Imagine Fashion: What are your favorite cities for fashion in terms of their “personal” style?
TenOverSix: Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Austin, Portland, Dallas, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris.
iF: You have two stores—one in Dallas and one in LA. What do you feel the difference is in terms of the woman you buy for?
TOS: Our woman in LA is creative and eclectic, but subtle and casual in approach to dressing. Our Dallas woman is bold, eccentric, very put-together and fashion conscious.
iF: What pieces or trends are you most excited about from the Spring/Summer 2014 collections?
TOS:Voluminous silhouettes, a lot of unstructured silk, and bold accessories.
iF: Store windows are usually one of the voices for a larger creative theme. In your opinion, what is the most important goal to achieve from a creative display concept?
TOS:We take an atypical, minimal approach to our windows. We like to approach our display as a gallery would approach presenting its art. Our store is made up of a lot of white, pedestals, and the product as the focus.
iF: How do you feel music art and fashion collide today?
TOS: They come together to create a cultural moment in time, each informing the other.
iF: How do they collide in your world with your work?
TOS: Art and music definitely inform our fashion and design choices. We curate them together in the store to converse with one another. Every season we have music on vinyl, art shows, and fashion that are in sync.
iF: Who are your style icons?
TOS: Diana Vreeland, Vivienne Westwood, Coco Chanel, Cindy Sherman, Truman Capote, Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren, Anita Ekberg, Edie Sedgewick.
iF: What was your first fashion love?
TOS: Ferragamo flats.
iF: What man will you be carrying this spring?
TOS: A Want Les Essentiels de la Vie canvas tote.
iF: Tell us a secret only you and your closet know…
TOS: It will always be a mess.
iF: If you were a pair of shoes, whose footsteps would you love to walk in for a day?
TOS: Anais Nin.
iF: What’s the one fashion necessity you can’t live without?
TOS: Great shoes
iF: What is your life mantra?
TOS: Slow and steady wins the race.
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If you’re in Austin and have been meaning to visit Dallas for your TenOverSix fix or if you’re stopping by Austin for SXSW, visit us at the TenOverSix Pop-Up Shop at the amazing Hotel St. Cecilia this Wednesday and Thursday, March 5 & 6. Join us for cocktails, coffee, and a selection of our favorite fashion and design pieces from TenOverSix Dallas. We’d love to see you!
Sensitive Boys is a zine collaboration by Artemisa Clark* & Melinda Guillen. Based in SD and LA, these ladies mix gender, emotions, theory, laughing & crying into a 20-page, photocopied, hand-stapled package. Their zine includes contributions from all over the world (Ok, mostly LA, SD & NY, but there was one from Berlin in Issue 1), and we just got in some copies of their first two issues today! Here’s a little more about the zine that’s trying to make feeling not just ok but welcome.
TenOverSix: How did Sensitive Boys come to be? Where did the two of you meet?
Sensitive Boys: We’re both grad students at UC San Diego’s Department of Visual Arts; Artemisa’s getting her MFA in Visual Arts & Melinda’s getting her PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism. We epically hit it off at orientation – we both wear black almost exclusively and were moving down from LA – and that led to a lot of late night, champagne-and-cheese-fueled hang outs. SB was created during one of said hang outs. It existed as a joke that progressively got more serious until we applied for money from our department for the first issue and actually got it. We were thinking of pushing its release, which had been scheduled for UCSD’s Open Studios, back, but once we got money we sort of had to do it and just stopped sleeping.
A literal sensitive boy (who, while named Jackson, bears no relation to Jackson Cole.
TOS: Why Sensitive Boys?
SB: When men show emotions, they’re considered strong, but when women show emotions, they’re labeled as crazy. Calling our collaboration Sensitive Boys – besides the basic fact that it’s pretty fun to fuck with gender – creates a space in between. A boy is not quite a man, not quite the powerful, in-control product of a patriarchal society, but also has more power (over themselves, others) than a woman. Being boys allows us to feel feelings and know something as opposed to feel feelings and know nothing.
TOS: What was the first issue, Feeling Feelings, about?
SB: It was basically an intro to SB and the ideas that helped form it. Laughing, crying, bromance, pop culture, etc. – it’s all in there. The Sensitive Boy of the Month was Matt Savitsky and the issue includes an amazing article by Alex Wescott, “Feeling Vampire Feelings.” As much as we edit each issue, our contributors really – literally – help form the content, so the first was a really wonderful mixed bag about emotions in general.
TOS: The second issue, The Cult of Crying, was just released at the end of January. Can you give us a quick recap?
SB: The second issue is a bit more focused, specifically about witches and crying but also with a few adjacent flourishes. One of the main ways that people contribute to SB is by sending us the stories of the last time they cried for “And Then I Cried,” and this issue expands on that. Paul Pescador’s “Dland” is about crying after a depressing visit to Disneyland with his family followed by a Grindr hook up. The Sensitive Boy of the Month was Samara Golden & we put together a 4-cornered review of The Craft with contributions from Carol Cheh, Tanner Cook, Gladys-Katherina Hernando & Kristy Ann Muniz. Some of the reviewers had never seen it before, so that’s a really fun read.
TOS: How is an issue of SB created?
SB: Really, really manically. We start off with a general idea – usually created via Google doc, email & text – then ask for specific contributions followed by a more general call. We write the intro together, make a few funny pieces at the beginning and write a text each but that doesn’t really get done until the very last minute. Also last minute: editing contributors’ texts, layout, printing, sorting, stapling, ordering postcards, stuffing into envelopes. It’s all very …emotional.
