Here at russell + hazel, defining the intersection of fashion + organization for the office and home is what drives us. We create functionally beautiful products through constant innovation and problem solving. It’s all about how we add life to your work.
Abbey Holden is a Minneapolis based artist who’s vibrant work caught our eye back in November when we partnered with her for our MN Made Pop-Up event. Since then we have been impatiently waiting for the opportunity to collaborate with her again and are excited that the time has finally come. On Saturday, June 24th our flagship store will merge the world of organization and art by hosting Abbey Holden for a unique customization event. Abbey will be hand painting on our customizable binders that are available at our in-store customization bar. This is a rare opportunity to not only see Abbey in her element but also leave with a one-of-a-kind binder designed by you that also features the work of this amazing local artist. We sat down with Abbey to find out a bit more about this incredibly talented woman.
Describe your process. Where do you look for inspiration? What is your favorite part? Least favorite?
My process, like many creatives, is ever-evolving and changes weekly. My career has certain elements of work, personality, inspiration and practicality. Currently, I’m learning to find that sweet spot of balance where I can flourish as a working artist.
Being inspired is one of the best things life has to offer. I find inspiration at the most unexpected times and places, but it usually comes from being surrounded by other creatives, spending time outdoors and challenging myself with my work.
My favorite times, of course, are spent painting in the mornings when the world is quiet and the daylight grows through my studio windows. That being said, my least favorite times are when I haven’t made the time to physically create.
What are your passions outside of art and design and how do they influence your work?
I’ve always been drawn to the outdoors and natural landscape. To me, nature is the highest communicator of peace and beauty. The grace that comes through living in this beautiful world inspires me to create. I aim to reflect that awe-inspired feeling and overwhelming sense of peace through my artwork.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received when it comes to your craft, and who was it from?
Just start. Create. Create. Create. Push through fear. Shake off rejection. Sell your work. Be wary of perfection. Get your work out there. Be patient while learning to run a small business.”
This is just a snippet of incredibly thoughtful and poignant advice from artist Kristi Kohut of Hapi Art. Kristi encouraged me to start my business through her guiding advice and support!
What other artists/creators work do you admire? Why?
Hands down Emily Jeffords. Emily has put special emphasis on the process of creating rather than focusing solely on the final product. Through this lens, she has organized a number of resources for emerging artists and works to encourage those in creative fields.
What do you find inspiring about russell+hazel?
I have been a long-time fan of russell+hazel! The blend of beauty, great design and functionality is consistently evident in the product. As a small business owner working in a visually-focused field, I tend to want beautiful things all around me. russell+hazel has elevated the office/desk environment through clean and beautiful products that make me want to work!
How do you “add life to your work”
As a working-artist, my passion in life is also my work. The intertwining of these two things allows my work to be a reflection of everything I love! That’s a pretty special thing. As my creative eye, influences and passions evolve, so does my work. I feel very blessed to have this blend of life and work!
You have lived in a few other cities/states, tell us why you love living in Minneapolis?
I can’t say enough good things about Minneapolis! My life has taken me to Denver, New York, Philadelphia and now back to my hometown of Minneapolis. I can honestly say I didn’t appreciate this city until moving back here. Now, I’m impressed every single day by this city and how it supports the people living in it. Minneapolis is a beautiful, clean, active, friendly and immensely creative city. I am inspired on a daily-basis by the creativity and support for the arts here!
What’s one question that you’ve never been asked that you wish you had?
What did you want to be/do when you grew up?” I still have a piece of homework from second grade with that question. My answer then was “artist.” I think I’m making my seven year old self proud today!
Father’s Day is an opportunity to show the men in our lives how much we love and appreciate them — and also to spoil them a bit. We know that shopping for dad’s can be a bit of a challenge since dads are notorious for being “happy with anything”, so we’ve created our russell+hazel Flagship Store Father’s Day gift guide to help you out. We love that there’s a day dedicated to the leading men in our lives and we want to show them just how much we love them.
For the dapper dad:
Pearson Knight Texture Mud Pomade, Birchrose + Co. Beard And Mustache Kit, Izola Brass Combs, Way of Will Peppermint & Eucalyptus Foot & Shoe Spray, Happy Spritz Rugged Gentlemen Spray.
For the cocktail aficionado:
Me and Arrow Leather Coasters, Good Thing Stand-Up Bottle Opener, Izola XYZ 6 oz Flask, Koselig Leather+Vanilla Candle
For the gadget lover:
Leff Amsterdam Tube Audio Speaker, Native Union iPhone Dock, Beyond Object USB Memory Stick, russell+hazel Leather Phone Case, Beyond Object Dual Function Pen/Stylus, Areaware Prism Magnifier
For the stationery enthusiast:
russell+hazel Daybook, Midori Leather Notepad, Midori Pulp Storage Pen/Pencil Case, Blackwing Pencil and Sharpener, Seeso Daily Planner Notepad, LAMY Rollerball Pen
And for the dad that appreciates jewelry just as much as we do, any of our pieces from Urbain are no-brainers as they are all made of materials from underground mines, the bottom of rivers, and historic sites and tell an inspiring story about their journey from raw materials to finished product.
We hope that you stop by our flagship store and let our team help you find something special for the dads in your life!
Earlier this month, we gathered the r+h team at a sunny studio space in a historic factory building in Stillwater, MN for a video shoot. Before we share the video with you next week, we wanted to take you behind the scenes for a glimpse of the shoot in progress.
