A conversation with Yasmine Ganley

Yasmine Ganley is the editor and author behind my all time favorite aesthetic journal, anyonegirl

anyonegirl has always been a massive inspiration to me and I'm sure to thousands of others who have been following your work. What made you start anyonegirl?

Thank you! That is so sweet. The feeling is mutual. 

I originally started anyonegirl as a portfolio piece for my own contributions to other online platforms and magazines to sit alongside each other, and then I just started to fill in the gaps with my own musings. 

There’s an aspect of realness about your work that differentiates you from the rest. What are your influences? 

I’m always drawn to people who are making things with genuine integrity. Women who are loyal to their collaborators and generous with their knowledge and experience inspire me. I am always interested in those who are creating locally made items that also encourage other female makers. 

Ashtra Rushton by Yasmine Ganley.

You have been involved in amazing projects, namely the beautiful and soul-nourishing publication WAIST. Can you please reveal some of your upcoming projects this year?

Thank you! Yes, we’re currently making the second issue of WAIST, set to be released in June this year, and I’m feeling so excited (and lucky!) about the women who are contributing. 

I am about to travel to Santa Fe and Los Angeles to work with some wonderful women and brands that I have long admired. And for the past year, I have been collaborating with some of my favourite women for Sans [ceuticals], all of which to be release this year, which I’m feeling really excited about sharing. 

In a world influenced by social media, and trends emerging almost daily, we are delighted to see your instagram feed. What is your advice to enjoy a balanced contemporary living? Do you have any daily rituals?

Oh that’s so cool to hear, I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram! Because I also look after a couple of accounts outside of my own, I find myself on there way too much. But I think it’s best to be as impulsive as possible on there and not over think anything too much. 

I probably have many daily rituals that I’m totally unaware of… I live out of the city, so I feel like home is a place I can switch off. The drive in and out of town is really great for my mental wellbeing too; it marks the start and end of my working day. I just make sure I have snacks and good music, and then surrender to the time in traffic. I find the car to be a great place to mull things over, straighten out ideas. 

We’re so lucky living in New Zealand, as there is so much to do outdoors. On the weekends, we’re often deep in the middle of the country exploring mountains, or floating on salty waves out at the coast. I really love sleeping and cooking too, so try to fill my weekends up with a combination of all of these things. 

You have the most wonderful, discerning eye for beautiful moods, clothes and words. What are you coveting now?

Thank you! 

I’ve been listening to Aretha Franklin quite a lot recently.  I’m always on the look out for blues or soul artists on vinyl. I’m currently reading a series of essays by Italo Calvino, given to me by a friend, which is maybe the best thing I’ve ever read. I just pre-order Joan Didion’s new book South and West. My Dad recently gave me my mum’s Hare Krishna cookbook, which has me experimenting with making my own paneer. So I find myself frequenting bulk bin stores and getting distracted over all the different grains and pulses. A package-free pantry would be something I really aspire to! 

I’m feeling inspired by the fabrics and embroidery work of TigraTigra. The casting (and fabrics!) of the recent Dries van Noten’s show was insane. Lately I’ve been feeling like all I want to wear is giant florals and the brightest colour combinations possible. I recently fell in love with the works of Sydney painter Ondine Seabrook. And I’m on the look out for a classic 60s writing desk. 


I recently tried the beautiful Biokaliftin line by Patyka Paris, and it's incredibly beautiful and kind to your skin. Patyka Paris has its origins in the magical roaring 1920s, when a young Hungarian pharmacist moved to Paris and created a beautiful skin elixir he named  Huile Absolue.
These days, Patyka has innovative biotechnologies that heighten the active characteristics of truly organic ingredients resulting in the most luxurious, high-performance formulas that bring visible results to your skin. Well, and they do.

I am wearing a Lauren Manoogian, finely ribbed sweater. Thank you Ebay, you're my favorite ever! Here it's shown worn with high-waisted, oversized charcoal denim trousers, brown loafers and a basket bag, which is very old and that somehow looks better now.

It's the second time I made this Rosemary Almond Meal Bread. It's a thing of beauty, because of all the rich flavors of the herbs. You can have it on it's own, or you can have slice of it with your favorite cheese.

