Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 REVIEW / Greatest Hits / & Co.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race has been very fortunate over the years to work with amazing people who have gone on to do great things. In this feature we'll highlight some of the products, events, and work from people that have come through Slow and Steady Wins the Race's doors.

June 23, 2010
Diana Lang
In addition to being one of our favorite Slow and Steady team members, Diana Lang also manages to find the time for her amazing clothing and accessory line A Part/Apart. She was recently featured in Dirty Magazine with her new collection of bags and purses all based on the twelve month calendar. We want every single bag please!

This past spring, A Part/Apart collaborated with Leif Sundstrom of Terry Theise Estate Selections and guest chef Garrett Eagleton of Portland, OR's Clyde Common, Le Pigeon and Lincoln in the first in a series of SS/AW Dinners. This delicious dinner featured a 7 course meal paired with 7 wines paced and directed according to the seasons featuring specialties for Spring such as Oysters and Blossoms and Lamb which was eaten with one hand while burning Sage with the other. Keep an eye out for future dinners to come.

November 3, 2010
Isabel Asha Penzlien

Isabel Asha Penzlien is responsible for many of the photos on She is not only a contributor but a friend. She has a new book titled MUSIC STUDENTS that features portraits of music students photographed in 2009 in collaboration with Beth Houfek and Lee Taylor.

November 10, 2010
Mayra Valencia

Former Slow and Steady Wins the Race Studio Manager Mayra Valencia recently debuted her vibrant jewelry line Chola:

Born in Brooklyn, New York as the youngest of four children to immigrant parents from Ecuador, Mayra Valencia was raised with traditional Latin American values and the streets smarts of a NYC kid. Her desire to be part of the fashion world began at age five while watching a Novela (a Spanish Soap Opera) about a seamstress turned fashion designer. She spent most of her childhood summers in
Ecuador watching her grandmother assemble & plate hundreds of earrings right in her home. Mayra would help her sort them by style and stone color, count them, play with them and be amazed by how sparkly and beautiful they all looked. Chola was created in honor of Mayra's grandmother Rosa Jimenez de Valencia whose image of being in an apron assembling earrings will forever be a part of Mayra. Chola is for her mother and father (the most talented jeweler she's ever known) who always instilled their culture in her, and for all of her family and friends who have journeyed into this country in search of a better life. Chola is for them; a celebration of merging our cultures.

photos courtesy of Chola/Mayra Valencia

November 16, 2010
Melissa Ip
When Melissa was in the studio , she kept our online store and press samples in order , she is also a maker of some of the best zines out there.
Melissa Ip lives in New York City. She has worked mostly with paper but is starting to explore other means of expression. The most recent being performance with collaborative Yemenwed whose latest video "Woman Merges W Car" can be seen at Works in progress include a children's story illustrated by Tobin Yelland and blog about Other Worlds.

In this feature she shares a recent zine piece titled Aliens Like to Dance Too.

All images and video courtesy of Melissa Ip.