On Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Garance Dore x Rifle Paper Co. Open Studio at 168 Bowery. This pop-up shop to celebrate the launch of Garance’s first paper line, and Rifle’s first time collaborating with another brand, was basically perfection to me. I’ve been a big, big fan of Rifle Paper Co. for years and have amassed quite the collection of their notepads, prints, coasters, cards, and calendars. Anna Bond (who started Rifle with her husband) is the illustrator and creative director for Rifle, and she is just so talented. Her work is unique, recognizable, pretty and elegant. Rifle’s products are a bit whimsical (which lends them their unique charm), but they still retain a sense of elegance and simplicity. I’m also a big admirer of Garance Dore’s chic French aesthetic, so honestly, could a better collaboration exist in the world? The melding of these two brands was practically too much for my brain to process. Both Garance and Anna were at the event, and they, and their teams, could not have been more friendly and gracious to everyone. The products and just the whole vibe and aesthetic of the room were perfect…I don’t know how else to describe it! Hopefully the pictures are worth a thousand words.
In addition to being an amazing illustrator, Garance does photography as well. Some of her work was on display, as you can see above.
Items from Rifle’s new spring line were absolutely gorgeous and perfectly cheery.
Love this coffee table.
Garance’s amazing wall decals adorned the windows (which got pretty fogged up later in the day as you can see!)
You can only barely tell in this pic but Garance is wearing a hot pink (almost neon) sweater under a light gray coat, and she looked so stylish. I used to have a sweater that color and I now curse myself for getting rid of it!
Besides just being an awesome thing to attend, shop, and get to experience, this is my dream thing to photograph. I absolutely LOVE taking pictures of pretty products (which I’m sure is clear by the amount of photography that I do of pretty objects in my own home). So to get to take pics of gorgeous new products that I’ve never seen, created by two amazingly talented people (especially Rifle products, because as I said, been obsessed for years), in a totally awesome space where photography was welcome, was like my dream “assignment.” Granted, taking pictures in a crazily crowded place like this, on the fly, with no control over the conditions is hard for a beginner for like me (not like in my apartment where I can control the placement, lighting, and everything), but I thoroughly enjoyed attempting it!
Anyway, shop Garance’s paper line here. So many gorgeous items, and just so cool to see what the melding of two fantastically talented (yet very different) minds can create.
all photos by me