INTERVIEW WITH AZALEA OF PLACE 8 HEALING

AZALEA INTRO

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a Southern California girl through and through, born in Los Angeles and raised in Orange County. Prior to doing my crystal healing work, I was a wardrobe stylist for commercials. I love learning, my husband, and our menagerie of critters (1 dog, 3 cats, 7 fish, 12 chickens, and two hives of bees!) I really love being in water.

For those who are not familiar with crystal healing and readings, can you please give a brief description?

Crystal healing is an inner journey instigated by the vibrations of the crystals. I place a unique series of crystals on and around your body which causes images, symbols, and memories to come forth to your mind and I help you to explore and understand the significance of what you are seeing. People variously describe the sessions as lucid dreaming, psychedelic, deep therapy, mini-vacation, and fun. The aim of a crystal healing session is to discover the root of what is causing unhappiness or discomfort in your life and bring deep clarity on what you can do about it to become happier and more fulfilled in your life.

For crystal readings, either people tell me what area in their life they want a crystal to help them with or, I just read a person’s energy and tell them what I see is the biggest energetic issue in their life now. In both cases, I recommend a specific metaphysical crystal for them to use to assist them with that particular situation. I also tell people how they can work with their specific crystal to maximize the energetic benefits of working with the stone. For phone sessions, answers to your personal crystal questions and metaphysical life coaching is also involved!

What got you started/interested in crystals?

Because I wasn’t finding anything that was to my taste or quality I preferred, I decided to design my own metaphysical fine jewelry. I then realized I wanted to make metaphysical jewelry pieces to support others too. I didn’t just want to read from some book what the metaphysical properties of a stone were; I wanted to know for myself if I had any connection with the crystals. So I begin studying crystal healing and found I understood the crystals more deeply than I could have imagined. It was then in my first crystal workshop I found my life’s calling to help people understand in heal with the power of crystals.

Can you tell us about some of the benefits of crystals?

If you were a painter you could use a certain color to brighten the palette another color to add some more depth. You basically use the colors to enrich and define your painting. In the same way, instead of colors on a painting, one can use the vibration of crystals to enrich the “painting” of your life. So crystalline energy can be applied to any part of your life. My personal intention is to use crystals to help bring more happiness and fulfillment for myself and the world.

Do you have a favorite crystal?

Yes, I resonate very deeply with phenakite. It’s a very-high vibration stone of the crown chakra and helps me be in tune to high level spiritual information to use in my work. I have a ring with a phenakite gem I wear for crystal healing sessions to help me with just that.

What’s your process like when you’re doing healings/readings?

For crystal healing sessions, I have no idea where you will go in your experiences and visions. My job is to just help you figure out why you are encountering different memories, symbols, and experiences while helping “fine tune” your vibrations with the vibrations of the crystals. The experience for me is much like being on a sound board (“needs more bass here,” “needs more treble here,” “all around less reverb”). I’m also helping you to figure out what energies you no longer need hanging on to, so it’s very much like being an energetic closet reorganizer asking you if you’re really ever going to wear that sweater you’ve had stuck in the back of the closet again. In both the crystal healings and the intuitive readings, I am sensing which chakras are locked up or out of balance and use crystals that would be most helpful in opening or balancing those energies. 

Any advice for any first timers who want to try it out? 

Let go of any preconceived notions of what your session will be like. People find it’s incredibly difficult to describe the experience unless you’ve been through it yourself. It’s also different for each person and even different for each session for the same person. The most important thing is to just be open. You’re going down your own rabbit hole and it’s an adventure on the other side.

PLEASE JOIN US THURSDAY, JULY 21ST FROM 4-7 FOR CRYSTAL READINGS WITH AZALEA OF PLACE 8 HEALING.

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INTERVIEW WITH JUSTIN OF JVDF

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Mystic, Connecticut, but I grew up all over the Tri-state area. I went to Blair Academy, and then at 18 I went to the school of hard knocks, aka modeling during the heroine chic days, which was my first real playground in the fashion / art worlds where I was surrounded by creatives of all types who mentored me and allowed me to realize opinions about aesthetics… Besides an 8 year stint in LA, I’ve been in NY since I was 18. I live on the Bowery now, right above one of those old school lighting shops, and next to a tattoo parlor. 

