Joy Venturini Bianchi
on fashion and helping others Issue No. 9 October 2011
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tHe matchbook GIRL ...
believes the more pumpkins the merrier is sugar and spice and everything nice can carve a mean jack-o-lantern named the pair of Staffordshire spaniels on her mantle thinks all mittens ought to have pom poms asks herself, "What would grandmother do?" orders her hot cocoa with extra whipped cream knows you're never too old for a red toggle coat wins "most creative" at the Halloween bash
field guide to a charmed life
Issue No. 9
staples 8 13
on the cover
San Francisco icon Joy Venturini Bianchi wears a George Halley gown from the 1960’s.
16 18 20 106 107 108
Datebook: september A Note from Katie + Jane Editor’s Wish Lists
Directory What’s In Your Bag?
Photographed by Cooper Carras matchbook
p.126 history lesson 22 24
Portrait of a Lady: Babe Paley Ten Things you didnâ€™t
carey grant The Icon: l.l. bean duck boots
Kindred Spirit: billie holiday
culture & living 28 32 34 36 42
May we Suggest: matchbook reviews Tech Smart gadget girl encyclopedia: pumpkin carving
Matchbook Investigates 50 classics timeless baubles
p.102 features 46
Capucine Style Capucine Gooding, founder of the lavish tableware
line, Juliska Free Spirit An Intimate Glimpse of
Janet Hill Studio Redefining Prep An afternoon with New England designers Kiel James Patrick and Sarah
Vickers Couture for a Cause San Francisco icon Joy Venturini Bianchi on fashion and helping others
17 Oscar Wilde is born in Dublin, Ireland
Eleanor Roosevelt is born in New York, New York
Rita Hayworth is born in Brooklyn, New York
24 Nylon stockApple announces the iPod
ings are sold publicly for the first time in Wilmington, Delaware
Catherine Deneuve is born in Paris, France
John Lennon is born in Liverpool, England
I Love Lucy premieres on CBS
The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC
Telegraph line opens between San Francisco and Los Angeles
The Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series
Pablo Picasso is born in Mรกlaga, Spain
5 The Beatles first hit song, "Love Me Do," is released in the United Kingdom
7 Cats, a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, opens on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City
12 Mansion is
officially renamed the White House by President Theodore Roosevelt
Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis in a private ceremony on his island of Skorpios
e.e. cummings is born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Emily Post is born in Baltimore, Maryland
a note from katie + jane
he highlight of creating Matchbook is the people we meet. Each one in our feature stories was invited because they’ve inspired us and we hope in turn will inspire you. Meeting, photographing, and interviewing them each month is a priceless opportunity to learn something new from individuals we so admire. Each brings something new to the Matchbook table--seats are added and the feast grows richer. Take Joy Venturini Bianchi, our glamorous cover girl. She has dedicated her life to helping the developmentally disabled and the gratification it brings her is clear. We walked away from our unforgettable afternoon at the Helpers House of Couture rejuvenated and eager to make a difference. A reminder to lend a helping hand. Then there’s Canadian painter Janet Hill. For years she avoided her dream of being an artist for fear of instability. Well, she’s since taken the leap and boy did the net appear. Today her colorful canvases light up homes around the world. A reminder to pursue our passions, daunting though they may be. Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers have built a company on American soil using skilled local craftsmen and women. They pride themselves on detail and quality and challenge others to rethink the way they do business. A reminder to engage with our communities and take pride in our work. And last, but not least, the beautiful Capucine of Juliska tableware. Our delightful morning at her Connecticut flagship left us eager to go home and dine with flair, to light candles at dinner just because and take time to break bread with the ones we love. A reminder to celebrate every day of our lives. Everyone has something to teach us if we’re only willing to listen. At Matchbook we’re all ears. Katie + Jane matchbook
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editor’s wish list
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soft to the touch
Jennifer Behr Headband Liberty London, £70 Best in Show Wallpaper Osborne & Little, Price Upon Request
DSQUARED2 Ribbon Pouchette Shopbop, $560
This flocked wallpaper always makes me smile! Luxe Wing Chair Crate & Barrel, $1,019
Velvet Bow Hair Comb Urban Outfitters, $12
A cozy place to curl up with a good book!
Unique Velvet Cutout Dress TopShop, $245
Velvet Bow Clips Monsoon, £4 Rosa Velvet Heel Juicy Couture, $225
editorâ€™s wish list Velvet Pussybow Collar TopShop, $20
Velvet Schoolboy Blazer J.Crew, $168
Black Skull Slippers Stubbs & Wootton, $400
This album would make a luxurious hostess gift! Floor Lamp with Berry Velvet Shade The Well Appointed House, $570
Velvet Photo Album Jenni Bick Bookbinding, $150
Dransfield & Ross Velvet Gate Pillow The Well Appointed House, $260
Paul & Joe Paisley Velvet Trousers my-wardrobe.com, $561
Edie Velvet Chaise Urban Outfitters, $579
editorâ€™s wish list
gosford pa rk Variegated Stripe Folding Umbrella barneys, $175
Petite Marseille Chandelier ballard designs, $299
jane lilly warren, creative director
slip away to an English country estate
Festive Quail Friends wisteria, $24
WATSON HORN MAGNIFIER jayson home, $42
The perfect toasty plaid throw for autumn! Avoca Plaid Throw terrain, $168
Bordeaux Stallion Decoupage Glass Tray horse and hound gallery, $79
L'Agence Cotton-twill and faux fur hooded coat Contrast Trim net-a-porter, $595 Doctors Bag topshop, $75 Aigle Jumping II Rain Boot la garconne, $199 Country Estate Mini Pitcher juliska, $48
editor’s wish list
European Gilded Urn Mirror wisteria, $199
Fox Needlework Kit, Beth Russell liberty london, £115
This trompe l'oeil wallpaper tops my 'dream home' wish list.
Brussel's Bonsai Sago Palm home depot, $32
Bibliotheque wallpaper Brunschwig & Fils, Price Upon Request
Kelli Velvet Dress CALYPSO St. Barth, $385
Palms make an elegant statement about the house! Sweet Talk rebecca minkoff, $295
Essex Printed Ottoman – Palm, Feather Gray west elm, $399 Pavé Large Button 1920s Earrings 1928 Jewelry, $24
editor’s wish list
CIT Y SLICKER SARAH TOLZMANN, associate DESIGNER
cities offer some of everything, best worn with the perfect amount of attitude
S&P SHAKERS ZHUSH, $115 NEW YORK IN COLOR by BOB SHAMIS AMAZON, $32
QUOTATION PRINT YOU NEED NICE THINGS, $39
This guy has a twin. They’d be great above a bookcase.
MARTINI GLASSES SET WILIAMS-SONOMA, $72
BAR CART SOCIETY SOCIAL, $439
FORTUNE COOKIE THANK YOUS KATE SPADE, $30
MINI “PURSE PEN” KATE’S PAPERIE, $13
ESSENTIALS DOOR MAT URBAN OUTFITTERS, $18
BURBERRY BRIT SEPHORA, $72
editor’s wish list
EARRINGS LULU FROST, $155
CLASSIC SHIRT ANN MASHBURN, $175
MID-LENGTH TRENCH ANN TAYLOR, $228
SIDEWALKS OF NY SCARF KATE SPADE, $145 SPF 15 LIPSTICK IN RED MUSE YSL, $34
CAFÉ CAPRIS J.CREW, $198
Instead of wearing this, I would be tempted to have it framed!
