ELEVEN SIX + LAKE & SKYE

ELEVEN SIX visits Courtney Somer, the founder of Lake & Skye at her new, Kingston studio-space. Courtney talks about the journey that led to starting her beautiful fragrance and aromatherapy line, daily inspirations and how she strives to find balance being a working mama.

Photography by Delaine Dacko | @delainedacko

Courtney wears  Jenna jacket  (made by Bolivian artisans) +  Aura crew neck  in Ivory

Courtney wears Jenna jacket (made by Bolivian artisans) + Aura crew neck in Ivory

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How did the world of Lake & Skye evolve?

My journey in wellness started in my early 20’s with an escalating health issue. After months of trips to doctors with no resolution, on a whim I went to see a healer who helped to diagnose me and gave me various alternative treatments to heal in one session! It wound up being an experience that led me down a positive path of wellness. There was much less dialogue around mind, body connection twenty years ago than there is now. I became a seeker that went on to study various forms of wellness including reiki, nutrition, meditation, kundalini yoga and prenatal yoga over the next decade. Once I became a mother, I started to use essential oils for healing and this eventually led to a study of aromatherapy. As a long time lover of scent, I started working with a perfumer to develop fragrance and aromatherapy blends. After two years in development, Lake & Skye was born in 2015, named in honor of my two girls.

Courtney wears  Tess sweater  in Cloud blue/Ivory +  Lea skirt  in Cloud blue

Courtney wears Tess sweater in Cloud blue/Ivory + Lea skirt in Cloud blue

What inspires you day to day?

Our upstate community, women running businesses, music, my family, being in nature and taking time to myself. I’ve found that having extra time is such a luxury these days and whenever I am able to do something just for me, it really opens up extra space creatively.

Courtney wears the  Freya sweater  in Multi-color

Courtney wears the Freya sweater in Multi-color

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What exciting projects are you working on right now?  

We are finishing new products launching in 2020 and some other developments soon to be released! I’m excited to keep growing Lake and Skye and am taking it one step at a time.

Courtney wears  Charlotte sweater  in Ivory w/ her own skirt

Courtney wears Charlotte sweater in Ivory w/ her own skirt

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What do you do to stay balanced as a working mama? 

Its’ not always as graceful as I wish, thats for sure! Before I had children, I used a lot of my free time on spiritual outings and events. I would go to sadhana, yoga classes and meditation classes or hear healers speak. I loved doing that and always felt I was growing because of it. Once I had my girls (and pretty close in age to one another), any free time was devoted to them. I would long to go on a retreat but it just wasn’t happening. I spoke to one of my teachers about it and realized that my spiritual practice was right in front of me, learning to be present in the midst of the chaos. And if anything will wake you up to the parts of yourself you want to improve, it’s having children. Motherhood is life magnified—the good, the bad, the messy and the beautiful. It cracked me open in a way that no spiritual course could. One thing I do rely on daily is my kundalini yoga practice. I use the tools from the teachings for everyday things for example the mantra of protection every time I’m in a car or breathing techniques for stress.

What does the ELEVEN SIX brand mean to you and what is your favorite piece this season and why?

Living in Upstate NY means living in layers and in Eleven Six! The temperature can change 20 degrees from morning to afternoon. I love the soft gorgeous knits and cardigans, they are part of my daily wardrobe. This season I can’t pick one so am going with a the head-to-toe tonal look: The Tess sweater and Lea Skirt in cloud blue. They feel so soft and I love the way the skirt moves when you walk. Also I will be wearing the Charlotte hand-knit sweater for an all white look, its my new staple!

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Shop the stunning Lake & Skye range…  (HERE)  !!

Shop the stunning Lake & Skye range… (HERE) !!

ELEVEN SIX + RAVENWOOD

ELEVEN SIX talks to Dana McClure of Ravenwood at their incredible, converted, Upstate barn-space. Ravenwood has hosted and curated a series of weekend pop-up shops…where farming, food and design meet in the most perfectly, serene way!

The last pop-up, farm shop of the season is this long weekend… Oct 12/13/14….don’t miss out!

Photography by Delaine Dacko

Dana wears Fall 19  Caroline Sweater : a design collaboration with Swiss-artist  Caroline Denervaud .

Dana wears Fall 19 Caroline Sweater: a design collaboration with Swiss-artist Caroline Denervaud.

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How did the world of Ravenwood evolve?

Ravenwood began as a collaboration between my husband and I when we first moved upstate in 2010. It’s an attempt to integrate our two worlds – his in agriculture and culinary arts, mine in art and design. We’ve since hosted farm dinners and a farm shop out of our 1850s barn in Kerhonkson, NY. It’s a chance for us to showcase the work of our favorite NY-based growers and makers, including our own – Chris’s homegrown produce and my mixed media art. We’re so lucky to call the Hudson Valley our home with its heightened seasonality and rich history of artisans and farming. Each season, the experience we create in our space changes, but the central focus has always been to inspire creative exchange and to celebrate time and place. 

Dana wears Fall 19  Ella cardi  in Nude tweed layered over our  Edie T-neck sweater  in Ivory

Dana wears Fall 19 Ella cardi in Nude tweed layered over our Edie T-neck sweater in Ivory

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What inspires you day to day?

I’m inspired by all the creative people surrounding me. It seems like just about everyone we know moved up here to carve out time to make something special and focus on their craft – growers, brewers, distillers, painters, potters, textile designers, the list goes on and on. I get so much creative fulfillment and inspiration from those close to me who are fully present and dedicated to their work, whatever that may be.

Also, it’s impossible not to be guided by the natural world around us. We grow a substantial amount of food and flowers on our property and we also harvest 4 acres of maple trees at the start of each spring to make maple syrup. So, this time spent in our garden and deep in our woods, influences my work for sure – the shifting palettes, textures, and varying light each season. It gets more magical each year. Thought I’d be in the city forever so loving the country this much is a pretty big surprise for me. Slowing down and experiencing this all with my kids has opened me up to a whole new visual vocabulary to explore in the studio.

