This winter, Ritz-Carlton Magazine found one of our most wonderful hidden gems – Nick Harvill Libraries! For their Winter 2014 issue, they did a wonderful story around Scottish heritage, the tradition of family tartans and presenting the rich history of those things in your home. See below the gorgeous story that we are so proud to show off!
Not only does Nick Harvill have this wonderful Tartans of the Clans & Families of Scotland (Vintage, 1938) book, but he has countless vintage books that add character and excitement to any bookshelf. And not to mention, these collectibles are perfect for those who have any specific interests. Take a look for yourself!
Back in the early aughts, Jessie Randall had a problem. She couldn’t find a shoe she liked –something feminine but understated, and above all comfortable. So she did like any other enterprising creative person and launched her own line. Her designs have clearly resonated – almost ten years later they are sold through over 200 retailers (including Taigan’s own Sabot) and she’s picked up a prestigious CFDA accessories award along the way. It’s not only that LR has satisfied a void in the market – more so, they’ve become the shoe of a generation (Ask around and you’ll see.) Randall, who’s also a mother of three young boys with husband and LR partner Brian Murphy, shares some of the brains behind the brand:
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Feminine, playful, and wearable. I don’t follow trends; I design for the real girl and then obsess over every detail.
Do you have a favorite shoe in your collection?
I live in our booties. I love the Ella for a heel and the Fitz or Felix booties for a flat.
Your designs really resonate with women consumers — to that end, what are some of things you’re thinking about or inspired by when you’re creating a collection?
I always start a collection thinking about what I want in my own closet and then pull images and inspiration from everywhere – the places I visit, the crafts I do, or things I find beautiful. From there, a cohesive idea of inspiration starts to take shape.
Your shoes are so comfortable! How do you achieve that perfect fit when you’re designing?
Comfort is extremely important to me and we’re very strict with our fit process. Our customer lives a full life where she needs to be able to move.
Was there a moment after you’d started your business in which you knew it was really going to succeed?
Bergdorf Goodman picking up the line in our very first season was a promising moment.
It seems like you love the home world and entertaining — you’ve been featured in Domino and Martha Stewart Living. Do you have any decorating and/or party-throwing advice?
I love to throw parties, especially for little kids. Personalized touches and unexpected elements make the best statement.
Besides your own line, what are some of your personal favorites?
I love Acne and Zara.
What can we expect to see from Loeffler Randall coming down the pipeline?
We’ve recognized our strengths through learning so much about the Loeffler Randall girl. We’re focusing on that more than ever before when designing our collections.
Shop Jessie’s favorite finds below!
Bunny Night Light – My son is obsessed with bunnies and would love this.
Peter Elliot Blue Rainboots – My boys live in these boots.
Felt Pens – We always have a big cup of markers on our kitchen table so the kids can draw whenever they want.
Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich – I served ice cream sandwiches at my wedding instead of cake so these are perfect.
French Brass and Marble Table – Brass is my thing these days. Love that this is one of a kind.
Sculptural Brass Vase – More brass.
Tiger Cards – This tiger is sweet and I am constantly writing notes.
It is that time of year again, when fashion week takes over some of the world’s most enchanting cities, one by one. Laetitia and I (Selina), the sisters behind the young accessories brand ROARKE New York, (here on Taigan!) find ourselves attending Paris Fashion Week each season in order to show our pieces at the exclusive trade show Premiere Classe. This show provides a space for about 200 up-and-coming accessories brands to show their new collections during fashion week, and every year we are thrilled to be part of the excitement!
This week is the time when all of the design work we have been doing for the past six months comes to life! And it is a huge effort, especially as a small brand with a very small yet dedicated team.
We wanted to give Taigan shoppers a little behind the scenes look at how Paris Fashion Week works for a young brand like us…
For our Fall ’14 collection, we first started with a point of inspiration, a trip we took to Marrakech, Morroco. We wanted to create a collection with a bohemian elegance and an air of the exotic. We chose to mix earthy tones with pops of colors we saw everywhere in the souk and landscape: cobalt, mint green, canary yellow and bright rust. Here is a collage of photos from our Morrocan inspiration trip:
Next up, we designed the collection. Our Fall ’14 line is particularly special because it marks the first set of ROARKE prints on silk, that are made in Italy. For more on that trip, feel free to take a look at the post on our blog! You can see some sketches and ideas of the collection as it began to take shape below…
Finally, once all of the pieces are produced, we photograph everything and pack it up for the trans-Atlantic trip to Paris. We will spend four days showcasing the collection to buyers, press and photographers from all over the world! After that, it is time to celebrate with some great friends and chic parties in the city of light. We’ll be writing another update for Taigan shoppers about our time at Paris Fashion Week, and how it all is going, on March 5th…stay tuned!
Selina and Laetitia
The sisters of ROARKE New York
It’s time for the Oscars! Cozy up with your “Celebrity Manual” and some popcorn and enjoy the show!
