Studio tour: 57Grand

Who you are: Saukok Chu Tiampo and Carmen Ho
Location: New York City’s garment district
Company: 57Grand Bridesmaids

What do you do? We design bridesmaid dresses and accessories with a modern look and an eye to rewear-ability.  Our brides buy our dresses to wear to cocktails, their reception and their rehearsal dinner too!

What is your aesthetic? Modern with a touch of runway, featuring subtle, often architectural details that result in a timeless aesthetic.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Our walls are a soft grey, with brushed steel fixtures and white lacquer / neutral furnishings.  We wanted our studio and showroom style to speak to our collection’s modern, architectural look, and also to accentuate our dresses’ color palette.

Favorite part of your studio? Our snack box!  And our Pandora music station.  We’re busy bees here, but that’s not to say that the tunes aren’t going, and we aren’t hitting the snack box for tasty treats mid day…

Where do you go for inspiration? Inspiration can strike anywhere.  We can be inspired by buildings in New York City, like the way a set of pipes run over a building, or by the shoulder of an ancient piece of armor at the Met museum.  Travel is important for both of us too, to reset and find fresh inspiration.  Some destinations we have on deck include Italy, Vietnam, and Japan.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? All of our incredible partners here in the garment district. We work with extremely talented folks every step of the way, from making the sample line during our inspiration stage, to manufacturing the collection.  It’s still amazing to us that here in New York City, we can pop just a block or two into a neighboring skyscraper to work with our sewing factories!

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? A teleporter.  To India for an inspiration trip, please.

Anything else we should know? Our collection will be featured at select Bella Bridesmaid stores this Fall. We’re excited to start our first retail collaboration.  Stay tuned for more news!

[images from 57grand]

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Studio tour: One Girl Cookie

Seriously, if you live in Brooklyn and have NOT tasted something at One Girl Cookies, there’s something wrong with you!  Amazing red velvet cake!!
Name: Dawn Casale
Location: 68 Dean St Brooklyn
Company: One Girl Cookies
What do you do? Depends on the day! Usually, I focus on the marketing & image of OGC and keeping it all consistent. Any sort of events, promotions, communications would fall under my jurisdiction. I also work with brides to help create the sweet elements of their special day. Of course, things like HR, bill paying and other “housekeeping” tasks take up some of my time as well.
What is your aesthetic? It sounds so cliche, but modern vintage. I think there is a really fine line between charming and cutesy. I am very careful not to veer too far towards the cute aesthetic.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? The shop definitely oozes my aesthetic through the window display, serving pieces, design elements, etc… I’m not sure the back of house does as much. I have a business partner (my husband, Dave) and sixteen employees, so my style is somewhat hard to maintain in a busy kitchen. That being said, the kitchen is a really exciting place with lots going on, both production wise and creatively. Plus, it smells pretty darn good.
Favorite part of your studio? My desk is my little oasis where I can maintain control!
Where do you go for inspiration? I actually find the peace of my apartment very inspiring. It’s when my son is napping and I am able to clear my head from the daily clutter that all sorts of creative ideas start gushing in. Of course, blogs, magazines, architecture, art, landscapes, nature, fashion, books….and so on…all play a part in the process.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I can’t imagine anyone not saying their computer. Also, now that I am a mom and am at work less, my iPhone keeps me connected. I hate that my first answer to this was technology based, but I suppose it’s the reality of the world we live in. On a non technology related note, my paint swatches/pantone book, vintage cake stands and serving pieces beautiful decorative papers and ribbons. I use those when we are designing a cookie bar, wedding cakes and favor boxes.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I would love to overhaul our office, paint the walls a happy color, install a huge wall of inspiration, shelving to display all of the serving pieces I’ve collected and create more organization there. One of these days….
Anything else we should know? I have the best job in the world. When people come into our shop, if they aren’t already happy, there’s a very good chance they will leave happy. What’s better than that?

[images from D.A. Wagner]

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Studio tour: Styled Creative

Name: Kimberly Fink and Beka Rendell
Location: Old City Philadelphia
Company: Styled Creative

What do you do? We have an event design and styling firm.

What is your aesthetic? We like to think of our aesthetic as Domino meets Elle Decor. We are always on the hunt for interesting antiques and mid century items to mix with modern pieces.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We were very conscious of this as we designed our space. We want potential clients to get a feel for our style when they walk in the door. They see a playful mix of old and new, which is a representation of our event design style as well.

Favorite part of your studio? We love our inspiration boards. It is important for us to be surrounded by items and photos that contribute to our creative processes. The photos on the boards are constantly changing. We keep some for the event we are working on and some for our personal inspirations.

