Eye-Openers

this week’s roundup of delightful discoveries
Tracy, our women’s In Good Company guru:
“As a total stripe fanatic, I’m loving these photographs of the inside of Roy Lichtenstein’s studio
(they were taken by Laurie Lambrecht, who worked as his part-time assistant from 1990 to 1992).”
Inspiration found here.
Rachel, one of our web designers:
"This is from a blog that features cool book illustrations from countries all over the world.”
Inspiration found here.
Christine, one of our web designers:
“I love the playful work by New York–based designer and illustrator Tim Lahan. It’s always my intention to draw more, and seeing his work may actually motivate me to do so! And who can resist
a cute doughnut drawing?”
Inspiration found here.
Alison, one of our web designers:
“Playing on the joke about California being full of fruits and nuts, Laura Owens’s handmade board books feature 1960s-era newspapers from the state.”
Inspiration found here.

Eye-Openers

this week’s roundup of delightful discoveries
Luther, one of our graphic designers:
“Recently, I’ve really been into the photography of Klaus Leidorf (a German guy who takes nice aerial photographs). The photos are cool because they are like a melting pot of scale, texture, color, pattern and figure/ground relationships.”
Inspiration found here.
Julie, art director:
“I just love how fun yet edgy these fashion stills are! The colors are amazing, and it’s such a great and smart way to integrate animals into a fashion shot without being too cutesy.”
Inspiration found here.
Katie, one of our men’s designers:
“I love all the cool tones in this painting. The range of greens and blues are great to add to my shirt palette for next year.”
Inspiration found here.
Elinor, one of our copywriters:
“While recently reading up on artist Alex Katz, I came across these spreads from a 1962 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. The models are making their way through wooden cutouts that Katz designed—it’s such a perfect mix of art and fashion.”
Inspiration found here.

Eye-Openers

this week’s roundup of delightful discoveries

Lauren, one of our graphic designers:
“Pantone debuts their first makeup line with Sephora, inspired by Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, tangerine tango. I generally don’t wear much makeup, but this new collaboration might make me reconsider!”
Inspiration found here.
Rachel, one of our web designers:
“Print mix master Keren Richter does everything from illustrations, prop design and murals to curating fabulous shows in her shared studio loft. Check out her amazing papier-mâché cacti sold at the store Beautiful Dreamers in Williamsburg. Perfect for plant lovers like myself who lack a green thumb.”
Inspiration found here.
Dulci, our women’s catalog designer:
“I just stumbled upon Inna Jam, the most amazing Berkley-based jam company. Founder Dafna Kory started out making jalapeño jam for friends and family and has now expanded her line to include flavors like Santa Rosa plum, Marion blackberry and Fresno chili. All jams are made using local, seasonal produce and orders are delivered via bicycle within the Bay Area. Plus, I love the clean and modern packaging. Thinking about surprising my mom with a seasonal jam subscription for Mother’s Day!”
Inspiration found here.
Christine, one of our web designers:
“James Turrell explores the interaction between light, space and the viewer to create a spiritual experience. Often his installations require specially built spaces—like Skyspace (right), which during twilight changes the perception of space, form, object and the void. I also respect his lack of a website (reproduced images don’t do his work justice). Turrell has an exhibition reopening next month in Stockholm.”
Inspiration found here.

Eye-openers

this week’s roundup of delightful discoveries
Alison, one of our web designers:
“I’m into these straightforward, bold designs by Dutch graphic design firm Stout/Kramer. In their projects, they always attempt to distinguish themselves as more than just designers—instead, they see themselves as editors and directors of communication.”
Inspiration found here.
Elissa, our photo editor:
“Whether he’s making a gummy bearskin rug (my personal favorite), a cauliflower spaceship or an ad campaign, Brock Davis’s style is always clever, understated and very funny.”
Inspiration found here.
Hanah, one of our web designers:
“Laura Harwood takes color-fields to a whole new dimension with these colorful monoprints. As an artist, her color sensibility is one of her most recognizable traits. At J.Crew, we can definitely relate!”
Inspiration found here.
Catherine, one of our web designers:
“I’m a fan of artists who use type in their work, and Ed Ruscha is at the top of that list. Take home a collection of your own with his book They Called Her Styrene. It’s a spaced-out collection of words and hazy-colored backgrounds.”
Inspiration found here.

