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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT— NICOLE GRANATO

When we were working on our new Fall capsule we envisioned folding in new pieces that captured our core sensibility—clothes made thoughtfully, meant to be worn and loved, worked in and lived in—with an added feeling of effortless expansiveness, an easy comfort in wild, natural spaces interwoven with a sense of possibility. Naturally, when thinking of how and where to best capture that vibe, we thought of longtime OZMA friend and muse Nicole Granato and Holistic Ranch, her home and wide open heart-space/horse haven in Joshua Tree.


A place for beauty and respite, Holistic Ranch is more than a working farm, it is also a place of sanctuary: Nicole and her partner Kahn, with their young son Finn in tow, have dedicated their land and livelihood to saving horses destined for slaughter. Home to permanent equine residents Chief, Chloe, Gigi, Margot, Baby May, and a rotating cast of other friends rescued from unseen certain tragedy and on their way to new forever homes after rehabilitation, the homestead is full of love and animals, creativity and opportunity, a place for healing and renewal. We were able to steal Nicole away from the endless beautiful work of farm life to talk about the quiet mindfulness of horses, the idea of “rewilding”, and how clothes should feel.

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IN THE RAW— LAUREN HAYNES

Peak summer usually goes in one of two ways for us: either a frenetic, jam-packed, last-gasp-how-is-it-August-already plan vortex OR a gentle leaning in to the long, drowsy swelters of golden lit days, where the only thing (hopefully) on the agenda is tomatoes, a cup of tea, and a swim, if at all humanly possible. As with everything, choosing the latter usually comes when we really tune our ear and listen to what our bodies are telling us *feels* good and just do *that*. This sort of reckoning isn't, at its heart, radical. But in the widening whirlwind of fevered "shoulds" and "musts", reconnecting to the simple medicine of listening to the day's mood and requirements and answering—with something slow, something grown, something green—can feel like a revelation.


Clinical herbalist, Appalachian woodsmaiden, and chief plant mystic behind beloved small-batch herbal apothecary Wooden Spoon Herbs, Lauren Haynes, has built her life and business around connecting and nourishing just these sorts of epiphanies. We sat down with Lauren, writing from her herbalist's tinkerers research kitchen (in a dreamy old converted greenhouse the velvety hills of Tennessee, of course), to talk about the traditions of herbal remedy, how the sacred feminine connects to Earth wisdoms (we were beyond delighted to discover that she and fellow OZMA friend/celebrated plant-whisperer Erin Lovell Verinder took a witchy ladies roadtrip together earlier this year), and the patience and tonic of time as taught by plants.

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IN THE RAW— ERIN LOVELL VERINDER

Last year was the year of the garden. Well...last year was the year of many things and, to be honest, every year is the year of the garden because that is the very nature of both years and gardens. BUT. Last year we found ourselves overwhelmingly, gratefully, almost seismically turning to the quiet certainty and restorative possibilities of green things. What is it about the call of the greening world that we feel so deeply? Something hard to name, a resonance, a physical longing asked and then answered by dirt under the fingernails, the richness of dark earth, sweet blossom, and the music of breathing it in, and the salt of sweat falling into the soil alongside the coneflower seeds. 

 

Herbalist, nutritionist, energetic healer, and plant whisperer Erin Lovell Verinder puts this longing, this innate kinship with growing things into words better than we ever could: plants offer us great lessons in reciprocity, she says, the sowing of seeds is the giving, the reaping of flowers the receiving. May plants hold you, soothe you, fortify you, restore you, and ignite you. This is a mighty time to be here in the arms of mama earth. And, as always, she has got your back.

 

We stepped into Erin's garden—peak summer for us, full winter for her in Australia—to dig deeper into her generous sense of the mystical possibilities of allowing ourselves the time and space to align with the green world around us, to heal, grow, and attune.

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IN THE RAW — COURTNEY ADAMO

One of the most miraculous things about the wild interconnectivity of the modern age is the ability to actually forge beautiful, substantive, nourishing relationships literally out of the ether. This has become particularly poignant for us during the past season, where the gift of the internet has allowed us to bridge time, space, and distance to face challenges and fill our hearts and cups—together, apart—as best we can. After all, we are all humans seeking connection.


Writer, entrepreneur, and one of our favorite of those friends across time, space, and distance Courtney Adamo has always built her beautiful life—and recently launched a series of beautiful courses: "In The Loop"—to celebrate making and nourishing those most precious human connections. We sat down—from a distance, of course, Courtney lives in the sun-kissed aerie of Byron Bay, NSW, with her five children and partner Michael—to talk about this cherished and complex modern conundrum: how to maintain connection, stay present, and show up as our best selves as often and authentically as possible.



