Archive for December, 2008
At Le Bon Marché artist and photographer Julie Ansiau has created a wall with a hundred little colorful felt pillows that are embroidered with new year’s offerings, as well as cases of wonderful little characters and objects. “I made a wall with a hundred ex-votos in felt. They are all embroidered with a wish on it, you’d want to make for the new year, and you buy the one that you need or that you like…They are like little pillows you can read but in fact they are offerings.” -Julie
I met up with Julie in Paris and she is so wonderful and has some amazing projects in the works that will hopefully be on exhibition in some very big shops in this coming new year. Meanwhile hurry to check them out at Le Bon Marché until the end of the year, before they’re all gone. Bon Année!
I’ll be away on holiday for the next 3 weeks, and will post when possible. If there’s anything you think I shouldn’t miss in London or Paris leave a comment.
image by Yelena Yemchuk
This weekend I went to a holiday masquerade party hosted by Corinne, who has the most amazing house. I made this little mask to wear at the party. There was a fire outside with marshmallows to roast and it was such a nice time.
A bit last minute but here are some small gift ideas that I thought I’d share. Not quite as extravagant as my very selfish wishlist but I am mostly making gifts this year and like to look for little things to go along with those gifts. These little wood elephant bottle openers are amazing, my favorite Postalco notebooks available from South Willard, Tortoise and Auto, Juniper Ridge California Bay Laurel soap smells like trees! I love it and it’s actually made of trees and all natural ingredients, I have also seen it for sale at Mothers Markets so you might find it there and avoid shipping, this little box is just interesting and would make a great little lunch box, a lovely little print from Fifi Lapin, colorful rock soap, a Honey in the Rough knotted headband, and the easiest gift to give is Papabubble, it’s really amazing how they get the letters so small in this amazing candy, I miss stopping in there to say hello to those guys. I also received a very cute letterpressed calendar from SeeSaw letterpress, and I love the colors and linear layout of it, it’s a very sweet gift.
I just recently went to check out Endovanera in Echo Park and I had heard it was really good but it far surpassed my expectations. They make really cool, really nicely made menswear and are just starting to make womenswear as well. There were only a few women’s pieces when I went in but I would wear a lot of their menswear pieces which tend to size like Dior Homme, a little on the smaller side. They had some really amazing coats and button-up shirts, which I was told could be made in a different color or fabric if I wanted! I think a lot of it is made in house and I know that at least 2 of the people who started this line are from WORK, the custom denim shop which is now Ladyboy shoes. This place is a hidden gem in LA. Menswear of this kind doesn’t really exist in LA outside of what is sold at South Willard and Opening Ceremony, and what’s really nice is that it has a simple but unique feel to the designs.
One more thing for this weekend. The lovely ladies of the Piece are having a holiday sale in LA tomorrow from 1-4.
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Preparing to brave the cold weather of London + Paris soon. Busy working on a coat to bring with me, back with more next week!
image from Lula.
The table pictured in the image above with a “stone-slab top has a geographically correct depiction of the Amazon River carved into it, a pump providing a flow of water and a cluster of succulent plants thriving on top,” and the steel cabinet below has a mechanical toy train that runs in the tracks carved into the slab. Both pieces were designed by Wolfgang Laubersheimer. I wish all furniture could be this subtlety interesting and entertaining.
The Wolfgang Laubersheimer’s Amazonas desk and steel cabinet are on view at the “German Avant Garde Design of the 1980s” show at Demisch Danant gallery in New York until December 20th.
A bit more selfish than a gift guide, and mostly quite a bit unrealistic for me right now, but a lot more fun.. Here are things I am wishing I had right now.. Junya Watanabe black twist sleeve dress, Vogue Living, Flowers from Saipua, Hudson Bay Wool blanket, Built by Wendy Pippi striped top,
Elizabeth Peyton book, Postalco pass case, Proenza Schouler Large Leather PS1 bag in midnight (regardless of this being an “it” bag right now, to me it’s simply a great bag at a not so great price), A.P.C. Scottish plaid scarf, PLAY by CdG gray men’s cardigan, MM6 by Martin Margiela drawstring waist tunic, Saipua soaps, Ladyboy tie back shoes, Acne Bird short sleeved blouse, a Bonsai tree, Jamie at Home cookbook, Steven Alan navy Sabina beret, Isabel Marrant blue plaid Holly scarf, Ligne 6 Martin Margiela elastic neckline trench, Rachel Comey leather Belt, Marc by Marc Jacobs black shoes, Steven Alan navy basketweave knit vest, more flowers by Saipua.
This sale only happens once a year, and as an added bonus there’s hot cocoa!
I love this photo. The colors are amazingly bright but it’s such a nostalgic image. I think I had a very similar haircut at that age haha. How cute is she! I ran into her outside Opening Ceremony when I lived above it and have to say she is super cute in person.