STUCK IN THE MIDDLE
We are enchanted by Iranian photographer Shadi Ghadirian’s portrayal of a society caught between old and new. Inspired by traditional portraits taken during the Qajar dynasty, each photo also calls out modern pop culture. Harmony is achieved through dissonance and APT is into it.
ALL TIED UP
Hi babydolls. Do you ever struggle to find ways to wear your silk scarves? It’s ok if you do. We know they can be cumbersome. Luckily, there’s a handy little Style Manual made by Caitlin Koegh with lots of great ideas. Get in on this!
LA VIE EN ROSE
Richard Mosse’s Infra collection offers a mesmerizing glimpse inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photographed with Kodak Aerochrome film, a medium that transforms green foliage into vibrant hues of pink, fuchsia, and magenta, the ethereal color palette stands in stark juxtaposition to the subjects of his work: rebel soldiers fighting a war. APT is awestruck.
APT has been thinking about the magnificent Maya all week long. She was the ultimate ladyhero, with a courageous voice and killer moves. Thanks for your wisdom and spirit, Dr. Angelou.
APT has a major crush on Erik Madigan Heck. His fashion photography is on a whole different level than anything we’ve ever seen. His artfully surreal interpretations make us swooooon.
Whelp, spring has finally reared its beautiful, blossoming head and we are swooning over these furry little fellas here at APT Base Camp. They are ridiculously soft and silly. Don’t you just want to play with angora rabbits all day?
Humanizing the standardization of color, Angelica Dass photographs people in front of their skin’s own unique Pantone swatch. The pinks and browns and olives that emerge are, well, just so natural. The yearbook of portraits that results is delightful, reminding us of the harmony found within our differences.
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APT loves sourcing natural, primordial stones for our jewelry. Here’s your guide on how to use pieces from our SS14 TAVLA collection not only for self-adornment, but also for healing. Score!
Agate spurs pragmatism and realistic thinking. It helps with self-awareness, acceptance, and confidence, and promotes overcoming of trauma, bitterness, and anger. Agate enhances mental function and clarity. It stimulates the digestive system, heals skin disorders, strengthens cardiac muscles if worn near the heart, and cures fevers if a cold stone is placed on the forehead.
our KARIOKA necklace
Malachite protects by absorbing negative energy. It encourages change, emotional risk-taking (eek!), and paves the way to spiritual growth by moving past old patterns. It helps to overcome shyness, depression, anxiety, and any emotional ish from childhood. It’s great for all ailments female, and is known as the Midwife Stone. It helps with cold sweats, malaria, trembling, Parkinson’s, asthma, and intestinal problems. It enhances the memory, lowers blood pressure, helps joint pain, and strengthens the immune system.
our BANU bangles
Lapis, the stone of truth, stimulates good judgement, wisdom, and intellectual horsepower. It encourages self-awareness, expression, acceptance, and the release of anger. Lapis is beneficial for the throat and vocal chords and helps to regulate the thyroid. It helps regulate the heart and promotes circulation, reduces bruising, and a piece heated in warm water can cure eye infections. It alleviates cramping, inflammation and migraines, and possibly helps ADD, autism, and Asperger’s.
our STARGAZER ring
Tiger’s eye is very protective and lucky. It focuses the mind and encourages objectivity and problem solving. It is balancing and can stabilize mood swings. It helps to dispel fears and anxiety, and makes us more aware of our needs in relation to those of the people around us. It releases toxins, helps repair broken bones, and strengthens the alignment of the spine.
our NVDA earrings
When gathering inspiration for our FW14 collection, the creative flow led the APT gals to the land of Norse mythology. Nerdy? Yes. Awesome? Also yes. During our research we discovered Eyes as Big as Plates, a character-driven photo collab between Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth revolving around some old school Nordic folklore. It’s so quirky and peaceful and we just love it.
If you’re looking for something sweet and and special to do with your boo this Valentine’s Day, please please please check out Hassan Hajjaj’s solo show at the Taymour Grahne Gallery. His series 'Kesh Angels gives us a glimpse into the world of Moroccan gals of Marrakesh and their motorbike gangs. These women are veiled, powerful, and adorably chic. The show is up until March 2, so get yourself there quick!
Ever wonder where the little darlings around the world rest their heads? Photographer James Mollison has created a series of portraits of children from around the globe next to a shot of his or her bedroom - “bedroom” being loosely defined here. These striking photos are neither sweet nor happy, but they are real and beautiful.
Anonymous - Age 9 // Ivory Coast
Ahkohxet - Age 8 // Amazonia, Brazil
Alex - Age 9 // Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alyssa - Age 8 // Harlan County, USA
Nantio - Age 15 // Lisamis, Northern Kenya
Indira - Age 7 // Kathmandu, Nepal
Jaime - Age 9 // New York, USA
Bilal - Age 6 // Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank
Li - Age 10 // Beijing, China
Gilded mosaics of aunties and uncles? Beehive hair and flashy jewelry? Yes please! Iranian born artist Soheila Sokhanarvi has created a world filled with magical realism, family nostalgia and political undertones in her tempera painting series. This is sooo our jam.
Sometimes we just want to evaporate into a colorful cloud of magic and unicorns. Young man photographer Louis Lander Deacon captures this desire, but in a somber, dystopian, middle-of-January way. We totally dig.
Hey there trudgemuffins, get a load of these snowpieces by artist Simon Beck. He walks around in the snow for hours creating these intricate and impermanent masterpieces. Almost makes you want to go outside, doesn’t it?