Written by The Strategy
Inspiration is all around us. It can come from art, coffee table books, people we see on the streets, travel, music – really, anywhere. When the pandemic hit and life went into lockdown, we struggled to find inspiration within the four walls of our work-from-home set-ups. After over a year of searching, we’ve come to realize that inspiration can come from even the smallest of details.
As The Strategy hopes to share the inpsiriaton behind the style of our favourite fashion insiders and muses, we’ve decided to share with you the little details in life that have been inspiring us. Here is what inspired us this week.
We miss travel. We miss the sights and sounds of new destinations, the smell of a new city as you exit an airport, and picking up souvenirs from local sellers. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – travel has always been a huge source of inspiration for us. With border restrictions still in place and travel abroad seeming a bit more risky, we’re indulging our wanderlust desires with the simple addition of ‘travel bracelets’ to our summer looks. The ones pictured above were from a local artist in Miami, as well as a beach store in Bali. Each one brings up a travel memory and transports us back to days of jet lag and ‘out of office’ email responses. The beauty of these small details: they pretty much go with everything, from jeans and a tee to a dressed up blazer.
If you’re not yet following Madelynn Furlong on IG, you need to get on that stat. We discovered her account through TS Alum Carrie Barber and Lauren Alexander‘s pages and are constantly clicking ‘like’ on each of her posts. Her home reno processes in her stories and apartment decor detail shots to her Marques Almeida denim and boot ensembles, we cannot get enough of her posts.
This week, with the weather being so unpredictable, we would like to take the time to appreciate the versatility of a denim jacket. This wardrobe staple has become a necessity for summer ’21, and has been worn with everything from bike shorts and crop tops, to mini skirts and vintage band tees, to tracks and a baseball hat. Whether we’re heading out for a patio lunch, outdoor meeting, and a park stroll, worn over the shoulders or shoved into a canvas tote for later use, we do not leave home without a denim jacket in hand. And, when it comes to denim jackets, there really is no right way to do it. Go Balenciaga or go thrifted vintage Levi’s – every denim jacket option is a good one (within reason, of course).
After looking at the same four walls for over a year now, we’ve been getting tired of the same old same old artwork or blank wall space. During an afternoon of flipping through old magazines and clipped brand advertisements and editorials, we realized these old ads and editorials actually make for great, affordable, and easily interchangeable artwork. Pop them into a vintage frame, a unique frame, or even a basic Ikea frame, and you have yourself some art. We’ve been changing ours to fit our current moods and colour schemes for the season.
Could we be anymore excited that Phoebe Philo is coming back? We think not. The designer who blessed the world with ‘old Céline’ staples like the Scarf Print Shirt, Painterly Print and the unforgettable Joan Didion campaign, will soon be returning to the sartorial stage with her own brand. After designing 17 runways collections for Céline and taking a 3-year hiatus, we like the rest of the fashion world, cannot wait to see what Philo has in store. Iconic pieces she created aside, let’s not forget that Phoebe Philo massively impacted the way we dress and many brands to this day continue to style their aesthetics – cool minimalism with relaxed tailoring.