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3 May

Home Again

South Africa gives me a perspective of what’s real and what’s not real. So I go back to South Africa to both lose myself and gain awareness of myself. Every time I go back, it doesn’t take long for me to get caught into a very different thing. A very different sense of myself. -- Dave Matthews Express your passion, do whatever you love, take action, no matter what. -- Valdimir Tretchikoff   Home is your family, your community, even the house you grew up in. It is the culmination of your memories from past to present. Years go by, you grow up, everything changes, but your idea of home remains. In a way, home is one of the strongest and most...
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5 Mar

Studio Diaries: The Power in Process

“Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.”  Carolina Herrera Recently, I have been reading a book about the habits of famous artists. It has been enlightening to find out about the vastly different and interesting rituals and quirks employed by talented creatives. It has made me think about my design rituals and art in general. In bringing a creation to the world an artist adopts his or her own particular methodology of getting things done. It is a well-balanced cocktail of drive and detailed finesse. In this way, every artist is both an artist of their medium and to an equally important degree, an artist of their process. I...
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17 Nov

Design your World: Stronger in Numbers.

In the heart of Los Angeles, there is a maze of beautifully restored historic street lamps from all over California. 202 carefully curated and restored historic street lamps make up the Urban Light installation. This unique structure is one of the most iconic destinations to visit in Los Angeles and has become one of the most instagrammed attractions that California has to offer. The way all of the lamps in the Urban Light installation come together represents all the different people that make up California. It takes more than one person to keep a community’s culture alive as it takes more than one lamp to fully illuminate this piece. The same goes to creating something special. To have one object alone like...
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23 Sep

Design Your World: The Billie

As you all know, Billie Holiday is one of my heroes. When I listen to a song of hers like "God Bless the Child" or "Them There Eyes," it strikes this feeling in me. It is so emotional and so real and it makes me feel inspired and alive. I really appreciate that about her.   There is so much history and myth surrounding Billie Holiday. To design my new look, The Billie, I made sure to do my research. I stepped back in time as I learned about Lady Day and the jazz of her time on the West Coast. I imagined the Fillmore District when the streets were dotted with Jazz joints from the Alabam to Jimbo's Bop City....
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