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Camilla did a fun shoot for Oroboro Store wearing some of my favorite brands like this origami jumpsuit from Electric Feathers.
Photo: Andres Altamirano
More images here: Oroborostore.com
Essential Oils vs. Synthetic Fragrances
Over the past months I’ve been working on these new candles. My candle is scented with 100% Soy Wax and 100% Essential oils. Since soybeans are vegetables, soy wax is naturally biodegradable. I believe that synthetic fragrances are harmful for you and the environment. Essential oils are obtained through a highly labor intensive process where the vital essence of the plant is extracted. These oils contain varies of therapeutic properties. Synthetic oils on the other hand simply exists because they are cheaper to produce.
More on Synthetic oils taken from wayoutwax.com:
‘WHAT ARE SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES?
Synthetic Fragrance oils are primarily made from petrochemicals and attempt to duplicate the smell of a specific plant. By dismantling the unique chemical compound of an essential oil, chemists re-assemble a “Frankenstein” fragrance. A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences reports that 95 percent of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxins and synthesizers capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.
HOW HARMFUL ARE THESE FRAGRANCES?
Even after banning methylene chloride (a known carcinogen that also causes autoimmune disease) in 1989, an EPA study two years later listed the chemical as one of the 20 most common chemicals found in fragrance products. In a 2001 study, the EPA reported that synthetic fragrances were shown to cause “possible mutagenic and genotoxic effects.” Synthetic fragrances have also been shown to contain hormone disruptors which are linked to abnormal cell reproduction and may result in tumor growth.’
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Rustic Autumn Comfort Food Perfected by Sofia Wood
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Last days of summer
More images on my Pinterest
Finished my men's/unisex collection. Now it's time to add a few more styles for NYFW. Stay tuned.
Snaps from my lookbook. More to come for New York Fashion Week.
Sharing with you what I've been up to the last few weeks.
Sharing with you a few shots from my new lookbook! Making handmade clothing/objects is a lot of hard work. I lot of times you just want to give up. Today was one of those days. Luckily I feel more determined than ever to make it work. I’m currently looking for retail accounts that wants to carry these. Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you know any stores that focus on craftsmanship and sustainability. Visit my site for more images: hus-hus.com.
I had the honor to do a collaboration with The Nude Label. Find more images on my website: hus-hus.com
This week, or every week I should say, I'm inspired by the actress and style icon Charlotte Rampling.
Find more inspiration here: Hus Pinterest
Snap from when I wore my favorite dress and my latest DIY project.
This ivory dream dress has been my companion for the past two years. It was handmade in Japan, and the amount of craftsmanship put in to it makes my heart jump every time I lay my eyes on it in my closet.
Dress: Narnia Vintage, Tote bag from Hus-Hus.
My latest thrift find is a classic.
I found this hand-sewn vintage dress for almost no money a couple of weeks ago, and since then it has been hard not wearing it everyday.
Here are some of my latest Pinterest finds.
I'm continuing eating Raw. Here's a filling salad I made the other day.
I must say that eating Raw has been a positive experience. It’s only been a few days but I already have a lot more energy. Yesterday I made a salad with chopped cauliflower, collard greens, onion, soaked cashews (easier to digest and more nourishing), red bell peppers and apples. I made a dressing with half a lemon, two garlic cloves, bell pepper and little bit of olive oil, cayenne, turmeric and salt. I wish I had a more accurate recipe but I really winged this one.
Collecting images and putting together mood boards is a hobby of mine. This week I seem to be saving images of everything pink and beige.
Like it? Follow me on Pinterest to see what currently inspires me.
I gave new life to this beautiful Kaarem top
With midnight blue fabric dye and a calligraphy brush I gave new life to this beautiful Kaarem top. Painting clothes is always a gamble. Sometimes you screw up and it’s really kind of sad. I waited a long time before I dug my teeth into this one making sure I created a pattern I really liked.
I never thought I was going to say this but for the next few days I will be on a completely raw diet.
As you guys already might know I’m a vegetarian. I know my vegetables and I eat a lot of them. When a friend told me he was going to do a detox I suddenly heard my mouth say that I wanted to do it with him. This is my first day and I must say I feel pretty tired and stupid. Writing this is taking a lot of energy from me. Despite the fatigue I’m actually having pretty fun challenging myself. I mostly juiced today but for dinner I had a raw cauliflower soup. It’s based on this recipe: Raw Cauliflower Soup but I added tomatoes, paprika, some chili and pinch of salt. Has anyone of you ever cleansed before? What was your experience?
