Jennifer Stenglein Interview
Somewhere Magazine Interview the incredibly talented Jennifer Stenglein (oneseason’s SS15 campaign photographer) & we’re sharing a snapshot from the interview below!
1. Could you introduce yourself to our readers ? Where are you from, where you live ?
Hello. My names Jennifer, I grew up on the beaches of Western Australia and I currently live in Melbourne.
2. Do you remember the first picture you ever took ?
I do actually. Im not quite sure if it was the first photograph I ever shot but its my first memory of taking a photograph. I won a camera, a Kodak point and shoot, when I was 7 years old and I was so excited I asked my mum to take me to the zoo so I could use it. It was a photograph of a tiger.
3. Could you Describe your work and aesthetic to us ?
My photographs gravitate towards natural lit portraits and nudes
4. Tell us about your journey into photography ?
Well I have always recorded life, since I was very small. Things like keeping journals, making videos and taking photographs has always been a part of my life.
5. How much is yourself in your work ?
I’d say all of myself. And a bit more.
6. Who are your biggest inspirations ?
I often find its the day to day people I come across who inspire me the most. Photography wise though, I love the works of Cass Bird, Ryan McGinley and Helmut Newton.
7. What would you do if you were not a photographer ?
Own a cocktail bar on the beach
8. What makes you happy ? what makes you sad ?
I’m incredibly sensitive to other people’s feelings so when I feel other people’s sadness, that makes me sad. Being with people I love makes me the happiest. Also sunshine makes me happy. That, and french kissing.
9. One book ? One Movie? One Song ?
One hard question.
-The Pirelli Calendar Book
-Lou Reed; Walk On The Wild Side
10. On a typical saturday night, where can we find you ?
At a dinner party with friends
11. How do you see yourself in 10 years ?
Living near the sea with a little family taking photographs recording life
For the full interview, visit here : http://www.somewhere-magazine.com/jennifer-stenglein-interview/
Images from oneseason SS15 photoshoot
07.09.15 | Ecod Shop | News
Maison Scotch Amsterdam’s Blauw SS15
This season we go on a journey with our Maison girl for some insight behind the inspiration of the latest capsule…
For Spring/Summer 2015, The Maison Scotch Amsterdam’s Blauw collection theme is “WOKE UP IN PARADISE”. We follow our denim chameleon on the ultimate holiday, viewing her world through summery tinted sunglasses. We start the summer on the blue infused streets of Tokyo, and then we are transported stateside for a colourful vintage Florida story.
Tokyo; the ultimate denim destination, where our Maison girl is poured head to toe with indigo inspirations and modern heritage as the blueprint of the Amsterdam’s Blauw collection. Dressed up in cool blues, our Maison girl wears re-worked and modernised Japanese fabrics, prints and silhouettes with a touch of the Scotch twist! Look out for all the subtle details, inspired by Japanese mythology of finding beauty in the small things. Next comes the main event…
We touch down on our Florida safari and dive into the sea of blue colours with all the highlights of 1950’s postcard nostalgia! Our denim girl transforms into a bird of paradise as she hits the party strip of Miami with a head to toe outfit of bold pastel ice cream colours, flamingo pink, mint and sun-drenched whites together with miles of fresh blue. This season Scotch has focused on re-working vintage washes with a modern aesthetic and fabrications. Be sure to put Miami back on the map and pack some Maison Scotch Amsterdam’s Blauw in your suitcase!
11.08.15 | Ecod Shop | News
Who Is James Perse?
With the arrival of our latest drop for the Spring Summer 2015 season from James Perse, we thought we’d share with you a little bit about the man behind everyone’s favourite wardrobe staples.
James Perse was born in Los Angeles, California in 1972. James' childhood was split between the beach, the hockey rink and the floor of his father's innovative Los Angeles boutique, Maxfield. With Maxfield at the forefront of putting Los Angeles on the fashion map, James received an incidental education on cutting edge fashion from Europe and Asia, on modern architecture, furniture design and on the elegant and the clean-line.
Ironically, sports led James to his first foray into fashion. Obsessed with baseball caps, he could never find one that was well designed - with quality construction, shape, fabric and colouring. In 1991, James set out to make the ideal cap for Maxfield and it was not long before customers became clients - film directors ordered hats for their cast and crew and record labels bought them for tours.
