“I love coveralls, simply because they’re easy and fit my lifestyle, but I especially love Ilana’s,” ceramicist Shino Takeda says. The full-time ceramicist grew up in Kyushu Island in southern Japan and then moved to New York City when she was twenty years old. Working in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Shino’s inspirations comes from the nature she sees, feels, tastes and hears each season. Her work is hand-built using the coil method and several different clay bodies, so the coveralls are basically perfect for her. “I feel like the coverall is even better when it gets dirty with paint and clay! Plus, it has BIG pockets. I can put my iPhone in them and listen to music when I work in my studio or when I go for walks.” Shino shows off her pair and answers all our questions below.
Before the weeks-long tour de fashion cities — New York, London, Paris, Milan — that make up “Fashion Month” kicks off in September comes the lesser-known New Zealand Fashion Week. Initially an industry-facing trade show, NZFW has evolved in recent years to a vibrant hotbed of local as well as international talent showcasing their collections to thousands of fashion-focused delegates and style-savvy attendees. (Including us this week! Follow along on Instagram for all the fun.)
In celebration of this season’s NZFW, we want to introduce you to seven badass kiwis running the scene. From a baker to an illustrator, these ladies are killing it creatively while exposing just how good New Zealand style is. Get ready for your girl crushes to begin.
CAITLAN MITCHELL, PHOTOGRAPHER AND EDITOR
Caitlin Mitchell was born into the NZ fashion scene, literally: Her parents began one of New Zealand’s first fashion magazines, NZ Apparel, back in 1969. Caitlin’s teen years led to her modeling, eventually inspiring her to try her hand at the other side of the camera as a photographer. A graduate of Whitcliffe College of Arts and Design with degrees in fine arts and business, Caitlin now runs the magazine her parents founded with her siblings while continuing to shoot fashion editorials, musicians, scenery and more. Steeped in fashion from birth, Caitlin has naturally developed her own signature style, incorporating pom pom statement heels, chunky oversized cardigans and the cutest berets, making her an NZ must-follow (especially during fashion week!).
MARY MAGUET, MODEL
In her own words, Mary Maguet is an “int’l model by day, and a goofball by night.” Born in Kenya, Mary came to New Zealand when she was two years old. She was scouted as a model on a Sunday morning at her church and has quickly become one of the most sought-after local models. She is a NZFW runway vet and has modelled for many notable names such as Karen Walker and Lonely Lingerie. To top it off, she is a total sweetheart and has amazing style. Follow Mary strutting her stuff in not just New Zealand but New York, Milan, Hawaii, you name it.
FRANCA CHRISTINA, CERAMICIST
We predict this style queen-ceramicist is going to blow up in no time. Based in Auckland, Franca works on her exploratory project of beautiful ceramic objects. From geometric vases to a unique cheese platter and mug duo, her pieces are the perfect home additions. Just like us, she is a huge fan of emerging designers. Just head over to her Instagram feed where you will spot Paloma Wool pants, a Kowtow striped jumpsuit, Suzanne Rae’s to-die-for white pumps, and so much more. We highly suggest you take a peek and steal some style inspiration.
HARRIET + CARTER WERE, PHOTOGRAPHER/KNITTER + BAKER
Meet New Zealand’s coolest twin sisters, Harriet and Carter Were. Both women are creatively-charged, expressed in distinctly different mediums. Harriet is a dual photographer and a knitter; She shoots editorials, photo series, interiors, and a does a portrait project called ‘Lonely Girls’ for Lonely Lingerie as well as knitting texturally-complex clothes and accessories. Carter is a baker known locally for her organic sprouted bread —a recipe that took her two years to perfect! — and seeded sourdough, which she sells through her company Were Bros. Each gal flaunts a compelling Instagram feed: Harriet’s full of lush photography and images of her knit work, and Carter’s an artistic homage to beautiful food. Consider them NZ’s Mary-Kate and Ashley.
KELLY THOMPSON, ILLUSTRATOR
Kelly Thompson came into illustration by way of fashion photography, inspired by the models she shot. With a feminine and delicate style, Kelly’s illustrations quickly gained an online following and she now works as full-time freelance artist, speaks at creative events, is the founding director of creative consultancy and illustration agency Maker’s Mgmt, and is constantly collaborating with fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. With 23K IG followers and counting, her posts are the perfect mix of OOTD shots, illustrations, and creative inspiration.