I love the music of mystery composer K. Leimer. Almost Chinese is so beautiful and delicate.

Barreras by Iury Lech is so dreamy as well. So perfect after a bad day. Or a good day.

Assorted thoughts on blue that I found on a piece of paper that was inside my bag:
A heavily saturated shade of blue, makes its glorious appearance once again. At least in my mind. A reminder of French work wear from a not so distant past, emerges as an utilitarian shade, that I am more than willing to add to my wardrobe this Spring. Heavy colors. I need more colors.

A conversation with Michaela

Michaela first draw my eye on Instagram, due to its beautiful and cohesive use of colors, but also because it's impossible to remain indifferent to the appearance of floaty, sensuous and satiny fabrics, gently windswept in a quiet street. The timeless appeal of the carefully chosen vintage garments, combined with Michaela Knittel's own creations, create a rather harmonious symphony that celebrates beautiful and luxurious clothes no matter what label they have.

What made you start Michaela?

I wanted to create a place for women to shop where vintage, second-hand, designer, and hand-made melds together in a seamless and consistent aesthetic. I’ve always felt a great appreciation for designer and high-end items, while simultaneously feeling some second-hand I come across, no matter the brand, can be just as luxurious and special.

I am trained in apparel design, and designing and making clothes is something I love and will always do. With the in-house line, I aim to make clothing women will feel exalted in; that they’ll cherish slipping on in the morning, but will forget they have on during the day. Comfort and ease through cut and fabric selection are very important to me. I’d like the clothing to amplify the woman and her experiences, not distract her. 

Who is the woman who wears it?

I believe in the thoughtful, sensual, and sensitive woman being one of great strength and power. When working, I find I create for this woman - one who is intelligent and inquisitive; whose life is strongly influenced by a deep sensitivity to her surroundings. The clothing line and store is for those who are inspired by the woman whose life emits an undertone of mystery; who is inherently modern, yet yearns for a sense of nostalgia; is private and elusive, yet exudes a subtle sexuality. 

Please tell us a little about your background and what are your influences.

I have a degree in Apparel Design from Rhode Island School of Design. I grew up in Kansas City, which is where I am currently based. And of course the place where I experienced childhood has influenced me greatly - I find there is more privacy and quiet here. The nature as well - vast skies, tall grasses, all of that. This sense of privacy and stillness spurred my interest in the woman I spoke of earlier. Soft, quiet, and elusive. 

Images of interiors also strongly influence me - they are like peering into a vignette of a woman’s personal life. Because I am first and foremost inspired by women themselves - their form, their secrets and lives; I love seeing women’s collections of things - what they surround themselves with, how they nest. To me a woman’s personal space is a reflection of her mind when it is most at ease and most alone.

It’s in this way I find apparel design to be a unique creative field in that what you design and create interacts with a person directly - rests upon their skin, travels through a day or night with them, and has the privilege to be present in their private life. The moments I’m so intrigued by - a woman’s quiet, completely unguarded moments - are accessible to a clothing designer in an unusually personal way. The work is not something beautiful she places her flowers in, something provoking she hangs on her wall, or something inspiring she places on her bookshelf. It is directly involved with her body as she experiences her existence, and there is something very intimate and incredible about that idea.

What are your insiders tips when it comes to run your own business?

I have a relatively new business, so am no expert, but I believe consistency, perseverance, and confidence to be key.

Do you have any morning rituals?

I do not have any specific morning rituals, but one of my strongest ritualistic habits is collecting. I collect vintage perfume bottles, but they have to be just right! I also always search for old magazines and printed materials. My favorites are art and design publications from the 1930s. My mother is the best at finding really special ones for me though. This last Christmas, she gifted me a five volume set of Cahiers de l’Energumène - a French art and literature journal directed by art historian Gérard-Julien Salvy, published in the 1980s. They are gorgeous.

What are the five things you are coveting now?

When I am desiring something I will hunt for it. Therefore some things I am currently coveting will be showing up on the store very soon. Look out for… 1970s lucite watches, statement chokers, silk pantsuits, low cut wrap tops, and oversized slip dresses.


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