Wednesday, May 21

Profile: Josephine Sasso

I first became aware of fashion designer Josephine Sasso shortly after I profiled her talented husband, Peter Callahan, back in January. Her playfully tailored dresses and use of colorful geometric patterns instantly won me over. When we began corresponding early in the year, preparing a profile for All the Best, I had no idea the depths to which her talents extend.

Needless to say I was stunned and more than pleasantly surprised to see her interior design work in this month’s domino. I was sure that it had to be the same Joesphine Sasso, but I emailed just to be certain! Like the clothes she designs, Josephine mixes colors and patterns so well throughout her home. I am simply mad for the color red and anyone who knows me can attest to my obsession with stripes, black & white and symmetry. All of my favorite combinations in one place—truly a visual delight!

I have a feeling this is not the last we will see of her interiors and I would not be the least bit surprised to learn of other hidden talents. For those lucky enough to live near Adrmore, Pennsylvania, you can view her stunning clothes and unique bridesmaid dresses at her eponymous shop.

How would you describe your personal style?
I like the innocence of debutante mixed with a dash of bordello.

What is your signature trademark?
In fashion it is one of a kind dresses. I break all the fashion rules by designing daily new pieces that are often only done once.

What is your favorite luxury in life?
Free time

What is your most prized possession?
My 7 year old daughter Juliet

Past or present what designers have influenced you and in what ways
Courrèges, for creating white go-go boots, you have got to love dressing for men.

Do you find the principals of clothing design transfer easily to interior design
Yes, fabrics used the right way, dress a room as stunningly as any woman.

Do you see yourself moving more into interior design
My life flows in an organic way. Design is a central theme to my life, and houses are a natural extension of that process.

Who are your style icons
Andrew Wyeth who is my mother’s first cousin.

Who would you most like to meet and how would you spend the day?
Jimmy Page, listening to his music.

What is your favorite travel destination
A deserted tropical island with my husband.

Profile by Ronda Carman


Anonymous said...

She is just too cute!

The Devine Life said...

The color combinations are great! So fresh.

ALL THE BEST said...

Anne she is adorable, and so nice too.

ALL THE BEST said...

Michael I agree! I LOVE the way she uses black with color.

Pigtown*Design said...

Ooohhhh... Ardmore is only about two hours from here!

ALL THE BEST said...

Make a trip for me Meg!

Anonymous said...

Very fresh and original! I really like her answers, I bet she would be fun to hangout with and have a glass of wine.

swanklighting said...

another inspirational profile!

thelovelist said...

I LOVE these profiles, please keep them coming! I love to learn about other talented women and how they got their start, especially what inspires them!

diana murphy said...

She's influenced by Courrèges and related to Wyeth - that's SO excellent. Lovely interview.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful profile...almost 10 years ago Josephine designed the most fabulously elegant ensemble for my mother to wear at my wedding - it was camel colored with JS's signature wrap/sash long skirt - Mom stole the show!

I remember during the initial consultations and fittings that Josephine had such a laid back and cool personality (in Wellies and jodhpurs, I recall!)

Hmmm...a vintage Sasso (sounds nice!)

Thank you for the memories.


ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks if+d!

I love to learn about other talented women too Jessica. So good to hear from you!

pve design said...

Everytime you have a profile, I say to myself, "alright, Ronda will never be able to top that one!" Well, this one is the tops, and has me all a go-go. Love those patterns. ( Not to self - I said that about the last profile- KMD)
Now top this one! I know you always rise to the occasion with all the best!

ALL THE BEST said...

Dianamuse I completely agree with you!

What a great story Heather! I'll pass it along to Josephine. Also, I added your blog to my blogroll.

ALL THE BEST said...

Thank you Patricia! Josephine really is just the Best!!

annechovie said...

Josephine and Peter are such a talented couple and I LOVE her designs! Thanks, Ronda!

ALL THE BEST said...

Are they not the best Anne! So very creative!!

katiedid said...

Such great clothes and I will be checking out those interiors too! Thanks for the intro. :)

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for adding our fledging blog - it is a bit intimidating to be included with such an amazing collection of well curated journals!

My mother-in-law and I started this new venture and along the way discovered a unique friendship - one that I am so grateful to have.

Much more to come....

Thank you for your time.