It’s difficult to make big changes sometimes.
Whether it’s the way you take care of yourself, the way you work, the way you interact with others… Or whether it’s an editorial line :)
Whenever we try new things, our attraction to the new and unknown pushes us forward, but at the same time, fear and old habits can slow us down. If you want to move too fast, or if you’re looking for instant excellence, you end up making mistakes.
I’ve always liked change – but I approach it as a type of evolution. One thing leads to another. You calm down. You follow your gut, make changes little by little and, most of all, you shouldn’t believe you’ll be able to do everything perfectly.
That’s why at the Studio, we try out lots of different things.
Like the new topics we’ve been sharing with you – on mothers, on braids, or on fitness fanatics. We hadn’t ever written about subjects like that before, but those were all things we talked about together all the time, so we wanted to take them further.
Of course, I could have stopped at the personal articles and streetstyle photos that made this blog what it was when it started, but as I’ve changed over time and travelled around the world, I’ve realized that style is something that reaches into every aspect of life – which I talked to you about here.
And, in my opinion, my blog should represent that way of seeing the world — otherwise it’s just a totally empty formula.
To evolve, you have to try going on new adventures…
Like my book, which took up so much of my energy – but I’ll be able to show you the cover very soon (We finally have the release date! It will be coming out on October 27 in the US!!!)…
My stationery, which is very successful and makes me want to do even better…
Or our shop, Garance Doré Goods, which we launched a year ago at the same time as the stationary line. It’s our little baby – it’s growing slowly, without us having to force it. We try things out, we refine it, and money isn’t our main goal (but rather creative collaboration), we decide what seems right to us, and soon we will be launching a really great micro collection that I illustrated for Equipment!
And mess up sometimes…
Or not mess up, exactly, but decide that a project we launched isn’t as great as we had thought it would be. For example, we recently decided to take a break from our newsletter. We thought it was cool, but too traditional, boring, and repetitive.
And, if there’s one thing I hate more than anything, it’s filling up space for no reason. So newsletter out. I was waiting for a new idea (as I’ve already mentioned, working on my book left me totally drained creatively) (but the book is reaaaaally cool!) and I think today it happened – an idea came to me while I was eating my sandwich at the Studio. I can’t wait to send it to all our subscribers. (You can subscribe here, if you want).
It just goes to show that sometimes it’s better to take a step back and wait for things to come to you naturally.
Even so, there are aspects of the old newsletter that I loved, especially meeting our readers. We had breakfasts in Paris, meet-ups at the Studio in New York, and lots of other really cool things. We’re going to have to find a way to keep opening our doors. We’ll see, we’ll figure something out!
Oh and while we’re on the subject of hiatuses, people keep asking me when Pardon My French will come back. We’re working on a new version for that, too – and really, any ideas you have are welcome!
But also remember who you are and be yourself…
That’s why we love nothing more than talking to you about friends we’ve had for a very long time, whether it’s Caroline, Viviana, or Lolita – but we also love to introduce you to new people who inspire us. It’s healthy, it’s true, it’s beautiful. A great person stays a great person, even when they evolve, so what’s more interesting than continuing to see how someone we love changes over the years?
This month, for example, we’ll be talking to you about a new book by Amanda Brooks, who I’ve photographed on the blog many times and is a really inspiring person to me, whether she’s the fashion director at Barney’s or lives on a farm in England (that has been her crazy life trajectory and we’ll talk about that with her).
That’s also why I keep my diary posts alive, telling you about my life, from the most profound to the most superficial details about once a week.
There’s also our idea of style, of course, that has never changed, whether it’s our streetstyle photos, or the series we work on with Brie and Erik – it’s that mix of expensive with inexpensive, vintage, and most of all – the idea that style can’t be bought, it has to be cultivated.
So for the month of June, I wish you lots of evolution and success, and also mistakes, as long as you stay true to yourself. It’s not always easy, but it gives you lots of stories to tell!!!
Translated by Andrea Perdue