TOS: You just had a booth at the LA Art Book Fair! How’d that go?
SB: It was awesome! It’s such a crazy fair; awesome stuff is literally everywhere you look, so it was nice to have a booth to work from. We made pins and posters of the first issue’s cover. People love pins. People also love watching pins being made. Overall, though, we made new friends, got rad zines (and totes. SO MANY TOTES.) & got really amazing feedback from new and old fans of SB.
TOS: What’s in the future for Sensitive Boys?
SB: Issue 3 is definitely on the horizon..but probably not for a little bit, as we tend to need a mental health break from the aforementioned process. We’re super excited to be curating for Light & Wire Gallery this September! In the mean time, we’ll be posting funny, SB-related/adjacent items on our Tumblr, Instagram & Facebook.
*Full disclosure: Artemisa Clark may also be associated with TenOverSix.. and by that we mean she’s the blogger.. and by that we mean she’s currently on a train essentially iChatting with herself for this article.
Valentine’s Day is in just a few days, so we decided to round up a few champagne cocktails for the occasion that are simple and delicious! We hope you guys enjoy these love potions as much as we do! Chin Chin!
INGREDIENTS: Sofia Champagne (750 mL), 1 tablespoon of dried lavender, 1/2 cup of sugar, fresh Lavender sprigs for garnish
Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in dried lavender. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Strain out lavender. Refrigerate syrup until ready to serve (up to 1 month). Pour about 6 ounces Champagne and 1 1/2 teaspoons syrup into each glass. Garnish each with a lavender sprig.
INGREDIENTS: Sofia Champagne, Orange Bitters, Rosemary, Orange
Pour champagne into glass. Add a dash of orange bitters, a squeeze of orange juice, garnish with orange and a sprig or two of fresh rosemary.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over high heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.
In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the mint leaves and lime wedges and muddle well with a wooden spoon.
Add the rum and stir well. Strain the drink into another pitcher.
Fill tall glasses with cracked ice and pour in the drink, filling them about two-thirds full. Top with Sofia Champagne, garnish with the mint sprigs.
INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 oz. VSOP cognac, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice, Sofia champagne
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, top with champagne!
Where do the ladies of TenOverSix go for online inspiration? Why, other designers’ blogs, of course! Here are a few of the blogs we simply can’t live without a daily fix of:
http://deargabrielaartigas.tumblr.com/: It’s really hard to separate Gabriela Artigas‘ blog from the Artigas sisters themselves; it documents their travels, the various ways they wear their jewelry, inspiration they encounter, and of course their adorable pups.
http://lizziefortunatojewels.com/blog/: With a little more text than the others, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels‘ blog both shows inspirational images (oftentimes with the jewelry it seems to have inspired) and explains it a bit. Super fun for getting a little more in-depth with this other sister design duo’s process.
http://shainamote.tumblr.com/: Shaina Mote’s well-tailored whimsy is apparent in her blog filled with fashion photos and art that seem to be accidentally genius outtakes.
MOCAtv presents a short film about LA, directed by Tara Subkoff and starring Chloe Sevigny called “Magic Hour”. Magic Hour is about “isolation versus intimacy” with a very cliche view of Los Angeles. Although, Grey (Chloe Sevigny) is a married woman and living in a beautiful home in sunny LA she feels imprisoned by her isolation and can only open up to her husband when they are separated by the phone.
Even though we love Chloe’s nightie romper, the view on Los Angeles is something that we disagree on. While there is a lot less street interaction in LA, people are much nicer and more open here than New York (sorry, but you know it’s true)! And as far as spontaneity-weird things happen all the time! For example: the other day Kristen had been asked out on a vegan lunch date at stoplight in her car! Now that is so LA.
We know we’re already in the second month of 2014. But, it’s no mistake that we’re posting this 2013 “Wintry Mix” by RO&CO. Because good music is good music and we know how difficult it can be update our iTunes. So, our friends over at RO&CO (one of the best creative agencies out there) shared with us what they were playing all year, non-stop in 2013! Enjoy!
TRAX ON HEAVY ROTATION AT ROANDCO IN 2013
1. FLYING DREAM – FORD & LOPATIN & TAMARYN
2. 1/4 CIRCLE BLACK – TURNING SHRINES COVER FEAT. TAMARYN – JORGE ELBRECHT
3. POINTBREAK – ASHRAE FAX
4. SIDEWALK SAFARI – CHAIRLIFT
5. ADULT GOTH – GANG GANG DANCE
6. YOU DO YOU – BEAR IN HEAVEN
7. WAS ALL TALK – KURT VILE
8. THE 15TH – 2006 DIGITAL REMASTER – WIRE
9. HARE TAROTS LIES – NO JOY
10. I’M THE MAN, THAT WILL FIND YOU – CONNAN MOCKASIN
11. HANG ON TO LIFE – ARIEL PINK, JORGE ELBRECHT
12. MARIJUANA – CHROME SPARKS
13. APPLY – GLASSER
14. WHEN IT CALLS – FUTURE UNLIMITED
15. SIGNS ALONG THE PATH – BLONDE REDHEAD
16. THE LINE – MOOD RINGS
17. WINDOWLICKER – APHEX TWIN
Please join us this Friday, February 8, from 11 AM – 7 PM at TenOverSix LA for a boy+girl Spring/Summer 2014 trunk show! Get a sneak peek of the newest season from our favorite LA-based children’s line. Designer Christine Chang will be on hand while cuteness ensues all around the store as boys and girls try on her relaxed-yet-stylish duds. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!