Designer & Shopkeeper Michele Varian.
Varian’s eponymous store on Soho’s charming Howard Street, is a favorite among editors, designers and fashionable New Yorkers. Home decorative accessories, jewelry and handmade textiles designed by Varian, as well wares created by dozens of other independent designers, are displayed beautifully in her jewel-box like store. Varian’s creations, many of which are made locally, or in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, are also sold at stores around the US, Canada and Europe.
Photographed at the Designer’s Home in Soho, NYC
Photographed at Infosys North America HQ, One World Trade, NYC.
The tech giant Infosys, with 11.54 billion in revenue, is a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, serving clients in 45 countries. In order to launch a series of over a dozen recruiting videos, Infosys tasked Kimberly with creating imagery for use in the videos as well as a dedicated recruiting website, and to serve as a visual basis for social media posts. Deliverables included environmental portraits of the President / COO and members of the sales team, and brand storytelling imagery of employees in action.
With momentous events on the horizon, Concentric Studio, in collaboration with The Spiralis Music Trust, commissioned Kimberly to create a series of portraits and brand storytelling images of the renowned composer, educator and cultural ambassador Chou Wen-Chung.
Photographed at Chou’s home music studio in an historic New York City brownstone, the shoot yielded images with a warm and intimate feel that ultimately served as the visual language for Chou’s new website. Concurrent with the website’s launch was the opening of the Chou Wen-chung Music Research Center at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China. Images from the shoot were also employed for the Center’s programs, press, banners, and a documentary film.
Photographed at the composer’s home music studio, New York City.
Burlesque Dancer and Actress Hazel Honeysuckle.
Hazel Honeysuckle is an international burlesque starlet (also known as the “Delicate Flower”) who specializes in classic burlesque. While Hazel often makes many of her own, elaborate costumes — beads, feathers and all — she also frequents vintage shops for inspiration. A low maintenance performer, she has been known to maximize time by applying her makeup for performances while riding the NYC subway.
Hazel currently resides and performs in Las Vegas, Nevada and is appearing in Spiegelworld’s hit show, Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace. And appears in the documentary film, Getting Naked.
Photographed at Shareen Vintage and the MTA, New York, NY
Jeweler Aaron Ruff of Digby & Iona.
A self-taught artist, Ruff creates hand-crafted jewelry inspired by history, nature, and literature. He specializes in both fine jewelry and bold, unique signet rings, bearing messages from the past. In this essay, his two rescued dogs and his wife Esther, (also a talented designer) are also pictured.
Photographed at the artist’s studio at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Designer & Entrepreneur Brit Kleinman of Avo, a company that creates hand-dyed leather for interiors and accessories.
”Brit takes an anthropologic approach to design, studying how objects that surround us reflect the culture in which we live. From travels around the world to daily adventures, Brit gathers inspiration from the ingenious ways people find different solutions to similar problems. With AVO, she explores her love for process and working with her hands. She dives deep into materials by using age-old techniques with a modern lens to create patterns that reflect the world around her.” -Via AvoAvo.com
Photographed at the Designer’s Studio at The Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Behind the Scenes at the Indo-American Arts Council’s (IAAC) Indian Dance Festival. The IAAC supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. Founded by Aroon Shivdasani.
Photographed at Pace University, New York, NY
When the welfare of animals is at stake, projects take on a deeper sense of purpose and urgency. The creative brief for this calendar shoot focused on how lives—both human and canine—are dramatically transformed by adoptions made possible via the efforts of Sean Casey Animal Rescue.
Images shot on location by Kimberly featuring dogs (and their humans) rescued by the shelter, were transformed into 12-month, full-color, large-format calendars that used the negative space of each dog’s portrait for graphics. The calendars were offered for sale via a dedicated website and at various fundraisers to help support the rescue’s important work.
Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR) is a community based organization and takes in over 2,000 animals per year, the most of any other private rescue in New York. SCAR has saved over 8,000 animals from the city’s Animal Care & Control, alone, since 1998.
To donate, or adopt an animal (Actor Tom Hardy found his dog here, so you might too!) visit www.NYAnimalRescue.org
Photographed throughout the boroughs of New York City
Sister and brother team, Nicholas and Christopher Kunz of the high fashion label Nicholas K.
Based in Tribeca, Nicholas K has opened IMG Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week the past ten seasons. A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America since 2009, Nicholas and Christopher are a part of the CFDA + Lexus Eco Initiative, championing conscious living, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. — via NicholasK.com
Photographed during a lookbook shoot, at the atelier of Nicholas K, Tribeca, NYC