GEORGIA PRATT, MODEL
We may be slightly obsessed with Georgia Pratt’s dreamy style and scruffy dog, Vito Valentino. Trained in fashion design, Georgia was scouted from the shores of New Zealand back in 2012 and has since emerged as a sought-after model. The Auckland-born beauty has walked the runway for Christian Siriano and Tome, starred in Lane Bryant’s Plus Is Equal campaign, and was named alongside Candice Huffine and Katy Smye as the “Models Out to Change Plus-Size Fashion” by Vogue. It’s safe to say, Georgia won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Head over to her feed for refreshing snaps of beauty, fashion and everyday life.
Our Fashion Editor-At-Large, Sissy Sainte-Marie, shares her current obsessions.
DANNY DUNCOMBE CERAMICS
The series of one-of-a-kind pieces by self-taught ceramic sculptor Danny Duncombe is aptly named As Above So Below to reflect “the link between exterior appearance and interior experience”. I do wish I could live inside of one of them. Maybe someday he’ll do large scale series, such a subdivision of homes, based on his sculptures. dannyduncombe.com
Not planning to try it. Just curious to see how this new trend for treating anxiety and depression pans out.
CARLY JO MORGAN STUDIO
Speaking of psychedelics, Carly Jo Morgan, is one person who seems to have been born microdosing. In addition to having the world’s cutest haircut at the moment, she also has an amazing mind that comes up with the dopest furniture of this century. carlyjomorgan.com
I’m a skeptic when it comes to beauty products and a champ at resisting pretty packaging and promises of miracles, but I’m a sucker for science, technology and proven lab results. So last month, when I was desperate for some real-deal anti-aging help, I went to Los Feliz Med Spa to try Thermage, a non-invasive cosmetic procedure which uses radio frequency energy to improve skin elasticity and firmness by stimulating new collagen production over a period of four to six months. So by my 43rd birthday this September, I expect to be a dead ringer for Elvira Hancock.
Thanks to The Gentlewoman for putting her on their cover last year, I discovered my new favorite writer. During fall I read White Teeth and Swing Time back to back and now I’m on to NW. This spring, I look forward to making my way through every word she’s ever written.
Photo courtesy of Reese Blutstein
I’m rediscovering another oft-turbaned totem of mine whose LIVE cassette I once listened to exclusively, on repeat, nonstop, for an entire summer, pre-Y2K. Twenty years later and still no other pop star has come close to her wokeness, her songwriting, her delivery, her inimitable style, or her ability to lead with her brains and courage rather than her sexuality, even when she’s buck naked. Well, except Solange of course.
Photo courtesy of Everett Collection
THE RULES OF MAGIC: SOMEDAY SERMONS
Alan Phillips’ “Someday Sermons” are newletter nirvana. These quick reads “combining real world experience, philosophy, creativity, and spirituality to assist and inspire individuals and organizations on their journey of manifesting their magic and achieving sustainable fulfillment” keep it trill and keep me going. therulesofmagic.com
I love when people follow through on ideas I’d never have the gumption to put the blood, sweat, tears, and hours into. Big ups to Lauren Coleman, Sarah Kissell and Tiff Horn for manifesting Dunes Magazine. “Dunes celebrates Palm Springs, capturing the women who continue to live the elegance of a bygone age.” dunes.online
Yes, I’m a sets addicts and last year I wore a summer suit in the form of an Olderbrother blazemono and matching trousers every chance I had. Judging by the looks of the Spring/Summer 2017 runways and street style cognoscenti, the summer suit is still in full effect and I’m looking to add some slouchy linen and smart silk hook-ups in earthy tones to my wardrobe repertoire.