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IN THE RAW — NATALIE NELSON & NALIA

While this past wild year has presented endless opportunities for illumination and reflection for us, this Mother's Day has us thinking deeply and a little differently about mothering and the value of care. As a tight-knit, women-led team of mamas and daughters, we have always loved and honored the mothers and mother-figures in all of our lives, but over this latest season of upheaval, we have also been deeply humbled and awe-struck by the intense strength and resilient beauty manifested by the mothers in our OZMA universe.


Mothers, by their very nature, are the ultimate world-builders and, with time and hope, the visions they dream and make real for their children become the reality for us all. At a time when uncertainty has ruled, hurts needing to be soothed have multiplied, and joy must be tenderly nourished, we see the mothers stepping up. We sat down to talk with one of our favorite OZMA mamas (AND style maven, dear friend, excellent human, and total BOSS...mothers contain multitudes), Natalie Nelson—who lives and works in Vancouver with her partner and fiercely smart and luminous daughter Nalia—about the beautiful and aching contradictions of motherhood, the value of lightness, and what promises the future holds.


And to all of the OZMA daughters and mamas on Mother's Day—wherever you may be on your journey in, towards, or away from motherhood—we are sending the biggest love!



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IN THE RAW — CAMILLA ENGSTRÖM

Sometimes we forget to move our precious bodies. Sometimes we forget that inside our precious bodies there is boundless capacity for freedom and joy and movement and creativity. Sometimes (especially if we've been alone or feel like we've been carrying a lot for a while...anyone else?), we forget that, not only is the freedom and movement and endless human capacity for creativity and joy inherent our precious bodies available to us, but that it is actually an essential part of our authentic selves.


Luckily for us (and, really, for the universe) beloved artist and electric-ray-of-good-vibes Camilla Engström is here to remind us. Like Hafiz's sage-woman—who's always ducking her head so she doesn't hit it on the moon—Camilla's whole wise energy is just this marvelously rare version of the sacred feminine that doesn't take itself too seriously. Known for her stunning and evocative large-scale surrealistic paintings and for her jubilant in-studio dance breaks, we sat down with Camilla to chat about authenticity and vulnerability, nourishing the power to create, and the value of truly listening to your body and spirit (full disclosure: we definitely had to stop this interview mid-question, put on one of her incredible playlists, and JUST MOVE). . . . Read More
We Are Becoming — Katie Gong

Sometimes finding beauty seems to be about allowing space for awareness of little moments—how the sea shapes the sand, the way grass moves like waves, how the bright dome of sky holds the exquisite curves of naked trees. But—like the sea, the sky, and the wilderness—finding beauty is also about making it, leaning in to the long arc of creation itself.


For California-based artist, designer, business owner, mother, and luminous-mama-to-be Katie Gong—known for her wildly gorgeous bentwood sculptures—it's a combination of the two, the tempering of the raw and untamed with time, desire, intention, and love into something sublime that finds and captures an exact moment of grace. We sat down with Katie—37 weeks pregnant with her second babe at the time of writing (!)—to talk about process, practice, and the transformative power of strength and stillness.

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Tagging Along With: Natasha Garrett

We've always loved vintage. This is, perhaps, unsurprising when you consider that the best vintage pieces are always the truest classics, thoughtfully constructed and eternally stylish. This is, of course, exactly what we're aiming for in our own designs. And, while our intention is for our pieces to be lived in and loved until they're threadbare, we wouldn't be surprised for an OZMA piece to be found on a vintage rack years from now, waiting to become the new beloved favorite of some lucky searcher. 


That's how it's always been for us—from the first perfectly worn leather jacket/made-for-us feeling jeans/treasured timeless tee that caught our eye from among the many, finding a vintage soulmate is like being reunited with a dear old friend. So, when our own dear old friend Natasha Garret—the master of style and maven of vintage sourcing behind Roam Vintage—asked us to tag along with her to the Pickwick Garden Outdoor Vintage Show a few weeks ago, we couldn't contain our excitement. Like old friends do, we chatted about what we're wearing again and again right now, the thrill of the hunt, and the blessings and burdens of being your own boss. Slip into your favorite find and read on!

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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT — CLAUDIA DEL OLMO / CASA BALANDRA

Now is the time for dreaming. As the twilights begin to stretch out their legs, daring to bare their shoulders and let down their hair in the golden hour, we too begin to feel the tidal pull of a new season. With this sense of coming lightness also comes a giddy expansiveness, a feeling that *things* might be *possible*: that valises might be packed, that long dinners around tables full of dear hearts might be forthcoming, and that dipping our precious bodies into new and far-off salt-kissed seas might be on the agenda. Now is the time for dreaming.


When we dream of this limitless "what might be", it has the sun-dappled, fuzzy-edged quality of snapshots: wet footprints on terra-cotta tiles, wavering palm-tree shadows on washed linen, a rocky cliff that makes its way on tip-toes down to a secret ledge jutting into the emerald sea, the crash of waves, the smell of oranges, the sound of laughter and the wind in the olive trees and Debussy on the turntable. In short, when we dream, we dream of Casa Balandra. 


