENT   Teatum Jones  /  Dries Van Noten  /  Christine Phung
THE LINE   Jil Sander / Christine Phung
THE WRAP   Christine Phung / Lea Peckre

 

+ See more at WWD

Saturday, September 27 2014

Motion

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I’m loving the motion in this street style shot in the midst of all the fashion weeks. In January this year, I stumbled across something Tara said, and it stuck with me. The spirit of this year has been energetic like this, with bright, unremitting efforts for people to improve themselves. This week marked the first week of fall and I’m ready to move into what lies ahead!

i say 2014 is about movement. not just forward movement, but any kind of movement. front, back, sideways, and back to the front again it doesn’t really matter. because moving “forward” is about moving in general. sometimes you gotta go back before you can be sprung forward, like an arrow. just move guys. that’s what i’ll be doing. – tarafirma

+ Photo by Lucita Yañez

Saturday, September 27 2014

Fenella Elms

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Something like windblown feathers or soft scales, I’m drawn to these pieces that have a beautiful wave to them. I love hearing about artists through other artists, and earlier this month hanging out with Linda Fahey in her ceramic studio, somewhere in the conversation we started talking about the wilder styles of ceramic. One of those artists was Fenella Elms – and when I looked her up I was in utter awe. These pieces are so soft, it feels like they have movement to them, they sway a little and make soft noises, simply with the air in the room.

+ Fenella Elms

Saturday, September 27 2014

Lately

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This summer has been an adventure. Earlier this month I went to Yosemite on a long backpacking trip with a group of friends, and I pushed myself harder than I had ever thought I could do! With miles of walking every day and carrying everything you need on your back, you reduce down to only the essentials that you need… to just be there and enjoy it. The air, the water, it’s incredible. I love ending up at a place with water after a long journey, it is one of my favorite things! The sunset over the water up there – I recently got back from visiting Massachusetts for a wedding, and when we first drove in, the sun was setting and we were welcomed by the most amazing light on the lake. It was the perfect moment to pause, reflect in the quiet, and, well, skip rocks. Recently back at home, when I finally have a free moment, I get to play a little! I’ve been planning out what’s to come in my online shop. I can tell you already, this will be the most exciting year so far.

+ follow along on instagram here

Wednesday, September 24 2014

The Row SS15

The Row, Julia Kostreva Blog

The Row, Julia Kostreva Blog
The Row, Julia Kostreva Blog
The Row, Julia Kostreva Blog
The Row, Julia Kostreva Blog

As New York Fashion week progressed, only one was my favorite. I love anything the Row. And this silent brick New York loft was the perfect setting for it, with it’s crumbling walls and shards of light peering through the tall windows lined with ancient metal. Serene. The whole experience is art in movement. Angled cuts meet the flow of the model’s walk. Raw silk and woven cottons, all in gold, cream, navy, brown tones… minimally beautiful and completely refined.

+ Photos by Bureau Betak, New York Times

Wednesday, September 17 2014

NYFW

There’s some really beautiful pieces coming out at New York Fashion Week. Even though they’re showing Spring Summer 2015 lines, I’m drawn to these fall-inspired layer-on-layer looks. Here are some of my top picks so far:

Misha Nonoo, Julia Kostreva Blog
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Misha Nonoo

Misha Nonoo’s pieces are surely a couple of my favorite yet – the wrap, the colors, the flow, the so-subtle mix of texture that it’s sublime.

Baja East, Julia Kostreva Blog
Baja East, Julia Kostreva Blog

Baja East

Loving these mineral meets topographic abstract patterns when paired with a chic but so chill attitude

Peter Som, Julia Kostreva Blog
Ralph Rucci, Julia Kostreva Blog

Peter Som / Ralph Rucci

Peter Som’s kimono is elegant but super fun (what an awesome mix), and Ralph Rucci’s painted patterns take my breath away.

+ See more of NYFW at Style

Friday, September 12 2014

Tarafirma

Tarafirma, Julia Kostreva Blog

Tarafirma, Julia Kostreva Blog
Tarafirma, Julia Kostreva Blog
Tarafirma, Julia Kostreva Blog
Tarafirma, Julia Kostreva Blog

Tarafirma, Julia Kostreva Blog

Tarafirma, Julia Kostreva Blog
Tarafirma, Julia Kostreva Blog
Tarafirma, Julia Kostreva Blog
Tarafirma, Julia Kostreva Blog

 

My favorite person to follow on instagram has got to be Tara Poynter – Tarafirma. With sand at her feet and the California road to travel, she’s got her sights on some wonderful things ahead of her.

+ See tarafirma’s instagram here

Friday, September 12 2014

Jennifer Chong Blog

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Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of hanging out with Jennifer Chong while she was on a short trip to San Francisco. I met Jennifer for the first time on a designer vacation retreat in Palm Springs last year and I have been following her since. You have got to see her amazing food and travel photography! Her recipes are completely delicious. To see the full studio visit & interview check out her blog.

+ In The Studio with Julia Kostreva on Jennifer Chong blog
+ all photos Jennifer Chong

Wednesday, September 10 2014

Hackwith X OSC

Hackwith x OSC, photo by Emma Robertson, Julia Kostreva Blog

I first heard about this kimono through my friend Emma, who took some gorgeous photos of it. But really – man. How beautiful is this Kimono? It’s a collaboration between Oakland Surf Club and Hackwith Design House, and it’s completely stunning.