CLUTCH ZARA, $100
A city girl is not afraid of mixing her favorite prints!
Loeffer Randall STUDDED LOAFERS BARNEY’S $325
portrait of a lady
t h e Sw a n q u e e n by Kaylen
She was the queen swan and America’s sweetheart, a best-dressed
list staple and Truman Capote’s favorite lunch partner. A woman for the ages with an effortless style, Babe Paley was the woman every other wished she could be. Born into a wealthy family in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1915, Babe was the youngest of three daughters. As a young woman, she was involved in a tragic car accident, resulting in extensive dental work and facial reconstruction. However, she emerged the most beautiful woman in the world, according to Alexander Liberman, Condé Nast’s editorial director at the time. Perhaps this influenced Babe’s apparent disregard for skin-deep beauty. She enjoyed clothes, but mostly because she liked to dress up for her second husband, CBS founder Bill Paley. As a Vogue fashion editor, Babe not only set the trends with her personal style, but she splashed them across the magazine’s pages for the pe22
rusal of the masses as well. Women (and men) paid attention to what Babe wore. After removing her scarf on the way to lunch one day, she casually tied it around her bag and soon watched as woman all over New York jumped on the trend. Her style-setting was effortless, and though she enjoyed making people believe she wasn’t particularly interested in her own clothes, her meticulous style and America’s quickness to copy it said otherwise.
her marriage to Bill started to fizzle, Capote was there to cheer her up with a drink and some encouragement.
Capote knew Babe had to keep her face made up and her lips painted their signature red. In her prominent place among society’s elite, she was responsible for setting the pace and filling the social calendars of her contemporaries with extravagance. She was famous for throwing dinner parties at her fabulous St. Regis apartment, and she was Regardless, there was no honored for her knack for inquestion that Babe’s interests terior design in the later years were many and varied. She of her life. became a close friend and confidant of Truman Ca- Capote would eventually adpote. The two were often seen mit to another of his swans, wining, dining, and cavort- Gerald Clarke, that Babe was ing together around town. more than dissatisfied with When, much to her sadness, Bill’s waning attention to her,
portrait of a lady
and she had twice attempted suicide. It was a sad reality beneath the surface of her picture perfect life. As Sam Wasson writes in his book Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m., Capote and Babe had a symbiotic relationship that neither could do without. “I was madly in love with her,” Ca-
pote gushed. “I just thought she was absolutely fantastic! She was one of the two or three great obsessions of my life.” If another of his obsessions was his story Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Babe was present there as well. There is little debate among Capote and Babe fans that she was the woman who inspired the
infamous Holly Golightly in Capote’s book. Regardless of her personal struggles, Babe never let America down. In 1975, three years before her death from lung cancer, the Fashion Hall of Fame committee named her the “Super-Dresser of Our Time.”
10 things you didn't
10 things you didn’t know about... Though he eventually became a U.S. citizen, Hollywood icon Cary Grant (1904-1986) was in fact born in Bristol, England. Having starred in over seventy films, his distinguished transatlantic accent could be heard on the silver screen alongside the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman, Katharine Hepburn, Mae West, and Grace Kelly. When he died at the age of eighty-two, the film world lost one of its brightest stars.
1. Grant’s real name was
Archibald Alexander Leach. When he signed with Paramount, he was given a list of screen surname options. He choose “Grant” because the initials “CG” reminded him of Clark Gable and Gary Cooper.
4. Grant and legend-
ary boxer Muhammad Ali would give each other a “Happy Birthday” phone call every year--their birthdays were one day apart.
and he liked that they didn’t have a flashy logo.
8 . Despite his legacy as
one of Hollywood’s most famous leading men, Grant never won an Academy 5 . Grant acted in four films Award for Best Actor. In 1970 he was given an Hondirected by Alfred Hitchcock, a fellow Brit, and was orary Oscar at the 42nd Academy Awards. 2 . When Grant was nine, a favorite of the legendhis mother was sent to a ary director. In To Catch a mental institution, but his Thief, Hitchcock allowed 9. When the actor died in father told him she’d taken a Grant and his leading lady, Iowa he was in the midst of “long holiday.” Grant didn’t Grace Kelly, to improvise a tour of lectures for audidiscover she was still alive some of the dialogue. ences at small colleges and and in a facility until much remote towns. He discussed later in life. 6 . Grant was married five with the intimate crowds his times. Among his wives were career and craft, but refused 3 . After being expelled actress Betsy Drake and heir- to speak with the media. from grammar school Grant ess Barbara Hutton. He also ran off and joined a travel- engaged in several affairs, 10 . His only daughter, Jening stage troupe, where he including one with Italian nifer, fondly remembers her performed as a stilt walker, film star Sophia Loren. father lounging about in silk acrobat, juggler, and mime. robes and monogrammed He eventually made it to Broadway where he worked 7. He only wore Levi’s 501 pajamas on weekends-always dapper onscreen and Jeans because he insisted onstage in musicals. off. they “got better with age,”
L . L . B ean
y friend Helen is a graduate of the University of Virginia, class of 1988, and boy does she have stories. College stories from the '80s hold a particular resonance for me, as I suspect they do for many other Matchbook collegiennes who matriculated a good twenty years later. This is likely because many of us aren't quite far enough removed from our own glory days to really romanticize them. Ah, but college in the '80s and at U.Va. in particular–visions of boys like the ones in those Southern Proper ads dance in my head, girls in hoopy earrings, big hair, and even bigger sweaters stroll alongside on Mr. Jefferson’s white-columned lawn… As Helen tells it, much of this experience required a pair of Bean boots. She shows me a stack of photos snapped at U.Va. trademark "country parties" and I giggle with delight–big fields and beers and bonfires, and everyone in Bean boots! "We had to wear them to parties at the St. Elmo house too," she says. "There were three inches of sludge on that basement floor."
the icon Having survived all of this, Helen's boots now sit peacefully by her front door, good for rainy days in the dog park. This lasting quality is a significant point of pride for the L.L.Bean company. "Products built to stand the test of time" goes the tagline, and their Bean boots–also known as Maine Hunting Shoes–fit the bill. The boots were the brainchild of Leon Leonwood Bean, and they were the item upon which he built his company's reputation. Bean was an avid hunter and fisherman who had become frustrated with his cold, leaky boots. Fishermen have stories too, and Bean's best one began in 1912 when he decided to develop his own boot from a combination of leather and rubber that would keep his feet warm and dry. Convinced that he could drum up interest among other like-minded outdoorsmen, he
a brand representing all of the spirit and hard work that went into making that first rubber shoe
sent the very first iteration of the L.L.Bean catalog to every address on the list of Maine hunting license owners. As the story goes, one hundred pairs of boots were ordered, and ninety were returned. On each returned pair, the rubber had torn apart from the leather. Undeterred and in a move that ought to have earned him instant Plucky Pioneer status, Bean reimbursed every customer and went back to the drawing board. When he reemerged with his new and improved boot, it was a runaway success. The L.L.Bean company has gone on to become one of America’s most respected outfitters, a brand representing all of the spirit and hard work that went into making that first rubber shoe. And Bean’s legacy of warm and dry has endured not just on the feet of rugged hunters and fishermen, but also on the feet of the style-conscious. They’re classic, they’re cool, and they’re practical–forgive me–to boot. Indestructible too. Which means regardless of where and how you've worn them (field, stream, or college parties), they're guaranteed to last like Helen's, long enough to be a cheeky and authentic prop for when you tell your stories.
culture club matchbook reviews
May we suggest... At the age of 26, Helen Oyeyemi is already a highly acclaimed novelist, having been nominated for the prestigious Booker prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy award. Despite previous accolades, Mr. Fox (Riverhead) is poised to be her ma-
jor breakout work and is truly her most ambitious. Taking on such subjects as the masochistic nature of fairy tales and the relationship between fiction and reality, her fourth novel is overflowing with post-modern abandon. But, don’t be dismayed by the seeming challenge, it is a truly rewarding, engrossing and enchanting tale.
