Introducing : Julia Kostreva Collaborations

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Julia Kostreva Collaborations
Julia Kostreva Collaborations

I’m incredibly excited to announce this news! Today is the first release of a series of product collaborations that will be arriving to the shop in the coming months. Since this summer, I have been working with some talented artists, makers, and designers to create new, exclusive items designed in collaboration specifically for this online shop. We’ve based our first group of issues around a visual story from art direction I’ve provided. It’s incredible to collaborate with other artists and see what we create together! The issues to come will feature products for women, the home, gifts, dinner parties, and the office. All of the products are made by hand with care. It’s been a complete joy to team up with these artists, and I cannot be more excited to share what we’ve created with you.

We are starting today with Issue one, which is inspired by the gentle cool winter air in California. The nights are darker and the evening is sweet. This midnight romantic mood has inspired a fantastic group of people to create the items that will be appearing in the shop. It’s been amazing to see how each artist works and can translate a visual story through their craft. I’ve been so inspired by the creatives that I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate with – I hope you are too!

All of our collaborative products are first only available here or through the artist – this is something truly unique that you won’t find anywhere else.

Julia Kostreva Collaborations

Julia Kostreva Collaborations
Julia Kostreva Collaborations

Julia Kostreva Collaborations
Julia Kostreva Collaborations

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ISSUE 001.
ANN-MARIE RAYNEY x

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Julia Kostreva Collaborations
Julia Kostreva Collaborations
ISSUE 001.
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KEEP GOING necklace
GOLD CIRCLE | GOLD BAR

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Linda Fahey is a California ceramic artist inspired by the wind and waves of the shores where she lives south of San Francisco. I was introduced to Linda through a mutual friend, and I’m so happy we met. When I first visited Linda in her studio and shop, it was completely evident her surroundings influence her work – the waves, the driftwood, the soft gray light by the foggy shores. She draws all of these things into what she creates in such a thoughtful way.

Miguez is a California based artist who loves jewelry, photography and arts. Her copper and gold jewelry is based around memories and little sentiments. For me, “keep going” is a daily mantra that carries me through. I’m so excited she has worked with me to create something so close to my heart.

Ann-Marie Rayney is a fine artist based in London. Some of Ann-Marie’s artwork was in my original mood board for this season and I finally thought, I should research this and find out who did it. Of course, when I found her I saw all of her work is completely inspiring – contemplative, elegant, soft yet brave. She stacks layers upon layers, mixing commercial screen printing processes with photography and collage. It’s amazing to me that we were able to collaborate even though we live across the ocean!

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In the photos above, you may have gotten a little sneak peek of just a few more products that will coming to the shop. Over the coming weeks there will be several new releases of collaborative products and interviews. I am so excited you’ll join us!

+ Follow along here on instagram to see when new product collaborations launch!

+ Photography by Julia Kostreva

Monday, November 17 2014

New Bluesy iPhone Cases

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Julia Kostreva
Julia Kostreva
Julia Kostreva

It’s about time for a sea change – I’m excited to announce some new iPhone cases to the shop! This season I’m feeling the draw to deep cobalt blues. It could be that recently last year I moved to a new home only five minutes from the waves of the ocean. It’s my favorite thing to take a Sunday drive down the coast and watch the water crash onto the cliffs and gently hug the shores. Which case would you go for?

+ shop iPhones

Monday, November 17 2014

Apartment 34 Holiday Shop

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered with Apartment34 for their holiday shop! Apartment34 is a blog based in San Francisco and purveys a soft, elegant aesthetic.  They’ve brought together artists and designers for a very fine curation of goods perfect for the home, gifts, pets and the office. I’ve partnered with the Apartment34 team to introduce the first look of my new designs coming out this winter – a deep blue to black ombre case inspired by this photo I took of a lake during sunset, which you may recognize from earlier this summer on instagram. When I found out who I’d be selling alongside, I couldn’t have been more excited! Here are some of the fantastic artists and designers they are showcasing. I’m honored to be included in such great company. Head over to their shop and check it out!

(photographed above)
Hackwith Design House, limited edition clothing made in Minneapolis
A Sunny Afternoon, by designer Sarah Sherman Samuel in Los Angeles
Vrai and Oro, simple fine jewelry in Los Angeles

Rebecca Atwood, Textile Designer in Brooklyn  |  Emily Johnston, photographer in NYC
Sketchbook Crafts, bags made by Amber Jensen in North Carolina
Chapman at Sea, surf inspired makers in Florida

+ Apartment 34 Shop  / Photos by Aubrie Pick for Apartment 34

Monday, November 10 2014

Garnett Jewelry Giveaway

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It’s been while since I’ve posted – I’ve been busy with a bunch of new projects that are some of my most exciting this year! I can’t wait to show you very soon. Today I’m excited to be back with fun news! I’m doing something a little special this week… Aimee of Garnett Jewelry and I are hosting a giveaway on Instagram. Go check it out!

+ click here to see the giveaway

Friday, November 7 2014

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

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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

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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

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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:

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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

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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