Bag: Look Book Store
I've been packing up my life lately, moving out of my apartment and gearing up for summer in New York. The worst part about packing is going through clothing, deciding what to leave in storage, what you'll need to wear for the days before you actually leave. Obviously, winter clothes are being tucked away for the summer, but with a weekend full of graduation events and senior gallery shows, I need more than a few cute outfits before I get home on Sunday. I'm all about comfort and even a little outfit repeating, so I always manage to leave out my go-to items. This bandage skirt has been my favorite item for years, it goes with practically anything and isn't too short. I've paired it with a simple white long sleeve and my favorite ASOS necklace but my favorite part about this outfit is the bag. I love finding different accessories on random websites, so when I stumbled upon Look Book Store on instagram and discovered their cute and affordable prices, I went crazy. Red is one of my favorite colors and the little touch of skull studding was the perfect amount of punk for my look. If you are a hand bag collector like myself, don't just follow the trends of Celine and Chanel bags, branch out and purchase something no one expects.
Photos by Kara Reichart
Bag: Look Book Store
I've mentioned this many times before, my friends are seriously talented. Recently, I met Mary Spenser Poletti, a SCAD senior who is majoring in accessory design. Obviously I freaked because shoes and bags are my favorite and Mary's designs are out of this world. Mary is currently participating in a contest and if she wins, she will have her hand bag design mass produced and everyone can purchase it for themselves. So, I've decided to share with you guys how cool Mary is, a little fun information about my friend and the details behind the contest so that you can help her win! Scroll down to check out my fun interview with her and her incredible designs! Don't forget to vote!
Emilie Sobel: Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? Why do you go to SCAD?
Mary Spenser Poletti: Hello everyone! My name is Mary Spenser Poletti, and I am a native of San Francisco, California.
Growing up, I was constantly drawing, painting and producing artwork - I couldn’t stop! As a child I spent my after school activities signing up for various art classes. These art classes allowed myself to become surrounded with friends who were also passionate in art. I established a harmonious relationship between socializing and connecting with others through producing artwork. Even my birthday parities included group crafts! I Looking back, I really couldn't tell you a moment where I wasn't using my imagination.
Lets see, why I chose SCAD... Well, Every easter I would visit my grandparents in Athens, and we would road trip to Savannah to eat at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House. The name SCAD has been engraved in my memory for a very long time. It felt like a natural fit to expand my creativity in a city that was a home away from home.
ES: You make incredible accessories, what inspires you? Where do you look for inspiration?
MSP: When it comes to inspiration, I enjoy keeping my handbags minimal, sleek and elegant. Too many handbags that are out currently are overwhelmed with cheap plastic materials and excessive hardware. I feel smothered when I see a handbag coated with hardware and chains - personally, I feel like that is such a chaotic, loud statement. I want my handbags to be feminine but strong. I look for inspiration mainly in Japanese and other Asian cultures. My curiosity for such wonderful cultures has been growing for many years now. When I lived in Hong Kong for a couple months this past summer, I personally saw their constant fresh eyes when it comes to design. I admire the Asian cultures for their precise, futuristic, and clean artwork.
ES: What is your senior collection about? What are the materials?
MSP: My senior collection, "Balance", is inspired by modern Japanese architecture, utilizing sharp angles in its rigid construction. The accessories blend bamboo with the bold texture of stingray leather and rich color palettes. The concept of balancing angular construction and soft materials leaves these pieces with a sleek, feminine edge. I used multiple wood manipulation techniques such as steam boxing and wet molding, and utilized my father's wood shop's various bandsaws, table saws, and other woodworking tools. Bamboo is a lightweight yet extremely study material, with an appealing grain of joints and knots. The sharp angles and geometric shapes contrast with soft routed edges, producing a harmony between masculine form and feminine finish. I produced each product in two configurations: one in satin stained wood, and the other in a lacquered black finish.
ES: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
MSP: This is always a difficult question, as I never would want to limit myself as to where I go with my life. In 5 years I want to continue to travel the world, and have a long period of time where I have lived in Europe - specifically Paris. I have been there many times, and want to be able to live in an apartment over there, getting fresh baguettes and coffee. That is my dream. I would also love to visit Jade Mountain, and spend some time swimming around there.
ES: You were recently in the SCAD Fashion Show Correct?
MSP: Yes! I was fortunate enough to be shown with the talented Sarah Humphries! It really was spectacular to be one of the few SCAD Accessory Designers who were able to have their handbags on the runway.