For those who are not familiar with the line can you describe your aesthetic?

A little gritty, a little wrong, but still very elevated and sleek. Think Robert Downey Jr. in the 1987 hit Less Than Zero.  

What is your design process?

The process happens organically and is honestly different every time. For example, I use this herringbone pattern throughout the collection. That started because I was raised in a traditional sort of family but was more of a black sheep… I took the traditional herringbone pattern and tweaked it into more of a graffiti. I painted swatches of canvas with it, my sheets with it. It’s now the signature on each piece.

More often than not, it’s the environment that a utilitarian object exists in that gets me going. I love the transition from a useable, necessary object into a luxury good. Like a horse bit – its a utilitarian thing, which when it’s being used is covered in slime and dirt, but it’s become such a symbol of luxury. I love the irony of that.

For example, the carabiners started because I kept seeing these hot guys and girls on their bikes whizzing around the city. They keep their keys on these carabiners that would ever so slightly tug down their pants. It’s sexy – and I thought, why not make that everyday thing into something super luxe, and even sexier? 

Where did you learn how to design and produce your objects?

Its just happened over time – I decide to make something, and then I find a producer here in New York so we can work together easily. I love being able to be involved at every stage – and also always learning ! That’s one of the big benefits of making everything locally. 

How do you decide what to produce, you stock a very eclectic mix of things? 

It’s really about the story of each thing – the irony or humor in a piece, something that catches my eye really. I think of JvdF as a lifestyle brand, so I want every piece to fill a corner of that lifestyle. I love the idea of a guy being out and whipping out a silver toothpick for his date, or carrying floss in a JvdF case that also matches the toothpick…. and his one hitter 😉

Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?

I had a perm once. I was 17, she said it would be body wave… next thing I knew I was a poodle. It was absolutely not a body wave.

Any advice for young artists?

Everyone is calling themselves an artist today…. Step outside the box if you can

PLEASE JOIN US THURSDAY, JULY 21ST FROM 4-7 FOR A JVDF TRUNK SHOW EVENT

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SIX QUESTIONS WITH SHAINA MOTE

DALLAS’ 1530 MAIN TALKS TO LA BASED DESIGNER, SHAINA MOTE

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California closet dreamin’.

California designer Shaina Mote’s Spring/Summer line is touching down in Texas this weekend a la TenOverSix. The designer is known for her neutral, seasonless pieces—which makes them ideal for Texas’ fashionable set since it seems to be eternally summer here. Stop by Saturday, June 25 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to check it out for yourself.

WHO WOULD YOU DESCRIBE AS YOUR FASHION ICON OR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR THESE DESIGNS?

Spring/Summer 2016 takes inspiration from the place in between.  We focused on lucid and fluid shapes and materials with a palette inspired by colors in the sky when day becomes night.

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO DESIGN IN A NEUTRAL COLOR PALATE?

I believe in creating season-less designs that can be worn from year to year.  I think trend-based designs offer a momentary satisfaction but that more subtle, neutral colors can offer lasting relevance and wearability.

WHAT’S ONE THING WE’LL NEVER FIND IN YOUR CLOSET?

Loud prints or colors.

YOUR PIECES ARE PRODUCED IN LOS ANGELES. WHY DO YOU WANT TO HAVE “AMERICAN MADE” PRODUCTS?

I believe in supporting the local economy and helping local and family run businesses to grow.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE “MODERN WOMAN?” IS SHE DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT CITIES?

Strong, independent, adventurous.  I think her style may vary a bit from city to city, but at the heart of the matter, her ideals and viewpoint are the defining, connecting factor.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BRIGHT ACCESSORY TO PAIR WITH YOUR CLOTHING?

I am admittedly quite timid when it comes to color, but I have always been a fan of a pop of red.  Whether that be a lipstick shade or a leather ankle boot, I feel that this color brings excitement into a look.

If you’re in the Dallas area, don’t forget to stop by TENOVERSIX at the Joule Hotel!

