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All That Authenticity May Be Getting Old – NYTimes.com

27 Oct
Unornamental aesthetic…

A deluge of vintage and artisanal products is now available online and through mass-market retailers. Has authenticity become just another fad?

Image: flickr/kitschydigitals

I like the approach:

As they began furnishing their new house from scratch, they found themselves choosing pieces with clean, modern lines that “could be a backdrop for whatever we were interested in at the moment,” Mr. Siegel said. In other words, he said, “not trying to express your personality and your total individuality with every single thing in your house.”

You must click over to this link rich article in the NYTimes, link below. I feel the same way after furnishing a home with vintage, I am inspired for clean, minimal, with pops of color per the season.

Enjoy this article by: EMILY WEINSTEIN

All That Authenticity May Be Getting Old – NYTimes.com

Vintage photos by Charles W. Cushman reveal early life through Kodachrome

13 Sep

Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater.

The photographs in the collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries.

Below are some of my personal favorites. I was inspired to pass along these photos from this recent online post about his 1940’s New York City photos. AMAZING! I copied the NYC photos after the jump for your enjoyment.

A corner of the court Casa de Pico motor lodge San Diego – old town

Casa de Pico San Diego, Calif.
Elephant Tower (San Francisco, Calif.)
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif
The very last word in SF houses — on Washington at Maple [3800 West].
The very last word in San Francisco dwellings. 
Washington at Maple [3800 West].
Wedge-shaped group of buildings along Pacific St east from Walnut
Santa’s Village near Santa Cruz
From top of Excelsior Hotel BEIRUT  Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon   May 1, 1965

Indiana University’s Digital Library Program and the Indiana University Archives invite you to explore what Cushman saw. Here you can view his photographs as well as read contextual information about Cushman’s life and work.

New York City photos by Charles W. Cushman reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple | Mail Online

Video of the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2012 Fashion Show

11 Sep

Rebecca Minkoff Talks Fashion Nite Out

In celebration of fashion week I am celebrating designer Rebecca Minkoff. We both grew up in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego, I lived blocks away from her family and was the local babysitter on and off for a decade.

It was the 80’s, The Minkoff’s moved to Florida, and upon high school graduation Rebecca departed for NYC with dreams of designing.

She started RM with her brother Uri Minkoff, and after a succesful launch, and a beautiful Tuscan wedding to Gavin Bellour, she set her sites on expanding the RM brand. (Be sure to also check out her Ben Minkoff men’s line).

This video was originally shot one year ago 9/12/10 for her Spring Line launched March 2011. Created by Gavin Bellour, this is an intimate look into her creative process.

On September 12th, documentary filmmaker Gavin Bellour filmed CFDA fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff as she prepared for the presentation of her Spring/Summer 2011 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The road to Lincoln Center is documented in this short film which features appearances by Gossip Girl Michelle Trachtenberg and fashion blogger Rumi Neely of FashionToast.com.

Below: “No Pressure” A Behind the Scenes Look at Fall 2011 Fashion Week. Follow Rebecca Minkoff as she prepares for her the first runway show at Lincoln Center. Then shop your favorite fall looks now available on RebeccaMinkoff.com.

This is a family run business. Uri is off the charts smart, graduating high school in about 16 months. With determination and a few PR courses under his belt, he talked his folks into eventually opening what became a 10,000 sqft wellness center. Later building his own successful internet development technology company.

Still acting as Chair of his companies, Uri set off to start the Rebecca Minkoff brand with his sister. 6 years later, they are still independently managed and self-financed.

Today she is at the top of her game, still partnering with her brother Uri and preparing to be a new mommy, while her husband Gavin provides fantastic visual images.

Click here for her company timeline. Their venture now offers apparel, bags, shoes and accessories, and men’s accessories under the brand Ben Minkoff, named after her grandfather.


Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) — Rebecca Minkoff, chief executive officer for her self-named handbag company, talks about the fashion industry and growth strategy. Minkoff speaks with Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television’s “Surveillance Midday.” (Source: Bloomberg)

I carry RM bags because they are fabulous! My favorite being the Wine and Cheese bag with roomy front pockets. I live in this bag.

Take a moment and view her site and blogs. REBECCA MINKOFF is someone to watch. Dont forget to sign up for her newsletter. I leave you with a video for her 2011 Fall collection, enjoy.

(Click here to catch up with her amazing folks, David and Sue Minkoff, two people I completely adore who taught me so much about family, health and harmony.)

Rebecca on Bloomberg TV
Livestream of the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2012 Fashion Show