Monday, December 9, 2013
I had the pleasure of meeting Sherie Muijs some time last year when her and her husband were passing through Los Angeles during a lengthy trip to the states from New Zealand. We met over coffee, chatted about creativity and travel, and was one of my favorite internet-turned-real life interactions to date. Sherie embodies a sophistication and thoughtfulness that seamlessly translates into her work as a shirtmaker, culminating in a line of beautifully designed and tailored pieces that would carry you through a lifetime. I’m honored to continue the conversation with Sherie here today and hope you find yourself as captivated by her grace as I continue to be.
1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in the suburbs of Auckland, in an old villa originally built in 1905.
2. What makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning? Breakfast with my husband and our first coffee for the day.
3. Favorite photo you’ve ever taken. I have fond memories of this self-take (above), having just finished Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and a delicious carrot cake, in Madrid’s Parque del Retiro last year.
4. Motto you live by. Less is more.
5. Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work? In the early years, my tutor-come-mentor, Belgium designer Ann Demeulemeester and Patti Smith’s book Just Kids. Currently designers Ana Krás and Christophe Lemaire particularly inspire me.
6. Favorite fall recipe. I love a hearty pie with a glass of red on a winter’s night! The one I make most often is a chicken, leek and mushroom pie.
7. Your dream travel destination. I’ve yet to travel someplace tropical or exotic. And on a day like today in Berlin, where we’re experiencing our first drop of snow, anywhere warm and by the beach is a dream right now!
8. Book currently on your nightstand. The Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik and the latest Apartamento magazine.
9. Something you collect. Moleskine journals in Kraft Brown.
10. Soundtrack for a productive day. To concentrate I like to listen to classical music while I work, and am particularly fond of pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi. To play the piano and someday sit down with one of his pieces is an absolute dream of mine!
Thank you so much, Sherie!
—Images: Sherie Muijs