A easy ways to make your wardrobe feel more personal.
To make your clothes feel more personal doesn’t have to be complicated. Above you find some of my latest embroidered shirts. If you don’t like to draw there are patterns to be found online. There are also tons of tutorials on how to embroider on YouTube. Have fun!
Shirt, Hus-hus. Jeans, my luckiest vintage find.
Black is a color that works all year around, even in the summer.
Jeans: Acne (I cut them to make the legs a little bit shorter)
Top: Everlane (they make the best basic t-shirts)
Camilla searched the internet for basic swimsuits that she would happily wear to the beach.
Photo borrowed from danish label Baserange
I like to keep the basic things simple. Instead of buying a new bikini every year why not invest in a classic swimsuit that will last you a long time. It is also big enough it won’t disappear in your underwear drawer. Just saying.
1. All That Remains. 2. Araks.3. Eres.4. Baserange.
Hi from my gallery in Chinatown.
This month my dear friend Ricky Chapman is showing my paintings at his gallery/apartment called Leyla in Chinatown. If you’re interested in seeing more of my work please email me at email@example.com. Hope you all had a great weekend!
I decided to paint it!
Found this amazing vintage jumpsuit a few weeks ago and decided to paint it. I laid out some canvas on the floor and went wild with fabric dye. The first week I didn’t like at all but now I’m in love with it.
Available on my website: hus-hus
Casual post wedding outfit at Dia Beacon.
You’re finally allowed to take pictures inside Dia Beacon. Unfortunately I didn’t know that. Here are some images I took the moments before I went inside.
All vintage except from my Mansur Gavriel bag.
Camilla spent the weekend upstate.
Picking outfit for a wedding has always been a struggle for me. I finally managed to wear something that was comfortable and easy to dance in. All vintage as usual.
Leftover nail polish from last weeks opening. I wanted to match the color of my nails to my paintings.
Two things I did to cool off on a very hot Saturday.
Saturday was an exceptionally hot day. I spent a big part of it in Williamsburg.
This Iced Matcha Lemonade was very good and not as harsh on my stomach as coffee.
Discovered this pretty garden called Jungle. We sat in the shadow for a long time. It’s amazing what plants and trees can do.
After two weeks of me wearing nothing but paint friendly clothes deciding what 'normal' clothes to wear is suddenly a struggle.
New York gets really hot in the summer. Sometimes I wish I could just walk outside in a bathing suit. Picking clothes is only based on one thing: what fabric is cooler? I love wearing linen and light weight cotton in the summer. When I found this washed out old shirt my heart jumped a bit. I love the color. I want to wear this color all summer. The pants are vintage Issey Miyake pants I got at Narnia Vintage. They’re opening up an online store soon which I’m very excited about.
The photographer thought I looked stiff so I tried to loosen up a little.
Took a break from a hectic week and went to the beach.
That it’s still too cold to swim didn’t stop me from going to the beach. I needed to lay down on the sand and breath some fresh air while listening to the soothing sound of the ocean.
A few snaps from sunny Williamsburg.
Hello guys hope you’re doing well. I’m busy preparing for my upcoming art show. I hope to take some images of the process tomorrow. Until then I’m sharing with you what I wear mostly these days: sneakers, old flared jeans, vintage cotton Eileen Fisher shirt and my Mansur Gavriel bag.
Spent the day at the Frieze Art Fair.
Had such a nice time yesterday. We went to the Frieze Art Fair and then later to a friends opening in the city. Since I’m having my first art show in a couple of weeks it was nice to get some inspiration.Had such a nice time yesterday. We went to the Frieze Art Fair and then later to a friends opening in the city. Since I’m having my first art show in a couple of weeks it was nice to get some inspiration.
The boat ride there. Even though the weather wasn’t amazing it was nice to see New York from a different perspective. Makes you appreciate the city you live in even more.
Shirt from hus-hus , vintage jeans, Repetto shoes, Mansur Gavriel bag.
Timeless design from Mansur Gavriel.
I really like my large tote bag from Mansur Gavriel. This one is great the days I don’t feel like wearing my Fjallraven backpack.
Sunday casual in pink.
Today I wore a dress and a skirt from Kaarem. I love their clothes. Hand painted shoes by me (an impulse among many others).
Currently playing around with different silhouettes.
Currently playing around with different silhouettes. Here I’m wearing a vintage oversized shirt paired with high waisted navy wool pants.
Sunday at my house.
