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November 7, 2013

An Interview with Gypsy Hunter

7 We’re so excited to feature a capsule collection of exquisite vintage turquoise and Native American jewelry by Christine Mayrina of GYPSY/HUNTER for the launch of the new ShopSpanishMoss.com. I met Christine a while back and was immediately drawn to her free spirit, amazing jewelry, and her knowledge of anything and everything having to do with the rich history of Native American jewelry and the cultures and people who produced it. Be sure to check out her pieces in the store and follow her Instagram @gypsy_hunter for snaps of incredible turquoise, fleas across the Southwest, and the open road!


Name / Location

Christine Mayrina (most people call me Chrissy)/ I like to think of myself as LA based but really a lot of my business takes place on the road.

Tell us a little bit about your background / how you started Gypsy Hunter?

I’m a born and bred LA native with an immigrant upbringing, so the idea of pulling yourself up by the bootstraps and personal freedom has always been important to me. I started Gypsy/Hunter almost on a whim one afternoon having beers with my best friend on her rooftop- I said out loud that I wanted life to be in my own hands and I wanted to be on a treasure hunt with no map. I said it with complete intention but no idea of execution, and somehow I made life happen so that it was possible. I really take to heart the idea that my family made so many sacrifices and I want to honor them by blazing my own trail while thriving and doing what I love. To me, there is no other way to live. DSC_0573_f7882f7e-8d33-4772-8afc-8525c4ca3f59_grande

What’s a day in your life like?

No day is really the same… there are so many aspects to this gypsy life- the best days always start with hitting the road either with a specific hunt in mind or a general destination. Sometimes I get into a town, talk to people and then take on the hunt by leads. Some days are spent waking up at 4 am preparing for a show, merchandising out a booth. Other days I really try to get ahead of emails and website stuff- not the most fun but still totally necessary. On those days, happy hour comes early and vinyls are always spinning in the background.
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What was your first piece of turquoise?

I bought this amazing ring in the shape of a paisley that has four or five stones inlaid, the middle was a piece of turquoise. It’s a handmade heirloom from the 1920s, it was never made to be sold so it has kind of a rough craftsmanship to it but I’ll never get rid of it. DSC_0391_grande

What makes authentic turquoise pieces worth collecting?

The world of turquoise and silver is so huge- there are so many mines across the southwest that were in production for certain periods of time. I personally love really old unstabilized turquoise that has absorbed a lot of natural oil. Stones from mines that are no longer in production are the best. The matrix these pieces have are just beautiful to me- it’s like looking into the DNA of our universe. The natural forces that joined to create this vibrant piece of earth that we get to wear daily is a thrill for me. It’s almost like any collector world- rarity, antiquity and historical legacy are all a part of value, as well as the craftsmanship of the artist. Can you imagine that you get to wear a piece of stone that was cut nearly 100 years ago?! Plus, silver is a hard value commodity. You can always take a piece of good silver to the bank. You can’t say that for a lot of vintage!
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Is there any kind of mythology behind turquoise you find meaningful or fascinating?

Someone once told me that some of the Pueblo Indian tribes believe that when you lose a stone, it goes on before you to collect your blessings. Turquoise has always been ascribed talisman qualities across cultures and throughout history- blessings, protection, peace, good luck, strength. I believe that all of the energy that went into turquoise being formed, then cut and set into jewelry, and finally worn for generations accumulates and can be felt. It’s a beautiful thing to have such a tangible piece of spiritual and creative wealth. For what it’s worth, when I am decked out in a lot of turquoise and silver, I feel like I am in the most beautiful armor. DSC_0455_grande You’re a woman on the go – tell us a story from a Gypsy Hunter roadtrip?

I am a woman of a secretive tribe- the hunter’s tribe! It basically means that I’ve always gotta be able to hit the road and think on my feet. If someone called me up with a lead in the middle of the night, it means I am up and running and back on the road. That kind of life calls for a little bit of craziness. What I love so much about this is that everyone in my business is a character with a lot of grit and a ton of stories. It really feels like the Old West a lot of times- complete with saloons, cowboys and shootouts. But I can’t get into details…

Can you style a look with a Gypsy Hunter and Moss piece for us? (preferably one of the pieces we’ll be carrying so I can post the photo of it in the interview)

I love when brides wear squash blossoms. I love the white sacred heart dress for a wedding and a big beautiful squash blossom on top. Pure perfection! DSC_0271_grande Is there a rare Holy Grail type of piece you’d love to find one day?

