Design // Our June Future of Women LA Breakfast with LA Design Festival, Domino, and ROW DTLA
This was Future of Women’s fourteenth event: In February 2018, we started hosting Future of Women breakfasts in Los Angeles, beginning with a conversation about Diversity in Film. In March, we talked about Human Rights, Journalism, and Geopolitics, in April we spoke about Food Entrepreneurship, and in May we hosted two breakfasts - an LA breakfast on Music and Activism and a Mexico City breakfast on Art + The City. In June, we talked about Women and Sports, in July, we traveled to Tel Aviv to host a breakfast on Storytelling, and in September, we talked about Women in Architecture. In December, we traveled to San Diego to host a breakfast with women who are shifting food culture to one that celebrates diversity, local ingredients, and the environment. In February, we teamed up with Healthyish, a site from Bon Appétit about wellness and food, to host our first NYC breakfast with women from NYC’s restaurant industry about how they make wellness a priority in kitchens. In April and May, we teamed up with Healthyish and Broccoli Magazine, an international magazine for cannabis lovers, to host breakfasts and panel discussions with women working at the intersection of cannabis in food: a Los Angeles breakfast with Chef Minh Phan of Porridge + Puffs and a NYC breakfast with Chef Kyo Pang and Moonlynn Tsai of Kopitiam. And last May, we traveled to Mexico City to host a women-powered dinner at Sobremesa with 2019 James Beard Semifinalist Chef Claudette Zepeda.
Women from across Los Angeles and from a range of industries - from fashion to journalism to design to public policy to culinary arts - joined us for a morning of celebration - celebration of women and design across Los Angeles. We gathered at The Manufactory, a collaboration between James Beard Award-winning chefs Elizabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of San Francisco’s iconic Tartine Bakery, and Chris Bianco of Phoenix’s legendary Pizzeria Bianco. The Manufactory is located in the ROW DTLA, a historic district in Downtown LA that's reimagining spaces for creativity, retail, and art.
We hosted the breakfast with The Manufactory's Pastry Chef Leah Chin-Katz and Chefs Katie Hagan-Whelchel and Alyssa Lisle.
They treated us to a menu of:
Croissants, Pain au Chambon, Pain au Chocolate, Bacon & Chive Scones, Seasonal Jam Buns, Chocolate Tea Cakes, Fruit Spread, Cheese Spread, Smoked Salmon Tartine, Egg & Bacon Sandwiches, Egg & Spinach Sandwiches, Greek Yogurt Parfaits, Coffee, and freshly squeezed orange juice.
After learning about the inspiration for their dishes, we dove into a breakfast conversation about design with our partners, ROW DTLA, Domino, a resource devoted to decorating, entertaining, and gardening in the home, the LA Design Festival, a festival honoring LA's rich design culture, and our speakers! Jessica Romm Perez, Editor in Chief of Domino, moderated the panel with women in the design industry, learning about the inspiration for their work and discussing the intersection of design and impact.
A special thank you to our speakers and moderator:
Shelley Armistead is Partner and COO at The Gjelina Group, including Gjelina, GTA, Gjusta, Gjusta Goods, and MTN. Previously, she was at Soho House and The River Café in London.
Angie Myung, Chief Creative Officer, founded Poketo in 2013 with her husband, Ted Vadakan. Poketo is a lifestyle brand that creates beautiful and functional items for your every day as well as a retailer with 4 locations throughout Los Angeles, including the one at the ROW DTLA. She oversees all design, marketing, curation, and the workshop program. She's also the co-author of Poketo's first book published by Chronicle due to launch August of 2019, called Creative Spaces, People, Homes, and Studios to Inspire. The book features 23 of their friends and collaborators who are artists, designers, architects, cooks and more, talking about their creative journeys from the point of view of their studios and homes.
Chelsea Neman Nassib launched her business in 2012 with a unique vision: to connect leading emerging artists to new and seasoned collectors across the world, whilst supporting artists to fully explore and evolve their practice. In essence, to bring art back into common conversation, not only by selling art in a new way, but by creating a new paradigm for art patronage in the modern world. After completing her BFA at the University of Michigan, Neman quickly realized there was a gaping hole in the traditional art world for emerging artists. Frustrated by the lack of support post-graduation, her peers were thrust into the world with no infrastructure to assist them to build networks and develop their work outside of their immediate personal circles. It was at this time she realized that an online space didn’t exist and could revolutionize the game. She used her authentic relationships built through her BFA program and artist friends, to create a strong roster of artists and pioneer the act of collecting art through a digital platform. From there Tappan was born with the primary goal to change the relationship between collectors, artists and their work. The initial curated online platform has expanded to incorporate e-commerce, unique editorial content, physical exhibitions, brand partnerships and ongoing artist residencies across the world. This approach allows artists to tell their stories in a three-dimensional way that encourages more exploration by the collector than a traditional gallery space.
BOSCO is one of the most influential artists - singer, songwriter and visual artist - to come out of Atlanta in recent time by continuously pushing the boundaries of Atlanta culture and music. “She is crucial to the musical arc of Atlanta and the evolution of black music” said Pitchfork about her recent effort, b., which features her signature blend of R&B, psych rock, pop, old Atlanta and afro-future. Currently signed to the tastemaker NY label, Fool’s Gold, she’s garnered large critical acclaim from New York Times, NPR, Pitchfork, Vogue, FADER, Billboard, Women’s Wear Daily Complex, PAPER, MTV, Nylon, Teen Vogue and many more. She holds an education in fashion and design which has quickly positioned her as a major powerhouse with her new creative agency, SLUG, that targets millennials of color and recently featured on Fast Company. She began singing at the age of four in church and now she’s a striking polymath whose distinct vision always cuts through like nothing else. Her designs explore freedom, self-discovery, and relationships.
Jessica Romm Perez is the editor in chief of Domino Magazine. Jessica is a style expert with a career working for prominent media properties and brands identifying and driving trends in design, home decor, fashion and style. Jessica has written and edited for many publications including GQ, Elle Decor, Elle, Conde Nast Traveler, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
FUTURE OF WOMEN is a unifying platform that creates original multimedia content and programming by, for, and about women around the world to openly look at the pursuit of being a modern woman. In 2018, we began collaborating with award-winning female chefs worldwide, from Los Angeles to Mexico City to Tel Aviv, to host a monthly women's breakfast series featuring game-changing women such as Olympic athletes, Emmy-winning producers, top Billboard musicians, and New York Times journalists on topics including architecture, sports, art, music, journalism, and human rights. In 2018, we hosted nine sold out breakfasts and launched the 2019 breakfast series in NYC in partnership with Healthyish, a site from Bon Appétit about feel-good food and living.
A Special Thank You To Our Partners
and the The Manufactory and their Pastry Chef Leah Chin-Katz and Chefs Katie Hagan-Whelchel and Alyssa Lisle for a delicious breakfast, and our photographer Katie Ruther at Scott Clark Photo for these beautiful photographs.