The sprawling and magical "experiential guest house" and creative artist's residency on the island of Mallorca is itself the dream of two Mallorcan sisters, Claudia and Isabella del Olmo, and their dear friend Cecile Denis—or as the sisterhood calls each other—Clau, Isa & Ceci. Until we can visit ourselves (save some date for us, sisters) we talked with Clau about the connectivity of creativity and ease, the rhythm and pull of the sea, and the powerful woman-energy required to build the beautiful stuff of dreams.



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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT — ALLY WALSH

Ally Walsh begins every day with an act of becoming. The hiss of the flame. The hum of the kettle. The bloom of the grounds. The careful alchemy of time and care. For many, the day's first coffee is certainly a ritual, but for the Canyon Coffee Co-Founder, this moment of transformation is a daily opportunity for cultivating mindfulness, for setting intention, for bearing witness to small miracles. We sat down with the businesswoman, model, and all around insanely kind soul to talk about finding space for exploration, balancing passion in a working relationship (her partner, Casey, is the other half of the Canyon Coffee family), and what it takes to feel at ease.

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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT — OPHELIA MIKKELSON JONES & RYDER JONES

This year has felt like lesson after lesson in letting go—of being tender with change, of relinquishing expectations, of admitting that things we thought were constants are actually always in flux. In this usual season of abundance and generosity, as we approach the winter solstice and the shift back towards the light, we are reminded, of course, that there is a flip side: That being tender with change can also look like nurturing new growth. That relinquishing expectations can also look like rewriting what brings joy. That when we realize that the path we are on doesn't have to to be a straight line, it leaves room for twists, turns, unexpected destinations, and beautiful adventures.


On the stunning surf-report coasts of New Zealand, artists Ophelia Mikkelson Jones and Ryder Jones have been living on the flip side—approaching their summer solstice on the twisting, turning path towards a life less ordinary, one on which they are the authors of their own joy, finding deep meaning in living simply, with intention, and with each other. 


As we are reconsidering how to make the most of this holiday season (and this one precious life), we wanted to step into the flip side, and take a few notes from Ryder and Ophelia on giving beyond the material and celebrating the miraculous in the everyday.

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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT — LISA PRZYSTUP

We miss being in other people's houses. Sure, we miss the lingering dinners, the spangly cocktails, the late-night living room dance parties, the first-awake early coffees with visiting far-flung beloveds...we miss the people, dearly and deeply. But. We also just miss being in other people's houses.


You can learn so much from an effortless afternoon basking in the light through someone else’s west-facing windows, from finding the perfect spot to tuck the found wildflower or turkey feather, a host’s talisman, or from hearing how the music makes its way—just so—the sound escaping around ancient casements to fly up and out like so many sparks from the chimney when you step out to admire the moon. You can learn so much from being in other people’s houses. And we miss it.


Luckily, beautiful genius, flower forager, and writer Lisa Przystup is here for us in our time of need. Her new book "Upstate" is an invitation into the varied and gorgeous interiors of homes dotting the rolling green hills and tucked-away farmsteads in the wilds above and beyond Manhattan—right when we needed it most. 


We spoke with Lisa from her perfectly imperfect 1893 farmhouse in the Catskills—in which nothing is exactly straight, everything is beautifully whitewashed, and where we cannot wait to invite ourselves for a long rambling visit sometime hopefully sooner rather than later—to talk about tuning your clock to the natural world, finding glamour where you can, and how, if you can’t be in someone else’s house, being fully present in your own is pretty damn great too.

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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT — LIA ICES

In the opening moments of her newest song, "Earthy", singer, songwriter, and powerfully mystical mama Lia Ices channels divine intuition with a voice like a morning bell. She never wanted to sing (she sings), she'd rather be a dancer, her body like a language. She never wanted to write (she writes), but sometimes it comes right through her, not a choice but as a duty. These explorations—this search for finding what is true among the great contradiction and beauty of the human mystery and then giving it a path to pour forth in song and word—is the essence of Lia's work. 


The music is itself mystically reverent: the heartbeat of piano like waves against The Lost Coast, the reverb echo like the vast cathedral hush of towering oaks, and the laid-back drum feel is like our old favorite records caught the electric spiritual current drawn forth by the gentle rhythms of ancient California mountains.


But it's the pure, honest poetry of Lia's verse and her crystalline songbird voice that speak straight to our hearts and we wanted to know more. Lia spoke with us from her mountaintop home in Sonoma (her partner, Andrew, is the co-founder of Scribe Winery) on the spiritual practice of creativity, the psychedelic power of the primal feminine, and the value of showing up. Put on a record and read on.

