jacques levine/pour votre domaine

July 27, 2011 6 Comments

This illustration is part of a collection of pieces i have been working on for Jacques Levine - a slipper company with an impressive history. I'm not talking about big fluffy obnoxious slippers, I'm talking delicate, elegant ballet slippers that make lounging around one's home seem like a luxurious indulgence. The company was founded by Jacques Levine's father in 1936. As I worked with Jacque's grandson who is rebranding the slipper business with a new line of slippers debuting this fall I learned a lot of the cherished heritage that gives the JL brand its classic elegance. For example, fun fact: Jacques Levine was the first shoe designer to introduce women's espadrilles to America! I worked with the JL team to create illustrations that captured the vibe of their by-line, "pour votre domaine". We carefully brainstormed illustrated scenes of women in their peaceful and beautiful interior environments, wearing the new line of slippers. It was a cool creative process to start imagining the personal, thoughtful details of the homes of women who have mastered the refined practice of wearing slippers. This illustration depicts one of their most iconic heeled slippers. Stay tuned for more of my Jacques Levine illustrations and for the launch of their new line this fall. And in the meantime, follow Jacques Levine on Twitter and Tumblr !!

Posted in Espadrilles, Inslee By Design, Jacques Levine, News and Events, Slippers

sea shells

July 26, 2011 3 Comments

Hello! So, I finnnaaally can cross going to the Hamptons off my life's to do list. What a lovely place! So many fresh flowers at the farmers markets and tan relaxed people everywhere. And its about five million degrees cooler there than it is in the city. I can see what the hype is about. I shall return and often I hope! One funny thing I noticed was there weren't any shells on the beach. The shells above were inspired by my many years of visiting my grandmother's beach house in Florida. There are so many shells there and more importantly sharks teeth! I spent hours as a little girl trying to find a sharks tooth among the shells to add to her well curated collection of years and years of combing the beach for sharks teeth. Back to fashion illustrating tomorrow, just had to go on a little beach inspired tangent today.

Posted in florida, Hamptons, Inslee By Design, sea shells, The Sketch Book

that hair

July 22, 2011 4 Comments

an exotic little number for your friday afternoon entertainment. have a glorious weekend!

Posted in Inslee By Design, The Sketch Book


July 20, 2011 4 Comments

three birthday girls today! well one is a bit belated... Margaret, above, is one of the most talented artists I know. She can paint like there's no tomorrow. She also has this beautiful, vintage, iconic presence. Shes a breath of fresh air with her bright red lips and bizarre, thoughtful musings and her occasional lapses into a British accent. Wishing you a divine belated birthday, darling! And here is Danielle! Danielle and I have been celebrating eachother's birthdays since we were five years old, we go waaay back. Back in the day, Danielle delighted in the fact that her birthday was the anniversary of the lunar landing and today shes still a scientific genius but with a dreamy, creative side too. So happy to have such a wonderful old friend in my life, Happy Birthday!! And last but certainly not least, is Kelly! Kelly is an eternal optimist. With the blondest hair you've ever seen and a cheery perspective on just about everything, its sometimes hard for me to believe shes a high powered lawyer now. Sigh... they're all growing up so fast. Happy Birthday to all three lovely ladies! I hope another wonderful year lies ahead!

Posted in Birthday sketch, Inslee By Design, Inslee Illustration, The Sketch Book


July 19, 2011 12 Comments

hello! does this lady look familiar? well, perhaps its because you know her sister... yes, pencil skirts run in the family. this is just a little example of a custom project i did recently. my lovely client asked me to recreate this girl in her likeness and dressed in her style and this is what we came up with. it was a fun experiment to remix a favorite illustration and give her a new look.

Posted in custom illustration, Inslee By Design, The Sketch Book


July 14, 2011 11 Comments

Good morning! Today I am officially DONE moving in. The pictures are hung, the internet FINALLY WORKS and I can sit down at my desk and just BE here. Its a wonderful feeling to know that in this frantic, jumbled city I have a little oasis of the things that make me feel calm and balanced and home. So in honor of this feat of relocation, I am sharing this sketch of a girl in her home. Although this is by no means a picture of me or my new apartment, as much as I may wish it was! Moving in here in New York has reminded me of how important each piece of furniture, each artifact in your home is. These things are as much a reflection of your style and yourself as an accessory you wear. So, I've been enjoying painting interiors lately and thinking about a whole new wealth of accessory inspiration for my illustrations. I considered using this piece for the 2012 Calendar, but instead decided to share it here with you now. Speaking of, I just reviewed the proof of the new calendar and it looks beautiful. Can't wait to release it for sale in a few weeks!!

Posted in 2012 Calendar, Inslee By Design, New York, The Sketch Book


July 12, 2011 1 Comment

Happy Birthday to Lily and Brooke! Lily (above) is simultaneously an avid video gamer and a connoisseur of fine wines.  Don't I have fascinating  friends? She is wearing a dress I made up, inspired by her fabulous taste in feminine silhouettes that usually feature a tiny waist and gorgeous full skirt. She really does have fabulous taste, she's Italian after all. And here is Brooke! She's wearing my very loose interpretation of an Alexander McQueen maxi dress with a belt and large geod ring - a staple of Brooke's jewelry collection. She's a California hipster living the dream in San Fransisco. So naturally, she is toting a fedora and wearing her signature aviators. Happy Birthday to you both, Love you!

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Birthday, California, Inslee By Design, San Francisco, The Sketch Book

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