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ALIKA COOPER, “UNKNOWN” SERIES IN DALLAS

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Series showing June 12th, 2016-August 15, 2016  at TenOverSix Dallas

We are proud to present Alika Cooper’s “Unknown” series which explores feminism in art in a male privileged world.  In this series, Cooper focuses on the back of models’ heads obscuring  their identities by not showing their faces.  The contours of their bodies are filled in with painted fabric.  She paints the fabric beforehand with various effects and collages the layers with a matte medium on wood panels.  She describes the process as similar to textile design that is intended for quilting.  “This is a comment on the way the quilters have a way of embracing a lack of authorship for their work.  The way the culture of quilting embraces the unseen labor, unclaimed authorship is uncanny.”

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Alika Cooper, a California native, is currently working in Los Angeles and St. Louis.  She has recently had solo exhibits in Los Angeles at the Actual Size gallery and the Night Gallery, Toronto at the MULHERIN gallery and in New York at the Tracy Williams, Ltd gallery.  Her work has also been exhibited at the Richard Telles Fine Art Gallery and LAXART in Los Angeles, the Robert Blumenthal Gallery in New York, and the Western Exhibitions gallery in Chicago.  In 2015, Cooper organized an exhibition, “MOTION PICTURE”, at the Study Room at the St. Louis Art Museum displaying a selection of the works of twenty photographers, plus selected books and ephemera from the library collection.  Most recently, Cooper was a panelist on Cheryl Donegan: Screening and Panel: Marjorie Keller’s “Daughters of Chaos” at the New Museum.  She is the recipient of a grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.

Please call our Dallas location for any inquiries about Alika Cooper’s work at 214-261-4540. 

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BRAVE COLLECTION: MEET FOUNDER AND DESIGNER JESSICA HENDRICKS YEE

Braiding_Tex The Brave Collection is a line of jewelry handmade in Cambodia to support local artisans and fight human trafficking. The Collection creates talismans of strength and spirit with the belief that true Bravery comes from a reverence for the past, connectedness with the present, and commitment to the future. Each piece is handcrafted in Cambodia in a Collection that fuses contemporary design with ancient inspiration to spark dialog. The Signature Bracelet spells “Brave” in Khmer, the Cambodian alphabet.  10% of profits are donated to empower girls against human trafficking. Founder Jessica Hendricks made the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 List in the Retail & Ecommerce category, and was invited to the White House to witness President Obama’s speech celebrating “Emerging Global Entrepreneurs”.  #CourageIsContagious Jessica_Text How did the Brave Collection start? I traveled to Cambodia while teaching English in Thailand the summer after my sophomore year at NYU Tisch. I was fascinated by the idea of Angkor Wat – a city of ancient Buddhist and Hindu Temples. I fell in love with this magical, spiritualcountry and was so deeply saddened to learn that in the genocide in the 1970s, 90% of the artisan community was killed. This sparked the idea for Brave – a line of jewelry handmade in Cambodia to support local artisans and celebrate Brave women globally.

Can you tell us a little about your pieces? Our signature Bracelet spells “Brave” in Khmer, the Cambodian alphabet and was carved and woven by hand in Cambodia. We also have a charm that says “Limitless” in Khmer, as well as a motif inspired by the lines of the Buddhist Flag, which represents wisdom and compassion. Our necklace charms are in the shape of a water buffalo tooth, silhouette you often see in the architecture of the Buddhist temples in Cambodia. The shape represents a small piece of a greater whole.

What influenced you? I was so moved by my time in South East Asia and wanted desperately to find a way to share the incredible strength of the women I met. I thought about it for a long time but wasn’t quite sure how to activate this passion. I remember being on vacation with my family – relaxed enough to allow for deeper ideas to formulate –and I was thinking about my mother’s jewelry store, and the connection that her clients had to their jewelry. I realized jewelry could become a catalyst for the conversation I wanted to ignite.

Can you tell us about the community that produces the jewelry? We work with an amazing team of fair trade artisans in Cambodia. Mostly mothers, our team works in a free, fair and dignified work environment and receives far above average wages in addition to benefits like health insurance, stipends for their children’s education and paid maternity leave. The team has an incredible level of skill and craftsmanship, but when I met them, they had little access to a global customer, or design influences outside the sea of souvenirs in their own country. I love working with them because through this partnership we are helping to break the cycle of poverty, working with women who did not receive an education, but making sure their daughters are.

