EDITOR’S LETTER of our one-year anniversary? and, after the launch of every issue, the wakefulness that greets us despite our lack of sleep, because we’re so excited to hear what our readers think of our latest efforts?
looking back over the past year, there is so much for our rue family to celebrate. together, we’ve spent these twelve months pouring our creative hearts and souls into producing this magazine. along the way, we’ve also been lucky enough to make some astoundingly talented friends, to treasure our gratitude for you, our loyal readers, and to create some amazing memories. Who could forget that epic desert photo shoot, for which anne and i drove a crew of fifteen and a truck full of furniture onto the sandy flats of nevada? the manhattan twilight that found all four rue editors dodging speeding taxis to capture the perfect “meet the team” shot? or the joyous celebration
PHOTOGRAPHY: EMILY JOHNSTON ANDERSON
in the spirit of the holidays as a time of reflection and savoring the season, we’ve put together our tightest, most concise issue to-date, with only the best in holiday inspiration and décor. We’ve rounded up an all-star team of curators to bring you the ultimate gift guides for every style, budget, and loved one in your life. and, for the first time ever, our very own bri emery opens the doors to her hip downtown los angeles loft. i’m sure you’ll find it to be just as colorful, fresh, and inspiring as her graphic design. as we look back on what a fantastic ride 2011 has been, and we look with anticipation towards the possibilities of 2012, we thank you for gifting us with your continued support, friendship, and feedback. From the entire team at rue, we wish you the merriest of holidays. may this season bring you happiness, peace, and good cheer. Sincerely,
CRYSTAL GENTILELLO CO-FOUNDER and EDITOR IN CHIEF