+ Kimono can be bought here at Oakland Surf Club, visit the maker Hackwith Design House
+ Photo Emma Robertson

Wednesday, September 10 2014

Nina Mair

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The sunlight is pouring through my window this afternoon and on days like this I get lost in thought about my dream home. What chair would I want to sit on, what bath would be the perfect soak… And as soon as I start tapping my fingers, ah… There. I am so taken by these pieces from Nina Mair. She’s managed to bring such refined elegance to her work and with just these completely basic materials, it really does make for a perfect dream!

+ Nina Mair

Tuesday, September 9 2014

Now hiring: Shop Manager

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Hi everyone! Great news today. The little studio is expanding! I currently work with a small team of designers on both studio & shop projects, and I’m delighted to say, the time has come for a Shop Manager to join the team! And, interns are welcome to check in as well – let’s see what we can do folks! Both positions are part-time and based in San Francisco.

The Shop Manager position is entirely shop focused and will not involve any design tasks. If you have experience in running an online shop, retail or shipping- and you love art, design, the handmade and the designed, and of course shopping at little boutiques- this job is definitely for you.

The Internship is also shop focused, but, since we are a multi-discipline studio, you’ll be exposed to all projects that we work on. You’ll get to see what all happens behind the scenes and help out!

If you’re into it, please check out the links above for complete job listing descriptions. See the How to apply section at the bottom. I’d be excited to hear from you! Let’s chat!

Wednesday, August 27 2014

Laura Daza

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Laura is a passionate designer and, believe it or not, a color maker. She investigates pigments and the provenance of colors: where they began, what natural (and strange!) places that pigments have come. Colors tend to evoke moods and emotions, but it’s easy to remove ourselves and forget to ask where different shades come from on this earth. There was a time when the story of where the color came from was integral to the use of it. Laura is a bit of a color hunter looking to find colors lost in history and bring them back, using ancient alchemist techniques and creating a little magic along the way. In her current work, Laura looks into the story of 8 colors: Whiteshell, Saffron, Ochre, Verdigris, Malachite, Azurite, Mummy Brown, and Lamp Black. She’s worked with bones, eggs, minerals, shells, and even…. mummies.

I had the pleasure of a short interview with Laura, where she tells me a little more about how she got started and how she works with the origins of colors.

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What first sparked your interest in colors and pigments?

This project started with the curiosity of understanding how colour works and its provenance. I’ve always worked around colour: natural dyes and synthetic ones. I believe people take colours from granted without knowing the science behind it, the story and origin. While researching, I just fell in love with the Egyptian colour palette, which are considered to be masters in alchemy and colour making. Many of the colours we use today were first invented by them; they introduced green and blues to the colour palette.

I love that you are bringing back what could be lost in time. From the history you’ve researched, what has spoken to you the most?

 While studying Egyptian history and historical pigments I found an incredible and scary story behind one of these pigments.  Mummy brown, Egyptian mummy or caput mortuum, which means dead head in latin, was a pigment favoured by Pre-Raphaelite painters. Literally it derives from its source; Egyptian mummies, both human and animal, which were ground up and mixed with myrrh and pitch.

 Your travel a lot as part of your work. How does it benefit your process?

For me, traveling and sourcing materials is fascinating as been part of my design process and research, this helps built the narrative and story of my projects.Getting to a new and unknown place is a great way to get new inspiration and connecting with the environment physically and mentally.

 

Laura will be publishing a book soon on DIY Color Recipes, follow along to see when it’s released!

+  Laura Daza

Wednesday, August 27 2014

Semi Kim

Semi Kim, Julia Kostreva Blog

Semi Kim, Julia Kostreva Blog

Semi Kim’s cool blues have got me thinking about the coast, the cliffs, and the sky. I’m taking a big trip this weekend, and it feels like time to escape into the wild!

+ Semi Kim
+ read a little interview at Citizens of Humanity

Monday, August 25 2014

Individual Medley

Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog

Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog
Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog
Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog
Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog

Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog

My friend Emma Roberson introduced me to Individual Medley boutique in Los Angeles a few months ago, and now they’ve just opened up an online shop! Their instagram is one of my favorites too- the style is down to earth and the adventures and hikes they get up to give me serious wanderlust.

+ shop Individual Medley
+ see Individual Medley’s instagram here
+ lookbook photos Chantal Anderson

Sunday, August 24 2014

The Creative Class : Sagmeister

WATCH: the Creative Class Sagmeister interview, via Julia Kostreva Blog

There’s a wonderful interview series over on The Creative Class.tv. Check out the interview with Sagmeister on handmade vs technology. I think we are always looking to create without losing soul or a sense of human hand. I love the bit about screenprinting, lithography… and how technology can bring incredible boredom now with all tools available to you in one place – whereas years ago we would have to change rooms or even buildings to complete a graphic project. But still, in a more positive light, things like animation, interaction, video, all this technology that is totally new make you think in a different way and drive your ideas –  ideas that wouldn’t be possible to think up years ago. Click to play the interview on their site, which is incredibly designed as well.

+ Sagmeister on thecreativeclass.tv

Saturday, August 23 2014

LA Weekend

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Julia Kostreva

Julia Kostreva

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Julia Kostreva

Julia Kostreva

I surprised Willem with a trip to Los Angeles for his birthday. He didn’t know a thing about it until we got in the car with a couple of bags early in the morning. The surprise was so excellent. We drove through the dusty sun rising in the desert, spent the rest of the weekend at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. It was such a nice getaway!

+ See more on instagram

Thursday, August 21 2014