Dana wears Fall 19  Mia Sweater  in Ivory/Navy stripe

Dana wears Fall 19 Mia Sweater in Ivory/Navy stripe

Dana wearing Fall 19  Mia sweater  in stripe with  Lail Design  ceramic coffee mug

Dana wearing Fall 19 Mia sweater in stripe with Lail Design ceramic coffee mug

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Dana wearing Fall 19  Mia sweater  in stripe with  Lail Design  ceramic coffee mug

Dana wearing Fall 19 Mia sweater in stripe with Lail Design ceramic coffee mug

What are your dreams for the future of Ravenwood?

I really hope that Ravenwood continues to be an open, flexible container of sorts for us to explore our ever-shifting ideas about food + art. I love that our space is cyclical and seasonal so that it can change each year. We have so many far-fetched dreams for Ravenwood but try to take it one small step at a time, to slowly chip away at a creative hub that we can share and enjoy with the community.

Dana wears Fall 19  Nina sweater  in Persimmon red. Nina is also available in Oatmeal melange and Navy.

Dana wears Fall 19 Nina sweater in Persimmon red. Nina is also available in Oatmeal melange and Navy.

What are the highlights of life and community Upstate?

When we first moved upstate, I feared we would lose the community we had built around our work and life in Brooklyn. But a whole new community opened up for us up here. Finding others who were starting a family and trying to carve our their space and open businesses has helped us develop deep friendships that have offered us so much support and encouragement – both personally and professionally. Having the time to really nurture these relationships is what I would say is the biggest highlight of life upstate. Life is still busy for sure, but there seems to be less distractions to keep you from truly connecting with those around you.


Ravenwood brand Maple syrup produced on their local land! It’s exquisite!

Ravenwood brand Maple syrup produced on their local land! It’s exquisite!

What does the ELEVEN SIX brand mean to you and what is your favorite piece season and why?

I love wearing Catherine’s pieces. I think I’m up to five of them! Each fall I look forward to wearing Eleven Six sweaters. They can all be worn in a relaxed or polished way which fits my lifestyle of working from a home studio and interacting with guests in our shop. The craftsmanship of these pieces makes me feel so luxurious when I wear them – like I’m prioritizing myself and that feels good. My favorite piece from the new collection is the Caroline sweater. It’s a collaboration with abstract painter Caroline Denervaud and I love how Catherine was able to capture the rhythm and movement of her forms in a wearable piece. It’s so nice to feel wrapped up in the artistry of two talented women when I wear this piece that is made from the absolute softest, air-spun alpaca.


CELEBRATING OUR ARTISAN WOMEN...In honor of international womens day…

ELEVEN SIX’s novelty knitwear is hand-made by cooperatives of artisans in Peru and Bolivia. These women (and a few men) are empowered by working in an entrepreneurial or family-workshop environment and are dedicated to the production of high quality pieces using traditional textile techniques of hand knitting, macramé and crochet. The many hours that are devoted to crafting every item make each piece produced by an artisan one of a kind. It’s tag denoting the artist’s signature and an edition number, passes on some handcrafted love to its new owner.

See behind the scenes videos and photo by Ellie Connell of Reeling Films…

Also see Catherine Carnevale’s VOGUE LIVING travel diary piece: Andean Artisanship HERE

Meet some of our artisan women….on our past trip we captured a series of group shots and portraits of these incredible souls whom are the roots and heart of ELEVEN SIX. We wanted to share a few

Meet artisan Judith (left) with her Mother (center) and Auntie (right) at a family run workshop on the outskirts of Lima. Her husband, brother-in-law and nephews work on the hand-flat knitting machines and the women-knit by hand. They are working on our Fall 18 production.

Meet artisan Judith (left) with her Mother (center) and Auntie (right) at a family run workshop on the outskirts of Lima. Her husband, brother-in-law and nephews work on the hand-flat knitting machines and the women-knit by hand. They are working on our Fall 18 production.

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Meet artisan Maria whom runs a small family-run workshop from her house. The workshop have produced our signature  Mia sweater amongst other styles.

Meet artisan Maria whom runs a small family-run workshop from her house. The workshop have produced our signature Mia sweater amongst other styles.

Meet artisan Elza whom is part of our Lima-based group that produce our signature hand-knit pop-corn stitch  Camilla sweater

Meet artisan Elza whom is part of our Lima-based group that produce our signature hand-knit pop-corn stitch Camilla sweater

In La Paz, Bolivia visiting the women’s cooperative we work with. These traditionally dressed artisan women are known as Cholita’s and are a symbol of cultural identity. They wear their dress with pride daily as it celebrates their femininity, elegance and pride. Its incredible that they work in their bowler hats all day long!

In La Paz, Bolivia visiting the women’s cooperative we work with. These traditionally dressed artisan women are known as Cholita’s and are a symbol of cultural identity. They wear their dress with pride daily as it celebrates their femininity, elegance and pride. Its incredible that they work in their bowler hats all day long!

Meet artisan Agueda.

Meet artisan Agueda.

Meet artisan Magdalena Mena whom has such a fun-filled, lively personality.

Meet artisan Magdalena Mena whom has such a fun-filled, lively personality.

Meet artisan Maria

Meet artisan Maria

Meet artisan Ana Quea. Often the color combinations of the artisans outfits incredibly inspiring. We incorporate and use of the rayon tape yarn that the artisans macramé their shawls from within some of our ELEVEN SIX pieces.

Meet artisan Ana Quea. Often the color combinations of the artisans outfits incredibly inspiring. We incorporate and use of the rayon tape yarn that the artisans macramé their shawls from within some of our ELEVEN SIX pieces.

Meet Artisan Elvira

Meet Artisan Elvira

Meet artisan Paulina Machaca.

Meet artisan Paulina Machaca.

JEN SZETO for ELEVEN SIX FW|18

Long-standing, brand-collaborator: Jen Szeto, curated and styled another stunning story with an ELEVEN SIX sweater assortment we are proud to have produced for Nordstrom this FW18. We are honored to showcase this visually captivating photo-story: “From Sea To Sky”, where Szeto takes us through the Window of her Imagination so beautifully once again…

Model | Styling | Art Direction | Writing by Jen Szeto

Photography by Colin Trenter

Tess Sweater in Persimmon Red, $345   (SHOP HERE)   styled back to Jen’s own skirt.