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GIFT GUIDE — BANDANAS

This season, like in all seasons, just try and do what feels right. Maybe that means crossing giving gifts entirely off your list. Maybe that looks like giving your time or resources, for there are many whose need is greater now than ever. Maybe it means giving a few thoughtfully sourced things made locally by real people, or maybe it just means treating yourself to time and space to simply be. Maybe it feels like some combination of all of the above. This season, we're all just trying to do what feels right.

 

If you're searching for something that checks off a few of those mental maybes, allow us to suggest our OZMA signature 100% silk bandanas.

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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT: KATE JONES

We have always loved the sea. How the horizon draws the eye to limitless possibility, somehow disregarding the barriers of any intervening waves, how Madame Moon smooths the surface as she cuts her nightly luminous path across tide and time, how the body becomes fully itself within its waters—alternately weightless or as slick and powerful as a seal. The path to the sea is always studded with magic: watery gems of sand-smoothed glass, winking pastel coquinas, glimmering mother of pearl, or other storm-tossed treasures await you at the wrack line if you know how to look and make the time and space to do so.


For Kate Jones (the founder, precious metalsmith, and salt-kissed dreamer at Ursa Major—a beloved jewelry line made in Maine and NYC) the sea is a messenger. From her childhood aboard a sailing ship—called, of course, "Ursa Major"—to her current rock-ledged seaside aerie on the sunrise coast of Maine, Kate finds herself most open to receiving both lightning-bolt inspiration and serenity within striking distance of cool waters. We caught up with Kate to talk about the freedom and joy of making space to create, the power of going barefoot, and the beauty of everyone carving out their own story, wave by wave. 

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WE ARE ACTIVISTS — CAROLINE Z HURLEY

Our experience with art that has truly moved us has always been about feeling—the heart-rush of seeing some part of yourself reflected back at you, truer than you could imagine, a mirror and a blessing all at once. And yet, how many times have we wanted to actually feel that feeling? To touch it, hold it, claim it as our own, to live around in it for a while? Painter, textile artist, and new-mama Caroline Z. Hurley's work makes that leap between feeling and feeling, bringing that thunderbolt of inspiration into the home-space in the form of beautifully rendered block printed, woven, and quilted textiles that are made to be touched, felt, lived with, and loved.



This season we are beyond pleased to be multiplying those feeling feelings by collaborating with Caroline on a design for our Sisterhood Bandanas. Continuing the tradition of things made thoughtfully by women, by hand, proceeds will go to "Souls Grown Deep", whose work in support of black southern artists includes preserving the legacy of southern quilt-making matriarchs at Gee’s Bend. We joined Caroline (a southern quilt-maker and newly-minted matriarch—welcome to this beautiful side of the universe, Penny!) to talk about her Brooklyn-based practice, what it's like to be back in her studio after the recent birth of her daughter, and the power of touch AND feel. . . . Read More
FIT GUIDE — MEET THIS SEASON'S PERFECT PANTS
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TAGGING ALONG WITH — EMMA ALLEN

Ahhhh, “Self-Care”. At its essence, it is much richer and more complicated than long baths (though we DO love long baths—see below!) and fancy candles (ok, ok, we love a good candle too). Like everything, though, truly caring for the self is more about the whole picture: acknowledging and nourishing the entire constellation of necessary human alchemies—beauty and magic, power and vulnerability, community and self, body and soul, mind and matter—and trying to aim for balance as gracefully as possible, every day. 

 

Sometimes that looks like intentionally making choices in your life and business that support your whole human community, sometimes that looks like surrounding yourself with good people and giving everyone the space to search for their own best way, sometimes it looks like a simple daily ritual of slathering your precious body in intoxicatingly aromatic, richly nourishing oils. For Everyday Oil founder and chief alchemist Emma Allen, it’s all of the above.

 

We sat down with Emma to talk about the magic of her signature oil (for the uninitiated: it’s sustainably crafted, radically accessible, great-smelling, multi-tasking skin-hair-soul-self-care body oil with a seriously devoted following) and about how she’s worked to build her life and tailor her business to best support the search for grace. Read on for a conversation on the gift of time, what it means to lead, and (yes!) a recipe for taking a better bath. 



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A Fall Editorial with Tara Mayer

OZMA friend and muse Tara Mayer, at home on the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia wearing the Carolina TrenchEve Bodysuit, and Wide Leg Jeans

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WE ARE ACTIVISTS — LILY & AMY YUENG

Deeply rooted in the authentic nature of women is this simple truth: we contain multitudes. Like the prismatic spectrum of colors, we singularly embody the entire vast possibility of the human experience—the visible and the invisible, the gradation and the shadow, the light and the dark. It is a lot to carry but, like the spectrum of colors, when held in perfect balance on the right wavelength, the result is pure, shining light.

