Faculty Department // Justin Chung

faculty department // justin chung | simple pretty

Through his work, Brooklyn-based photographer Justin Chung seeks to convey the “realness” of moments. His photos, with an eye for the quotidian, feel a bit like personal snapshots, drawing you in and forging a connection to the subject at hand. A month-long assignment in Paris spent photographing artists and entrepreneurs brought about Chung’s first book, Faculty Department. Inspired by the back stories of his subjects (including Ten Belles and Belleville Brûlerie owner Thomas Lehoux), Chung saw the potential for a book. Faculty Department shines a spotlight on 13 influential creatives who collectively serve as his personal inspiration faculty (hence the title).

And what a debut it is: Faculty Department is gorgeously minimalist in design, which allows you to get a sense of each person’s distinctive style through the words and photos. (The book was designed in conjunction with Vancouver design firm Studio Faculty.)

I was sold purely by the prospect of learning more about Frank Muytjens (he outshines Jenna Lyons as a J.Crew style ambassador, in my opinion) but a serendipitous surprise was that my favorite subject ended up being 98-year-old furniture designer Jens Risom. (I’m always eager to shore up my design knowledge.) Risom’s profile closes the inaugural volume, but as I enjoyed reading about every one of Chung’s picks — and have a few new personal design favorites because of it — here’s hoping there will be a sequel.

j.crew head of men's design, frank muytjens + his dog, dutch // faculty department | simple pretty

j.crew head of men’s design, frank muytjens + his dog, dutch

primary essentials founder lauren snyder // faculty department | simple pretty

founder of the primary essentials, lauren snyder

head of design for GANT rugger, filippa hallestensson // faculty department | simple pretty

head of design for GANT rugger, filippa hallestensson

photos by jane potrykus

please note: thanks to a mutual friend and a timely instagram comment, i was gifted a copy of faculty department. no promise of editorial coverage was made.

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Valentines from In Haus Press

in haus press // valentine's day | simple pretty

For Valentine’s Day, why not keep it super simple — and pretty — with these striking cards from In Haus Press? Black text on bright white never fails to appeal, and while I’m loving all of the French phrases (très chic), I think I’m indulging in a set of “xoxo” cards. I just hope the pink envelopes are available! Shop all of the options at Etsy.

in haus press // xoxo card set | simple pretty

xoxo card set

in haus press // je t'aime | simple pretty

je t’aime

in haus press // bon anniversaire | simple pretty

bon anniversaire

in haus press // c'est la vie | simple pretty

c’est la vie: for the ambivalent valentine

image credits: top photo from the in haus press blog, product shots from inhauspress.etsy.com

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Protagonist Clothing: Spring 2015

protagonist spring 2015, look 15 // extended sleeve ribbed top + side slit skirt | simple pretty

look 15: extended sleeve ribbed top + side slit skirt

Kate Wendelborn’s Spring 2015 collection for Protagonist is très fantastique. (I’ve been aching to see more since a teaser photo leaked online late last year.) The collection is a veritable utilitarian luxe® wardrobe with the little “something” added via the details. All of these looks are calling my name — wouldn’t the extended sleeves in look 15 (above) be practical for dealing with capricious spring weather? The complete lookbook and list of retailers, including The Line (but sadly, nothing in London — yet) is available to view at Protagonist’s website.

protagonist spring 2015, look 2 // collar shirt + flare skirt | simple pretty

look 2: collar shirt + flare skirt

protagonist spring 2015, look 24 // high neck seamed shift | simple pretty

look 24: high neck seamed shift

photos by matthew sprout for protagonist.com 

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Photo Favorites: January 2015

clementines, albion | simple pretty

January rolls on, and though many of my favorite photos from the last month are of Christmas (can Christmas be only three weeks ago?) I think we all can agree that holiday photos feel a bit tired at the moment. No, what we need/crave is lots of citrus, wide open spaces, and calm mixed with the spirit of possibility. Here are a few photos that are inspiring my January:

  1. #detail of #Christmas #card. almost done! …
  2. Saw this coastal big wheel …
  3. Yes please @acnestudios …
  4. Beep! Beep! …
  5. New journey begins. #redeye
  6. The Dewey Monument …
  7. Quechee | VT
  8. Sleeping buoys #Rockport
  9. Fresh juice. …
  10. #watercolourheadspace …
  11. Lake…
  12. senza titolo (2011) #marcotirelli
  13. January
  14. The Joy of Coffee ~ Aharon Coffee
  15. Winter on the Bay

image at the top: clementines at the albion, photographed by jane potrykus and processed with shake it photo.

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Geraldine Magazine

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cover, issue one

I’m always ready to embrace something new in print, and so when one of my favorite calligraphers, Janis Anzalone, started Instagram-ing previews of work she was doing for a new wedding magazine, I was all eyes/ears. Geraldine launched in December 2014, and Editor-in-Chief Daniel Tran has presented a knockout debut. The magazine is filled with inspiration whether you’re a bride-to-be or simply an aesthete. Packed with practical-yet-pretty wedding ideas, including romantic dresses and über-elegant real wedding features, my favorite bits in Geraldine are the profiles spotlighting some of California’s most talented creatives. Among those featured in the launch issue are Ms. Anzalone, pastry chef/food stylist Elizabeth Colling, bespoke gift assembler-extraordinaire Simone LeBlanc (I’m obsessed with her at the moment), and William Werner, the brains behind the clever SF bakery Craftsman and Wolves.

I find there are so many parallels between wedding planning and party planning (which in turn draws upon the tenets of a life well-lived), so I’m keeping my copy of Geraldine around for inspiration and reference. The magazine’s roster of contributors is impressive and continues to grow — the latest addition is photographer Jose Villa — and I can’t wait to see Issue No. 2.

Order your copy at the Geraldine magazine website, or look for it in selected Anthropologie stores.

geraldine magazine motto | simple pretty

geraldine magazine’s motto, written in janis anzalone’s lovely script

calligrapher janis anzalone, geraldine magazine | simple pretty

janis anzalone feature

janis anzalone illustration for geraldine magazine | simple pretty

one of janis’ illustrations for issue one

pastry chef elizabeth colling, geraldine magazine | simple pretty

elizabeth colling feature

all photos by jane potrykus

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