In 1994 he launched a t-shirt line that rapidly gained loyal fans looking for a seamless blend of luxe and casual. In 1996, James founded his first namesake collection of women's knits, which soon developed into two distinctly wearable collections; Standard James Perse for high-quality basics and James Perse Los Angeles ready-to-wear items, including jackets, sweaters, pants and dresses. In 1998, the brand launched an equally outlined men's collection and later, a line for babies and children.
His passion for minimalist architecture influenced by warm west-coast indoor outdoor living and the casual clothing that's inspired by it, ultimately resulted in James' personal design philosophy and aesthetic - low maintenance high fashion - emphasising elegance and comfort, pairing sophistication with simplicity. James has applied this visionary approach in every step of defining and developing the brand.
In 2003, James Perse opened its first retail store. The retail environment acts as a medium for conveying the company's culture, ideas and values. James Perse is also available at top specialty retailers such as Barneys New York, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue and is sold internationally (including ECO D.)! Currently, a boutique hotel that captures the James Perse lifestyle is in development.
24.07.15 | Ecod Shop | News
Meet the brains behind fashion’s hottest denim brand
Article by Victoria Moss via: www.telegraph.co.uk
The Frame Denim brand may be only three years old but already it has established itself as a cult. Frame jeans are now sold in 650 retailers worldwide, reported sales for its third year are around £30 million and it will open its first store in LA at the end of the year. This will house the complete line, which now includes T-shirts, cashmere jumpers, silk blouses, leather trousers, suede jackets and skirts. Frame launched menswear a year ago. It has been ‘an insane journey’, says Jens Grede, a 37-year-old Swede who, along with his business partner Erik Torstensson, also 37, is the brains behind the label.
They describe how Frame Denim started out as a passion project, a sideline to their day jobs – when you learn the Swedish duo are behind a highly successful creative and marketing agency, and have worked with the likes of Kurt Geiger, Dior, H&M and Calvin Klein, the story starts to make more sense. They were responsible for the launch of the menswear arm of Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter, in 2011.
With a run of ‘about 2,000 pairs’, they started giving them away to famous friends with usefully large numbers of followers on Instagram, such as the supermodels Lara Stone (‘She was the first ever one, I think, to say thank you’) and Miranda Kerr. With likes and recommendations flowing through social media, demand grew. The jeans were snapped up by a few key retailers including Net-a-Porter. (Torstensson and the Net-a-Porter founder and executive chairman Natalie Massenet started dating in 2011 and they now live together with her two daughters from a previous marriage.)
But this isn’t only a celebrity-friends success story. You don’t get 650 retailers to stock you without having made a product that works. While the company has expanded its range, it has stuck to the core of what it originally offered: highly tuned basics. The cut is spot on. Even if you’re not a supermodel, Frame’s mid-rise styles sit at the most flattering part of your hips, and have just the right amount of stretch so that they retain their shape and don’t sag at the knee after wear.
On the back of the model gifting, the extra-long-legged Forever Karliejean was conceived with the supermodel Karlie Kloss. ‘We wanted her to wear the stuff, but she said she was too tall, and that we would have to make her a specific pair,’ Torstensson says. It wasn’t about ‘having a name’ but about creating jeans that their leggy pal could wear, which helpfully caught on with her similarly leggy fans who unbeknown to Frame (or any other denim brands, seemingly) had been crying out for a pair of jeans to fit them. ‘On social media they were, like, hallelujah, finally something for me; it’s not only models that are tall in this world,’ Torstensson says.
The pair flick through celebrity shoots in Man About Town, and the visual narrative is the same. They joke they could reissue these pictures as an ad campaign. The point is, they have always done the same thing, with the same point of view, only in different iterations – and when they do what they do, invariably, it succeeds. If there is such a thing as the Midas touch, they have rebranded it, in denim.
To read the full story visit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/brands/how-frame-denim-became-a-household-name/
23.06.15 | Ecod Shop | News
BEX ROX at Paris Fashion Week
1. STOP, it's time for a break at Cafe Charlot!
2. Catching up with the spanish super blogger Paula Ordovas from www.mypeeptoes.com- Talking style, her new fitness video sponsored by Nike and planning our jewellery collaboration.. Watch this space ....
