Studio Tour: Simple Silhouettes

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Name: Christina Dalle Pezze
Location: SoHo, NYC
Company: Simple Silhouettes

What is your aesthetic and how does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? The showroom is housed in an old SoHo loft with rickety wood floors and 12 foot high ceilings. It has a minimalist, mid-century modern feel that we carry over into the style of the dresses. The silhouettes are streamlined containing lots of special details.

Favorite part of your studio? I love the cutting table; it is the heart of production at Simple Silhouettes. This is the most centralized part of the workroom and where there is always something happening. From conception to the final product, this is where we design, cut and ship the dresses.

Where do you go for inspiration? I always have my eyes open, looking for inspiration everywhere!  Whether I’m walking the streets of New York, looking at contemporary art, visiting my favorite vintage shops or watching old films, I am always gathering ideas.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I use so many tools it’s hard to choose but I do have these amazing pair of scissors my production manager brought back for me from Hong Kong that I love and cannot get here in the states! My box of pins and 18” clear ruler are always within arms reach and a few more essentials include: sharpies, thread clippers, my French curve, and pattern notcher.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Right now I use Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator CS for all my graphic design needs. It would be a nice luxury to upgrade to their latest version, CS4.

Anything else we should know? We’re so excited about our new website we’ll be launching in the next few weeks! There will be lots of new style offerings for weddings and we’ll be launching our new ready to wear collection – Simple Dress. The Simple Dress collection will be available online and in our SoHo showroom.

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[images from Simple Silhouettes]

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Minted challenge

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I’m judging the latest Minted Design Challenge with the ladies of 100LC for kickass for breakout wedding invitations.  With over 500 entries, I’ve picked my favorites here, but need some help narrowing it down to 1. I was looking for interesting layouts, clever takes on traditional invites, quirky details, and ultimately for an invitation that I wouldn’t mind using myself.  It looks like I’ve got a major affinity towards “+” signs rather than “&”!!  Which out of these are your favs? above: Better Together

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I loved Simple Striped (thought I’d love to see it in something other than pink…green perhaps?) and the modernity of Green Love.

left: Simply Striped,  right: Green Love

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The layout of this invite was very appealing to me because its something you don’t see all the time.  above: Mr. & Mrs.

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I loved the simplicity of Love Struck, and the modern interpretation of traditional Dutch designs in Folk Frame.

left: Love Struck, right: Folk Frame

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This one was completely clever and just made me smile!

above: Picture perfect

[images from Minted]

Minted is a Brooklyn Bride advertiser

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Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no. 17]

I think the combination of watching too much Mad Men lately, and getting these adorable rubber stamp sets in at the shop, has me fixated on things from a vintage office. I even just purchased an old-school looking postage scale for Urbanic! Whatever the case, the elements of the look are so basic … (stamped, typed, labeled) that it would be neat to see more of this look incorporated into wedding stationery. Below is a collection of finds for your inspiration pleasure!

How great would it be to sign a guest book with a fountain pen?! The one above was found here.

• Gummed labels found on ebay via ali loves curtis – you could have a blast using these on escort cards and favor tags! • One of my favorite wedding invitations in Urbanic is this ‘horizon set’ by Tiny Pine. It’s all about that typewriter font! • The cute vintage office stamp set I was referring to is by Cavallini – so great for your thank you cards and endless possibilities with those wedding day personal touches • Subject notepads by Paper + Cup • I love the vintage newspaper idea for the program! You could actually make it an interesting read! The one above was found here by this photographer. • Custom return address rubber stamps by Paperwink

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Brooklyn Tailor

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I was messing around on Etsy the other say and stumbled upon Brooklyn Tailor…they do custom shirts and bespoke suits for guys…if Chad could, he would TOTALLY go for this!  The clothes look pretty sharp from what I can see, and that grey suit is perfection.

[images from Brooklyn Tailor]

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