Tess Sweater in Persimmon Red, $345 (SHOP HERE) styled back to Jen’s own skirt.

The Mia Sweater, Lilac, $295  (SHOP HERE) . Mia will also be available in Geranium, Steele Blue and Black & Ivory Stripe in Mid-November…

The Mia Sweater, Lilac, $295 (SHOP HERE). Mia will also be available in Geranium, Steele Blue and Black & Ivory Stripe in Mid-November…

The Tess Sweater in Persimmon Red/Vicuna combo, $345   (SHOP HERE)   styled with Jen’s own skirt. Tess Sweater is also available in Vicuna/Melange Grey  (SHOP HERE)  and Solid Navy  (SHOP HERE) .

The Tess Sweater in Persimmon Red/Vicuna combo, $345 (SHOP HERE) styled with Jen’s own skirt. Tess Sweater is also available in Vicuna/Melange Grey (SHOP HERE) and Solid Navy (SHOP HERE).

Haley Hoodie in Melange Grey, $395  (SHOP HERE)  styled with Jen’s own pant.

Haley Hoodie in Melange Grey, $395 (SHOP HERE) styled with Jen’s own pant.

Kira Sweater in Multi-color, $475  (SHOP HERE)  styled with Jen’s own skirt

Kira Sweater in Multi-color, $475 (SHOP HERE) styled with Jen’s own skirt

Marlowe Wrap in Vicuna, $560  (SHOP HERE)  and styled back to Jen’s own pant.

Marlowe Wrap in Vicuna, $560 (SHOP HERE) and styled back to Jen’s own pant.

Lian Cardi in Ivory, $595  (SHOP HERE)  is hand-knit in Peru by artisan women. Lian Cardi is styled back to Jen’s own skirt.

Lian Cardi in Ivory, $595 (SHOP HERE) is hand-knit in Peru by artisan women. Lian Cardi is styled back to Jen’s own skirt.

ELEVEN SIX TRAVELS | SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA | PHOTO STORY - PART 2

This was my second visit to the world’s largest salt flat. I had fallen in love with this other-worldly place two years prior.  It’s an incredible experience being surrounding with what seems like infinite, silent, whiteness and eternal horizons.  I had previously been inspired to visit Salar de Uyuni by a local installation artist: Gaston Ulgalde who plays with placing unexpected colored objects or people within the powerful and spacious, white environment. The most talented Ellie Connell of Reeling films captured on camera an impromptu photo-shoot showcasing some SS18 and FW18 pieces....I just walked out into the white! 

See the Vogue Living Andean Artisanship feature covering the ELEVEN SIX travel diary here.

VIDEO BY ELLIE CONNELL OF REELING FILMS (@REELINGFILMS)

SS18  Samira Pant  +  Sade Tunic  in Navy hand crocheted by Peruvian artisan women.

SS18 Samira Pant + Sade Tunic in Navy hand crocheted by Peruvian artisan women.

Marlina crochet dress  is Co-founder: Catherine Carnevale's favorite SS18 piece!

Marlina crochet dress is Co-founder: Catherine Carnevale's favorite SS18 piece!

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The Cactus Island (Isla Incahuasi) is a magical island remotely located in the midst of the expansive salt flats. The island hosts a multitude of gigantic, ancient cacti. You can do a short, hilly hike around the island from which the views out amongst the majestic cacti are spectacular!

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SS18 THEA TOP in Crimson  (shop here).

SS18 THEA TOP in Crimson (shop here).

SS18 Rebecca dress -  shop here

SS18 Rebecca dress - shop here

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After the rainy season some areas of the Salt Flats keep a shallow lake of water. The reflective effect is luminous and serene!

After the rainy season some areas of the Salt Flats keep a shallow lake of water. The reflective effect is luminous and serene!

FW18 Lisa jacket (coming soon on line) hand-crochet by Bolivian artisans 

FW18 Lisa jacket (coming soon on line) hand-crochet by Bolivian artisans 

FW18 Kira Sweater coming soon...

FW18 Kira Sweater coming soon...

ITS A WRAP!!

ITS A WRAP!!

ELEVEN SIX TRAVELS TO LIMA, PERU & LA PAZ, BOLIVIA...INSPIRATION HIGHLIGHTS - PART 1

This past May, Co-founder: Catherine Carnevale traveled down to Lima, Peru and La Paz, Bolivia to meet with artisan groups ELEVEN SIX work with, tend to product development of up and coming collections and re-visit her favorite places and discover the new. Ellie Connell of Reeling Films travelled along side to document along the way. Part 1 focuses on places of inspiration outside of the work day....part 2 & 3 coming soon....

See the Andean Artisanship,Travel Diary that Vogue.com featured here,

Photos and Video Stills courtesy of Ellie Connell of Reeling Films

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18  Talia tank  and  Yasmin Culotte

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18 Talia tank and Yasmin Culotte

Strolling through the streets of the creative, Barranco district of Lima is definitely a favorite past time. Turning down each meandering street lie little pockets of local discovery often with snapshots of ocean-views. This day I was on my way to the MATE museum (Mario Tesino’s not-for-profit center aiming to bring Peruvian artists and culture to worldwide attention). The museum is beautifully set in a restored handsome 19th century mansion.

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When in Lima I love to stay at SECOND HOME PERU which is nestled in the heart of the Barranco, arts district. It is a majestic, eclectic guesthouse and gallery once the family home of the prolific Liman artist.: Victor Delfin. Being amongst the paintings and sculptures throughout the house is a vibrant and inspiring experience. It truly feels like a second home and I can’t imagine staying anywhere else when in Lima!

 

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18  Viola Tunic dress

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18 Viola Tunic dress

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18  Abi Sweater  and own jeans

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18 Abi Sweater and own jeans

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Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18  Sade Tunic

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18 Sade Tunic

The breakfast setting: the dining room is particularly grand and the breakfast setting is as colorful as the bold paintings that surround you!