Why Cambodia? Cambodia is a country filled with such an incredible history of art and craftsmanship, and yet in modern day Cambodia, it can be tough to find even a gift for a friend back home that was actually handmade in Cambodia. There is so much potential in the emerging art and fashion space in Cambodia, but it is still very much developing and can greatly benefit from partners on the outside to help this new generation flourish.

What’s your favorite piece and why? My favorite place is our first piece, the True Red Brave Bracelet because it feels like an extension of the red strings the monks tie on your wrists to bless you when you are traveling through Cambodia. I love the idea of gaining strength and groundedness by something as simple as cotton on the wrist.

We heard you’re on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, congrats!  Do you have any advice for women out there trying to start their own company? Perseverance is key. It takes a lot longer than I realized to create a brand, a story, a product, and a following from scratch. Recognizing the value of each small step you make and remaining patient is so important!

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Limitless Campaign Image Please join us Thursday, April 28th, 2016 for a Spring shopping event with The Brave Collection & Designer Jessica Hendricks Yee. Join us to celebrate the launch of the Spring line from The Brave Collection, jewelry handmade in Cambodia to support local artisans, fight human trafficking, and champion global female bravery. With words from Founder and 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 nominee, Jessica Hendricks Yee. Gifts under $100. 57pm.
RSVP: hello@thebravecollection.com
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WARD ROBERTS AT TENOVERSIX LA AND DALLAS

Ward Roberts is a conceptual artist who creates exquisitely composed photographs illustrating on themes such as loneliness and isolation in the modern world.

The artist’s perspective is fresh and engaging, the sophisticated aesthetic are often contradicted by subtle unscripted moments. A soft drenched color pallet is a common theme. There is an innate energy at the core of his work, one which is harnessed and marshaled into every detail in the composition. Roberts’ work is in many ways a rebuttal of the prevailing trend of urban, gritty style contemporary photography. There is a dichotomy at play in his fine art images which simultaneously recall the mastery of medium and calculated patience of remote academic painters, yet his subjects and presentation feel completely new and contemporary.

Ward is currently based in New York.

“The ‘Courts’ series is a tribute to Robert’s childhood spent in Hong Kong, playing outside with children of varying cultures. It was there he learnt that youth transcends language; that contradictions can be unifying. in his soulful photographs, the pastel hues contradict the hard, concrete composition. The cramped, vertical apartment blocks are pitted against vast, empty spaces. returning to a place with fondness can portend disappointment, and in this instance, the laughing children of Robert’s youth are nowhere to be seen. There is a sense of the lives of the new inhabitants being lived indoors, and memories fading.”

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Cartography

“Obfuscations of authentic selves in favor of labored constructions, ornate, multilayered representations of desired identities and the perceptions of these, serve as illustrative catalysts to ward Roberts’ latest photography excavation, cartography. Authored between 2012 and 2015, eight ethereal portraits, suffused throughout with Roberts’ synonymous pastel palette, examine that duality of visible and obscured selves, tangible and intangible constitutions, and concealed and explicit biographies, all within a deeper exploration of the ever-increasing ephemerality of self, in an aeon of ready digital manipulation, wanted avatars, and vacillating identities. Influenced by the chromatic works of light sculptor, James Turrell, anonymous 19th century photography depictions of ectoplasm, and the baroque chiaroscuros of the Italian renaissance, cartography pursues evolved conceptions and constructions of selves and the narratives enacted by such, all amidst attempting to restore that equilibrium and lucidity surrendered to mythopoeia, narcissism, and self-deception, conscious, and otherwise.”

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Ward’s Cartogrophy series will be available at TenOverSix Los Angeles, and the Courts series at TenOverSix Dallas.

All prints are framed and for sale.

 

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DUSEN DUSEN AT TENOVERSIX DALLAS

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Each season, the Dusen Dusen collection is developed and inspired by fine art, commercial and naive design, and the brain’s reaction to movement, color, and contrast. Come meet designer Ellen Van Dusen and shop her apparel and home goods Saturday, March 3rd from 3-6pm. RSVP with amanda@tenover6.com.
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LA – Walk on the Wild Side!

