In this month's The Curator column, Vanessa Ambrose, owner of Cameron Marks boutique, chooses five of her favorite things.
1. I love the story behind Ace & Jig and the feel-good ethical way in which their clothes are produced. They design their own textiles and work with master weavers in India who do the weaving on beautiful old wood looms. Their Spring 2015 Ready to Wear collection doesn’t disappoint and definitely grabbed my heart and also probably quite a bit of space in my wardrobe this upcoming season. Available at Cameron Marks in February 2015.
2. It started as a blog and is now a documentary called "Advanced Style” in which blogger Ari Seth Cohen depicts seven New York women, ages 62 to 95, whose eclectic personal style and amazingly vital and youthful spirits will no doubt win a place in your heart. As we live in a world known for prizing youth above all else, the lovely ladies of “Advanced Style” show that aging can be done not only with absolute grace, but also with inimitable flair. A must see.
3. I'm a huge fan when it comes to the “Selby” series of books. The man behind the series, photographer Todd Selby, decided to turn his lens to the world of fashion this time around with his third volume called “Fashionable Selby,” which was released earlier this year. Selby takes us into the studios and personal spaces of fashion designers, stylists, models, and shoemakers, the likes of Dries Van Noten and Isabel Marant to name just a few. Diehard fashion fans will love it!
4. A few years ago, during one of my online jaunts down the Pinterest rabbit hole, I came across an artist by the name of Ariele Alasko, and have been obsessed with her craft ever since. She makes the coolest things out of wood in her Brooklyn studio including furniture, headboards and some of the best looking cheese boards I've ever seen. Most of her materials are salvaged from old barns, gutted brownstones and picked up on road trips. She’s one very talented gal.
5. Forrest Lewinger, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, is the Brooklyn ceramist behind Workaday Handmade. I had the chance to meet Forrest a few months back in New York City on a buying trip and upon first sight of his ceramic wares I had to place an order for the stores. Exquisite hand-made vessels, bowls and tumblers made from incredibly luscious porcelain, hand-painted with an indigo underglaze of spots, dots, drips, and splotches that just seem to add to their unpretentious charm and carefree elegance. Available at Cameron Marks.