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Guest’s are able to access Delfin’s beautiful pool which is tucked away below the guesthouse, nestled in the cliff face. I adore the dramatic terracotta color, curved steps and the presence of his surrounding sculptures. A plunge in the pool after a busy day in Lima feels as creative as it is refreshing!

On our last morning Delfin’s daughter, gave us a viewing of the artist’s serene ocean-view studio and gallery. Delfin is In his 90’s and is still actively producing work and apparently still works late into the night, then rises late. (The man in the photo is one of Delfin's studio assistants.

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Museo Larco is a place I visit every time I return to Lima. The Museum opened in 1926 housing Rafael Larco's vast collection of pre-columbian relics and is housed in an 18th-century vice-royal building. I adore this open-air courtyard and have enjoyed taking a moment on a number of occasions in its peaceful, tranquil setting. The ceramic rooms are my absolute favorite to wander, with pots and artifacts shelved from floor-to-ceiling. I get lost staring at the inspiring graphic patterning and shapes which have previously been used as design inspiration for ELEVEN SIX collections!

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18  Thea top  and  Voilet Skirt  in Crimson

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18 Thea top and Voilet Skirt in Crimson

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LA PAZ, BOLIVIA

After a busy morning at our artisan cooperative we took a short late-afternoon drive out of the city to Valle De las Animas; a visually stunning Valley made up of needle-like rock formations created by eroded mudrock. Standing amongst this incredible, other-worldly place it's such a juxtaposition to stare back at this urban-mass of La Paz in the distance. This is a must-see if you are in La Paz!

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The city of La Paz sits in a bowl-like shape surrounded by a powerful mountain-scape. Above is the view towards the city and below is my view facing the other direction! I recall feeling a sense of light-headedness (probably from a little jet-lag coupled with the 12,000 ft altitude) as I stared out at this spectacular vista!

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18  Luna Wrap  (her favorite travel companion) &  Cayla Jumpsuit

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18 Luna Wrap (her favorite travel companion) & Cayla Jumpsuit

DINNER IN LA PAZ AT GUSTU

As I sat at the bar of Gustu, I enjoyed an exquisite, smoked mescal cocktail, served with an elaborate garnish which included a Palo Santo smoldering stick. The smoke acted as an energy-calming pause after our packed schedule La Paz day. This was just the beginning of an incredible gastronomic culinary twelve-course, tasting-menu journey we were about to embark on! The Danish founder of Gustu: Claus Meyer is also the co-founder of Noma and the Melting Pot foundation; a not-for-profit program aiming to improve opportunities for the under-privileged and young-offenders through food initiatives. At Gustu all ingredients are pure and sustainably sourced from land of Bolivia with a zero-waste philosophy. Gustu is considered the: "Manifesto of the new Bolivian Cuisine." The menu was truly a genius, cultural, and creative eating experience!

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18  Selma Crochet Top  and in Black

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18 Selma Crochet Top and in Black

SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA

This was my second visit to the world’s largest salt flat. I had fallen in love with this other-worldly place two years prior. On the outskirts of the Salar de Uyuni and one of the first places you come to in the flats great expanse is the Great Train Graveyard. The multiple, abandoned locomotive trains and rail tracks that go infinitely into the horizon really warrant the name.

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Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18  Elsa Sweater  and own jeans

Catherine wears ELEVEN SIX SS18 Elsa Sweater and own jeans

Part 2 - Photo Story of the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia coming next week.....

ELEVEN SIX + EDIBLE LIVING

ELEVEN SIX talks to Sarah Copeland of EDIBLE LIVING about her love for food, rich celebration of life and the day to day curation of her Upstate life as a working wife and Mama...

Styling + Art direction: Catherine Carnevale

Photography: Delaine Dacko

 

Sarah wears  Lola sweater  in pale camel, made in Peru from Peruvian baby alpaca yarn.

Sarah wears Lola sweater in pale camel, made in Peru from Peruvian baby alpaca yarn.

Sarah wears  Lola sweater  in pale camel |  Madras throw  in cream is draped over the chair

Sarah wears Lola sweater in pale camel | Madras throw in cream is draped over the chair

How did the world of Edible Living evolve?

After my first few years living in New York City, working in women’s magazines, I fell in love with food—the art of it, the beauty, the nourishment, the joy. I’d always loved how food interests with life—it’s around food that we gather, celebrate, brainstorm, and often birth new ideas and adventures—but my writer brain went into overdrive and I wanted to know more of the story

I went to culinary school, worked in haute-French restaurants in the city, and as a private-chef in France, and then studied nutrition before starting my own business. It became really clear that spending my time inspiring and educating people about how to nourish their lives, first at the table, and then beyond, is how I can give from my own life in the most meaningful way.

Sarah wears  Camilla sweater  and  Lilliana skirt  in cream + Catherine wears  Marina Sweater  in multi tweed.  Both sweaters are hand-knit by our Peruvian artisan women in the softest baby alpaca yarn.

Sarah wears Camilla sweater and Lilliana skirt in cream + Catherine wears Marina Sweater in multi tweed.  Both sweaters are hand-knit by our Peruvian artisan women in the softest baby alpaca yarn.

What exciting projects are you working on right now?  

I’m currently writing my third cookbook, and though each one has been a labor of love, I’m especially proud of this one; It’s about completely embodying the stage of life I’m in right now, and feeling incredible about it. I want everyone who picks up this book to feel that way about their life, too.

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What inspires you day to day?

When I lived in the city, I was inspired by chaos and design--the meeting up of beauty and rawness side by side all around me. I love those moments when something beautiful appears before you and just grabs you, wholly. Now my home is my biggest inspiration—it’s not perfect or fancy, but from within these walls I’m able to build a whole creative world (professionally), plus nurture my family, my friendships, and our community. Occasionally I crave more land, more privacy, a bigger studio for my work—but when I think about how much this space has fed me and our family and our creative vision, I just feel so grateful.

Sarah wears  Talia vee sweater  in melange grey, made in Peru in baby alpaca yarn 

Sarah wears Talia vee sweater in melange grey, made in Peru in baby alpaca yarn 

How do you strive to strike the balance between being a working Mama?

