Here is a great article and peak into the designers of Ax + Apple's studio and showroom.
We are happy to represent such passionate designers in the store!
Jamie Lyn tried her hand at nearly every visual art before falling in
love with jewelry design. She worked as a prop person on a few period
films and began accumulating a collection of vintage objects like world
coins, men’s pocket-watch chains and pen knives. She began experimenting
with turning these finds into jewelry pieces. When her jewelry line, Ax + Apple,
grew, Jamie enlisted the help of her childhood friend Jessica Fowler.
The pair moved into this space in Austin’s French Place neighborhood in
2010. They were looking for a dwelling that could function as a studio
and living space. Initially, they hoped to find a three-bedroom house,
but the dining room in this home, with its large bay windows, became the
perfect place to set up shop. Jamie and Jessica have been avid thrift
shoppers since they were old enough to have credit cards. Their love of
vintage has had a huge influence on everything from their product and
personal styles to the way they’ve decorated their home. Thanks, Jamie
and Jessica! — Amy Azzarito Image above: The living room provides the perfect getaway from
our long days in the studio. Although the two rooms are back-to-back,
it is practically a different world on this side. The working
fireplace, shag rug, and rustic accents lend the perfect laid-back vibe
to the space.
Image above: These Polaroids were shot on a cross-country road trip.
They have been a centerpiece in every living room I’ve had since I
shot them five years ago.
Image above: You will find mini still lifes all over our home. I
became obsessed with spray painting animal skulls gold at one point, so
you will find a lot of these as well. Family is really big to us
around here, so much of our wall art is centered on them. I always
think the key to a successful wall collage is incorporating photographs
as well as found objects. It gives the space a more personal feel.
Image above: The studio. Where the magic happens! Organization is
key no matter what room you’re in, but in a studio as small and as busy
as ours, it is pretty much a matter of life and death. I have a thing
for vintage scissors, so I love to hang them from nails on the wall.
Functional art. We use them throughout the day, and when it’s time to
clean up, they become art again.
Image above: That’s Bridget. She’s our mascot. We try to keep this
side of the room as clean as possible. It is our “showroom,” so to
speak. We keep our most current collection on the wall to pull for
photoshoots and for easy reference when we are building an order. It is
fun to watch people walk into the room. It is always the first spot
they gravitate toward.
Image above: The bedspread is from Anthropologie, and the end table is vintage.
Image above: Mom & Dad
Image above: Best kitchen ever. The white tile and windowed cabinets
keep it very clean and open. Jessica threw in a splash of color by
sewing a piece of fabric she picked up at Ikea. I accumulated the
ceramic animal heads at various thrift stores in San Francisco. I could
live in this kitchen!
Rag & Bone's Newbury boot in Brown is one of Dyer's Picks! Available here.
The interior designer opens up the Hamptons home she shares with Theory founder Andrew Rosen.
1. Top Pajama:
"I bought the best silk pj's with vintage buttons from this new
boutique Fivestory on the Upper East Side. On holiday, I loved wearing
them to breakfast with bikini bottoms." Ari Dein pajamas, $660, shopbop.com. 2. Essential Essence: "My favorite perfme is Rose 31 by Le Labo." Le Labo Rose 31, $145, lelabofragrances.com. 3. Time Keeper: "A chunky vintage Rolex." Rolex watch, rolex.com. 4. Jean Therapy: "I live in Rag & Bone jeans." Rag & Bone jeans, $198, neimanmarcus.com. 5. Crème de la Crème: "I will never tire of this scent. It reminds me of summer holidays." Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Souffle Body Creme, $55, lauramercier.com. 6. Photo Finish: "We're obsessed with Peter Beard." Peter Beard's Snows of Kilimanjaro, 1972 7. BestBedding:"Calvin Klein Home 100 percent linen sheets." Calvin Klein Home linens, $165-$195, macys.com.
8. Daily Boot: "When I wear these, people stop me in
the street to say, 'Where did you get those?' I like that you still
feel dressed down even though it's a heel." Rag & Bone bootie, $495, shopbop.com.
9. Soap Star: "Spider Lily by India Hicks for Crabtree & Evelyn." Crabtree & Evelyn India Hicks Spider Lily Hand Wash, $20, crabtree-evelyn.com.
I can normally care less what people do in their day to day life but Mr. Lagerfeld's "un-routine" was so fascinating to me. I had to share.....
