Inspirationale: Allison Sires of Thomas Sires Gets Her Color Fix From a First-Rate Art Book

When Allison Sires, one half of the design duo behind Thomas Sires, is aching for some visual stimulation, she cracks open a hardcover stuffed with fun patterns and quirky color combos. Get the scoop on her top source below. —keely thomas-menter

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“I bought a book at Pilgrim Surf + Supply in Williamsburg about the artist and textile designer Sonia Delaunay—it’s called Color Moves: Art & Fashion By Sonia Delaunay. Finding or creating the prints for our collection each season is one of my favorite parts of the design process, and I love Sonia Delaunay’s palettes and graphic style.” —allison sires

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Inspirationale: Ann Yee Goes Nuts for Some Beaux-Arts Brilliance (in Michigan!)

Sure, there’s plenty of awesomeness to be unearthed in NYC, where the architectural-apparel phenom Ann Yee lives, but when brother sent her a pic he’d snapped on a trip to Detroit—Ann’s a Michigan girl!—her head started filling with new ideas. Here’s why. —keely thomas-menter

“This is a photo of the abandoned Michigan Central Station—you can really imagine how beautiful it was back in the early 1900s. The geometry and linear detailing are what attract me the most. I normally don’t think about a pattern or print when I see a building—more lines and silhouette—but this building screams texture to me. It got me thinking textiles and how I could mimic the pattern on a fabric.” —ann yee

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Inspirationale: Farah Malik of A Peace Treaty Gets Busy in Istanbul

Farah Malik, one half of the globetrotting design duo behind A Peace Treaty, is a pro at finding skilled craftsmen around the world and delivering pieces with loads of cultural history. One of the destinations that really gets her going? Istanbul! Read on. —keely thomas-menter

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“I’m most inspired by my recent finds in the antique and bric-a-brac shops in the hip neighborhoods of Cihangir and Cukurcuma. I’ve fallen for colonial-era tea tins with beautiful art-deco motifs, hand-painted silks, Anatolian hand-woven kilim rugs, Eastern Turkish and Kurdish jewelry, and all sorts of old Constantinople brass pots.” —farah malik

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Inspirationale: Lia Cinquegrano Learns From Brooklyn’s Finest

Lia Cinquegrano of Thomas IV is the kind of gal who solved the problem of finding the perfect bag by developing her own line—so it makes total sense that she’d turn to fellow hustler and Brooklynite Jay-Z to fuel her creative fire. More on that below. —keely thomas-menter 

“Jay-Z has been an inspiration to me since I rented my first studio. I would go there at night to work on my bags and play only Jay-Z. His lyrics motivate me. One of my favorites: “Far from a Harvard student / Just had the balls to do it.” I say that in my head a lot. My most recent moment of Jay-Z inspiration came from reading Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office by Zack O’Malley Greenburg. It links together many people and events that helped Jay-Z become a lifestyle brand—a man who describes himself not as a businessman, but as a business, man!” —lia cinquegrano

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Inspirationale: Jesse Kamm Meets Her Muse

The first day of spring is just under a month away—time to refresh, reinvent…or, you know, maybe just re-paint the living room and buy some new sandals. Whatever your modus operandi, a little motivation never hurt, so we’re asking some of our awesome designers to share what’s inspiring them right now. First up: artist-cum-designer Jesse Kamm, who is a big fan of not trying too hard, as her line, choc-full of easy, effortless pieces, proves. —keely thomas-menter

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“I met Debbie Harry backstage at a show. She is still insanely beautiful. She pumps me up. She is one of those women, who has “IT.” It isn’t contrived. A stylist did not make her that way—she just is. That is the thing that inspires me most about a person—an originality, an effortlessness. There are few true icons that I think I would go gaga over. But give "Rapture" a listen—you will be driven to love!” —jesse kamm

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