What is your aesthetic? Bedroom chic! Ha! My real answer would be…purely functional.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? My work area is super functional, as you can see by the bins, but it also has little touches of me and my personality everywhere, like with the wall color and the pictures. Everyone who comes to my home always comments on how organized everything is, which is kind of funny because I’m not an organized person by nature. I’m quite a mess truthfully. (Here’s a tip, get bins for everything…just having them is organization itself, you don’t have to actually be organized within the bin!) I’m a hand crafter by hobby and profession. I love to be creative, but I live in 1,000 square feet of space in a major city, so there is no wasted space in my home. I’m constantly editing and clearing out my craft and work supplies. I don’t keep anything around unless I seriously intend to use it. This is a great philosophy for me because it motivates me to not have unfinished projects lying around. Everything in my house and on my sewing desk has its place and function. I’m not a nick-nack type of person in general, but any personal items that I do have are on the shelves of my sewing table. I like being able to look up at fun pictures and great memories as I’m working.
Favorite part of your studio? I love that I can run my business from my home so that I can stay here with my daughter full time and I can work while she naps.
Where do you go for inspiration? I go everywhere for inspiration! I just had a great idea for a new photo shoot concept come to me on my run this morning…inspiration is all around, we just have to be open and ready for it!
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? This is hard because there are so many little things that I use to put on little wedding garter together, but if I had to pick one, I say sewing machine. I just love it! It was a gift from my parents. It is the lifeline of my company and how I’m able to make what I make.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? A studio space, preferable shared with others. I’m dreaming of a super bright, open space that is very clean and fresh with little work areas around the edges for all of my friends. And, then in the middle would be a common area where we can chit chat and hang out….who is with me??
Anything else we should know? I love what I do! Running this stylish wedding garter company has been one learning experience after another and I can’t get enough of it!
[images from Julianne Smith]
Name: Xochitl Gonzalez
Location: Downtown Manhattan
Company: Always a Bridesmaid
What is your aesthetic? City Chic
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? It’s colorful, warm and a bit eclectic, which I think is definitely what we try and bring to our clients.
Favorite part of your studio? I love that we took the time to line our shelves with the toile print. It makes me happy on a daily basis. More practically, I love that we have the space to meet with our clients, show sample vases and still have some of our team able to do some work.
Where do you go for inspiration? Fabric stores and linen shops really do a lot to get my juices flowing. But, a trip to the Met museum is a sure-fire way to come up with some ideas. There is just so much there.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? If they stopped manufacturing safety pins, we’d be out of business. That, and a scanner!
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? The only thing we’d change is our location. We’re on a VERY busy street and it is a comedy routine when we are loading up gift bags or getting deliveries.
Anything else we should know? For some bizarre reason, despite having a decent amount of space, Mayra (my business partner) and I keep our desks about 1 foot apart. It’s strange.
Are you in the wedding industry and have a cool studio space? Send some pics over!
[images from Always a Bridesmaid]
Name: Alexandra Kowalski and Emily Martin
Location: 43 East 78th Street, 4th floor
Company: Bride’s Head Revisited
What is your aesthetic? Modern classic
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Our studio is located within our boutique. It is a light filled boutique on the 4th floor of an old brownstone on the Upper East Side. The classic lines and beautiful molding in the building give the boutique great character, and we’ve added black accents to the room that give it a nice modern clean edge which is softened by a great light blue and ivory rug.
Favorite part of your studio? The fact that we have combined our retail space with our work space and that it allows us to have the best of both worlds.
Where do you go for inspiration? Emily and I met while working at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Emily has a fashion history degree and I studied costume design, so we tend to go back to that when we’re looking for inspiration. We’re designing for modern women, so we try not to get too “vintagey”, we like to keep our designs modern with a classic look.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My tweezers. They’re invaluable for picking up the tiny Swarovski crystals that are incorporated into our combs and veils.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? The ground floor. We are on a fourth floor walk-up, there are lots of pretty things to look at on the way up through The Wedding Library, but it can take the wind out of some people, and it can be hard on the mothers and grandmothers.
Anything else we should know? We work closely with our brides to create the perfect look for their wedding day and we specialize in custom designs. All of our designs are made-to-order and depending on the bride and her style, she may want something that is very customized. Emily and I love working with brides to create original designs, and having our studio as part of our boutique makes it much easier.
[images from Bride’s Head Revisited]
Name: Junko Yoshioka
Location: 580 Broadway, Soho, NY at Prince Street
Company: Junko Yoshioka Bridal
What is your aesthetic? Clean, Elegant and Detail Oriented
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Organic, modern, simple and clean
Favorite part of your studio? The oversized white chandelier
Where do you go for inspiration? The museum
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Scissors and pins
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Champagne and caviar at every fitting
Anything else we should know? One seamstress does a brides dress from start to finish!
[images from Junko Yoshioka]