Monday, August 29, 2011

Earthborn Pottery

"Chefs love it for its unique style and quality…you’ll love it because it is beautiful"

Wanting to make a living doing what she loves, Tena Payne stumbled into her livelihood quite by accident.  "She and her family were farming shiitake mushrooms and had a banner crop. She decided to sell some of them to a well known chef, James Beard Award winner Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Tena and Chris discussed her pottery craft and he commissioned her to make unique dinnerware and serving pieces for his restaurant. From that, a succession of culinary and hospitality shows all over the country followed which resulted in the launch of Earthborn Studios."

"As well as serving the hospitality community, Tena sells pottery to retail stores, produces several custom lines including a collegiate line, produces awards for corporations, and even makes a line of bathroom sinks. Earthborn Pottery has grown, expanded, and now has become the sole employer for Tena, her husband and her children; she finally gets to make a living doing what she loves every day."

Earthborn Pottery is available at
C.A. Camp & Sannino
Charlottesville, VA

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Nice House

We read a lot here at Camp & Sannino.  One of our favorite eye-candy reads is Harper's Bazaar.  The September issue features a home that caused Carlin to stop in her tracks. 

Love, love, love!  
Put this home in Taos, New Mexico and Carlin would be all over it.  Modern architecture.  Beautiful climate, raw heady beauty.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We Love Cool Women

 Here at Camp & Sannino we lovvvve smart, stylish women.  We feel akin to those who live freely, take risks and are living their truth.
One such woman has caught our recent attention, thanks to the fantastic article in Vanity Fair.

Agnès B. started designing clothes after a stint at Elle magazine where she was "hired as a junior fashion editor."  She designed clothes for various design houses until she came to realize that designing for others soon "became boring."  Opening her own shop in an obscure location in Paris, the renowned Agnès B. was born.  She started making clothes inspired by workers' uniforms.  Dyeing them different colors in her workroom, these uniform-like, all cotton clothes proved to be winners.  So popular, in fact, people were buying them wet out of the dye vat. 

 The quintessential Agnès B. button cardigan

  "She is not the least bit interested in hot trends or in fashion as a badge of class. Agnès designs, she has often said, for people who have more important things to do than shop till they drop." --VF

 loving these boots!!

Where are your clothes made now?
In France as much as possible, but it’s a lot more expensive. A minute of work is 70 times less expensive in Thailand. And in Europe it’s way cheaper if you go to Czech Republic, Lithuania, or Romania. I would make much more money if I produced abroad, that’s what the others do. I recently found out that I order more than anyone else in France, and I only have 200 stores, not 2000! That  goes to show that the other designers are simply not producing in France.

And you don’t advertise.
Yes, so our customers don’t have to pay for the adverts.  I don’t advertise because of my connection to May '68. To me adverts are stupid and make people stupid. I don't like the manipulation. Now, there are adverts  everywhere in Paris. You can’t look at the city in the same way.
(copied and forgot to cite: apologies!)

Brigitte Lacombe
Agnès lives in a 6 bedroom villa which neighbors Versailles.  She is one of the richest self-made women in France, and it is reported that she has no idea how much money she makes per year.  She shares and gives, loves young people and art, her family and her work.

Sounds amazingly like someone I know!

Perhaps the reason for the success of Agnès B. is her philosophy, which I believe is summed up here:  
"my work is based on anticipation, I'm always thinking about the present and the future, I'm never nostalgic. I'm always wondering what is going to happen tomorrow. That’s just the way I am."

...and she wears very cool belts.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Hot Nights

There's only one type of Hot Night we like.  And it's not about the weather we're having.

When its hot, humid, and sticky, only one thing goes on our beds:


Libeco Linen Bedding 
The Warehouse District -- Across from the Gleason Building
Downtown Charlottesville, VA

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


"Fragile and resilient, feminine and practical, imbued with serenity but intrinsically full of movement..." 

A description of clothing design that completely entices me; did I pique your interest?
Have a look:

 From Sylvia Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Backstory: With a doctorate in anthropology from UC Berkeley, Borja took inspiration from her travels and study, and began making clothing in 2001, starting with her own graduation dress. She's shown at San Francisco Fashion Week and been featured in many magazines. She started with ruffled fleece coats and dresses and more recently added higher-end fabrics to her ruffly repertoire.

Vibe: "Project Runway" workshop. Lived-in studio space with drafting tables, fabric swatches everywhere, two sewing machines; a small, well-stocked retail space takes up the front of the workroom.

The goods: Ruffled wool tartan and fleece skirts, jackets and coats; bamboo yoga clothes, bias-cut dresses with asymmetrical hemlines, long evening coats, boleros, wraps and scarves, and baby and children's clothing ($95-$600).

Clientele: The non-minimal stylista with an arty bent.

 Signature item: Long ruffle-edged skirt or jacket, in fleece, or for fall, wool tartan.

And now, we are lucky, lucky, lucky!  
West coast style is coming East.  

C.A. Camp & Sannino 
is the *exclusive* purveyor of 
Cari Borja Designs.