Curiology is a little funky company founded by visual artist Alie Ward. Originally from San Francisco, Ms. Ward reluctantly relocated to Los Angeles five years ago, and has become known for both her apparel line and her paintings.
About De Novo Coats: I absolutely love coats! I can think of nothing I’d rather do than design a new coat, make the pattern, and fit it. I have 10 years of experience, working in San Francisco as a pattern maker and designer. A few years ago, after making a clothing collection for a few seasons I became pregnant with our first child. I then decided to focus my time on coats and jackets, where my heart is anyway.
Each piece is an original design. I work hard to find the best fabrics, and most are in very limited quantity. If you see a style you like but not the ideal fabric/color, please email me with requests. I have others fabrics in my studio and will be happy to send swatches!
What detail. These remind me of trips with my mother to the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. By fleur fatale.
Shortly after completing his latest album at the end of 2008, UK singer/songwriter Liam Frost parted ways with his record label, Columbia. Luckily, he was able to walk away with the master tapes for “We Ain’t Got No Money, Honey, but We Got Rain”, which he released on his own label in the fall of 2009.
With an alternative/folk sound that, to me, is reminiscent of San Francisco’s Matt Nathanson, Liam is quietly grabbing the attention of fans on both sides of the pond, thanks to some good radio-play. The stand-out track that has things moving for Liam is “Your Hand in Mine”, his duet with Martha Wainwright; an almost-frantic, infectious track which Liam refers to as his “dirty love song”. It’s that little bit of “dirty” that keeps the song, with its dare-I-say-perky hook, from becoming too twee. Take a listen, but fair warning – this one will stick in your head:
“We Ain’t Got No Money, Honey, but We Got Rain”, Frost’s second full-length release to date, has been described as “relentlessly and realistically romantic”. And, although it is his sophomore release, it can almost be considered a debut, given the relative obscurity of his first CD “Show Me How the Spectres Dance”; an album that dealt greatly with the deaths of his father and brother. This CD still treads a bit in darker waters, but it is decidedly more optimistic and accessible. It’s pop music, for sure, but pop music for us thinking people, thanks to Frost’s reflective, intelligent lyrics. (This is an artist, after all, who named his CD after a Charles Bukowski poem by the same name.)
If the second single from the album, which is poised for release, catches on like the first, “Manchester’s Best Kept Secret” might not be a secret for much longer.
Liam Frost’s album “We Ain’t Got No Money, Honey, but We Got Rain” is available now on iTunes and various online and brick-and-mortar outlets. (Support local record stores!)
13threads: Although born and raised in Scotland, I have also been incredibly lucky to have lived, worked and studied in Los Angeles, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco and Zurich. Now back living in Edinburgh I have the opportunity to focus my passion for sewing and design into a full-time job. (Ok I need to revise this bit. As a mother of two, my ‘passion for design and sewing’ are moments grabbed between the school run, their social life and my need to have the occasional morning coffee with friends).
Lots of things inspire me but I am especially interested in the history and design of fashion, traditional costumes and textiles. I like to mix the old with the new to create something a little bit different and special. Many of my pieces are one-of-a-kind or limited editions and are all designed, cut and stitched by me in my room with a beautiful view of the castle.