The phrase at the heart of r+h is “add life to your work,” and the video captures that idea by highlighting the combination of fashion and function that drives the brand.
How pretty do our gold foil custom thank you notes look in this shot?
Stepping back to survey the scene. The original wood floors and brick walls of the historic building, flooded with natural sunlight, were the perfect backdrop for the r+h office set.
The video turned out beautifully and tells our story – who we are and what drives us. Stay tuned here and on social @russellandhazel, to be sure you don’t miss it!
If you’ve visited our flagship store, you may be aware of the “by appointment only” style studio discreetly tucked away in the back of the store, usually manned by celebrity hairstylist Pearson Knight whenever he is town taking care of his Minnesota clientele. We are excited to announce a new addition to the style studio! Hairstylist and Makeup Artist Stephanie Domrose will also be taking clients by appointment only at The Style Studio at russell+hazel.
Stephanie is a hair/make-up artist and life coach, specializing in highlighting the inner and outer beauty she sees in her guests and helping them to truly shine. She offers transformational coaching programs and hair and make-up services both on-site (yes, she can come to you!), and in the salon. Stephanie has been playing with hair and make-up for over ten years. She started her career with Juut in Wayzata and wore many hats there: hair and make-up educator, member of the creative team, community involvement representative, new artist mentor, hair and make-up lead for runway shows, photo shoots, and ad campaigns. Stephanie also loves freelance work in bridal, editorial, and runway beauty- her work has been featured in MN Bride, Minneapolis/Saint Paul Magazine, Lake Minnetonka Magazine, various how-to video series’, and she’s done make-up at NYFW. Through her own personal journey, she’s realized that polishing beauty on the outside is only half the picture, and has devoted her time to researching and developing programs to help others cultivate their inner beauty. She believes our inner world requires just as much attention as our outer world, and the marriage of her life coaching work and her hair/make-up artistry is a true reflection of that belief!
We sat down with Stephanie to learn more about her beauty industry journey and managed to come away with a few of her amazing beauty secrets in the process!
When did you know a career in beauty was for you?
When I was a senior in high school and I realized I had two choices: to do the thing I thought I SHOULD do (go to college, like I had always planned), or to do the thing that excited me the most: go to the Aveda Institute. I decided to follow my passion, and I’m reminded periodically when I’m ‘working’ and it doesn’t feel like work that I’ve made an excellent decision.
How long have you been in the beauty industry?
Going on 11 years.
You specialize in both hair and makeup, do you find that you enjoy doing one more than the other?
That’s interesting, at different times in my career I’ve ‘given up’ doing one or the other to specialize in just one thing, and I always felt pulled back to doing both. I get to create the full picture when I can do both hair and make-up so I have to say I love them equally.
In addition to your daily clientele you also do editorial/runway work, can you tell us a bit more about that?
Sure! Editorial/runway work is like going to a hair and make-up playground. There are lots of hair and make-up looks that aren’t suitable for everyday wear, and doing editorial and runway work is an awesome outlet for that creativity. I’ve done hair and make-up for runway shows at the Weismann Art Museum, Aveda Congress, Make-up for MN4MN (MN fashion week), and NYFW, and editorial work for many different magazines. It’s a fun way to collaborate with other artists, photographers, and designers to bring some great ideas and inspirations to life!
What’s your favorite beauty product and why?
Tinted Moisturizer. My favorites are Aveda and Laura Mercier. It’s a simple product you can apply with your hands, and it gives you a glow that looks natural and radiant without completely covering up your skin. SPF is a bonus too.
What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?
The easiest transition look only requires lipstick, two hair ties, and a couple bobby pins.
Gather your hair at your nape and secure it in a low pony. Braid your hair in a simple three strand braid (if you don’t know how to braid, split it into two strands and twist around each other). Secure the braid with second pony. Mash and pull the braid apart a bit to loosen and soften. Wind braid up in a bun at the nape and secure with cris-crossed bobby pins.
Apply your favorite lip color and viola! Ready to rock a night out.
What are your favorite Spring/Summer 2017 beauty trends?
I love the swipe of bold and bright eyeshadow on the eyelids for something fun and different.
Also, the natural trends are HOT. Natural hair texture, glow-y skin, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?
I love ‘playing’ dress-up. My partner Connor and I like to throw themed parties (some of the latest were a medieval-themed Christmas, and an Arabian Nights birthday party)- basically just a reason to dress up in a costume and create an interesting atmosphere to entertain in! We also go to Convergence, it’s like the local version of Comic-Con, and make costumes each year. #shamelessgeeks
Why partner with the style studio at the russell+hazel flagship store?
Several reasons: I love the focus on customization at Russell+Hazel, it pairs well with my business’ focus. I love the space, the store and style studio are beautiful. I’ve known Pearson for a long time and am inspired by his work in the beauty industry and his new product line. Gail is awesome and she’s curated an awesome store inventory. The location is super convenient, free parking in the North Loop? Unheard of!
Oh, and two words: glitter ceiling. Need I say more?
What inspires you?
Glitter. I know, it’s like I’m 4, but seriously, it brings me SO much joy.
Honestly, people. I am intrigued by learning about people and how they live, love, and interact. That’s why I do the work I do, I think the greatest gift you can give someone is to see their beauty and reflect it back to them, like a mirror. If I can do that, I’ll most definitely get out of bed in the morning.
Stephanie will be available by appointment only at The Style Studio at our flagship store starting in May. Appointments can be booked by clicking here.