It's no secret that I love all things French. One of my favorite things to do over coffee in the morning is scroll through my Instagram feed and check out my favorite Paris-based accounts to get inspired for the day. Today, I've rounded up a few of my must follow accounts that will make you want to jet off to the city of lights (just make sure to take me with you). Bon voyage!
I'm so excited to share that The Atelier's Fall/Winter '15 collection has finally arrived! Click below to ...
A bit about the inspiration and collection details ...
On the leather Icon Tote: This leather bag has been years in the making. I've been dreaming of creating my first bag since I was a little girl, sketching and sewing outfits for my dolls. I'm so excited that this dream of mine has finally become a reality.
No detail was forgotten while creating the Icon tote. I took my time searching for the perfectly thick, high quality, rich cognac colored Italian leather. I took my time searching for the perfect U.S. factory. I took my time really perfecting the design of every little detail from the finishing to the straps and everything in between. I wanted this to be a bag that you'll be able to wear 5 months or 50 years from now. It's roomy enough to tote all your papers to work, and sleek enough to wear to 5 o'clock cocktails. It's designed to travel to far-flung places with you, over and over again. It was really important to me to create a equally beautiful and function bag; something that my modern muses – strong, powerful, stylish (and probably busy) women – would want to wear daily.
What inspired the FW '15 Collection: Right now, I'm really inspired by travel, city life, monograms, Parisian style, and who I call my "modern muses."
What is a modern muse? I am constantly inspired by the strong women around me. I call them modern muses – the empowered women who create the life they want to live. My muses are my customers, friends, readers, family, who are extremely passionate about what they do, whether they're doctors, designers, teachers, small business owners, engineers, etc. I design for their lifestyle so they don't have to sacrifice style on the go.
On travel: Travel is one of the things that inspires me most. I love going somewhere new and gaining a new perspective, or seeing something for the very first time. I definitely have this romantic idea of travel because of the way it makes me feel excited and inspired, and I really tried to capture that feeling in this collection.
The Monogram Shop: I like monograms because they are so personal. I see them as a simplified version of your personal brand. Adding your initials to stationery, a notepad, or necklace takes it to the next level and makes a really chic statement. You can now find all of our "monogrammable" pieces in the Monogram Shop.
On quality & design: The entire collection was designed by me in Philadelphia, PA, and printed/manufactured in the USA. Quality is important to me; I believe in creating stylish classics that stand the test of time.
On the look book: If you haven't already perused the look book, make sure you do! We shot at a few really stunning locations around Philadelphia (including La Colombe Fishtown and Rittenhouse Square). The look book tells the story of a weekend in the life of the modern muse (think café hopping and farmers' market shopping). I have to give a huge shout out to my friends Amelia (the photographer) and Jenna (the model) who helped make my vision a reality. I couldn't have done it without them. P.S. It's completely shoppable.
I hope you love the collection as much as I do! I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback! :)
Photography: Amelia Martin
Model: Jenna Angelo
Styling, Design & Creative Direction: Melissa Noucas
Hopefully you're planning on spending the weekend soaking up the sun, sipping on rosé, and of course, shopping those amazing LDW sales. In case you're heading to the stores, I've rounded up a few of my favorite picks from the best sales. Happy Shopping!
a few of my favorite deals ...
And we're having a little LDW sale at The Atelier, too. Click to shop >>
September has always been one of my favorite months because it signifies a fresh start. Blame it on that back to school mentality that I don't think I'll ever shake, this September I'm especially grateful for that clean slate mindset. While 2015 has not been the easiest year, I'm hopeful and excited for things to come as we head into this new month. We're moving into a new place, some of my best friends are getting engaged and married, fall weather is just around the corner (which means I just might indulge in some "back to school" shopping myself), and our fall collection is weeks away from being released. I'm notoriously too hard on myself when things beyond my control don't go perfectly, but when I start to stress about a not-so-stellar year, I remember one of my favorite quotes:
"There are years that ask questions and years that answer." – Zora Neale Hurston
Cheers to a new month and a clean slate!