What she said

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“I also never know where my business is going to go. I never intended to do jewelry design. And now that’s what I do. And I never thought I’d open a store, and now we have a store. I never tie myself down creatively. If in four years I feel like I’m sick of having a store and want to close all my doors even if we’re doing well—I don’t intend to that—but I would never not be open to being like, “My life has taken me in this direction now and I don’t want to do this anymore.” Because I used to have a clothing line and now I couldn’t be happier that I don’t”

Kiki Smith:

“I am attracted to the variety of forms that exist and I am curious to have lots of experiences…I just go where I want. I follow where the work wants to go. ”

Lourdes Sanchez:

“I love painting, experimenting, and researching imagery. I do not love art directing other people, sorting out production, multitasking, or the minutia of running a company. It’s best if the people who love and are excellent at doing the latter do that part.”

 Maya Angelou:

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”

xo O

 

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I’m a quitter (and I feel fine)

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I’ve decided to close up the Judah Ross shop. I know it will probably seem sudden to most of you, but comes after many, many months of deliberation and, dare I say it, soul searching. I thought it would feel like quitting but instead I feel a hundred times lighter, and more excited for the future than I have been in years. I can’t wait for whatever creative adventure is around the next corner. It feels like a new beginning.

What makes it bitter sweet is all of you – I’m so incredibly grateful to the women I’ve met through this business and been inspired by daily. Inevitably during a tough week one of you would drop me a beautiful thank you note, and it would be the thing that picked me up and kept me going. It’s been a privilege to make clothes for you.

I’m going to keep taking orders for the next couple of weeks. Any items that are currently in stock will be marked down to close out prices and ship out within 2-3 business days. I should be able to fill preorders within 4-6 weeks. Order more than $250 to get a 15% discount with the code LASTCALL. As of November 1st the shop will be closed.

I’ll still keep posting on Instagram and Pinterest, so those will be good ways to keep in touch. I *may* even start a personal blog (does anyone read blogs anymore??) now that I’ll have the time. And of course you can always email me (oami@judahross.com).

xxxooo O

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Shop Update and Fall preview

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I feel as if the summer weather has only just arrived and yet here we are at Fall it seems. For those of you who haven’t picked up on this, I am a giant baby when it comes to chilly weather – I am in fact someone looked forward to moving to the south because the summers in Oakland were TOO COLD. True story.

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Anyway, as I was working on the Fall collection for Judah Ross I was thinking a lot about layering. It’s the way I tend to dress from October on, not just because I want to wear my favorite clothes year round, but also as a practical solution for the variable weather inside & out. When I shot the photos for the shop it was super fun to mix and match styles and fabrics which I thought gave the whole collection a richer feel. Plus Melissa, my model, loves layers just as much as I do (you might be able to tell from the photo above!).

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I’ll be adding a style from the collection to the shop every month, starting with the Basic Tee in a black & white Ikat and Crinkle hand dyed silk, but here are some of the other items that will be coming up as well.

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xo O

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Winner announced!

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Huge hugs to everyone who entered the photocontest – it was so much fun to see your pictures! The random number generator picked our winner Bekah – congrats!

xo O

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On wildness

 

“We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither in themselves.” Robert McCammon, Boy’s Life

So maybe I am a little romantic..

Via Amelia, and more here.

xo O

 

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