Studio tour: Emersonmade

Name: Emerson
Location: Portsmouth NH
Company: EmersonMade

What do you do? Womens Apparel and accessories

What is your aesthetic? Timeless classics mixed with statement pieces

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Our studio is in a old brick mill along side a river. Our professional aesthetic is very organized but also I think the company headquarters should be a really inspiring, visually exciting place. You want something that can tell a story and capture your interest and imagination.

Favorite part of your studio? Thick solid brick walls and deep windows. The building is inspiring and the walls with their chipping concrete, unevenness, and character just make you want to create things

Where do you go for inspiration? Research is probably the biggest thing. I spend lots of time researching, collecting, analyzing, and editing. Second to that would be nature and traveling. Both make you step back and appreciate life and all that exists. For instance Fireflies exist. Can you believe that! how is this possible.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Input from my best friend and better half Ryan. I constantly bounce ideas off of him and he tells me exactly what he thinks- good or bad- which is an indispensible. He’s half of emersonmade and I’m unbelievably lucky to have him as my mate. Also my computer especially when we’re commuting from nyc to nh weekly working on the clothing line.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Anything that creates more time in the day. So many things I want to do, accomplish, and see.  But no, surprisingly can’t think of anything to upgrade to unless there are inexpensive robots out there I can buy who do chores and housework.

Anything else we should know? We are always trying to find ways to make our products better. I think having a workspace that reflects the character of your products and creates happy employees is key in the long term of being successful.

[images from Emersonmade]

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Studio tour: Merriment Events

Name: Courtney Spencer
Location:
Richmond, Virginia
Company:
Merriment

What do you do? Event planning & design

What is your aesthetic? funky elegant/tradition with a twist

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I love mixing old + new. My desk is a antique piece I found for a bargain at West End Antiques (hello heaven). The paint is chipping and its edges are worn…I LOVE that. It means it’s had a life before me…it’s full of history and story. There’s something too easy about just going out and buying a room full of new pieces. That so totally isn’t me. I like the thrill of the hunt…finding that one piece that’s just so interesting you can’t leave it behind. :) And, I abhor officey looking spaces, so instead of leaving my new filing cabinet office park black, I spray painted it ivory and used ribbon as drawer pulls. Pretty + functional. I hope the events I design are full of details that convey story & meaning, just like the pieces in my office.

Favorite part of your studio? My dogs, Zoe and Spain. I love that I can be with them everyday when I work.

Where do you go for inspiration? I usually go to antique stores & fabric shops. If I’m really needing to get out of the way, I drive out to the country…Virginia is so beautiful.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My hands.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? More hands.

[images from Katie Stoops Photography]

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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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