Pictured above, clockwise, from left:
Written by a film and theatre critic for the London Evening Standard, How to be a Celebrity profiles twenty-eight international personages, including Alfred Hitchcock, Sir Laurence Olivier, Mae West, and T.S. Eliot Shulman. Each profile is accompanied by superb full-page caricature by Vicky of London’s News Chronicle.
Golden Rabbit’s Popcorn Bowls leave no question about the purpose of the bowls. So pop up something tasty, sit back and enjoy the show!
Seeing stars? See more than what’s walking down the red carpet with Minibrownie’s Box of Golden Brownies. You’re not the one that has to squeeze into a dress, so you may as well enjoy it!
Always dreamed of thanking The Academy? Then you probably should look the part… and nothing gets you to celebrity status faster than some really “wow” jewelry. We think Bounkit’s Green Onyx Drop Earrings have star appeal written all over them!
Every now and then we stumble upon a blog where we feel like the author really “gets us.” Such was the case with Jennifer Boles’ “The Peak of Chic,” which we at Taigan have been following for years now. Jennifer Boles started “The Peak of Chic” in the Fall of 2006 and focuses on design trends, historical homes, history of design and all things design related. She was recently named “blogosphere darling” by Departures magazine, is a contributing editor to House Beautiful, and recently published her second book, In with the Old: Classic Décor from A to Z. When she’s not writing, reading or thinking about design, Jennifer spends her time traveling, collecting antique and vintage ceramics and buying far too many books. Enjoy some of Jennifer’s favorite finds on Taigan, which of course focus on the classics.
“Trends may come and go, but classic style and design can always be relied upon for their timeless good looks and their everlasting charm.”
Cabbageware - I have a weakness for cabbage and lettuceware china. I think that it might be the only thing I have in common with C.Z. Guest and Brooke Astor, both of whom collected it as well.
“The English Dog at Home” - Man’s best friend and English country houses. Could there be a more classic pairing?
Correspondence Cards - Good manners and a handwritten note never go out of style. (Are you noticing a dog theme here?)
Basket Ice Bucket - As a child, I was fascinated by my mother’s Nantucket bag with its scrimshaw whale emblem. This ice bucket reminds me of her bag, although it’s a lot more practical at cocktail time.
Vintage YSL Necklace - Who says the 1980s didn’t have style? Some of my very favorite fashion jewelry is from this era.
Monogrammed Handkerchief - Call me old-fashioned, but I think that every lady should carry a handkerchief in her handbag.
Pepper Jelly - The quintessential Southern appetizer: pour a jar of pepper jelly over a block of cream cheese and serve with Triscuits. Heaven on a cracker.
Mottahedeh Nodders - I love to decorate with anything in the Chinoiserie style: fabrics, wall coverings, furniture and ceramics. These vintage Mottahedeh nodders are such a charming-looking couple.
Caftan dress - I just returned from a trip to Lyford Cay, where all of the chic women wore breezy caftans. I now want a closet-full of them to wear during Atlanta’s muggy summers.
Porcelain Parrot Tulip - Pamela Tidwell’s porcelain floral masterpieces are true works of art. I already own one and am ready for more.
Sharyn Blond Cocktail Napkins - These embroidered linen and organdy cocktail napkins remind me of the good old days when cocktails were an excuse for evening dress and witty conversation.
Billy Baldwin Decorates - One of the all-time great interior design books is made even more special thanks to author Billy Baldwin’s inscription to Halston.
Patricia Lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller - Christopher’s lamps are highly coveted and with good reason. Not only are they incredibly well-made, they are incredibly chic, too.
Nest Diffusers - I love Nest Diffusers because their fragrant oils make your house smell divine.
Silk Tunic - I have yet to meet a tunic that I don’t love, and I especially love this silk version that comes in so many vibrant colors.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ US debut we take a look back on some of the iconic songs that shaped a generation. Six Days That Changed the World is a largely unseen collection of photos by photojournalist Eppridge celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ now famous first American tour. Upon capturing the Fab Four landing in New York, Eppridge realized he was witnessing something extraordinary and asked his editor if he could remain with the band during their U.S. sojourn. Blackbird: This Bob Christian painting titled “Blackbirds” evokes the same powerful stillness that the song itself does. All You Need is Love: This organic onesie really says it all… all you need is love! Back in the U.S.S.R: Russia has certainly been given a lot of airtime lately! We love this first edition of Travels of a Capitalist Lackey, which brings us back to the U.S.S.R. in a literary sense. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds: Michael Weggenmann’s Constellation Ring is the perfect statement piece. The striking contrast of ionized steel and white diamonds is a practical homage to the fantastical song. We Can Work It Out: This wooden wall plaque is a wonderful reminder of the lyrics that should be part of everyone’s mantra. Life is simply too short to not try to get along! Baby You Can Drive My Car: These silver and enamel cufflinks feature sporty red cars… exactly the type we imagine when we think of the classic song.