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi, Riverhead $26
Oyeyemi mixes the macabre with vivid scenes of utter beauty in this incredible reworking of the Bluebeard fairy-tale. Mr. Fox, a novelist, has a problem. Despite all of his best efforts, he can’t stop killing his fictional heroines. In a twist of magical realism, his main heroine, Mary Foxe, comes alive to chastise him and teach him a lesson or two. Mary is at points the voice in his head, his muse and ultimately, his guide through the underworld of his own stories. As the tale moves between the realm of his folkloric stories and his own real life, Mr. Fox must confront By Scott Wade
his wife Daphne’s suspicions, choosing between her and his not-quite-imaginary muse. Oyeyemi weaves together the life of Mr. Fox with nine fairy-tales that do not lend themselves to happily ever after. From lovers buried alive to a Prince Charming with a penchant for beheadings, Mr. Fox's writings harken back to those of the Brothers Grimm. Yet, through its dense forests, the novel comes through with exceptional charm. This comes from the plucky heart of the novel, Mary Foxe, a woman dripping with cynicism, wit and panache.
culture club ALSO ON our SHELF
Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers by Cherie Burns, St. Martin’s Press $28
Everyone But You: Design*Sponge at Stories by Sandra Novack, Home by Grace Bonney, Random House $26 Artisan $35
Do you love stories of society rebels, high fashion and scandal? Do you often shake your head and say, “They don’t make them like they used to?” Well, the life story of Standard Oil Heiress, Millicent Rogers is perfect for you. Rogers is an icon of twentieth century fashion, a lover of excess, a political activist, a famous ex-pat and a collector of both art and men. Cherie Burns in Searching for Beauty gives Rogers the biography she deserves and tells the story of a true American original.
Sandra Novack tackles the difficult art form of the short story with such nuance and rich storytelling ability that she is deservedly drawing comparisons to Joyce Carol Oates. While Novack shares a haunting beauty found in many of Oates’ stories, her work is remarkably modern, mixing stark realism and frank sexuality with humor. The stories in Everyone But You take on the modern relationship with such honesty as to be brave and with such talent as to be stunning.
Just as Design*Sponge isn’t just a blog, Design Sponge at Home isn’t just a coffee table book. With familiar sections such as Sneak Peek, DIY Projects and Before & After, the genius of Grace Bonney shows through as she presents modern design as accessible and glamorous. A seemingly endless font of inspiration, this collection is at home next to your art books or your tool box. As Jonathan Adler writes in his fawning foreword, “Now the revolution has a bible.”
culture club at the box office The Women on the 6th Floor In theaters October 7th
The Women on the 6th Floor is a charming French comedy set in 1960s Paris. Bourgeois banker Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini) and his socialite wife Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain) have sent their children off to boarding school and now live rather quiet, separate lives. Then enters Maria (Natalia Verbeke), their new Spanish maid who manages to shake things up more than just a bit. She and the other spirited Spanish maids on the sixth floor are refugees of Franco's regime, and when they befriend Jean-Louis his life forever changes. It is a heartwarming story of two cultures helping one another to appreciate and celebrate life.
on the stereo The Whole Love -- Wilco Available now
Wilco's latest album The Whole Love proves that after seventeen years the band still has it in them to innovate. Varied while still cohesive, the new tracks range from longer, winding numbers like the opening "Art of Almost" (it runs a full 7:17) to more upbeat, poplike numbers such as "I Might." The tracks are catchy yet explorative, evoking memories of their critically acclaimed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot while reaching back to their earliest more traditional days. Fans new and old should find a place here. Duets II -- Tony Bennett Available now
Tony Bennett's second compilation of duets has been on repeat at Matchbook headquarters. Featuring the likes of Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, and Amy Winehouse (her last recording), the recently released album welcomes a much younger generation of performers beside the eighty-five-year-old icon. Winehouse's take on Billie Holiday's "Body and Soul" is beautifully haunting and Lady Gaga proves she can really croon on "The Lady is a Tramp." It's the veterans though--Willie Nelson and Aretha Franklin among them-that truly join Bennett in knocking our argyle socks off. 30
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North Carolina boutique owner Catherine Yearwood is one stylish girl on the go. The tech-savvy Southern belle travels the country hand-selecting new fashions for her booming e-commerce site and brick-and-mortar shop, Hallelu. From navigating the open road to accepting instant credit card payments, her trusty gadgets ensure she makes the most of every minute. We caught up with Catherine to get the dish on the latest electronics she can't live without. ON HER WISH LIST
My husband has the Solo headphones and I am always sneaking them! Heartbeats Headphones, Beats, $150 32
tech smart HER FAVORITE GADGETS
I travel to LA about every two months for buying trips and have to quickly visit showrooms all over the city. To avoid any missed turns this is my number one must-have! GO 2535 TM WTE, TomTom, $350
I am constantly on the go and drain my iPhone battery in no time. This slim case also acts as a charger and can nearly double your phone's battery life. Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4, Mophie, $80
Thanks to Square we can accept credit card payments from anywhere--especially handy at trunk shows and fashion shows. We can also avoid paperwork by simply emailing the receipt! Square Card Reader, Square, Free
As you might have guessed, I love to shop when I travel! To avoid overweight luggage fees, I always bring a luggage scale so I know what I am getting myself into before I hit the airport. TraveLite Luggage Scale, TamperSeal, $25 I need all the help I can get when it comes to organization, so I love this easy credit card dispensing wallet! Push a button and voilĂ ...Visa card! Hybrid ACM Wallet, ACM Wallet, $40
ome mid-October you’ll find them on porches and stairwells, balconies and stoops--the ghoulish grins of jack-o’-lanterns flickering in the night.
The tradition of pumpkin carving is centuries old and originated in Ireland where early carvers used potatoes and turnips. The name jacko’-lantern hails from an Irish folktale about a man named Stringy Jack that after some unsuccessful dealings with the devil was left to roam the earth with a lump of coal in a carved turnip. Irish immigrants eventually brought the tale to America where they found pumpkins, a fruit native to North America, made the perfect lanterns to accompany their tale. Today cleverly carved and lit pumpkins have become one of the most recognizable symbols of Halloween. Each year jacko’-lantern designs grow more
elaborate with carved likenesses of political candidates, pop stars, and cartoon characters beaming on stoops across the nation. This year the Matchbook girls are debating between the Eiffel Tower and Nancy Drew. It’s an age-old tradition, but the possibilities are endless.
Jack-O’-Lantern Designs We Love Pantone Chip Audrey Hepburn Monogram Eiffel Tower Silhouette Bow Click to see our full gallery of favorites!
On October 31, 2005 a man in North Cambria, Pennsylvania carved the largest pumpkin in the world. It weighed a whopping 1,469 pounds. On October 31, 2006 more than 30,000 jack-o'lanterns were simultaneously lit on Boston Common, setting a world record. Pumpkin seeds take between 90 to 120 days to grow and should be planted between the last week of May and the middle of June. Pick them in October when they are the bright orange.
