Journal

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
Bandana Diaries: Lucy Laucht

Lucy Laucht is a travel, fashion and lifestyle photographer based between New York and the UK. A sense of story weaves throughout Lucy's work and her transportive photographs shed light on the essence of the destinations she visits—and the people who live within them. 

 

Lucy captured these moments amid a team trip for her hat line Tio y Tia — on board a friend’s beautiful 1968 Hinckley Pilot 35 boat around the Long Island Sound.

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Bandana Diaries: Alison Carroll

Based in Joshua Tree but always on the go, Wonder Valley co-founder Alison Carroll is our kind of traveler: moving from one place to the next with ease, openness, and a sense of adventure. We caught her during a summer visit to Santa Fe, where she is a creative partner in the newly restored El Rey Court hotel. Here, Alison puts her spin on our essential bandana.

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Bandana Diaries: Kim Ficaro

Introducing: The Bandana Diaries

 

This summer, we asked five inspiring women to document how they travel with their OZMA bandana… Every week we will be sharing the story of a new woman.

 

We’re excited to begin the series with stylist Kim Ficaro. Always on the go, Kim seems to be continually in a new, inspiring place. A master at creating and discovering beauty wherever she is, Kim documented moments both near to home and afar, at home in California and while on a trip to the Alps for a photoshoot.

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Bandana Studies: A Visual Retrospective

A deep dive on our most versatile, beloved OZMA accessory…

 

The word “bandana” finds roots in bāṅdhnū, the Hindi word meaning “to tie.” The originally small, woven pieces of fabric were first printed by way of traditional block-printing techniques, and infused with natural dyes indigenous to the plants of South Asia and the Middle East (circa late 17th century).

 

While the lightweight durability of the scarf treads a history among the working class and the Hollywood Western, the personal accessory really emerges as an object of empowerment and expression in the 1940s. With her hair tied back cleanly by a polka-dot red bandana, an image of Rosie the Riveter encouraging women on the home front during WWII became one of the most iconic American images, an homage to unapologetic self-determination.

 

From artful origins to accessories for everyday utility, the banana ultimately represents an approach to form. Below, we revisit a few historic interpretations from women whose individual style inspires... 

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OZMA Travels: A Weekend in Mexico City

We’re big believers in the power of travel — there’s nothing like being in a new place to give you an immediate plunge of inspiration and a reframing of perspective.

 

In the spirit of the quick trip… last month OZMA friends Hayley Coupon + Leigh Patterson traveled together to Mexico City for a source of early summer inspiration. Below are their top picks for what to squeeze into a long weekend itinerary…and their suggestions for which OZMA pieces to take along as well (carry-on only, of course!)

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State of Mind: Ashley Ragovin

Ashley Ragovin is the kind of friend you want in your corner. She has a way of seeing to the core, through the haziness and formalities and nonsense. It’s no accident that All Time—the neighborhood cafe she co-owns in Los Feliz—feels effortlessly perfect, the ideal ratio of no-frills simplicity meets utter attention to quality meets no-rush, linger-all-afternoon-type of laid back. Ashley is both relentlessly honest and relentlessly true blue, the friend who will in the same breath serve you tough love, an earnestly rare compliment, and the perfect glass of Sicilian wine that you didn’t know you wanted or needed but somehow, of course, Ashley discovered while traveling through remote Italy, showing up and knocking on the door of an off-grid, old world winery, and befriending everyone there by just rolling up her sleeves and marching out to work in the vineyards for two weeks. That’s just how she does it, folks. We visited her at home to sit, drink wine, and talk. Below, a conversation on embracing our stripped-down selves; the specific growth that comes from loss; what it means to define (and redefine) who we are not just what we do.

 

 

Interview by Leigh Patterson, Photos by Helen Nishi   

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OZMA x Julie Byrne

We’re so excited to share an original OZMA short, featuring musician Julie Byrne and her song “Sleepwalker.” Shot on 16mm film in a secret spot in Topanga Canyon, we explored a narrative where the ethos of OZMA overlaps with Julie’s own story — daydreams and reflections on the path to California, the search for freedom and ease, the continual rediscovery of ourselves. A visual escape into a nature-filled, ethereal dreamscape. We hope you enjoy!

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A Summer Editorial with Tara Mayer

OZMA friend Tara Mayer is captured here in a summer editorial by Maui-based photographer Chanelle Blackburn. Tara wears the Grace Slip Skirt and Boy Tank.

