It's All Material: Finding Inspiration In People And Places

Jodi Finer

23 June 2022


When I sit down to conceptualize our collections, there’s so much that drives my creative process—my family’s history, the intersection of wellness and design, and moving the needle forward to ensure that as a part of the design community, we’re helping to build the future. One of the strongest wellsprings of inspiration for me always comes from traveling—meeting new people, learning about other cultures, and soaking in all the visual goodness of a destination. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite travel-inspired finds for you to take with you wherever you might be going this summer. I hope they’ll help inspire you on your next adventure.







Skincare Routine

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I love the growing popularity of the clean beauty revolution and learning about what works for me. Just because you’re getting on a plane, it doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. I recently met Heidi Jenkins, the founder and master formulator behind Skin and Bones Therapy, and I’m obsessed with their ingredients and brand mission. Made with essential oils, each product is 100 percent organic and reinvigorates your skin and body on a holistic level. And, luckily, they offer a travel kit with the Luxurious Moisturizer, Cleanser, and Salve that can jet off with you wherever you’re headed next.


Good Reads



Whether trying to pass the time on a plane ride or getting lost in a story poolside, I love learning while indulging in my wanderlust. Kate Northrup’s books aim to inspire—“Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious Women” is a great read about harnessing feminine energy and the cycles of the woman’s body to invite balance into your life and positively affect your productivity. Gary Zukav’s “Universal Human: Creating Authentic Power and the New Consciousness” explores spiritual growth and finding joy. And for visual inspo, Diane Keaton’s new book "Saved" pulls together found photos and originals taken by Diane herself, giving us a glimpse into her creative mind. I also always look forward to reading The Information, a digital newsletter about technology companies.


On The Catwalk



What began as a menswear brand in Glasgow has grown into a full-fledged global lifestyle giant, as Ted Baker now touches nearly every part of our lives.To prove it, their silk-blend floral sleep mask, hot water bottle and satchel make it easy to stay on top of your wellness routine even while traveling, keeping you hydrated and helping you catch some zzzs. The Sophiaz Softside Trolley Bag is perfect for a weekend getaway. Finally, the Gold25 travel tonic features notes of bergamot, clove, jasmine, gardenia, cedarwood, musk and vanilla; and even better than the incredible fragrance, the uber-chic bottle is refillable.




Story Time



When you get to where you’re going, you’ll want a hotel that inspires too. Walking up to Short Stories on Fairfax in Los Angeles is like walking back in time to old Hollywood. Inside this mid-century modern oasis by Grifka Group and Kevin Klein Design, an open, airy lobby greets you with artful furnishings and accessories; a checkerboard floor continues outside to the courtyard that feels part garden-part European cafe. Contardi light fixtures hang from lush trees and a living wall lines the pool, offering a breath of fresh air within this urban neighborhood. With its location across the street from the shops and food stalls at The Grove and The Original Farmer’s Market, and not far from Museum Row, a stay here allows you to create your own short stories.

Short Stories Room

Photo by Stefan Merriweather / Courtesy of Short Stories












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Jodi Finer

As the Chief Brand Officer of Fabricut’s boutique textile brand S. Harris, Jodi Finer approaches her creative position with a deep connection to her grandfather’s legacy, her relationship with her father, who has always been her north star, and a level of mindfulness to thoughtful living. Jodi and her team have turned S. Harris into a socially conscious brand, working with several nonprofit partners locally and globally to not only reshape the conversation around how design impacts wellbeing but also to create design accessibility. S. Harris provides her the opportunity to reinvent community, build a fresh creative culture and create meaning for the storied fabric house.

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