What was your most silly or embarrassing Halloween costume?
“Two years ago I was pregnant and sick, but I felt obligated to get a costume. My husband and I dressed up as Siegfried and Roy and my two-year-old was a white tiger. In the pictures we look so sad and depressed. They are the most pathetic yet hilarious pictures we've ever taken."
"Growing up we always spent Halloween with close family friends of ours. One year the two youngest dressed as reindeer, the three preteens (including me) dressed as elves, and both dads dressed as Santa Claus. Then, we drove around in a golf cart, a.k.a. sleigh. Scary enough, I have proof.”
“Sophomore year in high school I dressed as Scarlett O'Hara. It was a fantastic dress, until I realized that I had to go to pottery class in it. Then the next year I was a Tolkien elf and had an intense allergic reaction to my fake ears!”
Jordan Ferney Oh Happy Day
Lisa Thiele With Style & Grace
Kate Resler All This Happiness
A I was a Tolkien elf and had an intense allergic reaction to my fake ears!
“In the fifth grade I decided to be a lifesized Hershey bar. I cut arm and head holes into a refrigerator box painted chocolate brown with a tinfoil top. I didn’t consider my ability to walk or get through doorways. And when it rained Halloween night, I "melted" pretty quickly!"
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"True to my long-standing "One year I dressed up love of colourful brights, as the Wicked Witch I decided to attend a of the East, the one Halloween dorm party that Dorothy's house at university as the flattened. I painted my board game Twister. face green, dirtied my I used the spinner as outfit, and flatted my hat. a hat and then wore I even walked barefoot the Twister mat like a for awhile because as rain coat with my head you know, Dorothy took sticking up through the my ruby slippers!" middle. I spent a lot of the party being used as an impromptu gaming board!” Will Taylor Bright Bazaar
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classic staples for your closet
1. Vivienne Westwood Friday Dress, Net-A-Porter, $530 2.Evening Gloves, Debenhams, ÂŁ10 3. Pleated Silk Frame Clutch, Nordstrom, $88 4. Officiate Pump, Nine West, $85 5. Rose Duo Clip, Forever 21, $3 6. Kate Spade Cluster Earrings, Zappos, $75 7. Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace, JCPenney, $70
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her medicine cabinet your best face forward
1. Cream Shaper in Black Diamond, Clinique, $15 2. Sonia Kashuk Whining Maroon Nail Enamel, Target, $5 3. Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Antique Gold, Bobbi Brown, $22 4. Moisture Supreme Foundation in Toffee Bronze, Laura Mercier, $42 5. Fleurissimo by Creed, Perfume.com, $144 6. Philosophy Hope in a Jar, Sephora, from $38 7. Little Flirt Lash, Benefit, $15 8. Black Patent Leather Makeup Bag, Links of London, $140 9. Sheer Lipstick in Flamenco, Nars, $24 10. Michael Kors Gold, Sephora, $75
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entertainment inspired items for the home
1. Emma Feather Pendant, Jayson Home, $2,295 2. Zoey Curtain, Crate & Barrel, from $70 3. Slate Tufted Sofa, Terrain, $3,758 4. DKNY Serenity Sequin Cluster Decorative Pillow in Sand, Bed Bath & Beyond, $50 5. Arthur Side Table, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Price Upon Request 6. Nola Decanter, Crate & Barrel, $37 7. French Studio Upright, Steinway & Sons, Price Upon Request 8. Coat Rack, Urban Outfitters, $59 9. Marie MerciĂŠ Rabbit Felt Hat with Bow, Browns, ÂŁ195 10. Nixon Cocktail Table, Jonathan Adler, $1,750
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odds and ends fit for lady day
1. Engraved Music Notes, Crane & Co., $29 2. Jazz Forever Stamp, United States Postal Service, $0.44 3. Gold Pineapple Votive, Jayson Home, $10 4. Thomas Paul Luddite MP3 Case, Design Public, $24 5. Antiqued Hand Mirror, Jayson Home, $55 6. Gardenia Jasminoides, IKEA, $13 7. Lismore Clock, Waterford, $150 8. Madison Tri-Fold Frame, Z Gallerie, $30 9. Sheet Music Paperweight, MoMA Store, $28 10. Vagabond Vintage Silver Decorative Tray, Orange and Pear, $54
Cl a ssic BAubles
Classic matchbook girl films
1. Lulu Frost
Vintage Glass Drop Earrings, Net-A-Porter, $225
A collection of gems that will surely stand the test of time...
2. Bubble Necklace in Red, J.Crew, $150
3. Kenneth Jay
5. Kenneth Jay Lane
Lane Elephant Ring, Max & Chloe, $113
White Star Cuff, Max & Chloe, $187
Statement Necklace in Tigers Eye, Kendra Scott, $195
of color 6. Kenneth Jay Lane
Elephant Cuff, Charm & Chain, $170
7. Petra Bracelet, Kendra Scott, $135
8. Kenneth Jay Lane
Jade Tusk Pendant, Pret-A-Beaute, $94
10. Clic H Narrow 9.
Juicy Couture Princess Studs, Shopbop, $48
Bracelet in Red, Hermes, $570
11. Jade Cabochon
Earrings, Gumps, $2,000
12.Grosgrain Bow Ring, 13. Oval Signet Ring, Doyle & Doyle, $450
Tiffany & Co., $1,550
14. Somerset Knot
Earrings, Tiffany & Co., $600
15. Elsa Peretti
Bean Pendant, Tiffany & Co., $575
16.Pave Hoop Earrings, Coach, $98
17. Michael Kors Link Bracelet, Neiman Marcus, $125
18. Gold Bangle Set,
Ralph Lauren, $44
gold 19. Bamboo
Bracelet in Yellow Gold, Gucci, $2,990
20. Gorjana Chloe Wrap Necklace, Charm & Chain, $145
21. Hoop Earrings, J.Crew, $35
22. Trinity Ring, $1,350, and 23. Love Bracelet
in Yellow Gold, $5,575, Cartier
24. Alphabet Heart Ring, Catbird, $88
26. Kenneth 25. Love Knot Ring,
Finn Jewelry, $750
Jay Lane Bee Brooch, NetA-Porter, $75
27. Elsa Peretti
Bone Cuff, Tiffany & Co., $9,675
29. Turquoise Beaded Bracelet, Ralph Lauren, $30
Concours dâ€™Etriers Enamel Bracelet, Hermes, $650
30. La Coco Rope
Necklace, Stella & Dot, $59
31. Turquoise Beaded Earring, Ralph Lauren, $20
32. Starfish Brooch, Stella & Dot, $44
14MM Blue Topaz Albion Split-Shank Ring, David Yurman, $850
34. Tela Cocktail Ring in Blue Agate, Kendra Scott, $70
Lacquered Wood Bracelet, Hermes, $225
37. Stud Earring,
Heart Tag Charm Bracelet, Tiffany & Co., $245
Ann Taylor, $38
39. Diamond Engagement Ring, Tiffany & Co., Price Upon Request
Akoya 42. Mikimoto Cultured Pearl
41. Mikimoto Akoya
40. Elsa Peretti Open
Heart Earrings, Tiffany & Co., $245
Earrings, Nordstrom, from $340
Cultured Pearl Short Necklace, Nordstrom, from $2,660
43. Cubic Zirconia
Dangle Earrings, Target, $30
44. Isabel Marant For the Queen Opal Ring, Net-A-Porter, $175
45. Juliet & Company Cameo Earrings, Shopbop, $28
46. Art Nouveau
Pearl Drop Earrings, The Met Store, $40
Pearl Street Long Necklace, Kate Spade, $178
48. 6MM Pearl 49.
