The Curator is a monthly column written by Vanessa Ambrose, a beloved style-setter and the owner of Cameron Marks boutique in Santa Cruz, Calif. Here, Ambrose picks her five favorite things each month.
OLO is a tiny fragrance line based in Portland, Ore. Each bottle is carefully concocted and poured to order by indie perfumer Heather Sielaff. OLO is a line of gentle, intimate, earthy, fresh, subtle perfumes that are perfectly non-gender specific. Now available at Cameron Marks.
"Valentino: The Last Emperor" is a fly on the wall documentary showcasing the legendary Italian designer’s last two years in charge of his fashion house. Although it was released in 2009 it’s definitely a fashionista’s classic. And the extra special features shouldn’t be missed.
The stoneware mobiles handmade by ceramist Heather Levine are at the top of my wish list. Noteworthy, Levine had the amazing opportunity to work in Vallauris, France where Picasso once created his ceramics. Based in L.A., her work pays homage to California pottery of the 1970s, which I love.
I first became aware of "The Wild Unknown" when I came across their illustrated Songwriters calendar in 2011. It was perfectly simple with gorgeous illustrations that included Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, alongside their song quotes rendered in hand-written word. Illustrated by Brooklyn artist and musician Kim Krans, The Wild Unknown calendars have been gaining some serious momentum ever since. I adore them. The 2014 limited edition calendar is now available at Cameron Marks.
Recently I visited Oakland and found the best fried chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty’s. To complement the savory food are cool, old ironing boards that serve as tables. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, 5098 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.