Tuesday, December 23

My Favorite Things: Michelle Adams

One of the hottest fabrics designers to emerge in recent years is the brilliant Manhattan based Michelle Adams, founder of Rubie Green. After studying apparel and textile design at Michigan State University, Michelle landed her dream job—a coveted position with domino magazine. While working on the magazine’s inaugural "green issue," she realized no one was making eco-friendly textiles in classic prints and saw an opportunity to combine her two passions: design and sustainability. So, in 2007 she left the magazine to start Rubie Green.

During her time at Michigan State University she took a course in sustainability that opened her eyes to the importance of environmentally friendly design. "My professor believed that if we are going to put more products onto the earth then we needed to do so responsibly. It's a concept that has stuck with me throughout the entire manufacturing process, despite the fact that it would have been twenty times easier to manufacture my fabrics in the traditional ways."

You can view all of Michelle’s gorgeous fabrics online. I love the new Jackie pattern, but East Village in raspberry is still my very favorite.

My favorite gift to give this year?
Design books! I'm currently obsessed with the domino Book of Decorating, Thom Filicia Style, and Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton.

My favorite gift to receive?
This year I'm hoping for the faux fur neck warmer from Banana Republic! It looks like real fur...but it's not!

My favorite way to celebrate the holidays?
Driving with my family to our cottage. It's about a 3 hour drive, and we sing Christmas songs and make fun of each other the whole way there.

My favorite luxury in life?
An afternoon nap

My favorite current book?
The domino Book of Decorating

My favorite holiday song
Winter Wonderland by Aretha Franklin

My favorite party clothes
Costume jewelry, playful silhouettes and high heels.

My favorite cookie?
I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I LOVE sugar cookies! Mrs. Fields' Sugar Butter m&m is a bite of heaven.

My favorite city?
I think you know the answer to that…

My favorite place to shop?
J. Crew

My favorite movie to watch again and again?
Something's Gotta Give. I've probably seen it 100 times!

Photo: Patrick Cline


Anonymous said...

Yeah for Michelle designing beautiful eco friendly fabrics!

Karena said...

Great job Ronda! I also choose the raspberry East Village fabric as my favorite. I would like to make a real effort to go more green this year!

Anonymous said...

Ok...could she be an more darling?
Great interview Ronda! Truly you have the best interviews on the web...I love reading them. I just think it is fascinating to see what makes people tick...you do a fine job of pulling it out of them.I feel honored to have been on your list of interview this year!
Merry Christmas...Happy holidays. Will you travel for xmas or stay put?
Be well!
Tracy Porter

ALL THE BEST said...

Anne her fabrics are just great, and yes, I love that they are eco friendly too!

ALL THE BEST said...

Karena that's a great goal...one we should strive for in 2009!

ALL THE BEST said...

Karena that's a great goal...one we should strive for in 2009!

ALL THE BEST said...

Thank you soooo much Tracy! Michelle is absolutely darling!!

We will stay in Scotland for Christmas! All the very best to you in 2009!


Anonymous said...

Great interview - we need more designers like her! Anyone know where the one strap silver dress is from - I love it!

Anonymous said...

Ronda, you couldn't have picked a better subject for your interview! I am a huge fan of Michelle's--she is so talented!

MABELLE said...

wow- thank you everybody! I'm incredibly flattered and very appreciative to be included in this profile series! Thanks for the generous comments and thank you Ronda for this write up :)

Merry Christmas!
Xo Michelle.

Megan said...

You've been doing a great job with stylish interviews; this is by far my favorite! Michelle's is so fantastic and her work to create while being environmentally concious is such an inspiration!
Thanks for this great feature and Happy Holidays!

Ms. Katee/e-polishblog said...

Great article Ronda!! Hope you have a great Christmas :)


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I just discovered your blog via Mabelle. It's wonderful! I have spent the last hour reading your great interviews. You're now on my Google Reader and I look forward to more great posts!

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

I really LOVE her style...she's so TALENTED.

Jen Ramos
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