 

The women of Orenda Tribe, an Indigenous owned artistic collective based in New Mexico, are living this vision, working towards radiant balance and shining the light. Led by founder Amy Yeung, whose family comes from the Bisti Wilderness-Chaco Canyon region of the Four Corners, in partnership with her daughter and luminous muse Lily Yeung, Orenda Tribe makes beautiful things: handmade, restored and repurposed vintage, one-of-a-kind textiles in a universe of color. They are also a "community of hands", deeply committed to helping Indigenous makers and artists find opportunities to create and also leveraging the beauty of their vision to direct attention and resources from the world outside Dinétah in support of their Diné relatives. Their work feels both especially crucial and especially poignant and especially exquisite in this exact moment and we were deeply grateful to spend some time in conversation with them. Read on for our meditations with Amy & Lily on the vital gift of space and quiet, reconciling connectivity to community and self, and the power of standing together.

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WE ARE BECOMING — Helen Nishi

Roland Barthes wrote that “in order to see a photograph well, it is best to look away or close your eyes.” Photographer Helen Nishi understands this inherently—photography records a moment more fully than our eyes alone can interpret. Some people are attuned to the physical world in such a heightened way that colors, landscapes, music, and the other sensorial details of life guide their impulses and experiences. Helen brings this intuition into her work, and the rich colors, emotions, and textures she captures animate each image.

 

Helen extends this curious gaze toward each of her subjects, and the result is a portfolio of images steeped in culture and community. Even her more austere portraits of landscapes or individual women continually portray their essential strength. It is no surprise, then, that Helen tells us she navigates life and motherhood vivaciously and by instinct, or that seeing new places always leaves her perspective profoundly altered and hungry for a change.

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WE ARE BECOMING — RACHELLE ROBINETT

Rachelle Robinett is recalibrating what “balance” looks like. Growing up on a farm in the Pacific Northwest, she came to understand the symbiotic relationship between people and the natural world and has spent her career sharpening her understanding of “wellness,” helping people address their health in realistic ways through her multi-purpose company Supernatural, which gives people the tools to live out their wellness ideals through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and a product line of herbal gummies.

 

We love Rachelle’s approach to cutting out the noise through a no-nonsense ethos: we spoke with her to learn more about what it means to find genuine nourishment, how she is prioritizing immunity right now...plus get a recipe for her refreshing late summer mocktail.

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WE ARE BECOMING — KATIE DALEBOUT
Katie Dalebout’s medium is authenticity. Since 2013, she’s been hosting the podcast Let It Out, a platform for self-described “soft stories” that unite us universally. Katie’s honesty is infectious, and her self-reflection thoughtfully sincere — her groundedness rings most true to us, something that’s come from years of examining her deeply held beliefs through writing. For Katie, journaling became a lifeline during her most difficult seasons; a way to shed masks she’d grown accustomed to wearing. Now, her podcast has a devoted following, growing to also include Spiraling, a co-hosted show about living with anxiety. She currently runs creative clinics and workshops about journaling, and she published a bestselling book about her writing practice. Today, we talk to her about her winding career path as a podcaster and how that medium has made her feel less alone during this isolating year. . . . Read More
WE ARE BECOMING — AMBER LEE

To have a conversation with Amber Lee is to instantly understand what connection looks like — to oneself, to the natural world, to a broader picture. As founder of holistic healing practice Plant As Compass, Amber’s work is rooted in compassionately offering wisdom on how we as individuals can evolve through seeing ourselves as part of a broader narrative. Based in Ojai after splitting her time between New York and LA, Amber was raised in a multicultural household in Hawai’i, Latin America, and North America — a cultural cross-section that’s allowed her to view herself as a citizen of the natural world, rather than limiting herself to a singular community. 


In her work, Amber walks individuals from different paths, beliefs, and backgrounds through nuanced, hands-on healing and group facilitation work. Her ethos acknowledges life’s complete interconnectedness — beginning at birth and extending through all the complicated relationships and seasons we enter and depart. We spoke with her about the large role nature plays in her practice, the value of slowing down, and how healing ourselves allows us to hold space for others.