Infinity Earrings, $495, and 5MM Cable Classics Bracelet, $450, David Yurman
50. Alhambra Vintage
Bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels, Price Upon Request
very year around this time we look forward to warm apple cider, crackling fires, and the crisp fall air. ‘Tis the season of making memories around the dinner table, and what better way to welcome it than a chat with Capucine Gooding, founder of the lavish tableware line, Juliska. Gooding’s story began in fashion with her own line, Capucine De Wulf, before she and her husband collaborated to create Juliska’s signature glassware, ceramics, linens, lighting, and flatware collections. In ten years, Juliska has become a household name synonymous with worldly grandeur, elegance, and European influence…that you can safely tuck into the dishwasher after an evening entertaining old friends. We are currently obsessing over the Country Estate collection, perfect for apple harvest picnics, and the jade and ruby-toned Jardins du Monde collections simply command candlelit dinners. You can virtually set your own table on the Juliska website with their “Set My Table” tool that allows you to mix and match place settings to conjure the coziest of atmospheres. For now, we invite you to pull up a seat and get the dish from the woman behind the magic.
Written by Shannon Darrough
Photography by Rima Campbell
Let’s talk history. Your husband grew up in the tableware industry, so what were you up to before you started Juliska?
My first passion was for fashion and jewelry. Before founding Juliska, I designed a small collection of luxury dresses, coats, and accessories under a label of my maiden name, Capucine De Wulf. Now that has quite the ring to it. And who, then, is Juliska?
When my husband and I were on our flight back from the Czech Republic, I with my 48
sketchbook and he with his spreadsheets devising our master plan to launch our brand, we searched for an inspired name. Our glassware is known as our Bohemian Glassware due to the specific historical tools and techniques used to blow it. As it was the foundation of our brand esthetic, we wanted to stay true to its heritage. Then the name hit us. A Dutch-Bohemian woman had introduced us to our master glass maker, the renowned Petr Novotny? In Prague. Her name was Juliska. The name was perfect! It was a name of antique Bohemian origin, it
was feminine and captured the essence of the elegant, somewhat exotic European esthetic we were creating. How does Juliska represent your company?
“Juliska” is our ever-present muse. She embodies a fresh take on classic design–timeless European elegance updated with imaginative new interpretations and a healthy dose of modern-day functionality. She represents for us an entertaining and living attitude– timeless, romantic, and always effortlessly chic.
In your mind what are five words to describe Juliska, both the woman and the brand?
How about phrases?! She is just as comfortable in a ball gown as she is in a t-shirt. She cherishes tradition and disregards convention. She loves nothing more than to gather her loved ones at home and have them linger around a beautifully set table drenched in fresh flowers, candlelight, and an abundance of foods.
She’d rather have one original than dozens of imitations. If she had two loaves of bread, she’d trade one for flowers. Rather than follow others, she blazes her own path, even if 50
this means she occasionally You and your husband stubs her toe or has to make a seem very hands-on. How u-turn... often do you get to travClearly, she’s a Matchbook girl. Where are each of these whimsical pieces created?
Our Bohemian Glass is mouth blown in the hills outside Prague by teams of two or three blowers, a glass master, and one or two apprentices. One must apprentice for ten years before becoming a master. Each piece is then made one at a time. The ceramics are made in Portugal by a team of expert ceramic technicians and old world model makers. And all of our fragrances are made in the U.S.A.
el to those places?
Two to four times a year. Lucky gal! What is it about Portugal and the Czech Republic that make them the ideal places to create glassware and ceramics?
The Czech Republic is the heartland of Bohemian glassware and Portugal is known for centuries of ceramic tradition. We wanted to create authentic products in authentic materials that meant producing them in their country of origin. Those two countries are rich in history and knowledge of the specific techniques we employ to
Sheâ€™d rather have one original than dozens of imitations. If she had two loaves of bread, sheâ€™d trade one for flowers. Rather than follow others, she blazes her own path, even if this means she occasionally stubs her toe or has to make a u-turn...
create authentic and uncom- itâ€™s intoxicating! My biggest challenge is editing our ideas. monly beautiful things. My husband jokes that when I You must still love fash- come to a fork in the road and ion. What designs or de- I must choose left or right, I signers influence your choose both! work?
In any craft I admire the rebels, the risk takers, and the romantics. People who offer an original and unique point of view. Simultaneously, I have the utmost respect for the old guardâ€“the masters of knowledge, discipline, technique, and construction. That said, fashion and trends are not relevant to my design work. We do not watch other people or scan pop culture for ideas. There are two very important reasons for this. One: we believe that tableware should be timeless. Tableware is something that you invest in. It gets heavy usage and must stand the test of time both in your dishwasher and your personal esthetic. We want you to love your Juliska tableware in twenty years, so we create classics. Two: we strive to create uncommon classics. Rather than join an ocean of similar diluted ideas, we seek out the original source of beautiful things and reinvent those elements. Where do you go when you need inspiration?
Travel travel travel, books books books! There is no shortage of inspiration, there is so much beauty in the world
How do you enjoying entertaining?
We constantly entertain at home! We believe that cooking and entertaining are expressions of love. In warm weather we are always eating in the garden. I adore seeing a tablecloth blowing in the breeze under a tree with a huge pitcher of garden flowers and heaps of food served family style. Very casual. In cold weather I tend to be much more formal. No particular reason, perhaps the deep darkness of the cold weather nights inspires a multitude of candles, which in turn beckons all things sparkly and golden to come out and play. Is there one event you look forward to every year?
I adore black tie and my favorite thing to host is our annual New Years Eve Potluck Bash. Each year our closest friends and family come to our house elegantly dressed with the occasional costume flourish bearing their favorite dish to eat. Favorite food and friends topped off by a wickedly fabulous playlist my husband spends all autumn creating and blasts matchbook
Capucine's Chicken Soup Serves 8-10
1/3 cup butter or margarine 3/4 cup flour 6-1/2 cups chick broth, divided 1-1/2 cups warm evaporated milk 1-3/4 - 2 cups finely diced cooked chicken 1/4 teaspoon white pepper Salt to taste Garnish: Choppe parsley and paprika
Melt butter or margarine; add flour and cook over low heat until well blended. Slowly add 2-1/2 cups chicken broth, constantly stirring with whisk until blended. Cook slowly, stirring frequently, until thick. Add remaining 4 cups of chick broth, the warm evaporated milk, chicken, and white pepper. Heat just to boiling. Taste for salt. Garnish with parsley and a dash of paprika.
Capucine's Brownies Nonstick cooking spray 1/2 cup unsalted butter 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into pieces 1-3/4 cups dark brown sugar Pinch of salt 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 eggs 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9-inch-square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large saucepan over medium heat, begin melting the butter. When it is half melted, add chocolate. Remove from heat and stir until the butter and chocolate are completely melted. Stir in sugar, salt, vanilla, and eggs until smooth. Stir in the flour until well-combined. Mix in the chocolate chips. Pour and scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is dry but the center is still damp. Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack until the brownies are cool and firm, about 30 minutes.
through the house for dancing after the overeating of desserts has subsided--these are the really hilarious, rich, and magical nights whose memories serve a lifetime. When it comes to creating the perfect tablescape, what’s your style?