Eye-openers

this week’s roundup of delightful discoveries
Julie, art director:
I’ve admired Keetra Dean Dixon’s work for a while—I love how poetic, smart and incredibly pretty it is.
I got the chance to meet her a few years back and it was wonderful to find out she’s as sweet as her work! Inspiration found here.
Catherine, one of our web designers:
“Who would think anything called Sandwich Art could be so clever and design-y? I’m into this series by the aptly named site Low Commitment Projects; I’ve bookmarked it under ‘incredible edibles.’”
Inspiration found here.
Coco, one of our copywriters:
“Finnish artist Kristian Krokfors takes domestic, familiar objects and somehow makes them surreal and dreamlike through repetition—these swings are both sweet and satisfying geometric shapes.”
Inspiration found here.
Hanah, one of our web designers:
“Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of my favorite photographers. There’s an orchestrated quality to his work that makes his photographs look otherwordly and, in a way, appear to contrast his role as a photojournalist.”
Inspiration found here.

Eye-openers

this week’s roundup of delightful discoveries
Elissa, our online photo editor:
“I’m currently obsessed with Buenos Aires–based artist Jazmin Berakha. She captures beautiful suspended moments in her embroidery—I especially love how the intricacy is contrasted by simplified outlines of women.”
Inspiration found here.
Jo, marketing creative:
“These riotously colorful and spontaneous film stills from Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point take a fleeting moment and freeze it in a beautiful image. I’m a sucker for anything confetti related!”
Inspiration found here.
Alison, one of our web designers:
“T-shirt designer and artist Jess Rotter’s color combinations are always spot-on. Combine that with wit and an occasional nod to the ’70s (Stevie Nicks tee, anyone?) and you’ve got an unstoppable shirt that friends will ask to borrow and never return.”
Inspiration found here.
Catherine, one of our web designers:
“I want to live in the world of artist Nina Bovasso. Marimekko-esque flowers meet a pack of Snoopy dogs with a dash of Care Bears sky blue is just what I want to see and wear (within reason) this spring.”
Inspiration found here.

Eye-openers

this week’s roundup of delightful discoveries
Catherine, one of our web designers:
“These quilts from the Gee’s Bend quilt collective are functional art at its most beautiful. The color combinations are endless, the angles are irregular—and, in my opinion, they’re too lovely for practical use.”
Inspiration found here.
Katie, one of our men’s designers:
“A while back, I came across this photo of a Nepalese vendor scooping up colored powder, and to this day, I think the colors are just stunning.”
Inspiration found here.
Alison, one of our web designers:
“I’m loving these punchy graphic collages for spring by Scott Massey. They have a total Paul Rand meets Barbie vibe”.
Inspiration found here.

Eye-openers (Valentine’s Edition)

a roundup of the swoon-worthy sightings that are
melting our hearts this week…
Virtual candy hearts:
“Download the free app or make them on your computer and start bombarding your friends with heartfelt messages.”
Inspiration found here and here.
Geronimo balloons:
“Strewn with ribbons, tinsel and paper cutouts, these oversize balloons are candy for the eyes. If you’re in L.A., we definitely recommend sending these to a loved one.”
Inspiration found here.
D.I.Y. heart elbow patch:
“The sweetest way to jazz up your J.Crew sweater that we’ve ever seen.”
Inspiration found here.
His & hers coffee wrappers:
“These free downloadable labels can be used to make any cup of coffee feel more special.”
Inspiration found here.
Valentine’s Day project:
“Marian Bantjes, a graphic designer, hand drew over 100 individual valentines—time to rethink those preboxed drugstore cards.”
Inspiration found here.

Eye-openers

this week’s roundup of delightful discoveries
Liv, one of our women’s accessories designers:
“I have so many belts, scarves, pins and accessories at home that I’m always on the lookout for ways to display them all. I love how the dresser and dress form are used to display the goods!”
Inspiration found here.
Catherine, one of our web designers:
“I love the idea of looking at a very basic object, like the contact sheets above, in new ways. Photographer Parsley Steinweiss’s ‘Stack’ series is so simple, linear and satisfying.”
Inspiration found here.
Tracy, our women’s In Good Company guru:
“As winter hits, I immediately start dreaming about beach vacations. Ever since spending the holidays in the cold Midwest, I’ve been looking at Mark Borthwick’s photos of Seville, Spain, and reminiscing about long sun-filled summer days.”
Inspiration found here.
Katie, one of our men’s designers:
“The color and architecture is amazing; this mustard color is popping up everywhere now.”
Inspiration found here.

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