The inspiration behind Tuleste Market is infinite. From the timeless women of Jean Luc Godard films to obscure music artists such as Yolandi from Die Antwoord to our amazing circle of friends, we are constantly observing shapes from nature, architecture and from just keeping our eyes open.
2. How did you pick the name?
It’s incredible how much thought and time goes into selecting a name that will represent your brand. At the end of the day, the combination of our names had the best ring to it: Satu + Celeste =Tuleste. And the Market represents the future ahead of us, expanding our accessories categories.
3. How did your career in editorial influence your work?
Having an editiorial background really helps you with that balance of what’s wearable and helps you push boundaries past your normal comfort level or what people expect as the ‘norm’. Normal can be so boring ;).
4. What is your favorite piece from FW12 and why?
We are obsessed with the interlocking heart and star necklaces because of their chic articulated style, in contrast with the playful heart and star shapes. These collar pieces can be worn from day to evening and their rich texture gives the illusion of fabric or leather.
5. Where do you see the line going from here?
With our recent shift to all USA MADE jewelry we strive to continue increasing quality, getting our pieces in front of more people and even see a fine jewelry collaboration in our future. It’s all about spreading the Tuleste love!
"We want to dress people that express themselves in everything that they do," say designers of Friends With Benefits, Clark Sabbat and Lynn Levoy. ”In the end, it’s the woman that creates the allure, the mystery. Without that confidence, no matter what one wears, the clothes will never feel right.”
Sabbat and Levoy have created a collection beloved by Hollywood starlets (Sienna Miller and Olivia Palermo are fans) and championed by shopping mecca Fred Segal. Below, the two share their secrets of success with JOOR.
Monica Botkier began her career in the fashion industry as a photographer. In 2003 Monica, in response to a dearth in the market for stylish and affordable purses, conceived of the Trigger Bag. The bag became an instant best seller in specialty boutiques nationwide and Monica never looked back. Below, the designer finds time to answer a few questions for her JOOR fan club.
JOOR: Tell us about the creation of the Trigger bag?
MB: I was a fashion photographer and I couldn’t find the perfect bag to keep me organized and chic. There was a total void in the market for an approachable designer bag; Botkier was born and Trigger became known as the bag that launched an industry.