ES: How can people contact you?
MSP: My personal website is: www.maryspenserpoletti.com. People can take a look at my newest collections and works in progress, as well as my resume and contact information.
ES: What are you currently involved with now?
MSP: Currently, I am a finalist in the Stitch Collective Handbag Design Competition! If I am the winner my handbag design will be produced in NYC and actually sold online! This is major for upcoming designers, because it allows myself to get my name out and have people purchase my designs. In order to be the winner, I need to collect the most votes! So please everyone, vote for my handbag Mary Poletti #11. It would be an honor to win and be able to start entering into a new chapter of my life, where my designs can actually become mass produced and sold!
The voting link can be found here: http://stitchcollective.com/pages/vote
Mary Poletti #11
I love my school but one of the worst parts about it is that we do not get released for summer until May 30th. I have been anxiously awaiting the end of the school year so I can get to New York and start my internship with Harper's. Most of my daily outfits lately have been all about comfort, especially now that it is hot out all of the time. So, until SCAD officially says it is summer, I will keep dressing comfortably and chic. Maxi skirts and tank tops are my go-to for a day of errands or classes, I can move freely and still look stylish.
Photos by Kara Reichart
The SCAD Fashion show is something I look forward to every year and It is one of the main reasons I was so interested in going to school here, as well. This year was extra special because one of my best friends was chosen to show her amazing collection on the runway. It's a huge deal because major people in the fashion industry make their way to Savannah to check out our school and the fabulous collections. Sarah Humphries' collection was incredible, getting to see her final products walk down the runway was a proud moment. Every one came out and dressed up, including Bryanboy, Andrew Bevan of Teen Vogue, Mickey Boardman of Paper Magazine and so many other cool and inspiring people. This weekend I was fan-girling the entire time, meeting people I've looked up to forever and snapping too many pictures. The photos below are all from an iPhone, but I've tried my best to document these amazing 3 days. Enjoy and make sure you make your way to Savannah for next year's show!
For even more fun pictures, be sure to check out my instagram!
My go to color is black, for any and all occasions. This dress from Nasty Gal has been my latest obsession and since they day I got it in the mail, I have barely wanted to take it off. Now that it is spring time and the heat is kicking in, a little black dress that doesn't make you too hot is your new best friend. I have so many dresses hanging in my closet, but when I am struggling with what to wear for the day, I reach for my favorite yet simple one. If you are shopping online or looking for clothes to wear to your internship or job this summer, think casual but cute. I'm working at a fashion magazine, so I will probably be running all over the city but spending time in a professional office as well. My goal is to wear my cute sun dresses and pair them with a cool jacket and closed toe shoes, like ankle boots with cut out detail. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this summer, make sure you love your outfit!
Photos by Kara Reichart
As a naturally pale person, lighter colors tend to wash me out. I found this amazing beige dress and despite my skin tone I really had to have it. I am obsessed with maxi dresses because of how easy they are to wear, they can make you look so cute without any effort and they are ideal for my busy schedule. I thought this look was fun and girly, perfect for spring, but I had to add some personal touches. I hate going a day with out adding some studs or spikes, so this vintage clutch my boyfriend gave me for Valentine's day a few years ago was the right amount of punk for my look. Along with some rose gold flats I found at Forever 21, I felt comfortable and casual for the beautiful Savannah weather.
Photos by Kara Reichart
I am really excited to share that I was featured on one of my favorite blogs based in Savannah, GA. Yesterday, Cedric of You're Welcome Savannah posted a style feature with photos I got to model for in my own clothing. I love getting to style photo shoots and it is always fun working with cool photographers I am fans of. To see the entire shoot click here!
When I first moved into my cute two bedroom apartment a few years ago, I loved it despite one thing. My closet happens to be tiny and that is basically every fashion lovers nightmare. As I began to unpack I quickly realized I was going to need a lot more room. My bedroom was pretty small but it had just the right amount of space left for a big clothing rack. I had always wanted one but there was no use for one at home, so when I saw this opportunity, I took it. Now my room is full of life and fashion. I chose to keep my favorite coats and sweaters hanging on it along with a new dress I have plans to wear this weekend. My bags hang along the sides and my huge nail polish rack accents the wall to the left of it. When you're moving into a new place, temporary or permanent, make sure you feel comfortable and at home. I feel so at home in my cute little downtown apartment all because of how I chose to arrange my space and add a personal touch.
Photo by Grace Ann Leadbeater
Dress: Free People
Shoes: Forever 21