I’ve been lucky enough to see some pretty incredible personal collections, I think that my holy grail is to amass a collection full of incredible pieces I’m excited about rather than one specific piece. The older, the more secretive and undocumented the better! It’s hard to say that I’m looking for a specific thing when so much of the fun of this business is the unknown! That’s what we all live for- the ideas of where the pieces came from and where they have been before they found their way into our lives! DSC_0386_ad05f225-e0b7-4712-86b8-70e883e0683f_grande What’s on the horizon for Gypsy Hunter?

Finding more beautiful pieces than the next, putting some of my own ideas into production, and growing in the business side of things. I’m doing my first solo show on November 7th in Portland, which is so exciting to me. I’m cutting way back on selling at flea markets and sticking to doing more curated shows like A Current Affair and Inspiration. I’ll be getting back into the swing of a fully operating website, and in between, lots of travels and adventures! “”
December 23, 2012

Cloaks, philosophy, and nature // An interview with Lindsey Thornburg

Name and Location:
Lindsey Thornburg – New York
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[SM: What’s your design process like? Are there any aesthetic principles you adhere to while designing?]

LT: I’m inspired by everything, so it’s all about creating vision boards to bring the concepts together. My principles are pretty basic: learn from my mistakes, evolve, and design smarter every season.

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[SM: Do you collect anything?]

LT: Jewelry, books, special pieces of clothing, art my friends make, fabric, blankets, letters.

[SM: Do you have an artistic circle or any co-conspirators that you collaborate with or bounce ideas off of?]

LT: Olivia Malone, Crystal Moselle, Anna Sheffield, Douglas Little, Susannah Wainhouse, Ruby Canner (Some Odd Rubies) Bryn Mckay, Stacey Berry, Jessie Breeden.

[SM: You studied Philosophy at UCSB – can you speak to how your study of philosophy impacts your work as a designer? Do you read philosophy any more?]

LT: I think the fundamentals of philosophy teach us to question everything, which I apply to design and the business of design. I’m always trying to understand existence from all angles but I don’t really study the classics anymore. I’m more apt to pick up the occasional self help book… Women Who Run with Wolves, oddly enough I get a lot from Tony Robbins books. Reality for me is about moving forward with grace and gratitude; whatever tool I need to achieve those principals, I’m game.

[SM: How do you get away – from work, the city, stress, etc:]

LT: Moksha yoga, a lot of travel, wine with friends.

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[SM: Can you tell us a few artists you admire – musicians, writers, designers, filmmakers, etc?] LT: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Paul Thomas Anderson, Andy Goldsworthy, Ron Fricke, Luca Guadagnino, Frida Kahlo, David Lynch, Jean Rollin, Kenneth Anger, John Lennon, The Beattles, CAN, Jonny Greenwood, Talking Heads, Drake, etc.

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[SM: Nature has played an important inspirational role to so many creators.  What kind of view do you take on nature, and how does it inform your designs? Do you incorporate nature’s inspiration in a more harmonious Emersonian relationship, or a Black Lodge nature-as-danger kind of role?]

LT: I think a good amount of designers that live in city environments look to nature as a refuge.  Silence in nature is a treasure when your daily life is relentless noise, constant human interaction, and very little, if any interactions with greenery (beside a kale salad). Nature is a fleeting luxury. A fair amount of my designs have travel in mind, how to travel around the city or how to travel from this continent to Africa; ultimately, how to get back to nature. We’ve based campaigns in nature because the dream for us is not the cityscape. It’s to be closer to what makes us calm, and that’s nature. I also reference nature for color palettes – nature always does color best.