Where do you go for inspiration? We find inspiration everywhere, in fashion, art, nature, pop culture… literally everywhere. Even today we saw some interesting, architectural-looking packaging in our neighbors recycling and tried to figure out what we could do with it! We are always looking, constantly taking photos with our cell phones of interesting things we see on the street.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? One of the item that we couldn’t live without is our Russel + Hazel 3 ring binders. We LOVE them. Number one they are adorable. Number two they keep us organized. We have one for each client and they keep everyone in the office in the know.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? We each have different ideas of what would be the ultimate upgrades to our space. Kimberly wants rootbeer on draft for anytime enjoyment and while Beka would prefer a walk-in shoe closet so heels don’t pile up under her desk.

Anything else we should know? One of our favorite traditions in the office is that we keep a polaroid camera by the door. Anytime we have friends over we always take a photo. These photos remind us of all the amazing and creative people we get to work with daily.

[images from Shea Roggio]

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Studio tour: Mr. Boddington’s Studio

To say I’m a little obsessed with this studio is a MAJOR understatement!

Name: Mr. Boddington’s Studio
Location: New York City (118 East 28th to be exact)

What do you do?: We are old world stationers

What is your aesthetic? A lot of cha cha cha goes along with Mr. Boddington’s design. Some days he adores hand-drawn graphics dipped in bright cheery colors, other days he is fixated on vintage Shanghai tea-room wallpaper. Today he wants everything to be in a black, marigold and india (a muted Tiffany’s blue) color story. Regardless, there always tends to be a historic wink to his work.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Weddings are one of the last ceremonial celebrations in our culture. Thank goodness we were clever enough to hold onto them! It is our job to create wedding correspondence that make our brides giddy with delight. To get there, we do a lot of listening to our clients. Somewhere in their vision always lies the perfect idea for paper.

Favorite part of your studio? There is a culture here beyond stationery. Last week, our production director and a designer had a bake off… they each made these spectacular peach tarts and the rest of the team voted a winner (it was actually a tie). I love that the staff gets a kick out of one another beyond their working day.

Where do you go for inspiration? I just had a baby boy and have been rereading some classic children’s books. I am finding some masterful illustration among the 1960s set… M. Sasek, Jean de Brunhoff and HA Rey. That darling Babar puts me over the moon.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I would answer I CAN live without FaceBook but people keep telling me it is a necessity. Okay, so I will trust them. I would say that we cannot live without music or the radio (NPR). We are a whistle-while-you-work kinda studio.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Carrying a mobile phone is an upgrade for me. I am weepy for the days when there was one landline in the kitchen, call waiting and my mother always answered the line. It’s not that I am old, just that I enjoy being out of touch a little bit.

Anything else we should know? Mr. Boddington was my imaginary friend as a tot…. shhhh!

Rebecca Schmidt Ruebensaal, Proprietor
Mr. Boddington’s Studio
118 East 28th Street, No. 1014
New York, New York 10016
212.686.5953 (t)  866.596.0239 (f)
rebecca@mrboddington.com
www.mrboddington.com

[images from Mr. Boddington's Studio]

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Studio tour: Elizabeth Messina

Name: elizabeth messina
Location: california
Company: elizabeth messina photography & kiss the groom

What is your aesthetic? i love sweet simple style….vintage inspired….clean…real….life & style….a beautiful plate of organic vegetables….a perfect pair of shoes….a chocolate truffle….a chandelier…..a kiss….

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? my studio is a blend of art & function….in the middles of my office is an an antique chandelier (from my wedding) hanging above a dark brown wood table flanked by two vintage deep orange velvet couches (that belonged to my grandparents)….the table if often strewn with various photographs that i am editing or packaging….. their is beautiful window light & soft sheer curtains….i move between my MAC computers in one corner, to my encaustic & art project table…. i have a collection of vintage cameras & crowns on the shelf & a amoire in the back filled with vintage dresses….my office is a mixture of a gallery space, a work space & my home….my space is very personal & very functional…its a place i want to be & where i can get alot done….i tried to create a space that was full of light & beauty, where i could edit, email make art & dream….

Favorite part of your studio? the chandelier that hung above our wedding table….

Where do you go for inspiration? i feel inspiration is all around us….in the little sweet nuances of day to day life….i am infatuated with nautral light…the way it caresses & illuminates a face, a flower a pair of shoes….my work & my life are intrinsically connected….i love to photograph my children…. the pot of stew i’m cooking for dinner….and the soft  affection of people in love….i am a romantic….

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? film film film…..i love the timeless beauty of film….my favorite camera is my contax 645….that and natural light & i am completely happy….

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? the only upgrade i need is more balance….i want to be the best mother i can be, the best friend, the best wife and a photographer that evokes feeling & beauty with my work….i am often pulled in several directions at once…i strive for more peace & balance so that i can follow my dreams & sip a cup of tea in silence….

Anything else we should know? i am in love with photography….it is the language of my heart & i am so grateful i found this incredible art form…..surprisingly i have also found myself falling for blogging….its been so wonderful to share a little bit of myself without anyone editing me or my work….i feel connected to the world in a way i couldn’t have imagined….

[images by Elizabeth Messina]

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