I don’t take for granted for a second how fortunate it is to work for oneself; Because of that, I can influence when I push harder for my career, or push harder for my family life. There’s no perfect balance, but after the birth of my second baby, who we waited what felt like a lifetime for, I learned that putting aside work completely for two solid days every week to focus on my family restores me creatively. Even if that can’t always be on the weekend, I’m committed to it.

I don’t believe in the being-busy-means-being-important myth, although I think I once did. Part of my letting go has to do with aging gracefully, and knowing that what I’m accomplishing right now, this month or this year, is enough.

It also helps that my daughter is getting to the age where she sees and appreciates the positive effects my work has on our family, and often runs into the kitchen or my office and says, “how can I help?” where as my son, who is only 2, still wants my undivided attention whenever I am near. But I know now how fleeting this time is, so I’m trying to remember that work will wait, and often not change much while my head is turned. The kids, on the other hand, grow by leaps and bounds every time I blink.

 

What baking recipe would you like to share?

Bittersweet chocolate tart. This recipe is perfect, and super easy for the holidays. It makes you look like you’ve done much more work than you actually have, which, to your above question, is what’s working for me right now. It’s a little trick I learned from the French—they’ve mastered that.

 

Sarah wears  Uma Poncho  in Multi color, made by Bolivian artisan women in a baby alpaca blend.

Sarah wears Uma Poncho in Multi color, made by Bolivian artisan women in a baby alpaca blend.

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What does the ELEVEN SIX brand mean to you? 

I am an experiences over things person, one hundred percent. Most of the furniture or things in our house were acquired out of an experience; from a special branch we picked up on a hike to the furniture we sit on, most of which was made by craftsmen or artists we know—including my husband.

I love that I can explain to my seven-year-old, Greta, that our clothes can also be handmade and special—works of art, rather than something you buy, crumple on the floor and later toss aside. She knows that this gorgeous camel sweater was handmade by a craftsman or woman, and designed by her friend Oliver’s mama. It inspires us and our children to understand the story behind our possessions—to desire less, and appreciate what we already have instead.

I love that my favorite eleven-six sweater (the cream bobble) isn’t an object—it’s an experience. It’s feeling warm but still feminine when I’m out apple picking with my kids. It’s the soft folds of the sleeves as my arms wrap around my 2-year-old son after a long day.  It’s feeling confident the minute I put it on to go meet a friend or collaborator, despite how many balls I have in the air that day.

It’s more than a sweater, it’s a story. And for me, story is everything.

 

 

ELEVEN SIX + LINNÉ

ELEVEN SIX visited Jenna Levine (Founder of LINNÉ ) at her Brooklyn home to create a photo story of her favorite FW17 ELEVEN SIX pieces, and to discover more about the mission of her beautiful, natural skincare line… 

Styling + Art direction: Catherine Carnevale

Photography: Delaine Dacko

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    What led you to create LINNÉ botanicals?


I started making skincare from natural and edible ingredients for my mother and sister when I was ten years old. My sister, then only 7 years old, had perfect skin, but years later she developed cystic acne. She began a course of Accutane while I was studying botany and herbal medicine, so I decided to focus my thesis work on improving the health of her skin through safer alternatives. Together we iterated until we had what is now known as BALANCE face oil. Her skin is now radiant, clear, and scar free. 

Jenna wears  Sofia sweater  in Bordeaux | Made in super, soft alpaca-blend yarn hand-knit by Peruvian artisan women, with LOVE

Jenna wears Sofia sweater in Bordeaux | Made in super, soft alpaca-blend yarn hand-knit by Peruvian artisan women, with LOVE

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What is the mission behind LINNÉ botanicals? 

We created this line for hardworking people like my sister. We know busy schedules don't always allow for the healthiest practices, or elaborate routines, so we aim to provide a healthy, effective, simple-step protocol (indicated in roman numerals- a reference to the taxonomical classification system developed by our namesake, botanist Carl Von Linné). All our ingredients and components are scrupulously sourced with the health of our customer, and planet, in mind. Whether your self-care regimen be a quick, nonchalant act or a sacred ritual we want to provide the highest quality product for an experience that simulates the results, and has the feel of, a luxury spa. 
 

Jenna wears  Mara ruffle tank  +  Lilliana sweater  skirt in cream | Made from baby alpaca in Peru with LOVE

Jenna wears Mara ruffle tank + Lilliana sweater skirt in cream | Made from baby alpaca in Peru with LOVE

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What are the exciting plans you have for the future of LINNE botanicals?


LINNÉ would like to work more intimately with our suppliers, whether they be foragers, farmers, or chemists, and work towards making our operation more sustainable.

Jenna wears  Lorena sweater  hand-knit in Claret and  Lilliana sweater skirt  in cream | Made in baby alpaca yarns in Peru, with LOVE

Jenna wears Lorena sweater hand-knit in Claret and Lilliana sweater skirt in cream | Made in baby alpaca yarns in Peru, with LOVE

What does the ELEVEN SIX brand mean to you?  

LINNÉ resonates with the ELEVEN SIX philosophy: the commitment to sustainability, support of indigenous culture and industry, and the appreciation of artistry and craftsmanship. The clothes feel unique and special, but are unfussy - perfect for hardworking women like us!

 

Jenna wears  Camilla sweater  hand-knit in mélange grey + Lydia track-pant in Salt & pepper tweed | Made in super-soft baby alpaca in Peru, with LOVE

Jenna wears Camilla sweater hand-knit in mélange grey + Lydia track-pant in Salt & pepper tweed | Made in super-soft baby alpaca in Peru, with LOVE

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What is standing out for you from ELEVEN SIX FW17 collection?   

I adore the sumptuous-textures of the super-soft, baby-alpaca, hand-knit pieces, particularly the popcorn stitch of Camilla sweater, and modern cables of Lorena sweater.  I often stick to wearing neutrals, but when I tried on the rich Claret and Bordeaux colors I was won-over by their beautiful cast. I love the versatile end-use of the ELEVEN SIX  FW17 collection, and that I can pair the pieces in different ways, dressing them up or down. I enjoy how they make me feel simultaneously comfortable and at ease, while remaining sexy, flattering and fun!