I LOVE to create a theme and then mix unpredictable layers. One of my favorites was an autumn welcome dinner my mother and I hosted when we lived in Atlanta and another was my husband's fortieth birthday.
If you could invite any one person to dinner, who would it be?
If it had to be only one person of all the fascinating people I know, I would choose my husband. He is endlessly brilliant, hilarious, and exciting and this is my objective opinion. If you had to invite a fantasy guest, who would it be?
Regarding fantasy guests– again–I must list at least three: Oscar Wilde as I have a penchant for clever men, Michelle Obama as she just rocks my world and I‘d love to bond with her over raising girls (we have three young daughters), and I’ve always had a crush on Mikhail Baryshnikov (I studied ballet and modern dance through college). In your opinion what defines luxury?
I define luxury as anything you value highly and can’t get enough of, if at all. For me it's time. Time with loved ones, time to read a book and contemplate. Okay, and of course a delicious designer shoe… At the end of the day, what are you most proud of?
The fact that I haven’t lost my keys or phone yet today.
What is your favorite piece in your whole collection?
The "thing" that I am currently working on. But of the existing collection, it’s the graceful simplicity of the Landon Goblet. To me, it’s perfectly proportioned, balanced, weighted and the fact that it is hand painted entirely in platinum is beyond luxurious to me. It is an exceptional pleasure to drink from. What is next? We heard a rumor that a foray into home décor and linens may be in the works!
I define luxury as anything you value highly and can’t get enough of, if at all. For me it's time. Time with loved ones, time to read a book and contemplate.
Yes, for once the rumors are true! That one about me being an astrophysicist supermodel was also true. New linens and products will be in stores in spring. Table linens, napkin rings, and placemats in fun colors and themes, new outdoor entertaining serving pieces and accoutrements--this is as detailed as I dare get as some major details are still being finalized. matchbook matchbook
WR ITTEN BY Shannon Darrough
PHOTOG R APHY BY Sherry Smith
Once in a blue moon we see a painting so enticing we can’t help but dream of leaping right in like the sidewalk drawings in Mary Poppins. Meet Canadian born artist JANET HILL —a painter whose works spur such enticement. Each of Hill’s oils has an elegant allure that demands to be noticed—stolen moments, rare beauty, a peek inside a treasured room. She began studying oil painting and fine art at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and now her work rests happily in the private collections of big names on both sides of the Atlantic. Thankfully for those of us on a budget, her Etsy shop is still a favorite source for prints, and the master painter is always on the prowl for new subjects. We sat down with Hill to find out if her world mirrors the charm and polish of those she paints. To our delight, she’s as quick as she is talented and, of course, just as glamorous. matchbook
Why did yo u become an artist ?
It actually wasn’t intentional. I kept trying to follow other career paths but had very little success at everything that I tried. Deciding to paint fulltime evolved out of a giant temper tantrum. I never really considered painting as a living because I had heard horror stories of artists living off of “Mr. Noodles.” However, when nothing else was working, I figured I had nothing much to lose and I just went for it. Where did yo u learn to hone yo ur skill?
I studied fine art and specialized in painting at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The program was pretty old school. It only concentrated on three disciplines; painting, sculpture, and printmaking. It was also very hands-on and the class size was very small, around thirty students per year, so you were always under the watchful eyes of your professors. I learned a lot from constant criticism. Would you consider yo urself as glamorous as the women in your paintings ?
Well of course! Although I’m certain that my husband would disagree. Apparently he watched me from afar for many years before we went on our first date. He had this whole mythology in his head
of what I would be like. I shattered his dreams in under four hours on our first date. Don’t ask what I did. Oh just a hint ? Wo uld the Matchb oo k girl appr ove ?
It could be a Katharine Hepburn moment if she swore like a sailor, drank a bit too much, and revealed too much about herself on the first date. I basically broke every rule for first date etiquette. Hysterical . you k n ow h ow a g o o d time! your everyday like ?
C learly to have What is r o utin e
I’m basically a hermit with weird outbursts of social activity. I work from home so sometimes my only exposure to the outside world is my
dog walk. I spend much of the morning on the computer answering emails and dealing with print orders. My afternoons are when I sit down and put Dexter or Mad Men in my little DVD player and paint. I do feel a little guilty about watching tv while I paint, but it can get awfully quiet without something to distract me. In the evenings I like to cook, drink a glass (or two) of wine, and watch a film or read with my husband. However, if I’m in “social mode” that evening, I throw on some heels and go out on the town and watch my husband nervously try and hide the tequila from me all night. D o yo u know the peo ple and places in your pai ntin gs o r are they
pro ducts o f your imag inati o n?
It’s a mix of both. Something may catch my eye or pop into my head and I’ll spend a great deal of time trying to find some sort of visual reference to work from. Often times I find myself getting out my camera and tripod and posing for a picture that I can paint from. That is often great fun in a pathetically goofy way. My concepts don’t always work, of course. I have a sad little graveyard for my discarded canvases. H ow has evo lved started?
yo ur sin ce
Good question. I think I’ve become more confident (or maybe stubborn) about painting what interests me and not matchbook
what I think will interest others. I used to get really nervous about whether or not I was getting too strange or silly with my subject matter. Now I don’t really care. There’s enough art out there for everyone and trying to be liked can really put a damper on creativity. So now I just paint what comes naturally to me.
“I think that often in life you get back what you give, and if you don’t just roll up your sleeves and get down to business then you’ve automatically failed without having a good story to tell about it.”
Can we purchase yo ur wor k s omew here other than yo ur Etsy sh o p ?
Not really. I haven’t shown much in galleries--I don’t even have a CV. There is a gallery in the city where I live that I give the occasional piece to, but for the most part I sell on Etsy. I love the exposure that you get from being online. A lot of really good opportunities have come from just being spotted on blogs and on Etsy. I actually just finished a project with Tiffany & Co. and that likely would never have happened if I hadn’t had an online presence. I know that some people really don’t like the idea of buying art online because you can’t get the full experience of viewing the work, and I get that, but for me there are more positives than negatives for selling online. What would yo u say is the best part o f ow n in g a n o rigi n al piece of artwo r k ?
I really like the idea of how personal it is. You get to wit
ness every detail of what went into the piece. It’s sort of like being at the concert as opposed to listening to a recording. It’s a unique experience and it’s hard to put into words. We often buy art for how it makes us feel and owning the original piece just seems all the more intense. Are yo u cultivati n g your ow n co llecti o n, or is there o n e pai n tin g yo u dream to ow n ?
I collect art slowly. I have a few of Gretchen Kelly’s sketches and some from Vivienne Strauss. I would love to have a Samantha French painting, but it will have to wait until we either buy a bigger house or add on to our existing one. An y advice fo r o ur creative mi nded read -
ers just waiting to put their talents to wo r k but w ho might be dau nted?
I’ve failed at most things I’ve tried. It makes you a more interesting person. To me the worst part is to never have tried. I think that often in life you get back what you give, and if you don’t just roll up your sleeves and get down to business then you’ve automatically failed without having a good story to tell about it. Wh o would yo u say has bee n the biggest cheerleader along the way ?