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YOUR VOICE MATTERS — VOTER QUICK LINKS
WE ARE ACTIVISTS — DANIELLE BLACK LYONS
Maya Angelou wrote, "a woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing." For Danielle Black Lyons, the profound power of water to move and connect us is an inspiring force. And with her collective Textured Waves—a group of women working to bring greater inclusion and community to surfing—she works to make it accessible to all. We were lucky enough to spend a morning with Danielle to learn more about her journey, how she’s turned the practice of surfing into a transformative tool, and how she’s cultivating change in her community. . . . Read More
WE ARE ACTIVISTS — LEAH THOMAS
“Mother Nature should be for us all” — the work of environmentalist Leah Thomas is grounded in intersectionality, a theoretical framework that considers how one’s overlapping identities can collectively inform a more complex set of potential injustices and prejudices. In other words, it redefines the notion that activism ought to stick to one cause-driven lane by seeing that all systemic inequalities are interconnected. Read on for our conversation with Leah about what drives her work, the concept of intersectionality, and the movements that are bringing her hope right now. . . . Read More
WE ARE ACTIVISTS — BONNIE WRIGHT
In observing the world of actress, director, and environmentalist Bonnie Wright, the inclination to tell a story and to share the truth seem to fundamentally overlap. While having a resume that’s exposed her to an international audience, Bonnie’s passion has developed in pairing the often heartbreaking realities of modern times with a devotion to beauty, optimism, and possibility. Raised between London and the Southern coast of England, Bonnie now lives in West Los Angeles, where we visited her at her dreamy home in the canyons. Read on for our conversation about new definitions of ‘sustainable,’ the suspension of consciousness, and a life lived by the sea. . . . Read More
OZMA Care Package — Alex Elle
Alexandra Elle is an author & wellness consultant living in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and children. Writing came into her life by way of therapy and the exploration of healing through journaling. Quarterly, Alex teaches workshops and retreats centered around assisting others in finding their voices through storytelling, poetry, and narrative writing rooted in truth without shame. Her mission is to build community & self-care practices through literature & language. She is currently an author at Chronicle Books. Today, Alex is sharing with us a self-care session centered around journaling to explore self-care as community care. . . . Read More
Tagging Along With: Sophia Moreno-Bunge of ISA ISA
On a hot May day, we packed up and headed to the canyons for a time outside spent (together but distanced!) with the magical Sophia Moreno Bunge, the floral artist behind LA-based ISA ISA. Sophia’s approach to pairing and discovering beauty in the natural world is unparalleled — her ability to see beauty in often hidden or unexpected places and then rearrange them into an entirely new creation is truly inspiring. Below, a conversation with Sophia on what it means to observe, her tips for (responsible) foraging, and the flora that have been front of mind this season. . . . Read More
Perfectly Imperfect: Vera Edwards

This season we were lucky enough to shoot our spring lookbook in Mallorca — in the art studio of our dear friend Vera Edwards. Born in California but raised in Mallorca, Vera has lived around the world (including Northern California where we initially met her!), but returned to Mallorca six years ago. Today, she lives in a small beach town on the southeastern coast, making oil paintings in a studio that was formerly her grandmother’s home. 


Her grandmother Anne is a lifelong artist who has created stone sculptures out of the studio where Vera now paints — it’s easy to imagine blissfully slow days spent here, picking fruit from blooming trees, surrounded by nature and a view of a monastery in the distant hills. No distractions, only quiet. 


Vera is one of the most inspiring women we know, both for her ability to find and create beauty seemingly anywhere, and also for her perspective on living and moving through the world with ease. Amid this moment when the only thing that feels knowable is that all things change, Vera’s perspective on embracing the journey feels just right.



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WE ARE BECOMING — Ariane Aumont
Ariane Aumont’s professional cooking experience spans twenty years, inspired by extensive world travel, enriched with Cordon Bleu culinary education, and nurtured by a rich family cooking history. In 2014 Ariane moved to Ojai to collaborate in the opening of Chief’s Peak Bar at the Ojai Rancho Inn. Enraptured by the incredible local, organic produce of the Ojai Valley and surrounding counties, she then created Le Picnic, a boutique catering company specializing in custom menu creation dictated by the seasons and the food nostalgia of her clients. . . . Read More
WE ARE BECOMING — Jaime Hepburn
Jaime Hepburn is a Los Angeles based yoga instructor, setting her classes to her consciously-curated playlists and combining fluid movement with static core-driven holds and playful inversions. She runs yearly retreats around the world, and is currently leading classes on Instagram Live to give people a way to move their bodies while staying safe at home. On the OZMA Journal, Jaime tells us what this shift has been like for her, and gives us tips for seeing through the darkness to the light. . . . Read More
WE ARE BECOMING — Lauri Kranz

Lauri Kranz is the owner and founder of Edible Gardens LA where she creates lush, edible landscapes and vegetable gardens for chefs, restaurants, museums, schools and anyone interested in growing their own food (ediblegardensla.com). Her book, A Garden Can Be Anywhere, was published by Abrams Books in 2019. In 2020 she established the Edible Gardens LA FARM where she grows organic food and flowers in a beautiful canyon in Los Angeles.  These days you can find Lauri and her husband, Dean Kuipers, delivering organic vegetables and flowers, fresh from the farm, to homes all over Los Angeles.

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Perfectly Imperfect: Jodi Balfour
On the occasions that take us out of the everyday — a conversation with actress Jodi Balfour on what it means to step outside and find connection in fleetingly specific yet beautifully immersive moments. . . . Read More
WE ARE BECOMING — Lauren Spencer King

Lauren Spencer King is an artist and meditation teacher in Los Angeles — in her artwork, Lauren’s pieces allow the pigment, materials, and textures of the natural world to often inspire palette and medium. In her meditation offerings, a physical connection to the earth is a fundamental aspect of what it means to connect to ourselves, others, and the world. 