Jenna wears Emery jumpsuit in Black | Made from alpaca silk in Peru, with LOVE

Jenna wears Emery jumpsuit in Black | Made from alpaca silk in Peru, with LOVE

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ELEVEN SIX + THE HARDIHOOD

ELEVEN SIX talks to the The Hardihood founders: Daisy and Leah, on what inspired their quest to create the most exquisite sugar free cakes that are as delicious to the eye as they are to taste!  On meeting The Hardihood duo a couple of years ago we not only fell in love with their irresistible produce but the fun energy, passion and drive they both projected. The photo story is shot at their east London studio featuring some versatile ELEVEN SIX SS17 pieces that they enjoy for work and play! 

Daisy (Bottom) wears:  Maryana Wrap + Selby Tank  |  Leah (top) wears: own tee-shirt + Abby Pant |  Made in Peru |   SHOP HERE

Daisy (Bottom) wears:  Maryana Wrap + Selby Tank  |  Leah (top) wears: own tee-shirt + Abby Pant |  Made in Peru |  SHOP HERE

Why were you inspired to start The Hardihood?

We gave up sugar together at the beginning of 2014 and realized that there was nothing on the market to that felt like an indulgence but didn’t look incredibly brown, bland and boring so we started to make our own at home! We wanted to make abundant cakes that not only tasted amazing but looked beautiful too. We started off in our home kitchens with a tiny blender, and raided our local health food shop for all their nuts, dates, cacao and superfoods.

Daisy wears: Tia Crochet tunic | Handmade by Peruvian artisans |  SHOP HERE

Daisy wears: Tia Crochet tunic | Handmade by Peruvian artisans |  SHOP HERE

What are the core values/mission statement of The Hardihood?

We make beautiful, nutritious, raw confectionary that is as visually stunning as it is tasting. We’re absolutely committed to offering a choice, not an alternative. If a Hardihood cake doesn’t taste as good as something your grandma would make then it’s not going to make the cut! No one else does anything that looks this good, tastes this good and is as good for you. As a company we believe in having fun, trying new things and sharing our findings. No preaching, no gloating, no waxing lyrical....just sharing passion with modesty and honesty.

Daisy wears: Tia Crochet tunic | Handmade by Peruvian artisans |   SHOP HERE

Daisy wears: Tia Crochet tunic | Handmade by Peruvian artisans |  SHOP HERE

What inspires you both day to day?

We know that The Hardihood exists within a growing market of food and drinks brands we believe it’s our creativity that that sets us apart. We’re incredibly passionate about the aesthetics, taking inspiration from lifestyle and fashion brands, especially in terms of minimalism and playfulness. In terms of how we behave as a company we’re inspired by practices that make us consider how we take care of ourselves, each other and the planet; yoga, meditation… even a touch of therapy are all things that affect the decisions we make and they way we choose to approach every day challenges.

Leah wears:  Athena sweater tank + own pant  |   SHOP HERE

Leah wears:  Athena sweater tank + own pant  |  SHOP HERE

What exciting future plans do you have for the Hardihood?

Just this week we have outsourced our production to a factory! This is an exciting step for us and something that’s been over a year in the works. The cakes will still be beautifully hand made but there will be more hands making them meaning we can get The Hardihood to more people. We’re currently working on a new product that will launch this summer, it’s going to be incredible! Watch this space!  Scaling the business is important to us, we love what we do and enjoy the natural evolution that comes with growth. It means that no day is the same as the last, we’re constantly having to adapt and learn new skills. It’s can be challenging but usually it’s exciting!

Daisy (Left) wears:  Maryana Wrap + Selby Tank  |  Leah (Right) wears: own tee-shirt + Abby Pant |  Made in Peru |   SHOP HERE

Daisy (Left) wears:  Maryana Wrap + Selby Tank  |  Leah (Right) wears: own tee-shirt + Abby Pant |  Made in Peru |  SHOP HERE

What does the ELEVEN SIX brand mean to you?

When we first discovered ELEVEN SIX at the Woman show in Paris it was the quality of the yarn that kept us coming back for more. There’s something so luxurious about being dressed head to toe in baby alpaca. The neutral colors of the clothes and the upstate, autumnal tones of the look book kicks up visions of relaxed holiday living. Have you seen Big Little Lies? Nicole Kidman is phenomenal in it and her whole wardrobe should be ELEVEN SIX!

Leah wears:  Ruby sweater tank (SS16) + Abby sweater pant |  SHOP HERE

Leah wears:  Ruby sweater tank (SS16) + Abby sweater pant | SHOP HERE

What did you select from SS17 ELEVEN SIX collection?

Daisy: I chose the ribbed Maryana cardigan for it’s relaxed, comfortable shape and clean linear aesthetic. It’s the perfect piece to throw over a simple outfit to create a chic elongating shape. I’m all about comfort in my day to day dressing, so this jumped out at me for its soft comfortable appeal.  I also chose the Selby tank was the perfect versatile layering piece and the Tia crochet tunic for some modern eclecticness!  Leah: I chose the Alima baby alpaca throw because I couldn’t resist the colors and then the white backless Athena sweater tank for its frayed edges and gorgeous peekaboo rear view. The Abby ribbed pants I owned from a previous season and have worn so much for work and play so to I loved updating my wardrobe with the pima cotton white pair!

Daisy wears: Maia sweater | Made in Peru |  SHOP HERE

Daisy wears: Maia sweater | Made in Peru | SHOP HERE

Leah wears: Alima throw/wrap | hand woven in Peru |  SHOP HERE

Leah wears: Alima throw/wrap | hand woven in Peru | SHOP HERE

The Hardihood recently launched a recipe book: RAW CAKE.  Check out their book HERE

ELEVEN SIX + EVERY MOTHER COUNTS

ELEVEN SIX is proud to partner with Every Mother Counts on their Orange Rose Mother's day collection.  We have produced a limited edition run of twenty Sophia baby blanket's made from the softest Peruvian baby alpaca. The blanket was named after our new baby girl born earlier this year.  Each blanket's hangtag is signed by the woman artisan maker and issued with it's edition number to pass on a little more of the handcrafted love to its new owner. We will donate 100% of the net proceeds to Every Mother Counts. Together we can help make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.