When you get a look at Lindsey Hampton’s Vancouver studio, a question springs to mind: Is there anything this woman can’t do? The multidisciplinary artist and designer, focuses mainly on print design and ceramics, both functional and sculptural, while not only dabbling but excelling in photography, installation and music. It was only in the past few years that the multi-tasking Canadian artist took to studying sculpture and won over the world with her playful, architectural ceramics. We’re super excited to have a few exclusive pieces for our holiday collection, so we went behind the scenes with her to find out more.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON CERAMICS AS A CAREER PATH? I didn’t really, it kind of happened by accident. I took a course about five years ago and have just been doing it ever since. I sold some pieces to my first store, One of a Few, I think about three years ago and it’s just snowballed ever since. I do it pretty much full time now, although I still leave some room for freelance design projects.
“There’s a real lack of workwear for women,” Helen Levi says, considering her studio uniform. “I think it’s great that Ilana [Kohn] is addressing that space! She’s super supportive of other women designers.” The photographer-turned-potter switched from film to clay in 2014 and after a chance meeting with Steven Alan at a party, found almost instant success with her eponymous line. Helen’s signature pieces include pineapple-topped mugs, paint-splattered pitchers, and dip-dyed jugs, and have been featured in Vogue, Lucky, Nylon and more. Taking inspiration from natural resources and photographer Sylvia Plachy, her approach to design is primarily focused on trusting her gut.
Here, she takes the Lola Utility Coverall for a spin and answers all of our questions.
The return of the jumpsuit might be one of fashion’s biggest comebacks of late, but for anyone getting their hands dirty in a studio, the return of the coverall beats a Studio 54-era onsie any day of the week. “I was bugging Ilana [Kohn] about making one for me last year after I was on a relentless search for one to wear to studio,” recalls Julianne Ahn, the beauty behind the ceramics from Object & Totem. Known for her mixed media necklaces and glazed vessels, the Brooklyn-based ceramic artist is getting her wish granted this week as we launch Ilana Kohn’s exclusive, limited-edition Lola Utility Coverall this Thursday. “Having one designed by a friend is going to be really special so I’m looking forward to the history of what it might look like well worn years from now.”
“Our many maker friends really responded to this particular style, saying it would be the perfect workwear,” Ilana says of her best-selling Lola Coverall. “So this one is made to get mucky, roughed up and lived in!” The Lola Utility Coverall, available Thursday, October 1, features a heavy, work-friendly cotton twill and is made in New York City’s garment district.
This week we’ll be featuring four New York-based makers whose personal and studio style inspired it all. First up, we get to know Julianne.
One of the cool things about Instagram is that we get to find out about the lives of the people making the things we love. Our recent ceramics obsession led us to these three babes who not only handcraft incredible wares for the home, but have that easy, “just stepped out of the studio” kind of artist style we wish we could pull off at the office.
HOLIDAY POP-IN SPECIAL, LINDSEY HAMPTON + DW LEATHERWORKS
We’re featuring two designers each week from our exclusive pop-in from the Pacific Northwest. This round: ceramic artist Lindsey Hampton and Derrick Wong of DW Leatherworks.
HOLIDAY POP-IN SPECIAL, MAGGIE BOYD + WOODLOT
Each week we’ll be featuring two designers from our exclusive pop-in from the Pacific Northwest. This week: Ceramic artist Maggie Boyd + Woodlot founder Sonia Chhinji.
MAGGIE BOYD CERAMICS Clay and drawings are Vancouver-based Maggie Boyd’s jam and the combination of the two is nothing short of amazing (check out her Instagram feed to find out what we mean). She completed her BFA at NSCAD University in Halifax and teaches ceramics from her studio in Chinatown. Maggie’s quirky cool earthenware collection includes stackable mugs, tumblers and hanging planters. maggieboydceramics.com
WOODLOT Sonia Chhinji is one part of the adorable couple that founded Woodlot. She and her boyfriend Fouad specialize in handmade, coconut wax candles and soap. The candles are specially made to be clean-burning and petroleum free, while the soap is made in small batches with local ingredients from their favorite places in Vancouver. It’s a personal endeavor for both of them. Sonia remembers hand-rolling cotton wicks with her mother for tea lights and Fouad grew up on the Mediterranean coast, helping with the olive press alongside his father and uncle. shopwoodlot.com
We quizzed Maggie and Sonia on their favorite things for the holidays. Check out what they said below.