[SM: Any favorite pieces at Spanish Moss?] LT: Turquoise Pools Ceramic Bull Skull, SUZANNAH WAINHOUSE Valor Pendant, SUZANNAH WAINHOUSE Extra Large Cross EarringsMANIAMANIA Telepathic Necklace, and the MANIAMANIA Astral Plane Immortals Ring

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(Turquoise Pools Ceramic Bull Skull, Suzannah Wainhouse Valor Pendant and Extra Large Cross Earrings)

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(MANIAMANIA Telepathic Necklace, MANIAMANIA Astral Plane Immortals Ring)

[SM: What’s your best advice for an artist facing an artistic block?]

LT: Walk away from the pressure of having to create and do something else.  Once you’ve eliminated the stress the block will lift. Fashion deadlines are always so tight it’s not foreign to feel a blockage at some point. You never know when the desire to create is going to flow so you can’t force it, you have to move with it.

   
October 31, 2012

Unearthed – a conversation with Gia Bahm of Unearthen

Name and Location: Unearthen – Gia Bahm / Los Angeles, CA
  Unearthed [SM: What was the catalyst for starting Unearthen? Had you any kind of jewelry-making experience before Unearthen, or did you begin with this venture?] Gia: I’ve always had an interest in design and making things. I was working in wardrobe before starting this line, no jewelry experience, so I was coming from a different end of the spectrum. I loved any opportunity I had to make things for my wardrobe work. I always had the most fun when I didn’t have to turn to outside sources to find the costuming element I needed; being able to make it on my own was most satisfying. That feeling is what eventually led me to start my own thing. Unearthed2 [SM: What’s your best advice for an artist facing an artistic block?] Gia: I’ve been surprised at how important a block can be. I think advice is just to keep making things. You will not be let down with the process and how you get through it. Unearthed3 [SM: What’s your process like? Does it begin on paper, or do you “write the piece as you go along”?] Gia: I do draw things, but it won’t make sense to anyone else who looks at it. Ultimately I am a hands on person. Things come alive when I get to touch it, build it, and move it around. Unearthed 4 [SM: Do you remember your first encounter with a piece of jewelry? Do you collect anything yourself?] Gia: My first jewelry memories are looking in my mom’s jewelry box and playing with the rings on my grandmother’s fingers. Their jewelry was beyond special and mysterious to me. I collect tons of things — the main theme these days being pebbles and river or ocean rocks, I could wander the waters edge and be endlessly entertained. This may also be genetic tho. Haha. [SM: What set of stimuli – music, literature, lighting, etc., – sets the stage for the creation and execution of Unearthen pieces?] Gia: I would name my number one inspiration for anything I make to be music. It is my true fire starter. Unearthed 5 [SM: Are there any aesthetic principles that you maintain while designing?] Gia: Yes, the ultimate goal and question about each thing I produce is, “Will this thing feel personal, and serve (in some way) as an important reminder to the person that it becomes bound to?” Shop UNEARTHEN HERE. Shop UNEARTHEN HERE.  
October 17, 2012

an Uncommon Artist – an interview with Amélie Riech of Uncommon Matters

Name, Location, Occupation: Amélie Riech | Paris & Berlin | Designer – Uncommon Matters

[ SM: Uncommon Matters is the perfect name for your line – each piece is labeled x/100.  Why are limited quantities of each style important to you? ]

