CATHERINE KWONG

collected inspiration from a San Francisco designer

New York Fashion Week is right around the corner, and it’s always a really exciting time to get inspired by seeing what other creative people are working on.  To me, the process and the concepts that drive each collection can be just as fascinating as the realization of those abstract ideas through the clothing.  New York magazine puts together a great slideshow, called “One Word, One Shot,” where they ask designers to submit one image and a phrase to sum up their upcoming collection.  Some really intriguing ideas and images this year are Jill Stuart’s “Sweet Rebels,” Derek Lam’s “Lush,” and Jonathan Simkhai’s “Seaside Riot.”  Check it out here.


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New York Fashion Week is right around the corner, and it’s always a really exciting time to get inspired by seeing what other creative people are working on.  To me, the process and the concepts that drive each collection can be just as fascinating as the realization of those abstract ideas through the clothing.  New York magazine puts together a great slideshow, called “One Word, One Shot,” where they ask designers to submit one image and a phrase to sum up their upcoming collection.  Some really intriguing ideas and images this year are Jill Stuart’s “Sweet Rebels,” Derek Lam’s “Lush,” and Jonathan Simkhai’s “Seaside Riot.”  Check it out here.


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New York Fashion Week is right around the corner, and it’s always a really exciting time to get inspired by seeing what other creative people are working on.  To me, the process and the concepts that drive each collection can be just as fascinating as the realization of those abstract ideas through the clothing.  New York magazine puts together a great slideshow, called “One Word, One Shot,” where they ask designers to submit one image and a phrase to sum up their upcoming collection.  Some really intriguing ideas and images this year are Jill Stuart’s “Sweet Rebels,” Derek Lam’s “Lush,” and Jonathan Simkhai’s “Seaside Riot.”  Check it out here.


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New York Fashion Week is right around the corner, and it’s always a really exciting time to get inspired by seeing what other creative people are working on.  To me, the process and the concepts that drive each collection can be just as fascinating as the realization of those abstract ideas through the clothing.  New York magazine puts together a great slideshow, called “One Word, One Shot,” where they ask designers to submit one image and a phrase to sum up their upcoming collection.  Some really intriguing ideas and images this year are Jill Stuart’s “Sweet Rebels,” Derek Lam’s “Lush,” and Jonathan Simkhai’s “Seaside Riot.”  Check it out here.

(Source: photo by WREN)

New York Fashion Week is right around the corner, and it’s always a really exciting time to get inspired by seeing what other creative people are working on.  To me, the process and the concepts that drive each collection can be just as fascinating as the realization of those abstract ideas through the clothing.  New York magazine puts together a great slideshow, called “One Word, One Shot,” where they ask designers to submit one image and a phrase to sum up their upcoming collection.  Some really intriguing ideas and images this year are Jill Stuart’s “Sweet Rebels,” Derek Lam’s “Lush,” and Jonathan Simkhai’s “Seaside Riot.”  Check it out here.

(Source: photo by WREN)

A nice reminder for this Monday morning.  Spotted at the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend, courtesy of Oh Hello Friend, which was just one of many inspirational small businesses working hard to be awesome and do what they love. 

A nice reminder for this Monday morning.  Spotted at the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend, courtesy of Oh Hello Friend, which was just one of many inspirational small businesses working hard to be awesome and do what they love. 

Many of the visitors to our room at the Decorator Showcase have asked about the large black and white photograph that we have hanging above the sofa.  It was taken by photographer Henry Leutwyler, and is part of an incredible series that he did, chronicling the performances, rehearsals, and backstage life of the New York City Ballet.
Leutwyler works as a fine art and commercial photographer in New York, and I love the breadth of his work, especially his portraits.  You can read more about Leutwyler here.  Also, here’s an interesting story about him and doing good deeds here.

Many of the visitors to our room at the Decorator Showcase have asked about the large black and white photograph that we have hanging above the sofa.  It was taken by photographer Henry Leutwyler, and is part of an incredible series that he did, chronicling the performances, rehearsals, and backstage life of the New York City Ballet.

Leutwyler works as a fine art and commercial photographer in New York, and I love the breadth of his work, especially his portraits.  You can read more about Leutwyler here.  Also, here’s an interesting story about him and doing good deeds here.

Seen last night: pyramid studs, big bows, and painted floors;
These are a few of my favorite things…
(photo by Grant K. Gibson)

Seen last night: pyramid studs, big bows, and painted floors;

These are a few of my favorite things…

(photo by Grant K. Gibson)

Thank you so much to the ever-lovely Diane Dorrans Saeks, for the feature on her fabulous blog, “The Style Saloniste.”  I’m blushing!  Check out all of the love here.

