Category Archives: Travel

Fashion in unusual places…Peru!

An under-appreciated fashion is the art of making textiles, by hand, without the use of harsh chemicals, and made with completely organic materials. What we try so hard to make organic in the Western World is already so engraved in the culture of Peru that they have no clue what the term “organic” means! In Peru, people have maintained an incredible culture and art even though the country has been rocked by many terrible things from the moment that the Spanish conquistadors settled in 1528. That is why we’re so grateful that in our world such an art still exists and that is the art of textile making.

In Peru, ancestors of the Ancient Incans, sit in the beautiful mountains and they herd one of the most popular animals there; the llama. The llama in Peru is the equivalent of the cow in America. Indeed, Ancient Incans use the alpaca meat as food and they also use alpaca for their precious wool. The process of making textiles are incredible. This natural wool is used from the llama and it is dyed with completely natural materials, which produce incredibly beautiful and bright colors. For example, there is a deep red-colored bug that they squash for its’ color. As gross as that may sound at first read it is a beautifully simple process, which is environmentally-friendly!

Watch this video to see in more detail how these textiles are made!

These rich textiles produced by incredible people is truly a gift in the 21st century when everybody is trying to be “green.” This is truly green and we need to support people like this with their skills, which are so valuable.

As my mom and I continue to design we are very inspired by these people. After all, in such a changing world we must think not only what is beautiful, but what is good for our world.

Lots of love,

Molly & Natalia

Canadian-American Roadtrip!!!

This past summer we took a roadtrip through NY state and Canada. Travel has become very important for us and our inspirations to come in more clearly. I think that being in a different place outside of our normal surroundings, allows clearer thinking and more inspiration. Almost like a sort of meditation. The plus side is that as a family we build beautiful memories that we can always look back at and instantly smile.

We plan to travel more in the future. There are so many places we want to go to. Everywhere from Frida Kahlo’s home in Mexico City, the hip and tango city, Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Incan remains of the Peruvian mountains, and to the romantic city lights of Paris!!!

But for now, we’ll share the most recent experience we’ve had, a bit closer to home.

Where we went:

On the road! It took 7 hrs. to get from Brooklyn, NY to Niagara Falls. The drive was beautiful! We passed through lots of sun and lots of huge, but gorgeous rain clouds and of course we almost went crazy a few times when we had to pee! We drink a lot of water haha! Check out those windmills!

1st Stop: Niagara Falls (NY & Canadian side)

Molly and Nicholas on the Maid of the Mist!

Molly & Nicholas on the Maid of the Mist!

2nd Stop: Thousand Islands, NY & Boldt Castle

From Niagara Falls, we got back on the road for another 4 hours and ended up at a Thousand Islands! Dinner was in the car!

Nicholas taking a boat tour of the thousand islands. These are somewhere, more than a 1,000 islands all on the border between NY and Canada. It’s like a no man’s land, but people still manage to create a border line by adding an American or Canadian flag on their property/island.

This is the Boldt Castle on its’ own island. It was built by a man who came to America with only a few pennies in his pocket and later became very wealthy. He built this castle for his wife whom he loved very much. He hired the most talented artists & architects, but in the middle of building, his wife passed away and the castle was deserted. Less than half of the castle was fully built and for many years this castle was horribly vandalized. Currently it is being restored. It’s a very magical place. As you walk through, you see hearts everywhere. The chairs, the stain glass ceiling, the stones all have hearts.

This is the really beautiful bathroom in the Boldt Castle. I definitely wouldn’t mind having a bathroom like that! 🙂

Nicholas enjoying a nice tea at Alexandria Bay at Thousand Islands. Turns out America has some pretty interesting places! Alexandria Bay is mostly famous for having pirates in the past! So when you walk through the neighborhood there are mostly shops with pirate gear and restaurants, but just a warning, the food was terrible! This is where we got Nicholas’ gears for his Halloween costume as a pirate!

3rd Stop: Montreal, Canada

Next it was a 3 hour drive to Montreal, where we decided to have a break from the driving and let the tour bus do the driving for us! Montreal is nice and smaller than New York, although very similar!

Awesome building in Montreal!

4th & Last Stop: Quebec City, Canada

After Montreal we headed for another 3 hour drive to Quebec. Although we’ve been to Quebec before, this time it was Nicholas’ first trip there. He adored it! Quebec is like a little bit of Europe in North America and indeed, many Europeans do live there and love it!

The view from our hotel window! We stayed at a bed & breakfast, which we highly suggest to anyone who’s going to Quebec! It’s the most affordable and the best way to stay in the center of the old city. Our B&B was amazing! Natalie was the owner who took such great care of everyone and made the most incredible breakfasts in the morning!

We stopped by the local farmer’s market and art market in Quebec where we found these incredible handmade cups with “not made in china,” printed on them! You can check out the cups and other work by this artist at this website: http://hugodidier.com/

Then we enjoyed the incredibly delicious berries from the farmers market!

Glass-blowing in Quebec!

This was just too funny! 🙂

This was also just cute. We were sitting outside at a cafe and all of a sudden you hear sirens and people being told to stay on the sidewalk. All the meanwhile, we’re sitting and eating, and all of a sudden luxurious cars starting driving and parking all along the street. Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s, haha! All of the people, tourists and locals were so excited. You saw fathers picking up their sons to get a better look at the cars!

The very stunning Fine Arts Museum of Quebec.

Half of the museum is an old jail house!

After the museum we took a break, enjoyed some wine on the terrace of our B&B,  and got to sketch a little!

Apparently, this artwork is a present from Paris to Quebec and the meaning behind it is Modern Man looking back at the old!

So there you have it! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed our photos! Got get back to work now, we’re re-photographing some of our current pieces on Etsy for better details! And, great news, we’re working on a collection! But we’ll tell you more about that later 😉

Peace & Love,

Molly and Natalia