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A Beautiful Mess

A BEAUTIFUL MESS is an ongoing conversation about where things go when we clean things up. It’s seeing the contributions and inspirational impact that random street objects and people have on our creative process and ideas. This impromptu installation of discarded mannequins in the streets of Brooklyn illustrates what can happen when we change our perspective. Taken from the trash, these mannequins reclaimed their power and took to the streets. They make us pause and take a second look at what and who we might have disregarded.

Fulani Hart


The impact of random street objects and street people is part of daily life in the city. In

passing we often see them as ugly or inconvenient. But we collect these visual gifts.

They seep into our subconscious. We then, not realizing it, inject elements of what we

thought we despised, in our designs, dress codes, home decor, art, and conversation.

Rarely do we connect the dots and recognize the value of what was unwanted.

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Nature is always inspiring. These scarlet macaws were on our mind as we designed our 1st Fall Capsule collection for many reasons: their colorful plumage, their playful nature, their awe inspiring grace and beauty. Photos are currently on display in our NYC store. Come visit for a view or to pick up a macaw Tshirt. We hope you will enjoy their story.


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Literal or metaphor?  Either way, it's a good time and the perfect place for a little self reflection.


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We view the world through our own personal lens:

Our eyes, our camera, our perspective.


This project is about comparative vision.

Architecture as seen by a photographer with the camera.

Architecture as seen by a painter with paint on paper.

Same picture.  

Different voices.


It’s hard work to see.

What we think we recognize at first may not be what we come to know after time.

To breathe deep and stay still with one frame.

To look hard at the shapes and forms and lines and colors that make up the picture.


Its hard work to communicate.

To translate what is in our minds eye.

To find what stirs in our soul and convey that to another person.


I relished this moment.

To take the time to immerse myself in the act of seeing.

To have the ability to express what I observe through my hands.

And to have an experience that showed me that making art is nothing more than seeing with your soul.



Springing Onward and Forward

Lines are usually what shape a direction that one is going in. In school during math class, with graphite-heavy utensils ripe for erasing gripped in our hands, we were taught that lines could go on forever if they didn’t have a fixed point. This reminds Jillian that there comes a time for everything; much like the old adage, “Everything has a season.” And in cultivating the artist’s state of mind, she’s reminded of and inspired by a direction: forward. In a red pinstriped skirt suit, comprised of the Nadia blazer and Noemie, Jillian Kaufman-Grano takes a paintbrush in hand and strokes an image into life.

“Art almost acts like a translator for me. Instead of words, it’s images and feelings and meanings that can be conveyed to something physical.” She smiles. “It really goes beyond words. And that can be clothes, or art, bags, poetry, anything.”

Spring is a time for transition and rebirth and in a way, a clandestine way the weather paints the world back into life. It’s no surprise the image she chooses is one that seems to almost points toward a brighter day. And in the assuredness of her canvas, there’s a confidence that feels she’s constructing a new beginning that she’s ready to fill the gaps of.

The same way she mixes different materials to reveal shades and dimensions, she applies that openness her design process. And art is really about being open. New experiences, sensations, criticisms, constructs inform and influence and seep into the artwork. And maybe even work against each other.” As Archerie continues season after season, it branches out to new territories of personal style and understandings of art as a conduit to expression.

Kiara Mills

Images and Video shot by @FHC_LAB

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MOTHERHOOD (noun) "the state of being a mother: she juggles motherhood with a demanding career." or, motherhood IS a demanding career.

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Style. Substance. Strength.

When I was 17 I loved to read fashion magazines. I loved to look at the photos and imagine my older sophisticated self working in the world and being that glamorous woman in the photos. When I was 40 I loved to read fashion magazines. I loved to look at the photos and imagine myself being 17 and being hip and cool like the girls in the photos. 
Now at 50, as I look back and consider who I've become,  I wonder how fashion evaded me.  How did it change from being a high ideal to being a style that I couldn't fit into?  I'm intrigued. 

When I started Archerie, I committed myself to exploring why fashion has had such a hold on my life.  
I now see the art of creating clothing as my medium; my means of expression and communication.  Designs come through me as a reflection of my feelings and observations about society, relationships, and our connection to the world around us.  As I design, I consider what it means to be a woman.  As women today we have options and the freedom to wear what ever we want and to express our femininity in many ways.  This was not always the case.  And there begins the journey and my quest to understand how we got here and where we might want to go.

Dresses are a truly feminine garment.
In many ways they define the feminine;  They are an article of clothing reserved for women.
Why do we choose to wear or not wear a dress?
Do dresses limit our abilities?  Make us uncomfortable?  Pigeon hole us into an ideal that is no longer relevant?   Or do they inspire us?  Make us feel beautiful?  Give us confidence and strength?

For me it is time to reclaim the dress.
I feel more comfortable in my body, about my shape, in a dress. I feel strong in this commitment to my femininity. I feel connected to the world in my "dress" by bringing a sense of formality and respect to others as I walk down the street or meet people in public spaces.

How about you?  At a time when our society is divided about many issues, it feels imperative to search for ways to understand multiple points of view.  To find ways to communicate that feel inclusive.   What are the issues that bring us together and how does fashion reflect and intersect with our feelings and experiences?

With this magazine I hope to inspire this conversation.
Let's explore together who we are as women today and how style and fashion is relevant, full of inspiration and deeper meaning, and how it can strengthen our resolve to live fully into our potential.

Jillian Kaufman Grano