There is a lot of excitement in the air for the trunk show that is going on this week at London and Lace. The Romantique by Claire Pettibone collection will be in our store. This is truly fantastic, as we have been waiting for this for almost a year now. Why? Because, the designer, Claire Pettibone, is like no other. I know I talk about inspiration on this blog quite a bit, but in order to understand her, you might want to take a look at her flagship salon in Los Angeles, California. It is a renovated “castle.” Yes. I said castle. Read this snippet I found on wikipedia.
“The castle-like building was built in 1928 for noted muralist Anthony Heinsbergen (1894-1981), and designed by Curlett & Beelman in a Late Gothic Revival and Romanesque style. The building’s notable features include the prominent cylindrical tower, a Renaissance-style mural in the tower arch, and the detailed friezes displaying artisans at work. At least 11 buildings designed by architect Claud Beelman have been listed on the National Register. The building was constructed while Heinsbergen was employed to create murals for Los Angeles City Hall, and he had his building on Beverly Boulevard built using bricks from the old city hall.”
“The building served as the office for Heinsbergen’s mural-painting business for more than 50 years. Heinsbergen’s company, called Heinsbergen Decorating Company or A.T. Heinsbergen & Company, employed 185 artist painters, and created murals for movie palaces and many important buildings, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Building in Washington, D.C. and the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. In Los Angeles, Heinsbergen’s murals can still be seen at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel, Los Angeles City Hall, the Wiltern Theatre, the ceiling of El Portal de La Paz Mausoleum at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier and the Park Plaza Hotel.”
Imagine, being surrounded by beautiful architecture and paintings all day. Now, imagine not being inspired on a daily basis. You can’t do it, can you. If I was working out of an area that had so much creative energy flowing through it, I’d bet my photography would be out of this world and I would have a smile on my face all day long. Now, picture all of that creative energy going into the designs of a bridal line. That is by definition, a true labor of love. The Romantique collection was literally inspired by everything to do with romance and a vintage soul. If that describes the type of bride that you are, make an appointment soon to see these dresses for yourself, because space is limited and the weekend is booking up fast!! 🙂