AR: I feel a longing for distinctiveness in our mass-produced and standardized world. 100 pieces per style is a manageable amount for production (I produce the pieces myself or with local artisans), and it underlines the singularity of my pieces.   [ SM: Uncommon Matters’ pieces are stand-alone, statement sculptures. What draws you to these more dominating singular pieces? ] AR: My work is situated at the interface of fashion, art, design and arts & crafts and my design combines high craftsmanship with innovation in technique and material. Jewelry making is my artistic expression and I consider my pieces as art objects that can stand for themselves or underline the personality of a unique woman. My style is pure and minimalistic. I like strong concepts and timeless pieces that really make a look.      [ SM: Are there any icons of history past or fashion future that you envision wearing Uncommon Matters? ] AR: I am envisaging an imaginary woman retaining elements from the past, yet curious about the future, self-confident; an individual who treats herself with a hint of extravagance while avoiding the materialistic. In short, a devotee and collector of the beautiful. [ SM: Who is the ideal wearer of Uncommon Matters?  What does she wear, read, and listen to? ] AR: For that matter, I am very open-minded and unbiased. I like diversity and I would like to appeal to lots of different people with my work.   [ SM: What’s your best advice for an artist facing an artistic block? ] AR: Spending time with kids [ SM: Porcelain is such an exquisite medium to work in – what drew you to it, and how long have you worked with porcelain? ] AR: After a long all-round journey through the fashion business, I felt the need to create something with my own hands and signature and since porcelain has always been very close to me and my family history it was evident to choose this material to work with when I decided to create my own designs. [ SM: Who and what are some of your design inspirations? ] AR: I am very much inspired by the material itself: porcelain, glass and all the materials I have not discovered so far are still mysterious and fascinating to me.  I am also taking a lot of inspiration from the craftsmanship, and traditional production methods. It’s a great source of knowledge which I like to discover, enhance, and reinterpret.  Since my childhood I have also been fascinated with light – kaleidoscopes, mirrors, crystals and such things. Light is magic and it means everything to us. With my work I am studying aspects of light and reflection and its interplay with the wearer and the observer.   [ SM: What item of jewelry do you have in your own personal collection that you adore most? ] AR: I am not collecting jewelry pieces, but I have a beautiful vintage cut glass jewelry tray which is a real treasure. [ SM: Are there any principles or considerations, in respect to the aesthetic and functionality of your pieces, that you adhere to while designing your collections? ] AR: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication (by Leonardo Davinci) [ SM: What was the first encounter you remember having with a piece of jewelery? ] AR: I broke my mother’s amber chain with my teeth when I was still a baby, and she was very angry with me.   [ SM: What’s next for Uncommon Matters? ]
AR: After working with the house of Paco Rabanne for a while, I am now concentrating on working for Uncommon Matters and finding new interesting houses to collaborate with.
I am keen to extend my spectrum and for new adventures. Shop Uncommon Matters HERE. Shop Uncommon Matters HERE.
July 17, 2012

Interview with Lila Rice

Name, Location: Lila Rice Marshall, Brooklyn, NY
SM: You’ve spent time in major cities on both coasts – how has your creativity differed in these diverse places?
Lila: Well, it’s a little cliche but so true: in CA I found much of my inspiration in the natural world. I was very into hiking in the hills and spending as much time outdoors as possible. In NYC, I am continually inspired by the collective energy of the human culture of the place. One simply cannot sit still doing nothing and expect to survive as an artist in New York, but thankfully the community and the spirit of the city offer me all the inspiration I need to move forward and to continue to evolve as a designer and maker. It’s a hustle, for sure, but it’s like being in the ocean. You have to swim hard but it also holds you and moves you. SM: Many of your pieces are straightforward and shaped for statement, the Pyramid Necklace for example, but distressed in their details, like the Armor Necklace. What attracts you to bolder, stronger shapes at the outset, but then draws you in for the details? Lila: I am known for making bold, geometric shapes, and symbols I guess. I really love for people to attach their own meanings too but it’s true that I find a lot of pleasure in the small bits. Those little textural details, like hammering printing with lace with the rolling mill, or the careful laying down of a patina…Those are the ways in which you can really see the hand of the metalworker. The details, for me, are what distinguish a handmade art object from something manufactured. Not that I’m anti-manufacturing, but they are different animals entirely. SM: Do you have any favorite piece(s) at Spanish Moss? If so, what Lila Rice piece would you style it/them with? Lila: Right now I’m really into simple, clean, flowy shapes with dark, weathered-looking statement pieces. I think a palette like that provided by the Tristessa Tank, San Cristobal Caftan, and the Joaquin Blouse in white with something like the Spear Necklace or Large Gem Necklace creates a really interesting contrast and really makes the jewelry appear to be some kind of relic or partially-decomposed object. I actually just got home from a Caribbean vacation (OMG!!!!!! Amazing!) and I wore a long white caftan I bought from the vintage section of Spanish Moss -TRUE STORY! – pretty much the whole time I was there with the Large Gem Necklace. I’ll attach a pic here for proof: SM: Do you share an artistic back and forth with any other artists? If so, what’s the value and utility of an artistic community to your work? Lila: Many of my friends are artists and designers, so I can’t really imagine what my life or my work would be without that supportive community element. One poignant example: I’ve had a design relationship with clothing designer Mary Meyer for years and years. I think that our friendship and collective community is a piece of what informs both of our design processes. Though I wouldn’t say that we design for each other, per say, our styles have evolved together and our pieces have always worked well together. We are like family and so are our pieces! And more recently, I have been doing some jewelry design back-and-forth with my boyfriend. I’m really excited about collaborating with him in the future because he’s damn talented. Stay tuned, folks! SM: Your bio also mentions your parents are artists – what medium(s) did they work in? Do you ever feel their aesthetic presence or voice in your own work? Lila: My mother is a painter and is generally ridiculously competent in any craft medium, be it wood or cement or watercolor, and my father is a painter and a writer, and so is his wife. They are certainly present in my work and everywhere else in my life, as I’m still very close with my folks. My mother is totally obsessed with tools, and I definitely inherited that from her. Tools and shoes, that’s where my money goes!   Shop Lila Rice HERE.Shop Lila’s clothing pairings HERE.