BABY SOPHIA + SOPHIA BABY BLANKET, $225.   SHOP HERE

BABY SOPHIA + SOPHIA BABY BLANKET, $225.  SHOP HERE

Did you know that 303,000 women die every year from complications during pregnancy and childbirth?  That means over 800 women will lose their lives this Mother's Day. For each of these deaths, an average of 4 orphans are left behind. While most maternal deaths occur in the developing world, we lose 2 women everyday here in the U.S. Up to 98% of these deaths are preventable. Every Mother Counts has already impacted over half a million lives!                                                                                       Quotes: Every Mother Counts 

SOPHIA BABY BLANKET SIGNED HANG TAGS, $225.   SHOP HERE

SOPHIA BABY BLANKET SIGNED HANG TAGS, $225.  SHOP HERE

Why the Orange Rose?

"The Orange Rose is a symbol of maternal health and is a powerful reminder that safer motherhood is possible. It represents a beautiful, vibrant and strong life, like that of a mother who has been supported through pregnancy and childbirth. Pass the #OrangeRose to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for every mother, everywhere."         Quotes: Every Mother Counts

ELEVEN SIX + Window of Imagination

ELEVEN SIX Woman: Jen Szeto of Window of Imagination curates a spirited photo story with her favorite items from the ELEVEN SIX SS17 collection, shooting close to home at the beautifully rugged Land's End, Ocean Beach in San Francisco...

Modeling, Art Direction & Styling: Jen Szeto

Photography: Adrian Elliot

Jen wears Elvera Cardi, handmade by Peruvian artisans in Peruvian pima cotton. Pant: Jen’s own.  SHOP HERE

I love to shoot in vast, beautiful natural environments; some of my fondest memories have been shooting in Yosemite, Death Valley and Iceland. Each of these places feel more like a fantasy world than reality, and I appreciate feeling like a speck of dust within their enormous landscapes.

Jen wears Elvera Cardi + Liza Crochet Bikini top handmade by Peruvian artisans in Peruvian pima cotton.  SHOP HERE

Being in nature is where I connect with my spiritual side, quiet my mind, and focus on the moment with the people I love most. I am constantly humbled by all the different textures, colors, shapes, and smells. I prefer to shoot in nature's organic, undisturbed canvas – it’s already well set and all I need is my creativity to harmonize the moment.

Jen wears Liza Crochet Bikini top handmade by Peruvian artisans in Peruvian pima cotton.  SHOP HERE

I support small, independent labels like Eleven Six not only because I enjoy the brand's aesthetic but as it is a sustainably produced product. The clothing has so much more significance to me knowing that the women artisans who handcraft the quality clothing are supported in return, thus contributing to their local economy.
The Liza Crochet Bikini top is a versatile piece; something I could wear on a sunny beach day or layered with a cardigan and high waisted pants for the everyday.

Right: Elevra cardi + Yossy jumpsuit

Left: Liza Crocket Bikini + Jen ’s own pant.

 

I loved last season’s Kaitlan jacket so much that I wanted to keep building my texture collection. The Elvera Cardigan is so fun and chic; it's a great layering piece to freshen up a simple outfit.
My love for jumpsuits knows no bounds! The Yossy Sweater Jumpsuit is so soft and comfortable I can wear it everyday in multiple ways. I really enjoy pairing it back to the Elvera Cardigan.

Jen wears Yossy sweater jumpsuit, made in Peru in 100% Peruvian mercerized pima cotton.  SHOP HERE

 

Jen wears Yossy sweater jumpsuit, made in Peru in 100% Peruvian mercerized pima cotton.  SHOP HERE

ELEVEN SIX | SS17 Collection Inspiration & Travels…

The ELEVEN SIX SS17 collection inspiration takes from travels to Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats. ELEVEN SIX became intrigued by this magical place after discovering works of the Bolivian installation artist; Gaston Ugalde and Dutch photographer’s, Scarlett Hooft Graaftland’s work. Both artists signature is placing colorful objects or staging model’s in this spectacular and powerful white environment.
“It is amazing being in a place where all you see is whiteness: No sound, almost no life, just white salt everywhere you can see...it was an unique and serene experience!”  Catherine Carnevale (ELEVEN SIX co-founder) 

Above: Photo by Local Uyuni installation artist Gaston Ugalde

The collection’s palette is inspired by the tones of white salt (salar), the casts of Uyuni’s indigo blue sky and accents of color: a blush, a pop of geranium and sugared pink taken from the exquisite sunset skies and the artist’s installation play. The powerful contrast and experience in this environment are translated into the collections playful graphic knitwear stitches, texture and patterns. 

Above: SS17 collection inspiration: the Dutch Photographer Scarlett Hooft Graafland regularly shoots at the Uyuni de Salar and is is known for placing colorful objects or staging models in this spectacular environment. 

Above: SS17 collection inspiration: Dutch Photographer, Scarlett Hooft Graafland.

Above: SS17 collection color inspiration: Local Uyuni installation artist Gaston Ugalde places brightly colored objects against the striking background of the salt flats.

Above: SS17 collection color inspiration: Local Uyuni installation artist Gaston Ugalde. 

Above: Catherine Carnevale of ELEVEN SIX gazes out into the incredible white expanse of the Uyuni salt flats from the Cactus Island 

ELEVEN SIX | Collaboration with Sara Savery

“The first time I saw Sara Savery perform as solo artist (aka 'Drop the Gun') and with her husbands band Blue Foundation I was mesmerized by the extreme beauty of her voice paired with the dreamy, electronic beats.  Sara’s sound is so hauntingly pure and encapsulating!  Collaborating together was a natural partnership as we fully appreciated each others creative endeavors.  Sara articulates the sensory mood of each ELEVEN SIX collection so perfectly through her music as she dives into it’s spirit and essence.”  ELEVEN SIX Co-founder - Catherine Carnevale.
“Music is always on my mind. If I'm not able to be creative it feels like I'm not really myself. I become frustrated and close-up. Music has always been a big part of who I am and is like a place within me.”