3. Nothing beats a noisette in the sunshine on the terrace of Les Philosophes cafe.
4. Being serenaded on the streets of Paris.. the sweet sound of music..
5. Paris by night at the recently opened old cabaret spot La Belle Epoque.
6. Pops of colour at Cafe du Fleur.
7. A giggle between meetings with my best friend and PR guru Zoe Kuipers from Zoe Communications and Mr Constantin Nagel.
8. The gorgeous Georgia Tal outside the Chanel show- yes not inside, she missed it by 2 minutes but at least we got a photo of her wearing one of our AW15 necklaces. Georgia Tal was covering fashion week for Vogue Italia jewellery.
9. A casual Thursday ready to get back home on the Eurostar.. Matching my Liliana cuff with my shirt.
10. Lunch at Broken Arm cafe- the french know how…
11. Paris is all about the details, I love to mix warm tones and statement accessories at all times.. Here featuring the Jess Collett for Bex Rox Fedora along with our new AW15 Rattle ’n Roll Collection.
12. One of the best moments this fashion week, seeing Zoolander 2 live on the Valentino runway.
09.04.15 | Ecod Shop | News
AN INTERVIEW WITH LIFEWITHBIRD’S BRIDGET MESSNER
LIFEwithBIRD's Bridget Messner talks to Stylebk about her design process, advice on starting a label, and the inspiration behind the latest AW15 collection, SURFACE.
1. When was the moment that you realised you were creative?
I feel creativity has always been part of my DNA. I loved playing dress ups with my sister Alice (Alice McCall), and creating costumes out of bits of fabric. My mum was a fashion designer so she taught us how to sew from an early age, and that the possibilities were endless with a pair of scissors, bit of fabric and a sewing machine. Growing up I used to make clothes for my dolls and barbies, and later in high school I made my formal dresses with my mums help. My year 12 formal dress was an adaptation of a Tom Ford Gucci cut out dress that I loved. I had the magazine pages of fashion campaigns all over my bedroom wall at the time and was obsessed with all the iconic 90s fashion houses and models.
2. Did you try any other careers or projects before your current profession became successful?
I went straight on to study photography at PSC in Melbourne. I spent three years full time there and loved the course and finished with a diploma of photography. My assignments were mostly fashion focused and I used to shoot all the RMIT students clothes for their final assessments so the crossover with fashion was always there. I then went on to be an assistant stylist which I really enjoyed. When I met Nick within a few months of dating we started LIFEwithBIRD. I kept styling and also worked retail to make ends meet while we got the label off the ground over the next three years.
3. What is your go-to snack?
Fruit at the moment. I’m pregnant and craving lots of stone fruit in particular. I also have cravings for cherry ripe bars or any chocolate I can get my hands on!
4. What are three items that you always carry with you?
Phone, notebook and sunglasses.
5. Do you have a mantra that you live by?
Not really. I do believe in the power of positive thinking though and that anything is possible. My husband and business partner Nick is my rock. He astounds me everyday with his talent and drive which makes me want to strive and conquer constantly.
6. What is one piece of advice for someone wishing to pursue a career in fashion design?
Be prepared to work hard, be a sponge through work experience, and not put too much pressure on yourself. It’s a really hard industry, but if you are willing to do these things you’ll find what makes you happy once you have allowed yourself time to learn and grow.
7. What is your favourite flower?
I love white peonies but they’re only around for two months of the year. I also love white freesias which have such a beautiful subtle perfume.
8. What is your signature scent?
Comme des Garcons Series 1: Lily. It is so light and refreshing. I always come back to this scent.
10. When you design, who are you designing for?
We have two lines that we design for seasonally. The main ready-to-wear collection which we see as the empowered, bold and confident woman, and the LWB line which has a wardrobe staples and layering kind of feel to it. Both collections have their own signature and when designing we come up with the direction of the range, the colour palette and fabrications, and then map out the range plan. Its quite a methodical process. We start by placing the must-have silhouettes for the season and then building the range around it. So its not really about a specific person as much as its about a mood or a story that we want to tell for the season.
12. What skills are important to start your own fashion label?
Focus, patience, determination.
13. For your most recent collection, where did you draw inspiration from?
SURFACE AW15 looked at building materials and under layers of construction and architecture. We were really inspired by the textures and fabrications we utilised down to their core, how the fibres were constructed, and how we could manipulate the garments through clever pattern making and illuminate seams or darts. What becomes apparent on the surface may not actually be as simple as it looks.
