For those who know me, I am hardly ever caught wearing anything other than black on black with a splash of grey. But I absolutely love to mix it up with my accessories and homewares, which is why I was so excited to see the self-proclaimed queen of maximalism – La Double J. – finally come out with a tabletop line of her fabulous prints and patterns. “La DoubleJ Housewives” is a collection of Italian-made tablewares that use the same colorful, maximalist designs that founder JJ Martin became famous for in her clothes.
Over their few short years, the brand has already become a cult following for their bright colors, maximalist style, and Italian flavor. Paying homage to the “Sciura” of Milan, the website has become the ultimate in entertaining, interior decorating, and high style, lifting back the curtain of Milan’s elite to let their readers and customers in on the secrets of high style.
The American-born, Milan-based fashion maven started out her career in fashion journalism writing for CN Traveller, Wall St Journal Magazine, and an Editor-at-large at Wallpaper* before turning to her true passion: Milanese Style. She began by collecting vintage prints and patterns from the 60s and 70s to sell on her website, while also archiving them. She then found out about Mantero, a 100-year old clothing manufacturer from a friend, and began producing her own designs using the textile library she’d built up.
Having always loved ceramics (her husband’s family were ceramists from the Adriatic Coast) she has brought her fabulous prints to the table with linens and ceramics using the same prints, made at the historic Tuscan manufacturer Bitossi Home. So now you can shop by print, and buy linens to match your hostess dress. Pretty fabulous, isn’t it?
And people certainly are grabbing these up quickly! I stopped by La Double J’s pop up in Bergdorf Goodman’s and they were already sold out of the entire ceramics collection. That’s right, totally sold out before I could get my hands on even one plate! That said, there are still plenty of fabulous dresses in a plethora of fabulous prints still available. And while I couldn’t quite get myself to go there yet, I highly recommend those of you more adventurous, fashion-forward souls to make a beeline for Bergdorfs!