Sara wears Pre Spring 17: Mia sweater tank and Eva sweater skirt. made in Peru in alpaca, silk blend yarn.  CLICK HERE TO SHOP

 

“I am inspired by everything around me. Everyday I try to keep an open mind and take elements from what I experience here and there, transforming it into words, sounds, and music. It could be something someone said in the corner store or a set of emotions when facing a challenge of some kind.” 
"It's always interesting to explore brands from a musical perspective, working with still pictures and moving images I am presented with. I am very visual when I write music and always have some kind of imagery in my mind when I'm composing, like different spaces you enter. My music is often referred to as being 'dreamy' which I think has to do with the way I approach songwriting.”

Sara wears Pre Spring 17 collection: Sophia sweater jacket in baby alpaca yarn, hand crocheted by Bolivian artisans with the Mia tank & Abby pant, made in Peru. CLICK HERE TO SHOP

 
“To me ELEVEN SIX signifies quality and beauty. There is so much time, effort, thought and work put into each collection. I think of minimalism and grace when I look at the pieces. It's a sophisticated and modern brand but somehow timeless. I am a proud owner of the Sophia jacket which has that fun 'wow' factor at the same time as being comfortable, cool and elegant. It's a real head-turner.”
“Collaborating with ELEVEN SIX is a great opportunity for me to be part of growing something new and unique. I am attracted to brands that have a clear definition and strong sense of what they represent both visually and musically.”

 

To stream Sara Savery music compilation curated for ELEVEN SIX story: CLICK HERE

View ELEVEN SIX videos by Reeling Films and music by Sara Savery below:

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ELEVEN SIX TRAVELS | Meeting Our Artisans…

Earlier this year Catherine Carnevale of ELEVEN SIX travelled down to Peru & Bolivia to visit their Women Artisan groups. This photo story shares some of the behind the scenes illustrating our sustainable small batch production and the uniquieness of the handmade!

“ It was incredible to connect with these talented and humble artisan women that make the ELEVEN SIX brand possible. In turn, the artisans were both motivated and excited to learn how their hand work is being showcased and promoted through our knitwear collection.”

ELEVEN SIX working on Pre Spring 17 product development with artisan women group near Puno, Peru.

 

 

“These women are empowered by working in an entrepreneurial and community environment with the support of a leader whilst having the flexibility to work from home as the caretakers of their families”.    
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“ The artisan’s smiles truly light up the room! Despite our conversation being translated it was wonderful seeing their different personalities come alive as they explained their work and backgrounds.”

 Narzaria is one of the artisans group leaders

Artisan Mariluz

Paulina is the head artisan leader of all artisan groups in the Puno area

Artisan Maria

 
"Paulina, the head artisan leader is a powerful and passionate woman whom monitors the quality of hand work amongst the Puno artisan groups keeping standards consistently high”.

ELEVEN SIX working on Pre Spring 17 development with head artisan Paulina.

 

“One of the artisans greatest joy’s is to make the designers dreams come alive and into a knitted reality! These women pride themselves on being highly skilled in hand-knitting, macramé, crochet, hand-weaving, and hand-looming that they can translate in to our modern designs.” 

ELEVEN SIX working on Pre Spring 17 development with head artisan Pausldsl Head artisans working at the cooperative in La Paz, Bolivia on ELEVEN SIX production.

 

"When we receive our ELEVEN SIX samples in New York they mean even more to us knowing the woman whom has handmade our pieces with LOVE.”

JEN SZETO | Window of Imagination

''You can immediately sense that each ELEVEN SIX piece is extremely well crafted and unites form, function, and versatility without being ostentatious or complicated''

Jen wears FW16 Kaitlan Sweater Jacket hand crocheted by Bolivian artisans in baby alpaca blend yarns | Jump Suit & Shoes: Jen’s own

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What is your occupation?

I recently started working with my husband as a Producer at Oddfellows, a San Francisco & Portland-based motion design studio that he co-founded. So far it’s been great. I work with an amazing team and feel lucky to be able to connect with Colin on both a professional and romantic level. It’s not always easy working with a partner, but we’re diligent about setting boundaries and treating each other with respect.  In the evenings, on the weekends, and any free moment in-between, I focus on all things Window Of Imagination – shooting and editing photos, coming up with new content ideas, or fostering relationships old and new. 

Jen wears FW16 Kaitlan Sweater Jacket hand crocheted by Bolivian artisans

 

What inspires you day to day?

Colin (my husband) is a big part of my daily inspiration. He provides a different perspective on almost every subject, which I really appreciate, and he helps simplify my vision whenever my thoughts become overly complex.  Also, being outside and having a moment to breathe and observe my surroundings brings new life to me. Since I work in an office most days, it can be hard at times to escape the concrete box. Whenever I have the opportunity to step out I almost always come back with a slew of new ideas racing through my head. The best part of these walks is observing the subtleties of everyday life.  Sometimes I’ll pass by a plain building and notice the sun showering it with beautiful dappled light which causes the colors to pop and the textures to morph in unexpected ways.  I find these details hypnotizing. 

Jen wears FW16 Lila Tee-neck Sweater, made in Peru with the softest Peruvian baby alpaca yarn | Jeans: Jen’s own

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What does the ELEVEN SIX brand signify to you?

To me, ELEVEN SIX represents modern, effortless style that is refined in structure and meticulous in detail. You can immediately sense that each piece is extremely well crafted and unites form, function, and versatility without being ostentatious or complicated. That’s why I particularly love the Lila tee neck sweater. It is a timeless, high-quality staple that I know I'll keep for generations.  Since I live in San Francisco, jackets are my most prized investments. During the many brisk months, I'll take comfort in wearing the ultra-soft Kaitlan alpaca sweater jacket. It’s one of the most standout pieces in my closet and to my amazement, it goes with everything I own!

Jen wears Pre Spring 17 Rochelle Dress, made in Peru with the softest Peruvian alpaca silk yarn | Shoes: Jen’s own

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