Daily Gems & other musings

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Chitose Abe

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

In 1999, Chitose Abe founded the Japanese brand Sacai, a luxury label known for its unique pattern combinations and design techniques, and is currently the label's Creative Director and owner.  When we first heard about her, we were so excited to learn more about this incredible #girlboss, mom and all around raw talent! Before founding Sacai, Chitose worked at Comme de Garcons as a pattern cutter and as a member of Junya Watanbe's design team.  Afterwards, she became a mom and now, as the head of Sacai, she bases her collections "...purely on my creative instincts.  Maybe I’m an idealist, but I am a...

Read more →


LOCAL GEMS SPOTLIGHT: Flowerland

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

We're beyond excited to share one of our favorite Bay Area #localgems with you this week - FLOWERLAND, "an old fashioned nursery and gift shop for the modern gardener."  We couldn't love the description more, combining both the traditional {think great, friendly customer service in a charming neighborhood} and modern {the best products from gardening to gifts, all in one convenient spot}, and we'd like to think of ourselves in a similar way! Nestled in a quiet but accessible spot in Albany, California on one of our favorite streets, Solano Avenue {home to our original design studio!}, Flowerland is our go-to...

Read more →


Curbside Pickup Now Available in Downtown Berkeley!

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

viv&ingrid now offers Curbside Pickup for your online orders in Downtown Berkeley! Picking up your order is simple and easy - place your order online at vivandingrid.com and select Curbside Pickup as your shipping option.  You can either immediately schedule your appointment by visiting this link, or we will reach out to you to coordinate a date and time. When it's your pickup time, we will meet you curbside in Downtown Berkeley: 1935 Addison Street | Berkeley, CA VIEW MAP HERE > There is minimal signage outside of our location, so when you see Rush Bowls Berkeley, you'll know you're in...

Read more →


DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Maki Oh by Amaka Osakwe

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

In creating our Diversity in Design Style Board series, we set out to find and feature established and emerging designers that we both loved for their work on the runway as well as for how and why it's all created.  In discovering the line Maki Oh, founded by Amaka Osakwe, we were inspired not only by beautiful design, but also by the brand's vision to extend "beyond physical beauty to a textured, layered, and three-dimensional aesthetic, embodying the philosophies of sustainability, preservation, strength and complex simplicity."  The brand is centred in a strong sense of identity and culture, creating narrative pieces...

Read more →


DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Anaïs Jourden

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

When we discovered Anaïs Jourden Mak's collection when creating our Diversity in Design StyleBoard series, we became instantly obsessed with the Hong Kong-born designers modern, unique take on femininity, something that felt so refreshing and new. Anaïs gained popularity quickly, with her designs seen on celebrities like Ariana Grande and Bella Hadid.  When we discovered her Ready to Wear collection, we were immediately drawn to elements like sweet polka dot details paired with edgy combat boots, classic bow accent on this super-modern fuchsia dress and a classic, feminine sweater set atop a sparkly black skirt. Perhaps our favorite discovery was when we discovered that,...

Read more →