Recently while I was working on new designs for Wooster & Prince, my friend and frequent collaborator, John McDonald, shared with me some of his own research on Jean-Baptiste Pillement, the French godfather of Rococo chinoiserie. Pillement’s designs and etchings from the late 1700’s often featured fantastical drawings of what Europeans imagined “the Orient” to be like. [...]
Monkeys and elephants parading through circus tents and palm trees are the highlights of the new Jour du Cirque collection for Wooster & Prince. Inspired by vintage circus prints found at a flea market, I was taken by the half-serious, half-smiling faces of the little animal characters preparing for their acts.
Though this artwork is a slight departure [...]
The recent introduction of the Bijoux Matchpad program for Wooster & Prince brought with it a new design challenge for me: creating 16 different styles of notepads that looked beautiful individually while also being gorgeous when seen as a collection.
Designing the collection was made even more challenging because we wanted to introduce them in time [...]
Summer has certainly arrived … the sky is blue, the grass is green and full, and the air is warm. To honor solstice, we wanted to share with you one of the most summery designs from my line with the Keds Designer Collective.
Stylish enough for a funky fashionista but sporty enough for a game [...]
We are so pleased to unveil the new Wooster & Prince website! Launched just this week, it features the newest products I’ve designed for Wooster & Prince as well as some of our featured retailers, merchandising tips, news and information about where to shop for our products. Enjoy!
This week at the National Stationery Show held in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, we unveiled a new crest for Wooster & Prince to celebrate our 7th year in business and to debut our newest products which feature the crest as their label.
Now, admittedly, seven years doesn’t seem like such a long time [...]
It was really difficult to narrow down which patterns to use for our new line of sneakers for the Keds Designer Collective. The vintage patterns looked so terrific on this retro shoe style, it was really tough to choose just a few. One design in particular that was a lot of fun to play with [...]
I am so pleased to unveil my first designs for the newly launched Keds Designer Collective. Using the freshest, newest patterns from Wooster & Prince’s best selling collections, I created a line of Keds that, to me, perfectly blends vintage surface design with this classic American icon.
We had such a great time interpreting which patterns [...]
Springtime in New York is a flighty season. The tease of a few beautiful days, sprinkled in with otherwise wintry ones, keeps us guessing whether spring has really arrived. When those precious few 60+ degree days come along, I try to take advantage of every second by moving our meals outside to soak up the [...]
Cocoa & Oats Drop Cookies are so quick to make, they could almost be considered a little too easy to give as a gift. But with beautiful hand-made packaging, you can turn even the simplest gift into something really special.
When I made a fresh batch of these cookies last week, we also made cute Take [...]
There is nothing more appealing than the subtle, soft green in Japanese Green Tea ice cream.
One of my favorites is the Wooster & Prince Monogram Collection. A lovely update on a classic, it includes Monogram Notecards and matchbook style Notepads.
If it’s true that “love is free”, when did Valentine’s Day become about expensive jewelry and designer chocolates?
For me, the day is simply about letting your partner know how you feel … and what better way than a love letter? A little note slipped under a pillow, into a briefcase, or taped to a mirror is [...]
I’ve never been much for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Though I love a glass of champagne as much (or more) as the next guy, it’s really New Year’s Day that I look forward to. Without the blurry haze from a late night out, I can wake up refreshed, remembering the traditions of [...]
My family and I spent a part of our summer on the Tuscan coast of Italy this year, near Castiglione della Pescaia. From the villa we rented on a lovely gentleman’s farm, we took day trips into the Tuscan countryside and to the ancient hilltop cities sprinkled throughout. Surrounded by so much beauty – both [...]
For the past several years, I’ve kept a small studio in an old industrial building on the Hudson River. The building is home to a mash up of artists, photographers, dancers, musicians, and potters — all of whom mostly ignore the run-down conditions of the building because we love the river views and, let’s be [...]
Inspiration can come from lots of directions so having a sketchbook handy is critical. I capture my ideas in lots of different sketch books and notepads, whatever size can fit in my purse or pocket at the time! But I truly love this large format Muji sketch book. The little black ribbon tie let’s [...]
For a small get-together recently, I pulled out a favorite set of antique table linens that have aged to an elegant buttery hue over the years. I love their worn edges and the subtlety of the color that hasn’t so much diminished with washings as it has “developed” over time. To me, they are more [...]
I have a very dear friend who is a prolific “canner”. Each Spring and Fall he makes jars and jars of jams, jellies and spreads from the blackberries, raspberries, and apples he picks at his Vermont weekend home. We are the lucky recipients of these gifts (thank you, Tom!) but truth be told, we can’t [...]