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State of Mind: Alaina Sullivan

“Palate and palette,” Alaina Sullivan notes on her Instagram page, and it seems like a tidy summary of how the NY-based artist and designer has inspired us from afar, both in her artwork, in visual designs for publications like Bon Appetit (where she was a Senior Designer), and in the creatively no-fuss recipes and meals she shares on Instagram, pairing unexpected combinations of ingredients, texture, and color like…well, like the artist she is.

 

We visited with Alaina in her studio for a conversation on presence, (im)perfection, and how an unforeseen accident last year forced her to see the world (and her role in it) anew. 

 

Photos by Emily Hlavac Green

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Tagging Along With: Kendra Smoot

While she was amid a short but sweet visit to LA, we jumped at the opportunity to catch up with our friend Kendra Smoot. An incredibly talented Bay Area stylist, Kendra is a master of vintage shopping and an incredibly thoughtful soul who embodies what it means to live with intention and care .

 

 

Photography by Sophia Scrank 

 

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State of Mind: Leah Bradley

A scroll through Leah Bradley’s Instagram and you’re instantly transported to an afternoon on the coast — salty hair, barefoot kids, sandy feet, days outdoors. 

 

Photography by Arika McKeever

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State of Mind: Elise McLaughlan

Earlier this spring we visited the studio of Elise McLauchlan, a talented woodturner and furniture designer living in Vancouver by way of London. With a background in fashion and creating elaborate prop-driven window displays for clothing brands, Elise moved to Canada three years ago to set up her own studio where she creates her line of beautiful, sculptural, and useful hand-turned bowls, vessels, and home objects. Below we spoke with her about her current state of mind —her drive to create, how she dedicates time to chasing new ideas, and how she regards the ever-evolving practice of not being so damn hard on yourself.

 

Photos by Gillian Stevens 

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State of Mind: Anishka Clarke
“I did have an ‘A-HA’ moment when I committed to switching careers, but in truth it was precipitated by a yearlong soul search…The decision to switch careers was not made lightly but it did happen really quickly once I recognized that design was the only thing that made me happy to get out of bed everyday” . . . Read More
State of Mind: Stephanie Mei Huang
"I work best when I allow for the research/intellect and intuition/emotional idiosyncrasies to marry and marinate together." . . . Read More
Reconnecting. A Spring Editorial with Tara Mayer
Photographer Chanelle Blackburn captures OZMA friend and muse Tara Mayer reconnecting with her roots at dawn on the North Shore of Maui.  . . . Read More
Lisa P.
Lisa Przystup needs to be comfortable. As a writer, former-florist, and self-described "corporate desk jockey," she is always moving about, like an abstract painting, yet carefully arranges moments of stillness when and where she can. She is a bouquet of creative endeavors and one of OZMA's stylish muses. . . . Read More
The OZMA Bandana : A Love Story
Have you ever found yourself in a vintage store, rummaging through that bewitching giant basket of scarves? I always found myself digging through those endless piles, falling head-over-heels for the different interpretations. That’s how my love story with bandanas began, though the story of these scarves dates back much further than my vintage store rendezvous.  . . . Read More
AN AUTUMN EDITORIAL WITH TARA MAYER
Inspired by the evocative verses of the Estonian poet Aleksis Rannit, we are pleased to share with you this special Autumn Editorial, shot by Gillian Stevens, featuring OZMA friend and muse Tara Mayer . . . Read More
NATASHA WHEAT
Inspiring artist and mother to be. We had the pleasure of visiting with Natasha before her birth while digging into what makes her such a creative and unique individual. . . . Read More
JEN SZETO
The magnetic personality behind Window of Imagination, a sensory story of minimalist ease and jaw dropping visuals. She has an acute eye for the perfect balance of art and silhouette and, better yet carries an adorable wit about her. . . . Read More
NEADA JANE DETERS
To describe her as dynamic would be an understatement. This Aussie has dabbled in just about every career, taken chances most of us aren’t bold enough to take, and is an inspiring entrepreneur and advocate for sustainable fashion. . . . Read More
Tara Mayer
Academic and adventurer, mother and muse. Tara’s life blends beauty, creativity, and intellectualism in a way that defies simple categories. We travelled up the coast toward the wilds of British Columbia and into Vancouver, for a conversation with this accomplished historian and friend of OZMA. . . . Read More
Ashley Turner
Ashley Turner is an LA based photographer who has focused much of her work towards socially conscious brands who partner with global artisans around the world to promote long term job sustainability within developing countries. She has spent a lot of her adulthood splitting time between East Africa, and many other remote areas of the world where a lot of her inspiration derives from. When combined with her small town Americana roots, her work has the ability to evoke honest spirit and emotion. . . . Read More

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