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Letter From Heidi

 

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Perfectly Imperfect: Yasmine Ganley

Yasmine Ganley is the New Zealand-based art director, writer, and the creator and editor of the online platform anyonegirl.com, which is now in it's 12th year. Anyone Girl celebrates the personal projects from a like-minded community of makers. Yasmine is also the editor of the zine WAIST, a journal that nods both to following one's gut intuition, and also explores how we manifest emotion and experience in our bodies. Below, a conversation on how embracing life as it comes manifests in motherhood, personal ritual, and nostalgia.

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Perfectly Imperfect: Darya Bing
Meet the multi-talented, widely traveled, and entirely creative designer, mother, artist, and stylist Darya Bing.

Born into a family of accomplished sculptors, architects, calligraphers, and ceramicists and brought up and educated in the renowned Dadaists artist village of Ein Hod in Northern Israel, Darya Bing has had a background that’s taken her around the world and across disciplines. Currently based in Auckland, Darya began her creative career in wardrobe and set design in theatre and film but in between has worked across creative industries and disciplines — from fashion to art to education.

We find her at present, where she is co-managing an interior design + ceramics production + fie art studio that services hospitality groups across the Pacific, Australia, and Europe... . . . Read More
The Sisterhood Bandana: Molly Hayward of Cora

This week we’re so excited to introduce a new (and to-be-ongoing), very special edition of our signature bandana: The OZMA Sisterhood Bandana


100% of profits from these exclusive editions will be donated to different causes + not-for-profit organizations whose work centers around women's wellness, mental health, and education. It’s our version of a pink ribbon — a symbol of support and care for the stories that matter, for the movements and change we stand behind…


And we’re kicking it off this October in collaboration with Cora, an organization working to equip women around the world with period products (since 2016, Cora has provided 5 million pads to girls in need in India and Kenya, as well as 100,000 products to women in need in the U.S.) Their mission centers around equipping women in need with tools and education to ensure they can experience their periods with the health and dignity they deserve.


To discover more, we sat down with Cora’s inspiring co-founder Molly Hayward…

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State of Mind: Anna Z. Gray
This week we’re happy to be channeling straight-up ‘fall in NY’ in all its cliched glory with Anna Z Gray. Anna is the co-founder of vintage-centric Object Limited, hub to rotating pop-ups and a digital app where vendors and buyers can resell and discover vintage treasures. We’ve followed Anna online for ages — she’s the kind of styling wizard we all aspire to be, the person who can go into a thrift store in a random town off the interstate in Arizona and emerge with an armful of scores…and then proceed to integrate everything she bought into real life with a non-precious, unapologetic ease. Here we discuss her business, vintage-searching secrets, and what it means to embrace impulsivity and invert the definition of ‘balance.’
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Perfectly Imperfect: April Valencia

Our classic raw silk tees are designed to embody the OZMA ethos – they're what we talk about when we talk about adoring the perfectly imperfect. Our tees rely on the beautifully organic, nubby soft texture of raw silk, an incredibly special fabric that we love for its character and unique wear... resulting in every tee feeling slightly different and entirely special. The metaphor isn't lost on us: to continue the conversation, we spoke with five inspiring women in the OZMA world about what it means to lean into imperfection, to discover the path of self-acceptance, and to see the beauty in our ever-evolving perspectives.

 

April Valencia is... hard to nearly sum up in a concise bio, but we'll try: A photographer, textile artist, flora-obsessed advocate for the preservation of nature, and accomplished culinary wizard. Creativity and passion ooze out of her... we get the sense that she never approaches anything halfway, she is an all-in liver of life, and feeler of experience. April was also the woman behind the camera for the other four stories in this series, and to conclude the project we asked if she'd flip the lens to document herself and reflect on the notion of imperfection.

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Perfectly Imperfect: Sophie Monet

Our classic raw silk tees are designed to embody the OZMA ethos – they're what we talk about when we talk about adoring the perfectly imperfect. Our tees rely on the beautifully organic, nubby soft texture of raw silk, an incredibly special fabric that we love for its character and unique wear... resulting in every tee feeling slightly different and entirely special. The metaphor isn't lost on us: to continue the conversation, we spoke with five inspiring women in the OZMA world about what it means to lean into imperfection, to discover the path of self-acceptance, and to see the beauty in our ever-evolving perspectives.

 

 

Meet jewelry designer Sophie Monet Okulick, whose eponymous line is a reflection of a life spent in the studio of her father, sculptor John Okulick. Using sustainable materials and weaving in references from natural landscapes and mid-century design her pieces contextualize familar materials in wholly unexpected ways.