Today I’m wearing an old striped shirt I cut the collar off. I cut the collar off on most of my shirts. It makes me feel less constrained while I work.
Hand painted pillows by me.
What I'm wearing today.
Today while working on my new collection I’m wearing a vintage overall and a shirt I embroidered.
I love collecting inspiration. Here I’m sharing with you some of my latest pinterest finds.
Trying on a hand painted shirt in progress.
Playing around in a new shirt I made. I still might add some more details but I’m overall happy with the result. I used fabric dye and a medium sized brush. At some areas I wet the fabric before I painted over it. It’s definitely a fun process.
I’m currently working on a new collection of shirts. I’ve been spending the last few days painting and embroidering. I feel like a kid. A small group of shirts will be available for purchase on my website soon hus-hus.com. Hope you guys will like them!
Took a few snaps of my new sunglasses this spring. This timeless pair is from RetroSuperFuture.
Took a few snaps of my new sunglasses this spring. This timeless pair is from RetroSuperFuture.
I've never owned a pair of clogs before but for some reason I've been wanting a pair this spring.
After a long busy weekend I finally had time to take a picture of my outfit. All vintage of course. I’ve never owned a pair of clogs before (I never thought they looked good on me) but for some reason I’ve been wanting a pair this spring. I was lucky when a very generous stylist gifted these to me after a shoot.
Shoes, vintage clogs. Jeans, same old Levi’s. Jacket, vintage (not sure what the brand is).
This spring I'm inspired by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's style. Here are some classic pieces.
This spring (last spring as well) I’m inspired by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s style. Here are some classic pieces. You might already have similar ones in your closet. I know I do.
Baseball Cap Ralph Lauren
Sunglasses Retro Superfuture
Sneakers Stan Smith
Black Sweater Toteme
White Jeans MIH
I spent a day embroidering a new shirt, soon up for purchase on my site.
I spent a day embroidering a new shirt (soon up for purchase on my site). It’s based on the little characters I often draw (http://hus-hus.com/). Shirt is worn with Levi’s jeans and Repetto shoes.
All Camilla wants to wear everyday this spring and summer is the ballet flat.
All I want to wear everyday this spring and summer is the ballet flat. Simply because they’re playful, comfortable and easy to dress up or down and comes in various price points. I did a selection of the ones I’m eyeing at the moment. If you want to save money and on the environment I would suggest to shop around on Ebay or similar websites.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Interview with artist and designer Skyler Brickley
Make it last writer Camilla Engström visits Skyler Brickley in his studio in Brooklyn to ask about his fall 2015 ready to wear collection.
This is your first collection. Would you mind telling us a little bit about it? What inspired you to make it?
– As an artist, I have always been interested in the way things are made. My artistic practice has always contained some aspect of solution-making or approach-building. This collection was no exception. I’ve never worked in the fashion industry. I had no idea how to get from an idea of a jacket to that jacket hanging on a body. That challenge captivated me, and it turned into a project several years in the making.
Where was it made?
– Everything was physically constructed in the garment district in New York City, with a few of the prints made by me here at the studio. But most of the fabrics were imported from Italy and Japan.
You decided to work under the name Gainsboro. Where is the name from?
– Gainsboro is the name for the color gray, from a computer monitor color scheme called X-11. It is also phonetically similar to the 18th century English portrait and landscape painter Thomas Gainsborough. I liked that it referenced a historical artist in a not-so-direct way.
Do you see your designs as a part of your art practice?
– Very much so. I am not a fashion designer. I’m interested in fashion in light of it’s cultural and economic structures. I’m not interested in contemporary fashion enough to be a fashion designer. I consider what it is I am doing to be more in line with an artistic practice than that of a fashion designer. That being said, I do want to sell clothes, and continue to make them.
How are the two practices different?
– It’s difficult to parse out the differences because the creative aspect of both seems to overshadow their respective aims. I will say that fashion seems concerned with consensus. I read Women’s Wear Daily every day, and it seems there is a continued interest in defining a particular moment, whether it’s the 90s, or silhouettes from Paris Spring 2015. As a designer, I imagine you have to be thinking about that too. As an artist, you’re not so much attempting to set a direction, or to operate within the direction laid out at that moment. If anything, you’re trying to avoid that, although, of course, most group shows are trying to coalesce themes into a digestible discourse for a public audience. As an artist, you can’t get caught up in that. You just have to make what you are going to make, and hope for the best.
Will you make collections every season or will you work as most artists and release the collection when it is ready?