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Los Angeles is one of the few U.S cities where cougars, pumas & humans cohabitate. NWF & Santa Monica Mountains Fund are trying to raise money to build a Wildlife Crossing bridge for safe passage for wildlife, over the 101 freeway.

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One mountain lion specifically, P-22,  has made his way from Santa Monica Mountains to the Griffith Park Observatory area. He had to cross the 405 and the 101 freeways to get here! He’s not the first mountain lion to attempt this journey, but he’s one of a few that has survived. P-22 is now pretty much isolated by our freeways, with no chance at finding a mate. It’s highly unlikely that a mate could find her way across those same highways. He is currently being tracked by the Park Service biologists.

Making this safe passage would prevent isolations such as P-22’s, and offer a way to preserve the Los Angeles ecosystem.

Get involved and donate!

Just look at this blue eyed cougar cub!

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Watch the 60 minute special for more details.

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TENOVERSIX MANAGERS’ HOLIDAY PICKS


We know that gift giving can be a difficult task for everyone, so we’ve compiled a list of gifts with the TenOverSix managers to help you through the holidays.  And just so you guys know, they are all really good at gift giving.  We’re also extending our store hours in Los Angeles starting Wednesday, 12/16-12/23 from 11-7.  Feel free to call or e-mail us for ideas and gift selecting help!

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“I love gift giving and surprising my friends and family with my finds.  My favorite part is searching for gifts that they would never buy for themselves, but I know they will love.  This year I was on top of my game and got all my shopping done early.  Now I can enjoy this season stress free!” – Natalie Daugherty, Los Angeles Store Manager

Marlow Goods Tall Leather Tote, for my mom who is always on the hunt for the perfect tote. I think I finally found it.
Marlow Goods Tall Leather Tote, for my mom who is always on the hunt for the perfect tote. I think I finally found it.
Native Union Switch Speaker, for my dad so he can bump his jams in style.
Native Union Switch Speaker, for my dad so he can bump his jams in style.
Anndra Neen Sky Blue Micro iPhone Case for my Sister who will now officially be the coolest girl in school.
Anndra Neen Sky Blue Micro iPhone Case for my Sister who will now officially be the coolest girl in school.
Lynn & Lawrence Alpaca Beanie to keep my kid brother’s head warm during those Oklahoma winters.
Lynn & Lawrence Alpaca Beanie to keep my kid brother’s head warm during those Oklahoma winters.
Fort Standard Hexagon Trivet Green for my bestie who is forever entertaining.
Fort Standard Hexagon Trivet Green for my bestie who is forever entertaining.
Beard Buddy Beard Oil for my best dude friend who needs a little help in he beard maintenance department.
Beard Buddy Beard Oil for my best dude friend who needs a little help in he beard maintenance department.

 

 

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“I usually don’t get gifts for anyone, but this year, I am using my savings to surprise my colleagues with goodies from the shop.  Just in case they refuse my gifts, I specially chose gifts I like for myself too. 😉 A little tip for you this holiday season.” – Lisa Cole, Web Manager

Cute cherry red Marais Jardin sandals, for my pal and colleague, Megan Mah. This girl likes.to.shop! This is literally the only pair of marais she doesn’t own.
Cute cherry red Marais Jardin sandals, for my pal and colleague, Megan Mah. This girl likes.to.shop! This is literally the only pair of marais she doesn’t own.
Areaware Bottle Opener, the perfect gift for the big drinker in your family! This one is for my friend and boss Joe Cole, who is always up for a drink.
Areaware Bottle Opener, the perfect gift for the big drinker in your family! This one is for my friend and boss Joe Cole, who is always up for a drink.
Ben Medansky Soleri Cup. I'm getting this mug for my friend and bossy boss lady Brady Cunningham. What do you get for the person who has everything they want? A mug. A mug that you can't really use comfortably for drinking, but luckily doubles as a cool sculpture.
Ben Medansky Soleri Cup. I’m getting this mug for my friend and bossy boss lady Brady Cunningham. What do you get for the person who has everything they want? A mug. A mug that you can’t really use comfortably for drinking, but luckily doubles as a cool sculpture.
Still Life Album: it’s a great book for your photography and art obsessed pal! This one is for my other boss lady and friend Kristen Cole. It’ll go great with the thousands of art books you already own.
Still Life Album: it’s a great book for your photography and art obsessed pal! This one is for my other boss lady and friend Kristen Cole. It’ll go great with the thousands of art books you already own.
Native Union Marble Phone Case: is for my husband and colleague. he doesn’t want anything ever, so this is another thing he doesn’t want or need, but i like it and i will be happy seeing it on his phone. He will have no choice but to use it.
Native Union Marble Phone Case: is for my husband and colleague. he doesn’t want anything ever, so this is another thing he doesn’t want or need, but i like it and i will be happy seeing it on his phone. He will have no choice but to use it.
Marlowe Goods Mini Britten Bag: for my buddy, office mate and “boss,” Natalie Daugherty. I just feel like she could use a little pop of color in her wardrobe…and plus if she doesn’t want it, i’ll take it. :)
Marlowe Goods Mini Britten Bag: for my buddy, office mate and “boss,” Natalie Daugherty. I just feel like she could use a little pop of color in her wardrobe…and plus if she doesn’t want it, i’ll take it. :)

