Studio tour: Emersonmade

Name: Emerson
Location: Portsmouth NH
Company: EmersonMade

What do you do? Womens Apparel and accessories

What is your aesthetic? Timeless classics mixed with statement pieces

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Our studio is in a old brick mill along side a river. Our professional aesthetic is very organized but also I think the company headquarters should be a really inspiring, visually exciting place. You want something that can tell a story and capture your interest and imagination.

Favorite part of your studio? Thick solid brick walls and deep windows. The building is inspiring and the walls with their chipping concrete, unevenness, and character just make you want to create things

Where do you go for inspiration? Research is probably the biggest thing. I spend lots of time researching, collecting, analyzing, and editing. Second to that would be nature and traveling. Both make you step back and appreciate life and all that exists. For instance Fireflies exist. Can you believe that! how is this possible.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Input from my best friend and better half Ryan. I constantly bounce ideas off of him and he tells me exactly what he thinks- good or bad- which is an indispensible. He’s half of emersonmade and I’m unbelievably lucky to have him as my mate. Also my computer especially when we’re commuting from nyc to nh weekly working on the clothing line.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Anything that creates more time in the day. So many things I want to do, accomplish, and see.  But no, surprisingly can’t think of anything to upgrade to unless there are inexpensive robots out there I can buy who do chores and housework.

Anything else we should know? We are always trying to find ways to make our products better. I think having a workspace that reflects the character of your products and creates happy employees is key in the long term of being successful.

[images from Emersonmade]

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Real wedding: Marketa + Andrew

Marketa and Andrew’s wedding is the perfect mix of classy and modern, and seriously, how perfect is the Foundry??

Andrew and I were married on August 14th, 2010. We wanted a small, intimate New York City  wedding but still wanted it to feel like a Big party. We are both very busy, so we immediately decided we needed to keep everything local in our beloved Long Island City. The venue we chose was the Foundry, which set the stage for the whole feel of the wedding.  We kept decor simple and rustic, and only used flowers and candles to decorate, leaving  the rest up to the beautiful Venue. The grand finale was a surprise, and sealed it as a true New York City wedding, a checker cab ride over the Queensboro Bridge.

Vendors:

Catering and Cake:  Susan Laurance Catering
Flowers: Verde Flowers
Dress: JCrew
Suit: YSL
Photography: Stephanie Reinish

[images from Stephanie Reinish]

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Stars for your hair

GiantDwarf makes the coolest hairpieces…I’m now obsessed with her star crown and star hairpins…so great for an edgy bride!

[images from Etsy]

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Real wedding: Amanda + Jeremy

I caught glimpses of Amanda’s wedding on Facebook, so when she sent me the pictures to post, I jumped at the chance!  Its so sweet and simple, and I love that she did all her own florals, and thought about the personality of each bridesmaid for their bouquets.

What is special about a wedding is that it allows every detail and choice to reflect your personality. When Jeremy and I began the planning process we knew right away that we wanted to keep our guest list small and have a relaxed and informal wedding. We call Brooklyn home and we wanted our out-of-town family and friends to experience the best of Brooklyn as they celebrated with us.

A neighborhood garden on Bergen Street served as the perfect location for our ceremony and a pre-ceremony cocktail hour. We served fresh fruit and cold drinks and Jeremy and I were able to greet each person as they arrived. After everyone arrived we invited them to stand near us for the short ceremony. Afterwards everyone walked over to the Flatbush Farm for an amazing meal.

As a florist, I love so many different flowers and it was tough to decide what I wanted to use for the bouquets and centerpieces. My personal style tends to be very clean and simple, and I don’t like too many flowers mixed together. My bridesmaids carried bouquets of all one type of flower that I thought fit their personality. Jeremy wanted his boutonniere to be a dark flower– so I used a great summer flower called scabiosa. My bouquet was a bunch of white astilbe. For the centerpieces I filled mason jars with hosta leaves, fern, chamomile and millet grass.

Vendors:

Brides’ ring: St. Kilda
Grooms’ ring: Fly Rite Tattoo
Favors: black & white cookies from Mazzola Bakery
Officiant: Rev. Charles Gilmore
Photographer: Marisela Vargas
Flowers: QuatreCoeur
Reception dinner: Flatbush Farm

[iages from Marisela Vargas]

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