 

 

Photos by April Valencia

 

 

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Catalog/ The 1930s Bandana
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Perfectly Imperfect: Valerie Quant

Our classic raw silk tees are designed to embody the OZMA ethos – they're what we talk about when we talk about adoring the perfectly imperfect. Our tees rely on the beautifully organic, nubby soft texture of raw silk, an incredibly special fabric that we love for its character and unique wear... resulting in every tee feeling slightly different and entirely special. The metaphor isn't lost on us: to continue the conversation, we spoke with five inspiring women in the OZMA world about what it means to lean into imperfection, to discover the path of self-acceptance, and to see the beauty in our ever-evolving perspectives.

 

 

Today we're in conversation with Valerie Quant, co-owner and do-designer of LoQ, a women's contemporary footwear and handbag company based in LA, a business she started four years ago with partner Keren Longkumer, who she met in footwear school. Today she lives between the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and frequent visits to Spain, where LoQ is produced. Below, a conversation on long term relationships, living on a whim, and finding harmony in the unconventional.

 

 

Photos by April Valencia

 

 

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A Love Letter to the Classic Tee

The beloved classic T-shirt is our most worn, revisited, and unifying staple. From scavenging thrift stores across the country to discovering the perfect threadbare 80s version in our mom's closet, the sentiment remains unchanged. Meaning... there is no wrong way to re-purpose the tee. No rules, just a subtle sort of rebellion – a statement that says simply, this is who I am, underneath it all...

 

The silhouette originally evolved from undergarments worn in the 19th century by industry workers, which is perhaps why the most loved tees are the comfortable ones, constructed of natural, breathable, and pliable materials like linen, silk, and cotton. (The common "crew neck" style comes from the sea crew that managed and operated the ship.)

 

What we appreciate most is how non-conforming, approachable, and powerful it is to dress without hindrance. Our signature OZMA silk tees represent the ability to unmask and redefine the wardrobe, revealing our fullest expression of ourselves. 

 

Below, a brief overview of women whose individual interpretation of the cotton crew inspires our own T-shirt loving ethos...

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Perfectly Imperfect: Kelci Potter

Our classic raw silk tees are designed to embody the OZMA ethos – they're what we talk about when we talk about adoring the perfectly imperfect. Our tees rely on the beautifully organic, nubby soft texture of raw silk, an incredibly special fabric that we love for its character and unique wear... resulting in every tee feeling slightly different and entirely special. The metaphor isn't lost on us: to continue the conversation, we spoke with five inspiring women in the OZMA world about what it means to lean into imperfection, to discover the path of self-acceptance, and to see the beauty in our ever-evolving perspectives.

 

Jewelry designer + sculptor Kelci Potter's beautifully organic work is a study in form and nuanced shape, expressed in hand-molded beeswax and recycled gold. Below, a conversation on what it means to step into the self to seek out the 'juice' of life, and to live simultaneously with the meaningful and the messy. 

 

Photos by April Valencia

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Perfectly Imperfect: Stephanie Cleary of Morrow Soft Goods

Our classic raw silk tees are designed to embody the OZMA ethos – they're what we talk about when we talk about adoring the perfectly imperfect. Our tees rely on the beautifully organic, nubby soft texture of raw silk, an incredibly special fabric that we love for its character and unique wear... resulting in every tee feeling slightly different and entirely special. The metaphor isn't lost on us: to continue the conversation, we spoke with five inspiring women in the OZMA world about what it means to lean into imperfection, to discover the path of self-acceptance, and to see the beauty in our ever-evolving perspectives.

 

To start the series, we visited Stephanie Cleary, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Morrow Soft Goods, a home textile company specializing in natural fibers and earthy color tones (something we obviously love!) Below, a conversation on drawing inspiration from life's curveballs, thinking less linearly, and retreating to simplicity.

 

Photos by April Valencia

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Bandana Diaries: Adele Tetangco

The inspiring, entrepreneurial Vancouver-based Adele Tetangco concludes our women in bandana series this month — documenting herself while in Mexico City with her family this summer. You may know Adele as the founder of Garmentory, but more recently her focus has been on the new micro trade show Reassembled Show, which brings hard-to-find labels to buyers in real life. She’s also the brain and creative force as co-creator of fellow womenswear label Tigre et Tigre! We’re so honored to share Adele’s POV here…

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Bandana Diaries: Caroline Ventura
For the next installment in our month of traveling women in bandanas, we met NY designer and artist Caroline Ventura amid a trip to Sag Harbor. Calm moments at the shore and in the garden in between preparing for her first photo exhibit, "YOU CAN GO THERE,” which was held this summer at Chaos Theory Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY. We resonate deeply with the concept — present moments filtered through a lens of nostalgia, intended to “evoke feelings from decades past." . . . Read More

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