I’m lucky to say that I’ve had a few. My high school art teacher, Harriet, was amazing at pushing me to cobble together a portfolio for university. Once my parents realized that I had some sort of artistic ability,
they became very encouraging and helpful in figuring out how to go about selling my work. I come from a family where there aren’t too many creative types, so I was basically an anomaly. There was some concern as to what the heck I would do after I graduated from my program, but that wasn’t enough to prevent me from studying fine art. My husband is a big supporter of my work and was pretty crucial in getting me to pursue painting full-time. It was one of the few times that I actually took his advice and now I have to pay for it with humility every time he gets to say “I told you so.”
M ATC H B O O K P R E S E N T S
An afternoon with New England designers Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers W ritten
K atie A rmour by F.E. C astleberry
Ever since he challenged his prep school dress code by substituting bright blazers with custom accents for the standard navy, Kiel James Patrick has been slowly defining and refining the aesthetic of the twenty-first century prep. The young and stylish entrepreneur eventually dropped out of college to model and in no time had folks asking for his custom designs on set. Demand grew and a fashion business based on New England tradition was born. Each item sold in Kielâ€™s eponymous line is made in his home state of Rhode Island by local craftsmen, a major point of pride. There the designer lives the American dream with his lovely partner-in-crime, girlfriend, and business partner Sarah Vickers. Matchbook was honored to spend the afternoon with the handsome couple and learn what makes them tick.
What five words would you each use to describe yourself ? Kiel: Apple-crisp, FantasticMr. Fox, plaid, swift, risky Sarah: I recently was deemed a “skeptic.” Bookworm, girly, mischievous, and sweet-tooth Who in your life has influenced your style? Kiel: My grandfather and his friends at the country club were my first glimpse to classic lifestyle as a boy. Ultimately quality has influenced my style. I don’t deem myself “preppy” per say, but instead a man who seeks quality materials, craftsmanship, and well thought out design (which often times is recognized as “preppy,” as classic attire is almost always well-crafted). Sarah, do you have any historic style icons? Sarah: I love ad models for Life magazine in the late 1950s early 1960s. Our kind of girl! We hear you’ve been instrumental to Kiel’s success. When did you get involved in the daily operations? Sarah: We have been working side by side on the brand since day one. There have been many long nights. Initially we made the product ourselves, and then we moved onto ship matchbook
ping and packaging. Now it’s answering emails, creating new products, and improving upon existing products. It is important to have a team where all parties involved can take on the role of “jack of all trades.” The key is to form a team that cares about the business just as much as you do. We absolutely love the women’s products you’ve added to the line. Did you spearhead the design of the earrings and headbands? What’s next? Sarah: Thank you! I will take full credit for the headbands, but the earrings were actually 76
intended to be novelty buttons for polos. One day we decided they would be adorable as jewelry, and the rest is history. The brand would not be complete without handbags, skirts, and dresses. There’s more to come, I promise! Kiel, we were very impressed to learn everything in your line was sourced and made in New England. Why is this important to you and how have you made it happen? Kiel: I personally feel there is something to be said for a product that is crafted in an environment that is true to the lifestyle aesthetic that a com-
pany creates for the consumer. America is full of skilled craftsmen. My dream is to find as many of them as possible and put them to work. Authentic handcrafted details are hard to find these days. As my line expands I will prove that classic originality, quality, and brand integrity will position value to overcome price. Your ambition is contagious! Sarah seems to be very much your partnerin-crime. What is the trait you most admire in her? How does she compliment you? Kiel: I had always wished I had two of myself to get more
accomplished in a day. Then I found Sarah. We work side by side each day as a team enjoying work, life, and reminiscing over memories we’ve built together these past ten years. Her values are a reflection of my own and we validate each other’s strengths through support, honest advice, and opinion. And Sarah, what is the trait you most admire in Kiel? Sarah: I most appreciate his enthusiasm, passion for work, and new ideas. There are replicators and innovators and he is consistently original (right down to the year-round mismatched Christmas and Halloween socks on his feet!). You two crack us up. Kiel, what advice do you have for budding entrepreneurs? Kiel: I hiked seven miles up a mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire today. Being an entrepreneur is like hiking. The first few steps you realize you have miles to go and you wonder if you’ve got what
“KEEP YOUR MIND FOCUSED ON YOUR GOAL. WITH AMBITION AND EFFORT YOU WILL GET THERE AND YOU WILL THANK GOD YOU PUSHED YOURSELF SO FAR.” matchbook
“WE WORK SIDE BY SIDE EACH DAY AS A TEAM ENJOYING WORK, LIFE, AND REMINISCING OVER MEMORIES WE’VE BUILT TOGETHER THESE PAST TEN YEARS.”
it takes to make it. A few miles up you’re deep in the woods and you push on to see what’s ahead. Nearing the summit your outlook is clearer and you see the terrain below as it never looked before. There are obstacles that will slow you down, but keep your mind focused on the summit--your goal. With ambition and effort you will get there and you will thank God you pushed yourself so far. Sound advice indeed. On your journey thus far has there been any one moment when you realized, “I’ve made it”? Kiel: I’m hoping that moment comes soon now that the business is finally allotting us a little more time. I’m just hoping she says “yes.” Hearts will melt worldwide when the read this! Okay, you two, care to share any exciting dreams for the company? Kiel: I dream of a factory with a giant wooden sign outside that reads Kiel James Patrick Accessories & Sarah Vickers Patrick Apparel. Thousands of men and women working, thinking, and creating remarkable U.S.made products for the world to enjoy. WE CAN’T WAIT TO VISIT! matchbook
K I E L JA M E S PAT R I C K . C O M
T H E I R TOP PICKS LEFT: Kiel James Patrick • RIGHT: Sarah Vickers C ommodore T ruxton
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$85 | Classic English silk Repp Stripes combined with nautical rope detail, this tie is the latest New England born treasure that brings a new cord to the classic man’s wardrobe. B oaz T omb
$88 | Our braided rope belt is completely hand-crafted in Rhode Island using the highest quality vegetable tanned leather and hand knotted nautical cord you can get your hands on. B inx B olling
$45 each | Influenced by the great outdoors, the Cambreshire Dunes collection is an ensemble of rustic overtures, neutral colors, silks, tweeds, and tartans. W erewolf in D ublin
$112 | Combining Irish/ Scottish/England heritages harmoniously we’ve cultivated a marvelous belt commingling tweeds, herringbones, silks, tartans and Jacquards.