– Putting together an entire fashion collection is, as you know, incredibly difficult and expensive. It requires a team of dedicated and knowledgeable people if you’re going to do it properly. I don’t have that kind of leverage. I love the idea of doing both. And of course there are designers who work for multiple labels simultaneously, so I believe it is possible. At this point, for me, however, that is not realistic. I’m thinking about ways around this limitation. I also need to dedicate time to other non-fashion projects. Ironically, this is most likely what will keep me involved with fashion over the long term.
As someone known as an artist, how will you describe this new direction to your collectors?
– Artists are doing more and more disparate things, and I think collectors are becoming more comfortable with that. It is confusing, though, for some people, and finding the right way to frame the conversation has been a challenge. I feel it will make more sense the more my work reflects this other side of my practice.
Are you afraid of how it will be received?
– My responsibility is to make my intentions as clear as possible. Their reception will reveal the extent to which I was successful in that regard. In that sense, yes, I’m concerned with how it will be received, in that I want to communicate.
Do you want them to buy your clothes as well?
– I don’t think the same person who buys my sculptural work would necessarily want to wear Gainsboro, but I could be wrong. I guess I’m imagining a younger, less economically comfortable individual. That being said, the clothes are expensive. It is a luxury brand, so maybe there will be some crossover.
Who do you see wearing your clothes?
– In fashion, people are always asking, “Who is your girl?” This question, while I understand that it seeks to identify who your market is, seems to be somewhat untimely, at least at such an early stage for a brand. Can I really know who is going to wear these clothes? Is it really the same person every time? Can I predict with any degree of accuracy what magazines she reads or where she shops? What if I’m wrong?
What scares you the most getting into fashion as an artist?
– Not being taken seriously as an artist.
What excites you?
– Not being taken seriously as an artist.
What is your goal as a designer?
– To make New York runway shows interesting.
What does a typical day to you look like?
– There isn’t really a typical day for me. It depends on the projects I’m working on. One day I’m mixing oil paint in the studio. The next day I’m going to fabric meetings in the garment district. And on Friday I might be doing a photo shoot or PR. It’s all over the place.
How important is quality to you?
– Quality is where this all began really. It is probably more important to me than anything else, quality and also fit.
Is sustainability important to you as a designer? Explain.
– My approach to sustainability is simple—make a garment that is so well-made that it never gets thrown away. Make it last! Period. When you wear out an elbow, you put a patch on it. Wearable garments should never end up in the trash. There is always another use for them. This is how clothing used to be worn. Clothes, like paintings, were made to last. Why not make a dress desirable enough to be handed down between generations? I can’t think of a more sustainable garment.
How could the fashion industry become more sustainable?
– So many ways! Fashion is so incredibly wasteful. For one, globally recognized standards could be set on production practices. There are many organizations that do this, but they are fractured and disorganized. How about one umbrella organization that unites these verifiers so the consumer can make a fully educated purchase. Two: Sweden, Spain, Japan, and China perhaps (although this would be a hard sell) could pass legislation to cap water use and waste product from their respective global giants H&M, Zara, and Uniqlo. These brands, and Forever 21 are the worst possible thing for fashion. Why is this ok? Why are we ok with having our leather and other fabrics dyed with toxic petrochemicals? Why are we not objecting to a 30% waste stream from these companies? Unfortunately, it is the consumer who is fueling these brands because what appears to be the lowest price. But that consumer-manufacturer dynamic is so troubled and so complicated. I could go on and on. In any case, it can’t just be Stella McCartney that is doing sustainability. And you can’t just “upcycle” or do “organic cotton” either. You have to look at every step of the production chain, and ask: is this sustainable, and ethical, in the truest sense of the word?
Name one artist and one designer that inspires you.
– Mike Kelley and Helmut Lang. The retrospective at PS1 last year had a profound influence on my thinking. I’d never looked carefully at his work before. Helmut Lang for his utter simplicity, his lack of pretext, his unerring taste.
How is art and fashion similar? Rei Kawakubo said once when asked to define the difference between art and fashion “Is finding a difference so important, really? Fashion is not art. The aims of fashion and art are different and there is no need to compare them”. Do you agree?
– Yes, I do agree. I think it is easy to conflate the two because they both fall under the heading creative practices, but in the end fashion is about selling clothes. It is a business. Fashion will always be trying to become art (Look at the recent spate of fashion shows at art museums at the Met), for some reason, to gain some sort of cultural credibility it believes art possesses. And art will always be struggling to avoid it’s inevitable regression into design.