Simone Camille Interview

Amazingly talented celebrity stylist & handbag designer Simone Harouche talks about some of her favorite things with Spanish Moss:
SM: Your love of vintage and familiarity and experience with ancient cultures offers a vast context and visual framework for both your Simone Camille designs and styling decisions. Can you speak to how you draw on, combine, and utilize that experience and knowledge in your work? SH: I am a dreamer. I like to create fantasy. When I am designing it is my mission to create exciting and beautiful bags that make you happy and make you feel. Something very special about Simone Camille handbags is that our entire vintage collection is one of a kind. No two bags are alike, each is its own unique piece of art. Which I think is very special!
SM: Is there an icon in history that you would have loved to dress? Literary hero/heroine, established taste maker, or even historical archetype?
SH: Some of my style icons include: Marlene Dietrich – a true individual and a pioneer for woman’s fashion, Talitha Getty – her gypsy aesthetic and the way she wore her clothes are truly inspiring, Jane Birkin- French chic, and Edie Sedgwick- the epitome of 1960’s style. All of these women were true individuals that didn’t follow the trends- they made their own trends. SM: Lately, what have you been reading, listening to & watching? SH: Reading A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion & Aleph by Paolo Coelho, listening to George Harrison, Zeppelin and T-REX, & watching GIRLS! I LOVE THAT SHOW. SM: Are there any pieces you love at Spanish Moss right now? If so, what would you style with a Simone Camille piece? SH: I love everything on Spanish Moss! Especially the vintage clothing! I’m coveting the Blood Root Crochet Dress, the Elle Leather Motorcycle Jacket, the Victorian Island Antique Embroidered Lace Dress, and the Moon Shadow Braided Rope Fringe Dress: All would go so well with a Simone Camille bag! SM: Spanish Moss girls love to travel. What are some must-sees from your favorite places? SH: In Paris: EAT: Chez Janou in the Marais, Pizza Vesuvio in the Left Bank, Baan Kanya SHOP: Merci, L’éclaireur, Bon Marche, Isabel Marant, Didier Ludot Vintage, Pretty Box Vintage, Rick Owens, Scarlett for Vintage Chanel. Also, the flea markets are the best in the world!!! STAY: Le Pavillion de la Reine- in the Marais TOKYO: EAT: Gyoza Lou, Roppongi Robotaya SHOP: Loveless, and everywhere in Harajuku, Tokyo Hands, Edition, Kiddieland, Women’s Standard Journal STAY: Park Hyatt, or Cerulean Tower in Shibuya
Shop Simone Camille HERE.
Shop Simone Camille HERE. Shop Simone Camille HERE.   photo index: first & last photos of & submitted by Simone Harouche, icon photos seen here, here, here, & here. All other photos by Spanish Moss.
July 6, 2012

