Posted on April 08, 2014 by Jenessa Cintron
Lila Rice, designer
Lila Rice has that star quality about her--an air of artist, rockstar, fashionista, and the thing you just can't put your finger on that makes her stand out in a room. Basically, we here at Ode all want to wear what Lila Rice makes. Inspired by dichotomies, her eponymous jewelry line is both organic and industrial, antiquated and modern, masculine and feminine. She's the master of perfect combinations.
What is one (or two) things every woman should have in her closet?
High-heeled clogs. Definitely. And one or two (or ten) big, cozy cardigans that can be thrown over anything.
If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
Probably an earth-toned, crazy-patterned, oversized silk blouse. Or high-waisted, very tight, well-loved blue jeans. The two together are basically my uniform.
Lila Rice Jewelry
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Regarding my work: Time and persistence pay, and so does discipline. This is a tough one as a self-employed artist/designer, but it is impossible to survive in any creative field without lots and lots of discipline.
What are your 5 most listened to songs?
Impossible question! On heavy rotation in the studio these days: Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage, Thee Oh Sees, The Clean, Sharon Van Etten, Etta James, Mas Ysa, and Paul Simon’s Graceland.
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Actually, just last night. My boyfriend reenacted the jumping baby goat YouTube video for me unexpectedly and, er, in the buff. I laughed so hard I had to sit down on the bathroom floor.
Can you send us a photo of something that inspires you and why?
This is a drawing by Emma Kunz, an artist whose geometric works I just love.
What are your plans for the future?
I am hoping to expand my wholesale business by moving the studio into a NYC-based retail space with a couple of talented, West Coast designer friends.
Posted on April 08, 2014 by Jenessa Cintron
Christy's hat. T Refinery tank. Rebecca Minkoff shorts. Coclico heels. Love Heals necklace.
Mara Hoffman dress. Coclico heels. By Boe earrings.
Hand cast and built to last.
K/LLER Collection earrings. Lavender Brown dress.
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Jenessa Cintron
Jennifer Stilwell, designer of All Hands, our newest handmade line of leather goods, is all heart and spirit. Traveler, artist, seafarer, adventurer, and do-gooder, her designs embody the way she lives. Both have a raw exhuberance for life and a reverence for the natural world.
Stilwell recounts: "I was traveling the globe as an integral member of an artisan development fund aimed at promoting and supporting indigenous artisans. In order to combat the extreme solitude that sometimes comes with living at sea, I set up a portable leather studio in the bow of the ship."
Her handbags are unlike anything we've ever seen. So much love and time and craftsmanship have clearly gone into each piece. The leather is vegetable dyed, and every "imperfection" is testament to the fact that the animal from which it was made was able to roam freely throughout its life.
"It is my goal to start with domestic production of goods," Stilwell says, "and over time to move at least 50% of production overseas to artisan groups and women’s collectives in order to help support a sense of purpose, pride, better wages and fairer working conditions. I feel more comfortable putting things out into the world that were constructed by hand and by limited means of production. I take great pride in helping people empower themselves through craftsmanship."
Her promise: "All of my products are made by hand, whether it be in a small local workshop, in my studio in NYC, or in the portable studio I travel with wherever I may roam."
Posted on March 11, 2014 by Jenessa Cintron
Gypsy 05 Tunic, Love Heals Necklace, Coclico heels, Subtle Luxury scarf.
A little peachy, a little beachy, and a lot of what we need this March. The sun is finally out, and we're definitely ready to lighten up.
Posted on March 07, 2014 by Jenessa Cintron
Liz makes bombs. Yarn bombs, that is. Newest Director of Design here at Ode, she's spent the last couple weeks creating, as she puts it, "sweaters for sticks." She took the concept of yarn bombing (graffiti-like tactics with a crafty bent) to a whole new level. The Ode level.
Eye love you.
Bomb-maker at work.
Neutral yarn-bomb. It's the Switzerland of our sticks.
Secret Agent Stick. Can you spot it?
Still Life with Walking Stick
And...it's a wrap!