Where can we see more of your work?
What are your goals for this year?
– I would like to find a retailer for Gainsboro. That will take it out of the realm of “is this art” and into the realm of “is this a successful business?” I would like to do a runway show, hopefully this year, and also a show of some new paintings, sculpture, and videos I’m working on.
What else are you working on?
– I’ve been working on a series of podcast interviews with artists called “Off the Wall.” As I mentioned, I’ve been painting again, making figurative paintings about, loosely, identity in fashion. I’m also in preliminary conversations with a few artists about opening an exhibition space in Los Angeles.
I asked a friend to snap a few photos of me wearing my favorite boxy blazer.
I asked a friend to snap a few photos of me wearing my favorite boxy blazer. I’ve had it for probably almost four years now and it’s from Hickey Freeman. I’m currently looking for a well fitted suit jacket to wear to parties and meetings. Any suggestions? I tried one from Stella McCartney the other day that fit like a dream.
Purchased an old hunting jacket made out of heavy canvas at Stella Dallas in Williamsburg a while ago. This by the way reminds me I need to give you guys a vintage guide at some point. I’ve worn this jacket in every possible way, but I like this combination the best. Here I’m wearing it with a sweater from Uniqlo’s men’s department, old Levi’s jeans that I haven’t gotten around to patch yet and vans.
Issey Miyake pants in heavy cotton and a black linen shirt.
The Sun is finally warm enough to allow an outfit photo outside. Here I’m wearing Issey Miyake pants in heavy cotton and a black linen shirt. Both from an amazing store called Narnia Vintage located in both Williamsburg and Lower East Side.
I bought it at my favorite vintage store Stella Dallas in Williamsburg.
This vintage Banana Republic jumpsuit was purchased last fall at my favorite vintage store Stella Dallas in Williamsburg. Since I’m very particular with my clothes being comfortable I started to wear it differently. Why? Simply because it’s easier to put on/off and it looks sort of cool.
Here I’m wearing it with a vintage Liz Claiborne coat I purchased last Fall as well. I had to go to the Postal Office to send out some Illustrations you guys have purchased recently and I thought the earthy tones looked good together. By the way thank you for supporting my work with hus-hus.com. It means the world to me.
Shirt from Everlane. They certainly know their basics.
It’s Friday, the sun is shining and I just made myself a delicious cup of coffee. I just wanted to pop in and say Hi and also share some images of my current project: a new shirt! It’s an old men’s shirt that I’m changing the fit on to make it more flowy and feminine. […]
It’s Friday, the sun is shining and I just made myself a delicious cup of coffee.
I just wanted to pop in and say Hi and also share some images of my current project: a new shirt! It’s an old men’s shirt that I’m changing the fit on to make it more flowy and feminine. I’ll show you more pictures once I finish.
What about you guys? Are you working on any DIY projects this weekend?
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I would love to see!
My very first shirt. Finished it during a trip to Tulum this year. It was a lovely project. Now it will be shipped to a person I admire a lot.
Family of new drawings. As soon as I take the time to scan them they will be available on my website hus-hus.com
My motto: Always add a bit (or if you’re me: a lot!) of humor to your work.
New closet crush!
I love durable fabrics and I especially love denim. I bought these vintage jeans a few weeks ago and I like them so much. They can elevate the most casual outfit. I don’t recognize the brand but they’re made in France, are perfectly high waisted and flare nicely at the ankle.
A little while ago I felt inspired to try to embroider one of the figures I like to illustrate onto a shirt. I went to my local Vintage Store and bought a shirt that I felt would work as a good canvas. It took me a day’s work and the result you can see below. […]
Drawing I made after my trip to Tulum earlier this year.
Wearing it with a pair of high waisted pants in matching color.
A slightly blurry close up.
Pants: Vintage Ralph Lauren
Shirt available here.
A quick hello from our new contributor Camilla Engström!
Camilla quit her job as "an overworked fashion designer" to pursue her dream. On Make it last, she will share inspirational articles about her daily life – along with what she does as a consumer to help the Earth stay green.
Welcome to my new space! I’ve been waiting for the right moment to find a forum where I could share my life more openly. For those who don’t know me: my name is Camilla and I’ve been living in New York for the past 4 years. I quit my job as an overworked Fashion Designer about six months ago to pursue my dream to open an online store that sells artwork and unique clothes/objects handmade by me and my peers called HUS (hus-hus.com). I hope to provide my readers with fun and inspirational articles about my daily life along with what I do as a consumer to help the earth stay green.
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