Upstate Interview

  Spanish Moss interviews UPSTATE ‘ “Based in brooklyn, Kalen and Astrid make garments utilizing their own take on Shibori and dip dyeing. Each item is hand dyed and one of a kind. This season Upstate is presenting pieces that take on more creative and multi-functional shapes.” SM: How did you two meet? Astrid: We met through our mutual friend Ashley and clicked instantly over a shared love of certain specific things– shacks and A-frame houses, handcrafted objects, and cheap falafel to name a few. SM: Do you have a general interest in Japanese culture and history? Astrid: I think we definitely have a general interest in hand-crafted traditions from all places, including Japan. And we both LOVE indigo- it is just such a deep, endless color. We were really excited about Shibori because we had been looking for a fabric that felt like a wearable piece of art. Kalen: It’s more about the process we are interested in rather than Japanese culture. It turns out we both really love the whole process of folding, binding, and dyeing the fabric. We both find it very soothing and almost meditative. SM: What is your collaborative process like? Astrid: We discuss everything! We are both very opinionated, but we share a similar aesthetic and I really love that together we push ourselves to design pieces that I think are more interesting and thoughtful because of our collaboration. SM: Raw silk is a really interesting material choice – what drew you to that fabric? Astrid: Definitely its rarity made it interesting to us. It feels homespun yet refined, and it is really warm. Raw silk has its nubby quality because it’s sericin [the natural gum that coats silk fibers so they stick together to form a cocoon] has not been removed. Kalen: It also holds the dye really well (ie: produces a really deep and rich color) and makes for very detailed and crisp patterns. Above photo by: Shay Harrington SM: Any plans or themes for future collections you want to share? Kalen: We are continuing to develop more multifunctional pieces! We will be exploring some new fabrics in addition to the raw silk for fall 2012, and we are developing some much more detailed patterns. Installations and and quilts are something we are gravitating towards as well. So stay tuned! SM: What’s your favorite piece at Spanish Moss? Astrid: The cloak! We put so much thought into designing it. i love how the armholes start at the shoulder so you can easily wear jackets or sweaters over it as well as under it. Kalen: I agree with Astrid, the cloak is my absolute favorite. It is really a very wearable piece for every day. And the silk noil only gets better with age. It’s one of my favorite fabrics of all time. Astrid: My favorite pieces at Spanish Moss that aren’t upstate would have to be the vintage tea length leather skirts seen here – I want one! We really love the way you guys mix vintage and contemporary pieces– keep up the good work!
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July 3, 2012

Susannah Wainhouse Interview

SM: Most people consider jewelry as an accessory – when you’re picking out an outfit, do you dress around the jewelry you want to wear, or pick jewelry around the outfit? SW: I consider jewelry to be a second skin and it should become an object of power that never really comes off. I love the idea of the jewelry becoming part of the human canvas and serving as protection and adornment. SM: All your jewelry is hand crafted – a work of art as opposed to a mass produced trinket or costume jewelry. Do you see more designers returning to an interest in hands-on craftsmanship and artisan goods in the future? SW: We make every part by hand. That is really important to me. I don’t want to ever loose that. I think the way by which an object is made is as important as what it stands for. I hope that people appreciate the integrity and craftsmanship and consider it in their choices and life style. SM: What was the jumping off point for you to go from working as a fine artist to becoming a designer? What are the similarities or differences and the relationship for you between working with metals and oil on canvas? SW: The fact that I am also a painter is really helpful when making jewelry. I feel like it allows me to be looser with the metal and push the boundaries of what metal can do. I definitely sculpt more than I “design” and allow the metal to “become” rather than to direct it. In a sense the paintings inform the jewelry and the jewelry informs the paintings. They complement each other in process in a very lovely way. SM: Are there any specific or even quirky things you need to begin working or creating? Certain writers I know must be blindfolded to write, or have their favorite wine, be in a certain space, etc? SW: The designing really just happens. I am always obsessed with something. Working on certain shapes in my mind and translating them into metal that will feel powerful on the skin.
SM: Style an outfit – are there any Spanish Moss pieces you think would look perfect with a Suzannah Wainhouse piece?
SW: I love these vintage dress’s and kimonos!! Good style translates well when confidence is felt inside and out. (click image to view product.)
    Image credit: Wainhouse portrait by Olivia Malone, second photo from Suzannah Wainhouse, all other images by Spanish Moss.
June 4, 2012