Thank you so much to the ever-lovely Diane Dorrans Saeks, for the feature on her fabulous blog, “The Style Saloniste.”  I’m blushing!  Check out all of the love here.

Here it is (drumroll, please…): our room for this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase!  Inspired by “Mick and Bianca Jagger: the Paris years,” the room was such a fun project, and a chance to try new things and collaborate with some of our favorite artists.  The response so far has been incredible.  We’ve received many kind words from friends, mentors, and the press.  The thing that caused the most excitement in the office, though?  When Ross Cassidy pinned a photo of the room to Pinterest! 
See more photos of the room here.

Here it is (drumroll, please…): our room for this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase!  Inspired by “Mick and Bianca Jagger: the Paris years,” the room was such a fun project, and a chance to try new things and collaborate with some of our favorite artists.  The response so far has been incredible.  We’ve received many kind words from friends, mentors, and the press.  The thing that caused the most excitement in the office, though?  When Ross Cassidy pinned a photo of the room to Pinterest! 

See more photos of the room here.

Well, it’s finally here: Opening Night at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase!  Here’s a sneak peek at my favorite detail from our room.  More pictures to come soon, or just come on over to the Showcase house tonight to see it in person…

Well, it’s finally here: Opening Night at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase!  Here’s a sneak peek at my favorite detail from our room.  More pictures to come soon, or just come on over to the Showcase house tonight to see it in person…

Ok, I can’t be the only one with Brooklyn brownstone envy.  There’s the Remodelista brownstone.  The Jenna Lyons brownstone.  And my favorite episode of “Girls” was almost overshadowed by the Patrick Wilson character’s gorgeously remodeled brownstone.  Well, add this one to the list: Vogue magazine profiled the lovely, idyllic home of Miranda Brooks and her architect husband, Bastien Halard.  It looks lived-in and imperfect, but in the most perfect way.  See for yourself here.

Ok, I can’t be the only one with Brooklyn brownstone envy.  There’s the Remodelista brownstone.  The Jenna Lyons brownstone.  And my favorite episode of “Girls” was almost overshadowed by the Patrick Wilson character’s gorgeously remodeled brownstone.  Well, add this one to the list: Vogue magazine profiled the lovely, idyllic home of Miranda Brooks and her architect husband, Bastien Halard.  It looks lived-in and imperfect, but in the most perfect way.  See for yourself here.

It’s that time of year again… We are so honored to be part of this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase!  Last year was such an amazing experience, and this year we’ll be going even bigger and better, designing the Living Room.  Opening night is April 26th.  I won’t give too much away yet, but let’s just say it’s going to be quite a statement room… stay tuned for more!

It’s that time of year again… We are so honored to be part of this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase!  Last year was such an amazing experience, and this year we’ll be going even bigger and better, designing the Living Room.  Opening night is April 26th.  I won’t give too much away yet, but let’s just say it’s going to be quite a statement room… stay tuned for more!

C Magazine is one of my absolute favorites… and my mother’s and sister’s as well!  So the whole family was very excited when I was interviewed for the magazine’s “Home & Design” issue, on newsstands now.  I shared some of my favorite San Francisco things, including The Asian Art Museum and the Del Popolo truck.  Fisher Weisman and Jay Jeffers are also featured in the issue, so you know I’m in great company…
The article and additional photos can be found here. 

C Magazine is one of my absolute favorites… and my mother’s and sister’s as well!  So the whole family was very excited when I was interviewed for the magazine’s “Home & Design” issue, on newsstands now.  I shared some of my favorite San Francisco things, including The Asian Art Museum and the Del Popolo truck.  Fisher Weisman and Jay Jeffers are also featured in the issue, so you know I’m in great company…

The article and additional photos can be found here

I [heart] San Francisco: Freemans Sporting Club
Ok, so technically the original Freemans is in New York.  And I love that one, too.  But Riki Bryan and his team have established the second Freemans Sporting Club right here in San Francisco, in the heart of the Mission.  And they’ve made it all their own, in a woodsy, intimate space, complete with vintage lighting and records playing.  The vibe is comfortable but meticulous, just like their famous suits.
Even in Patagonia-clad San Francisco, Freemans is making waves with the city’s best-dressed gentlemen.  Read more about what Riki and his team are up to here.

I [heart] San Francisco: Freemans Sporting Club

Ok, so technically the original Freemans is in New York.  And I love that one, too.  But Riki Bryan and his team have established the second Freemans Sporting Club right here in San Francisco, in the heart of the Mission.  And they’ve made it all their own, in a woodsy, intimate space, complete with vintage lighting and records playing.  The vibe is comfortable but meticulous, just like their famous suits.

Even in Patagonia-clad San Francisco, Freemans is making waves with the city’s best-dressed gentlemen.  Read more about what Riki and his team are up to here.