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“My mom and I always meet up before the holidays to help our gift ideas come together.  We love to write on cute paper and put our heads together.” – Amanda Reed, Dallas Store Manager

Kinfolk Table cookbook for my mom who is always looking for new ways to keep traditions alive around the table.
Kinfolk Table cookbook for my mom who is always looking for new ways to keep traditions alive around the table.
Kara Stowaway Bag. This one is for my friend, Megan who has needed the perfect black crossbody bag for going out since we met.
Lake and Syke Jasmine water, I always get my sister some type of smell good beauty item. I know she will love this one!
Lake and Syke Jasmine water, I always get my sister some type of smell good beauty item. I know she will love this one!
Eric Trine incense burner in mint. Just in case I am invited to a White Elephant party, I can steal this one back.
Eric Trine incense burner in mint. Just in case I am invited to a White Elephant party, I can steal this one back.
Deer Dana Free Tilly tee for my vegetarian, animal loving friends that care.
Deer Dana Free Tilly tee for my vegetarian, animal loving friends that care.

 

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“This is my favorite time of year ’cause I’m a sap and gift giving is like a fun game for me.  My mom has actually put me in charge of buying all the gifts at this point since I’ve become so good at it or at least she thinks so.” – Megan Mah, Los Angeles Manager

Found My Animal Leash & Collar in purple ombre. This is for my parents dog, Violet. This color perfect because she only wears her signature color, violet.
Found My Animal Leash & Collar in purple ombre. This is for my parents dog, Violet. This color is perfect because she only wears her signature color, violet.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Liliy Loafer, for my mom who is always on her feet for work and likes to steal my shoes every time I visit her.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Liliy Loafer, for my mom who is always on her feet for work and likes to steal my shoes every time I visit her.
Areaware Cast Iron Menorah, for my husband who is always complaining about his menorah that's from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
Areaware Cast Iron Menorah, for my husband who is always complaining about his menorah that’s from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
Cold Picnic Boobs Bathmat for my dog, Kirby. He's in love with this bathmat, and always goes for it when he comes to work with me. He's a boob guy, I guess.
Cold Picnic Boobs Bathmat for my dog, Kirby. He’s in love with this bathmat, and always goes for it when he comes to work with me. He’s a boob guy, I guess.
Dick Taylor Hot Chocolate and Recreation Center mug as my white elephant gift. Who doesn't like chocolate and a cute mug?
Dick Taylor Hot Chocolate and Recreation Center mug as my white elephant gift. Who doesn’t like chocolate and a cute mug?
Misha & Puff Day Hike Booties. This is for my good friend who is having her second baby on the 23rd of December!
Misha & Puff Day Hike Booties. This is for my good friend who is having her second baby on the 23rd of December!

 

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INTRODUCING: TETRA

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Tetra shop is dedicated to elevating the aesthetics of the smoking experience.  They specialize in designer smoking objects like pipes, ashtrays, and lighters as well as other unique tchotchkes. Tetra is founded by Monica Khemsurov, Eviana Hartman, and Su Wu.  We talked to co-founder, Monica Khemsurov about Tetra and also got to know a thing or two about this smokin’ lady.

How did Tetra start?