Wren Interview

Spanish Moss Interview with WREN designer Melissa Coker
SM: Can you tell us a little bit about your research and inspiration process when designing a Wren collection? Melissa: I’m always in search of inspiration. I keep a journal and I’m always jotting down ideas and notes that pop into my head. It also holds all my visual inspiration, tears from vintage magazines, photocopies from art and history books and postcards from various travels. SM: Your bio notes your organic development into a designer. What has been the biggest challenge of not having an orthodox education in design? And what’s the biggest advantage? Melissa: The biggest challenge has been the technical aspects of the design process. Tackling the sewing machine was not an easy feat! The great thing is that rather than coming from a technical perspective, I’m able to draw from my background in writing and bring this aspect of narrative and story telling to my collections. SM: Film clearly plays an important role in Wren’s collections and artistic whole – do you ever see yourself migrating more into film? If you weren’t a designer, what would you do as a creative endeavor? Melissa: Film is something I’m very passionate about. I love that I’m able to convey the mood of my collections through film and I’ve been very fortunate to work with some very talented people like Gia Coppola, Maximilla Lukacs and Sarah Sophie Flicker. If I wasn’t a designer, I would be a writer, my other passion. Wren Spring 2012 Collection Directed by Gia Coppola Creative Directed by Leith Clark (Lula Magazine) SM: What are you reading right now? Any recent reads we should check out? Melissa: On my nightstand right now is Liz Goldwyn’s Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens. Liz gave this to me last week and I can’t put it down! It’s a look at the history of Burlesque and this really interesting culture of glamour, power and striptease. SM: Any textile crushes for next season? Melissa: Ikat tops my lists right now. I also love a good mix of patterns and textures! SM: Do you have a favorite literary hero/heroine? Anyone in literature-past you’d love to dress? Melissa: I’m very much inspired by Jenny Wren from Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend. She’s actually the namesake for the brand! (Photograph below of designer Melissa Coker courtesy of Wren – SM). SM: What’s your favorite piece(s) at Spanish Moss? Melissa: So hard to choose! If I could have a shopping spree at Spanish Moss I would love to take home:
 
July 24, 2010

Daisy Lowe Interview

6db4f471d573817f_daisy_lowe_wxlarge2 I believe it was in the 2006 Italian Vogue that I first discovered the British bomb shell, Daisy Lowe. It was only obvious she would become one of my favorite fashion muses with her Bardot-like smokey eyes, big hair, and impeccable style ( some of my favorites pieces she wears are fringe skirts and midriff tops.) You can imagine how excited I was when Miss Lowe placed her first order with Spanish Moss, and even more so to discover this Chanel and Marc Jacobs model is seriously the sweetest girl ever! Daisy answered a mini interview for us as seen below! 14 Daisy in the Desert Sunset Dress at Glastonbury 2009 monique1 If you were able to reincarnate, who would you come back as and why? I’d like to come back as a big oak tree because I’d like to have a lifetime of just staying in one place, observing and being moved around by the wind 🙂 What’s your next purchase going to be? a new camera! You’ve moved to Brooklyn from the UK recently, so – London or New York? London for family love and new york for creative fun. If you could invite 3 people to dinner (no matter from what age) who would they be and where would you take them? Jimi Hendrix, Damon Albarn from Blur and Henry the 8th. You faithfully attend music festivals worldwide. What are you listening to right now? Florence and the Machine, The Maccabees, Holly Miranda and Dead Weather – ALL worth checking out! daisylowephstevenmeiselpringlespring2009campaignwomenmanagementnewyork1 daisy_lowe_agent_provocateur_animal11 daisy-lowe_mode_large_qualite_uk1 PC: Fashionising, womenmanagement, fabsugar
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