Let’s just jump right into this, shall we? I love mood boards! I love looking at them. I enjoy creating them. I really can’t get enough of them! To me they are a visual way of organizing my thoughts before I go into the full blown design mode. Every creative person has their own way of being inspired and their own process. Mine starts with mood boards. It’s my inspiration, my trend analysis, my research and my organization all rolled into a visual presentation.
This Fall’s re-souL’s brand collection of shoes started with, you might of guessed by now, a mood board. A couple of them, actually. The first one was created from images I found on-line. I usually keep them on my i-Pad using apps for creating boards. That way I can recall them at anytime, especially when away from the shop or office. My current favorite app is Morpholio Board. It allows you to save your boards, edit them, add text and add links to your pictures.
The second mood board was my color story. It was something that I had pinned up on the wall and spread out through my work space. Fabric swatches, a catalog tear sheet, some painted sketches, and one of my favorite necklaces I had picked up in Copenhagen several years ago. This became the color palette for the shoe collection as well as our FW14 look book.
Thank you as always for stopping by, I wish you a productive and creative week! ~ Maggie
Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?” It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers.
For this week’s What to Wear Wednesday we thought we would feature a boot for the guys. Men typically like to wear shoes, not boots. An oxford seems the safest option for most men. But the right boot is just as versatile as a shoe if you know how to play with materials and proportions. Pants that are narrower in cut and heavier in weight, easily can make the transition to an ankle boot. This Fiorentini and Baker G04 boot would be great with a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt and a quilted jacket. For a more casual/dress option, a heavy flannel trouser with a plaid shirt and blazer would be another winning combination. So gentleman, we encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try wearing some boots!
“This boot is incredibly fashionable with just a touch of grit.” – Torin
Since my first day at re-souL I have had a soft spot in my heart for MOMA. They’ve been the ones that always catch my eye and tempt me the most. From the way the leathers crease and fold, reminiscent of the topography of a map to the little marks and quirks of the hide that make each boot both unique and familiar. This is why I like MOMA and why I am currently coveting their 50404 lace-up boot.
Another aspect of the 50404 boot that has me coming back to it again and again is the look. This boot is incredibly fashionable with just a touch of grit. I’ve always loved dressing well but I hate being too dolled up. I like to throw in something rough or different with an outfit. The 50404 boot allows me to throw in that military blue collar look while still maintaining a put together appearance. Alternatively, I can wear them with a tee and blue jeans and have an effortless, stylish casual look. Joe Cool has his sunglasses and I have my boots.
Moma has always come across as more than just a shoe, it was clearly evident that the folks behind this brand had much more than shoes in mind when they develop their new styles for each season. These aren’t unskilled laborers sitting at an assembly line cranking out the same shoe or boot over and over again. These are artists; real craftsmen and women who are imbuing such an ordinary everyday thing with life and personality. For that, the knowledge that these boots are made with love and that they are going to be with me for years to come, that’s the real reason why I covet the MOMA 50404 lace-up boot..
This post part of a series of re-souL staff picks titled “Currently Coveting”.
Many of you know that our shop is located in a really great Seattle neighborhood known as Ballard. In all its history and hoopla, Ballard is also our home and we’re dedicating Fridays to telling everyone why we love it here.
Those of you who are local Seattlites, may already know of Curtis Steiner’s beautiful shop and gallery. So, please bear with us as we tell the world why Curtis Steiner is the crown jewel of our Ballard neighborhood. If you ever come to shop our little street, his gallery is a must stop on your next shopping adventure. It is a feast for the eyes and a truly a magical space.
From his beautiful hand drawn cards, to his carefully curated collection of turn of the century ephemera and his intricate and delicate designed jewelry it’s easy to get lost in this world upon entering the doors. At any given time you can visit Curtis Steiner and find something that you had not noticed before. Each little vignette is carefully arranged and always displayed flawlessly. Even the drawers of the back counter have little treasures to admire and explore.
Curtis also exhibits and rotates other local artists 5 to 6 times a year. Currently showing are “Paper Cuts” by Jessica McCourt. Beautiful gold paper is transformed into intricate maritime portraits with careful cuts. In November, for the 9th year in a row, Patty Grazini’s paper sculptures will return to the gallery. The show promises to be as exciting and inspiring as in years past.
Curtis’s ability to discover beauty in the littlest of things and his attention to detail in everything he does is rare and inspiring. Just peruse his Instagram feed and his Pinterest boards and quickly understand why we admire his artistry. Even his pictures taken on his “walks with Mortimer” are ethereal. Curtis is an artist of many, many talents and we are so fortunate to have him as an anchor in the neighborhood.
Curtis Steiner is located at 5349 Ballard Avenue NW – Seattle WA, 98107