8:00 A.M. I sleep seven hours. If I go to bed at
two, I wake up at nine. If I go to bed at midnight, I wake up at seven. I
don't wake up before—the house can fall apart, but I sleep for seven
hours. I wear a long, full-length white shirt, in a material called
poplin imperial, made for me by Hilditch & Key in Paris after a
design of a 17th-century men's nightshirt I saw at the Victoria and
The first thing I do when I get up, I have breakfast. I have two
protein shakes made for me by my doctor--they have a chocolate taste and
no sugar, of course—and steamed apples. That's all. I don't like
anything else in the morning. I never drink anything hot; I don't like
hot drinks, very strange. I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to
the minute I go to bed. I can even drink it in the middle of the night,
and I can sleep. I don't drink coffee, I don't drink tea, I drink
I do most of my reading in the morning. I have a special canopy for
that, near the window, where I can see the Louvre and the Seine. I only
read, look at books, and sketch. And daydream—daydreaming's important
too. At night there are the dreams too, but I don't have too many. I
read the French, English, and some American papers, some German papers, Women's Wear—quite a lot. I read on paper; I prefer that. 11:00 A.M. I have my hair done because I hate to
have hair in my face when I sketch. My hair is not really white; it's
kind of grayish, and I don't like the color. So I make it totally white
with Klorane dry shampoo. That is the best thing to do because my hair
is always clean. 12:00 P.M. I don't get dressed and take a bath until
lunchtime because I am doing a dirty job, painting with colors. So I
wear my long nightshirt; it becomes kind of like a painter's smock, then
it goes to the laundry. I have everything—sheets and nightshirt and
robes—changed every day. I like everything to be washable, myself
included. I like antique lace, antique sheets, beautiful quilted covers,
but everything is white. In white you can hide nothing. Most people
don't use this kind of sheets and things because it's very difficult and
very expensive for the upkeep. But it's such a pleasure to go to bed in
the evening in a beautiful bed with beautiful sheets and beautiful
pillows, everything flawless, in a freshly pressed, long white smock.
When I'm ready, I soak in the bathtub, if you really want to know. I
used to have a product I loved, by Shu Uemura, but they don't make it
anymore, so I found a French product that softens the water; it's a
hundred years old. I put half a bottle in the bathtub. I exercise very
little because my doctor said it's not necessary. I did a lot when I was
very young, and all you do when you're young stays. So it's not the
problem as with people who started later. I'm very flexible; I have no
My latest uniform is actually two looks—a special jacket with tails
made by Dior, but not what you wear for weddings. I have them made in
tweed and things like this. Then I have another jacket I love from the
new Dior men's collection that I bought five of, so people think I wear
the same thing every day, but in fact it's never the same thing. And
then I wear jeans; at the moment they are from my new collection. They
are dark gray with my face, my profile, printed in black on them, but
you really have to look at it to see it. My dressing room is so full
that I can only wear what I see on top of all the racks. I still have
all my clothes from 10 years ago from Dior, but I think I will give them
back to Dior for the museum. I have pieces that are unique pieces that I
will never wear again, because life is different now, you know. I used
to fax a lot, but people don't have faxes anymore.
I never have lunch, but when I do, I ask them to bring it to me in
the house. I actually have two houses. This house here, it's only for
sleeping and sketching, and I have another house two-and-a-half meters
away for lunch and dinner and to see people, and where the cook is and
all that. I don't want that here. Even if the place is huge, I want to
be alone. If I want something, I call them, and they're next door, they
come. The studio is next door, the office is next door. If I have guests
and butlers, I don't want them in my house. Everything is next door. 4:00 P.M. I have two drivers and several cars. I
have a driver who in the morning does the shopping for me and brings the
newspapers, and another one, Sébastien, who is also my secretary, who
is free in the morning and works in the afternoon and late in the
evening. On my way to the Chanel studio, I like to look around, I like
to look at Paris. I never get tired of Paris. A lot of people are on the
phone all the time; they don't see anything anymore. It's true. I like
to watch. I go from here to Galignani, my favorite bookshop, and then to
Chanel, and then to Colette, and sometimes to the Dior men's shop. I
don't go to too many shops. 5:00 P.M. I arrive at the studio very late in the afternoon because I want the première
to stay in the workroom with the workers during the day. If they are in
the studio with me, they don't supervise the work. I go there from five
to eight, half-past eight. I'm very quick and organized. The way I
sketch, the way I work, I prefer to do all my work in the evening or in
the morning and during the weekend, and I send everything on the iPhone.
I'm not there in the studio draping—I don't do those things. My work is
very conceptual. 9:00 P.M. Dinner depends on the day. I don't go out
that much because I'm always late, and I'm so busy and so pleased with
what I'm doing that I'm not really ready for a social evening. That's
over—the people I was going out with are dead or don't exist anymore.
Sometimes I go to La Maison du Caviar, but most of the time I have
dinner in the Rue des Saints-Pères house and come home after that. I
hate the word routine. What I hate most is when you have to
look at your watch and get in a hurry to change for dinner, if you have
an important dinner. Every dinner is important; you should never be
without a dinner, but this I'm a little tired of. I did a lot of it in
To unwind, it depends on how tired I am. Sometimes I read a little
bit. Lately, I play with my cat, Choupette. The cat always stays home,
and when I leave, the maid takes care of her. The cat is like a very
refined object; she doesn't go into the street, and she doesn't go to
other places. She is a spoiled princess. As told to Kristina O'Neill