Capri Sun August 04 2014, 0 Comments

I’ve visited many places that have enchanted me, and it’s a great feeling falling in love with a location.  Last week it happened to me all over again when I visited Capri.  Everything about this tiny Italian island was wonderful: the food, the people, the weather, the cliffs, and the sea.  Especially the sea…

Sophia 203 for ecru Moon Palm Pouch resting on the cliffs of Capri.  


(Images courtesy of ecru)





Arthur Elgort's Moving Snapshots March 24 2014, 0 Comments

"You can take a picture or you can make a picture.  I much prefer the latter." 

Arthur Elgort knows how to bring out the best of his subjects, especially when he is taking pictures of active women.  Known for his snapshot style, Elgort enjoys moving with his subjects as he takes his pictures.  He started his career as an as an assistant to fashion photographer Gosta Peterson.  Elgort became influenced by Peterson's use of natural light. In the 1970s Arthur took a series of women in white bathing suits in different forms of activity.  These images are quite striking and "moving".  


(Images courtesy of Arthur Elgort for Vouge and Vogue UK)


Horst P. Horst, the Regular Avant-Garde September 02 2013, 0 Comments


“I like taking photographs, because I like life.  And I love photographing people best of all, because most of all I love humanity.”  

During Horst P. Horst’s sixty year spanning career he was able to capture images of elegance, style, and glamour but always by filling them with life.  Horst’s career started in Paris with French Vogue in the 1930s and soon after he moved to American Vogue.

His famous images are from the magazine during the interwar period, when he was highly influenced by many of his friends in the art world.  He “tamed the avant-garde to serve fashion.”  Horst’s summer covers for American Vogue show this playful artistic aesthetic that took something regular, such as putting on lipstick, by making it fantastic.


(Images courtesy of Vogue)





Nina Leen Finding Beauty In The Ordinary July 31 2013, 0 Comments

Nina Leen enjoyed photographing everything, but she had a special way of making the mundane look interesting.  Her subjects included her dog, different species of animals, American women and adolescents, and abstract artists.  

The Russian photographer lived in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland before she moved to the United States in the 1940s to became one of the first female photographers for Life Magazine.  Leen ended up shooting 50 cover stories for the publication.

Her series of photographs for Life Magazine focused on her fascination with everyday pedestrian life in America.  Leen was known for making her subjects feel comfortable, and that’s why her images of “regular” women have a certain ease to them.  


(Images courtesy of Life Magazine & Pintrest) 

Weaving for a Cause July 15 2013, 0 Comments

Collaborating with different manufactures encourages traditional handicraft techniques and the unique artisans behind them.  ecru’s kitchen and beach towels are produced by Kara Weaves a wonderful creative venture, from Kerala, with a social cause.  


Kara Weaves was born out of the need to give Kerala's handloom industry a much needed push.  The small team behind Kara works closely with various cooperative communities of handloom weavers to create customized products.


“Thorthu” is the finely woven cotton material used for the towels, which was traditionally used as Ayurvedic body-wipe fabric.   Handloom is used because pure cotton yarn is only suitable for slow speed spinning and weaving process.  This technique preserves the luster, color-holding, capacity, absorbency, softness, and durability of the cotton products.  


We have already introduced you to their bright towels this past spring, so stay tuned for our new range of colors and designs in our latest collaboration with Kara Weaves.  


(Images courtesy of Hind Al Tamimi and ecru) 

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