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

Julia Kostreva

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Shop manager job listing
Internship listing

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

Julia Kostreva

Julia Kostreva

Julia Kostreva

Julia Kostreva

Julia Kostreva

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

Rennes

Base Range, Julia Kostreva Blog

Rennes, Julia Kostreva Blog

Rennes has such a wonderful sense of materials and an alluring taste for chunky soft leathers, speckled ceramics, and woven linen dresses and kitchen textiles… With textures and materials like this, everything feels great to the touch. My favorites are her basics – they are simple, understated and beautiful. These leather tote bags are perfect for a laptop or even the beach – I’m always looking for versatility when I’m scouting for my perfect bag. And how gorgeous are these colors?!

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Stripe Crop
Tank
Rennes, Julia Kostreva Blog
Black Mini Chateau
Duffle Bag
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Cream Leather
Pouch
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Natural Leather
Tote
Rennes, Julia Kostreva Blog
Black Leather
Tote
Rennes, Julia Kostreva Blog
Crackle White Leather
Tote
. . .

A little more about the designer…

Julia Okun, the owner and designer behind Rennes, works out of her studio in Boston, Massachusetts. When she first began during her college years, she realized she loved sewing while on a trip to the other side of the world:

“In 2006 I went on a textiles tour of Japan with my aunt, and I think that really sealed the deal for me. We went to different indigo dyeing workshops, textile markets, and museums. There was one town outside of Kyoto we visited called Ohara – it was so beautiful and surrounded by rice paddies and lodged between mountains. We did a natural dyeing workshop there – we were shown how different plants gave you different colors and how to prepare the dyes. I knew right then and there that I would pack up my bags and move there to join them, or rather that’s what I continued to say when I got home and wouldn’t shut up about how wonderful my trip to Japan was.”

The collection at Rennes ranges from her leather bags, to clothing, to homewares and ceramics. It was a natural flow, “I started throwing on the wheel about six months ago because I needed something to do that was a break from sewing.  That’s what it was at first, but people kept asking me if I was going to sell them and so eventually I caved in and thought, well why not?” — I love that! When we find new things we love and enjoy, and slowly we can build them into a bigger routine. Now she’s teaming up with some amazing talents – she’s also got some gorgeous pieces in her shop from Base Range (who made the sweatshirt that could easily become my fall staple top), Laren Manoogian, and Sylvain Le Hen. Take a look!

+ shop Rennes
+ interview at les anti modernes

Thursday, August 21 2014

AYR

AYR, Julia Kostreva Blog
AYR, Julia Kostreva Blog
AYR, Julia Kostreva Blog

AYR sums up my style and they do it so well. Minimal, gorgeous wear-anywhere pieces that will quickly become the go-to items in my closet. Jeans, silk crepe blouses, tees, sweaters. Sometimes it is so difficult to find easy pieces, but these are simple and right on. All Year Round – I can get on with that!

+ AYR

Thursday, August 21 2014

Studio Days

Julia Kostreva Blog

I’ve been spending some time this past year figuring out what is possible to do with my studio. I’ve had so many ideas in the back of my mind that I’ve wanted to do since college. Slowly, year by year, employment changes, work adjusts, and new projects unfold. When you work on so many projects throughout a year, you start to see what works well, what you enjoy the most, and what is feasible whether it’s scale, budget, or complexity. I love finding projects that I enjoy, and work with people who are excited and passionate as well. It’s been a blessing to meet the clients, work friends and collaborators I have shared time with since starting freelancing last year. Work has become something that I really get jazzed about! But, yes, freelancing really is a mix of ups and downs – Some projects have worked well without a bump in the road, others we’ve figured out creative solutions – yet, nothing is perfect. Sadly one of my bigger projects has been cancelled because of funding and feasibility. Freelance life has no security, and sometimes you’re juggling 10-20 projects at once. I find that scale and size of a project can be a big obstacle, so I’m adjusting to smaller stages, which has been working well! There will always be different challenges along the way, and hopefully we can always find ways to continue working on the things we love somehow. Lately I’ve been finding ways to collaborate with people I admire too.

“One’s real duty to the future is to do as you should do now. Make the best choices, do the best work, fulfill your obligations in the best way you can, and work on a scale that’s appropriately small. Make plans that are appropriately small. If you do those things, then the future will take care of itself.”  - Wendell Berry

The above photograph was taken by Alejandrina. It is so, so inspiring and amazing to see how others display their artwork at home!

+ Photo by Alejandrina Bessoberto
+ Vessel pictured is by Cathérine Lovatt

Friday, August 15 2014

Tomoko Kawao

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I’m completely enamored with these photographs of Tomoko Kawao. She paints shodo, which she performs beautifully. The recipe is simple: paper, brush, ink. She says it’s not to be taken so seriously as calligraphy or some sort of discipline of writing words on scrolls – but instead to enjoy life to it’s fullest. Her bravery and her elegance – and her commitment… it is so admirable. Once the brush is to the paper, there is no going back, and every drop, every wavy stroke is perfection.

+ See her TED performance; Photos by ANA

Friday, August 15 2014

Playlist : Poolside

Jordan Sullivan, Julia Kostreva Blog

1. Harvest Moon – Poolside
2. Open – Rhye
3. Myth – Beach House
4. Toes – Glass Animals
5. Time – Jungle
6. Rich Girls – The Virgins
7. Silver Screen – Beat Connection
8. The Wire – Haim
9. Summer in the City – Summer Frye

♫ Listen:  Spotify

Took a surprise trip to Los Angeles with my guy for his birthday! Driving down from San Francisco to LA in rocky, sandy, dreamy-eyed landscapes…  I’m seeing California, and it is a dusty gold. Here’s a playlist for you guys to celebrate the heat of summer, laying by the pool, the ocean, or where ever you are!

+ photos by Jordan Sullivan

Tuesday, August 12 2014

Foraged: Brianna & Loren

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This week I’ve invited Brianna Lee Cortez and Loren Crosier to share some fresh blooms with us. On my walks lately I’ve noticed a whole new season of flowers spring up! Next time you’re out for a hike, you may take a look and be surprised with what new colors and florals you find this month. Foraging for wildflowers can be tricky: be careful of what belongs to your neighbors, and try to avoid picking anything that is endangered or guarded by the state. I’ve asked Brianna and Loren to share their picks, tips and tricks.

When ‘flower picking’ a good approach can be quite simple: consider shape, color, and texture. And always look up! In California, many trees in bloom have gorgeous shape to their branches. I’m often drawn to muted colors and especially anything blue-green. True blue is rarely seen in plant life, so that may be why it’s so attractive!

As far as vases go, it can be fun to use whatever is available and just play with various foliage until you find the vessel that suits. Even the simplest sprigs can add life and beauty to a space.

+ Photos and words by Brianna Lee Cortez and Loren Crosier

Wednesday, August 6 2014