Tetra started when myself and my two co-founders, Eviana Hartman and Su Wu, were at El Matador beach in Los Angeles last winter and were talking about life and how we all felt like we needed a new project to focus on. I had been interested, from a business angle, in finding a way into the smoking world for a couple years prior, because the industry had begun to boom, and the idea just came to me all the sudden — being with Eviana and Su, both of whom are amazing aesthetes with incredible curatorial sensibilities, inspired me and it all just came together in a serendipitous moment.

What did you do before Tetra?

I am a longtime design journalist and the co-founder of the online magazine Sight Unseen. Eviana is also a longtime magazine editor and formerly founded the sustainable clothing line Bodkin. Su is a journalist as well but also a stylist and curator of objects. Which made for a handy network of incredible fashion and design contacts to draw on when we were putting together our collection.

What is the concept behind Tetra?

To elevate the aesthetics of smoking. We do that by commissioning and curating beautifully designed smoking accessories — the market for which, prior to us, left quite a lot to be desired.

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How do you find such special things? Can you tell us a little about the curation?

Most of our special things didn’t exist before we started. Some are existing objects we chose from existing lines, like Tom Dixon and Tsubota Pearl, but most we commissioned from standout designers we’d known or worked with in the past. We just went out to them and gave them a brief with suggested typologies (table lighter, ashtray, snuff box, pipe, etc), and they worked their magic for us. Since we launched two months ago, we’ve also had people who had smoking items in development seek us out as well.

What inspires you?

In commissioning work for Tetra we find a lot of inspiration in materials — like marble, or patinated metals — and also in mid-century design. It was a time when cigarette smoking wasn’t yet stigmatized, so you had all these amazing iconic talents like Dieter Rams and Marianne Brandt and Poul Kjaerholm applying their sophisticated eye to smoking accessories; by the 90s all that attention to aesthetics had totally disappeared. With the new industry and new rituals around smoking these days, we saw an opportunity to bring that back.

What are some of your favorite pieces that you carry?

I don’t know about my favorites, but some of the most interesting pieces, story wise, include Joe Doucet’s $2,000 Fetish Ashtray, which is plated in 24-carat gold, or the amazing sculptural ceramic Rolling Tray by Matthias Kaiser, which is this objet d’art that also has this unique function. Jonathan Cross has also made some pretty intense, Brutalist-style stoneware boxes and incense burners, and Katie Stout and Sean Gerstley have done us the honor of adapting a hand-formed ceramic technique they used in a series of lamps for Johnson Trading Gallery in New York to create smoking items for us.

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Who are you?

A girl from the boring suburbs of Ohio who fought my way into an amazing life.

Whats your sign?

Taurus

I’m from…

Columbus, Ohio, a city with legendary thrift stores.

My first job was…

A nanny, in high school.  Or professionally speaking, a fact checker at New York Magazine.

My favorite color…

Fantasy: iridescent opal.  Reality: black.

My favorite song…

All time: No idea.  Right now: Down on Love by Cannons.  Karaoke: Criminal by Fiona Apple.

I can’t live without…

Spotify.

The last thing I ate…

Was za’atar hummus from Gjusta on Mary’s Gone Crackers.

My favorite food…

Popcorn.  Often in lieu of dinner.

I like to collect…

Weird little sculptures displayed on stands.

I’m reading…

The My Struggle series by Karl Ove Knausgaard.  And the New Yorker, perpetually.

I love to say…

Fuck it.

Pets…

None.  Wish I had a dog but I travel too much.  Spiders?  I try to never kill them in my apartment in case they’re eating other, yuckier bugs.

My dream job is…

Pop star.  But I have zero stage presence.

The best thing in the world is…

Watching a movie under a blanket with someone you love.  Errr…Basically Netflix and chill.

The last thing I bought…

Food: a kale salad.  Not food: A beautiful bar of charcoal soap from Coming Soon in New York.

The best decision I ever made…

Movie to New York.

The best thing about TENOVERSIX…

The jewelry.

I’m addicted to…

The TV show Nashville.

True love…

French fries.

My best friend…

Loves me unconditionally.

Best advice…

Pay more attention to giving love than getting it.  And always assume that those you do love are behaving with good intentions.  Even when you feel like punching them in the face.

Tetra-Playlist
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