14. Name a designer, past or present, that you admire?
Maison Martin Margiela, who is one of the avantgardists who in the 90s was doing his own thing. He and the Antwerp six were so inspiring to us when we started our label. Pushing boundaries and deconstructing in ground breaking ways.
15. Describe your design aesthetic in three words?
Controlled, Clean, Concept-driven.
16. What do you love most about being a designer?
The process and the journey. Its still amazes me when I see something that started off as an idea come to life and worn by someone who appreciates it.
05.03.15 | Ecod Shop | News
An interview with Susannah Fairley of FAIRLEY jewellery
We talk to FAIRLEY jewellery designer and founder, Susannah Fairley about inspiration, celebrity pals, travel and summer essentials.
1. What inspired you to get into the jewellery business?
From a young age I always wanted to be involved in the creation of beautiful fashion and accessories . I think I probably made 500 daisy necklaces, tiaras and bracelets while living on our family farm in Rochester. On my travels as a child I loved to collect interesting pieces that caught my eye from shells at the beach to old coins found in our local tip in the country. I had been working on FAIRLEY for a number of years part-time and on weekends whilst working for other organisations and I stopped working at the end of 2012 to launch FAIRLEY on a full time basis.
2. How do you describe your style?
FAIRLEY is luxe bohemian jewellery that is priced at an affordable level using the best materials without compromise on quality. I love designing distinctive pieces by combining the beauty of semi and semi-precious stones, the history of ancient coins and artefacts and the elegant simplicity of gold and silver and using various techniques to give the jewellery its distinct textures. I am definitely conscious of trends in the fashion world however am not driven by them. I love chic simple classic pieces that are timeless and this strongly influence the design process when doing new ranges for FAIRLEY.
3. So all of us at ECO D. are a little start struck by your Instagram account! You’ve got pics with some big names including Gigi Hadid, Ellen Degeneres and Olivia Wilde just to name a few! How do you find yourself mixing with these mega stars?
Instagram has certainly been a fantastic vehicle to showcase our range and we love posting photos of people wearing our jewellery. Our celebrity clientele has certainly grown very quickly. Some have reached out to me on social media, some have commented on our jewellery when wearing it and others I have approached both in Australia and overseas. Whilst every situation is different, the one constant is that no one will wear your jewellery unless they love it whether they are a celebrity or not! We are excited when we see anyone wearing FAIRLEY, whether it be international celebritiers like Gigi Hadid, Olivia Wilde, Selena Gomez, Megan Gale or anyone just walking down the street or at dinner. Just a couple of weeks ago I met Kris and Kylie Jenner at a hotel in La Jolla, we struck up a conversation and they were really excited to receive our new season Scripture bracelets.
4. Aside from the above, if you could bejewel anyone/have them as a brand ambassador, who would it be and why?
There are so many amazing glamorous and stylish women in the world but if I was to name one it would be Angelina Jolie. She is so chic and has a natural beauty. She puts herself together beautifully but in an effortless way. When designing I aways keep in mind that the jewellery should be an extension of yourself, something you feel comfortable in and I can imagine Angelina in a number of FAIRLEY designs.
5. I understand that you draw a lot of your inspiration from your travels. Do you have a favourite spot?
I don’t really have a favourite spot but draw inspiration from everywhere I travel. Recent trips to Mexico, Thailand, Fiji have certainly influenced some of my recent designs and campaigns. Other than travel to exotic locations, I draw a great deal of inspiration from my stone sourcing trips, where I will sometimes design a whole collection around a new stone that I discovered on my travels.
6. What influences can we expect to see in upcoming collections?
The AW2015 collection is all about using lush creamy textured finishes with beautiful milky coloured stones such as aquamarine, aventurine, and sapphires and some classics such as black diamond and ruby. I have bought in some more finer pieces to create a layering effect and have experimented with some new ancient jewellery-making techniques to recreate an ancient look.
7. Coming in to Summer, tell us your top 5 Summer essentials?
1. An amazing pair of emerald green cateye sunglasses from Thierry Lasry
2. Oprah Winfrey’s new book “What I Know For Sure"
3. FAIRLEY Samara Sapphire Stackable rings - the pastel colours go back with any summer outfit
4. Slim Secrets protein bars (Snack Attack is my favourite) are great for on the go or days at the beach
5. La Prairie SPF30 is a summer must to protect you skin
22.01.15 | Ecod Shop | News