S adie J udy
$32 | Whether you’re pushing your hair back for a windy day of sailing or just tying together an outfit for Sunday brunch, our vibrant and comfortable Vicker Leed Headbands are a classic addition to any girl’s wardrobe. matchbook
editor’s wishlist A DAY WITH
K IE L JA M ES PATRICK • Hit snooze button three times • Go on coffee run, everything bagel and cream cheese • Call website team several times and make sure they’ve rolled out of bed and are coming over (late night previous night) • Sit outside and answer emails • Hop on conference call with our European distributors and give them updates on what to expect for Summer ’12 • Spend another hour on phone checking in with sales reps • Call great customer thanking them for nautical sweater they sent me in the mail • Edit pictures for latest bracelet wrap line we’re about to release • Head to antique store to pick up new bookshelf Sarah just had to have • Take pictures in antique store for VickersPatrick.com blog post • Head to East Greenwich for quick lunch (turkey club and Woodstock Inn Brewery Autumn Brew) • Head back to studio and work on designing and sewing samples with Sarah for several hours while listening to The Kooks new album (Fred Castleberry got it stuck in our heads) • Hop in the Jeep and head up to Fall River to meet with Frank Clegg (leather designer extraordinaire) to grab a fresh batch of belts and discuss how the samples for the new products are coming • Meet for drinks and dinner with friends • Head back to studio and work on emails and social media for a few more hours • End with bed and a movie 86
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San Francisco icon Joy Venturini Bianchi on fashion and helping others PHOTOGRAPHY BY Cooper written BY
Carras Katie Armour
t’s a sunny San Francisco day at the Helpers House of Couture. Matchbook has been granted a special afternoon with the Director, Joy Venturini Bianchi, who at the moment is dazzling our photographer in a vintage marabou-lined coat. She paces across the leopard print carpet, hands dancing expressively about despite the enormous bangles on each bird-like wrist. “I think this is the ultimate in chic. Can’t you just see this walking through the door? Hello, I’m here!” she trills, flinging open the coat so the feathers catch the light. To know Bianchi is to be whisked away by a force of nature--a lively force of good. Since age thirteen when she first began volunteering with the developmentally disabled, the now seven 90
ty-two-year-old Director has made it her mission to provide proper care to those in need. The fact that she, with her round Gucci frames and regal silver bouffant, has become a fashion icon along the way almost seems an afterthought. To Bianchi clothes are far more than silk and sequins; they’re vehicles for her cause. “We’re living in a society today where they tell you image is the key to everything. But we’re looking a little deeper when we dress people,” she explains. “We’re looking for that indescribable, indefinable thing of the soul.” A San Francisco native with fashion in her blood, Joy grew up with a father who was an Italian shoemaker and a mother who shopped five full seasons each year. Her mother taught her that dressing well was a means of celebration. “Clothes are about good manners,” Bianchi reminds us, “... about honoring the occasion.” Bianchi’s volunteer work began at a time when services for those with physical or mental impairments were virtually nonexistent. In 1962 she helped found a home for developmentally disabled adults that touched countless lives over the span of forty years. When it closed its doors in 2002 (sadly, times had changed and many of the 92
dedicated staff had passed on), Bianchi came up with an idea. Why not use it as a place for raising awareness so they might continue doing good? "God gave me a dream to show the beauty of special, precious people who are disabled through the beauty of fashion," she explains. In true
form, she ran with it. The nine-room “Helpers House of Couture” has been listed by Vogue as one of the seven best vintage shops in the world. Spectacular pieces flood in from donors across the globe and many have a story--the Pucci pieces, she discretely mentions, belonged
“I think this is the ultimate in chic. Can’t you just see this walking through the door? Hello, I’m here!” matchbook
to a dear friend of the Duchess of Windsor. Endless racks brim with dresses by Oscar, Chanel, Ralph Rucci, Galanos, and Halston. Items range from ten dollars (there is an entire room with pieces under one hundred dollars) to the thousands. The collection also includes menswear, home accessories, hats, shoes, and a bevy of baubles.
tonio Martins, dedicate time each week to organizing the ever-evolving collection. Martins, a local interior designer, is as modest as he is kind and also finds a thrill in styling women to the nines.
“We love to help people who have to dress for an occasion,” Bianchi says, letting her imagination run wild. “A wedding at the Plaza or their “We can now fill the needs fiftieth anniversary.” of any size, for any event, at any time of the day. Her favorite women to dress From 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.!” are the curvy kind. Bianchi proudly declares, leading us about the space. “Everyone is gorgeous and I have a whole special section She and fellow volunteer, An- for my girls that are size twelve 94
and above. Someone wearing a size twenty-three can look just as beautiful as someone size double-zero. That’s important to keep in mind.” All the proceeds go to charity and the funds now support multiple causes. A recent focus has been wheelchairs for disabled persons who have been bedridden for most of their lives, which Bianchi and Martins both speak about with passion. Despite being surrounded by the most luxurious of material things, these two never lose sight of the end goal--helping others.
“Clothes are about good manners,” Bianchi reminds us, “...about honoring the occasion.”
After a whirlwind day of dress-up, the Matchbook girls must bid adieu. Bianchi has each of us write down our home addresses. 98
“I need addresses because I Please note: Shopping at write letters! I use a pen--a the Helpers House of Couture is by appointment only. To fountain pen!” request an appointment please contact: (415) 387-3031 or A Matchbook girl indeed. email: email@example.com
on joy suit: Ralph Rucci dress (pg.99): George Halley gown from the 1960â€™s ostrich dress (pg.105): Pauline Trigere
"We’re looking a little deeper when we dress people. We’re looking for that indescribable, indefinable thing of the soul.”
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whatâ€™s in your bag? Illustrator Kristina Hultkrantz imagines the fabulous finds in Sofia Coppola â€™s bag. Adore the director and style-setter as much as we do? The print is available in Kristina's etsy shop!
Eric and Nicole Smith The Location ... My lifelong home-
town of Spokane, Washington in the gorgeous Spokane LDS Temple We met ... in class at Brigham Young University. The proposal ... We drove out to Colorado to visit his family for the weekend. That Saturday he showed me the state in our own private airplane! When we landed and entered the hanger, we were greeted by a candlelit dinner, two dozen roses, and a little Michael Buble. Eric wasted no time getting down on one knee, and I wasted no time saying YES! My dress ... fit like a glove. It needed zero alternations and was everything I had hoped for! Simple yet stunning. It felt very "us" because ... it was classy yet casual and fun. By the end of the night everyone was dancing like there was no tomorrow! We honeymooned in... Playa del Carmen, Mexico at an amazing all-inclusive resort. Heaven!
for the ceremony and a charming local farmer's market for the reception We met... at Luke's family's beach house when we were sixteen. The proposal... took place at the same beach house where we had met almost seven years earlier. My dress... was a perfect-fitting Tara Keely, no alternations necessary! And bonus--it had pockets! It felt very "us" because... we served delicious Southern comfort foods we love and I snuck monograms in wherever I could. We honeymooned in... the Florida Keys.
Photography by Travis Richardson
Photography by Studio 222
Luke and Betsy Storey The Location... A sweet Episcopal church
Paul and Sarah Dean The Location ... We were married at
Stuart Tiffen and Holly Fox The Location ... The home of a family friend in Healdsburg, California
We met ... in journalism school in
The proposal ... came with dessert at a
restaurant overlooking the Sydney Opera House. My dress ... was a simple J.Crew dress I'd been eyeing online for years. It felt very "us" because ... I walked down the aisle to Lykke Li's "Little Bit," one of our favorite songs.
We honeymooned in... Amsterdam.
Photography by Anna Harriman and Dylan Western
First Presbyterian Church and the reception was held at Eudora Welty's childhood home, The Eudora Welty Commons, in Jackson, Mississippi. We met ... We went to the same elementary school in Jackson, but didn't meet until his last year of college in Oxford, Mississippi. The proposal ... I thought I was meeting my three sisters for dinner in Jackson, but when I walked into the restaurant the hostess led me to a private room in the back where Paul was waiting! My dress ... was found at a local bridal store, Bridal Path in Jackson. They did a fabulous job of tailoring and adding lace sleeves so I felt like it had been made just for me! It felt very "us" because ... Paul is an M.F.A. Poetry student so it was really special to have the reception at Welty's old house. I am a painter and part of the house is now an art gallery so it was perfect! The groom's cake was made by my fatherâ€™s assistant who has made us homemade caramel cake every year for as long as I can remember. We honeymooned in... San Francisco and Sonoma!
Photography by Melissa Breedlove matchbook
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Matchbook Magazine, October Issue