Muse Series ~ Ericka Leighton

Muse Series ~ Ericka Leighton

February 04, 2018

For our Muse series we'll be taking time to catch up with women who inspire us daily through their artwork, music, entrepreneurship, activism, design, etc. They are the movers and shakers of our time and are setting the bar high with their unique voices and visions.

To begin this series it seemed only natural to start in Cincinnati, OH. This is where myself and the new addition to the team, Jia Yee, both attended design school. The city itself is brimming with innovative talent, cool new businesses and seriously amazing food. Ericka Leighton is one of these visionaries and owner of Continuum, a concept shop that features a curated selection of work from a wide array of independent designers, artists, and makers. Continuum feels like a modern oasis, with giant palms lit by a soft pink glow, and an edited curation of all of the beautiful art objects and clothing you suddenly realized you need. We asked Ericka to catch us up on life lately, what she's been reading and what she finds the most interesting about our world, this and more in our conversation below!

 
continuum muse continuum muse
 

How would you describe your work/practice/ideologies?

I would say that I work very organically and honor my own pace, I am not one to force things. My first internship I did in college I received the feedback “quality work, works at own pace” something that’s been pretty consistent throughout my life so far. Which also reflects my interest in all things slow and steady, which to me, is a big part of sustainability. 


What artist(s) have you been really into lately?

Bari Ziperstein and Henri Rousseau.

 

What are your main drivers and tenets?

Authenticity and consciousness. On so many different levels. Which I feel is pretty synonymous with passion and awareness. I think that is where the strongest concepts and ideas exist for me, things that truly create that internal “spark" that enables me to channel energy to manifest. That and conviction. 

 

What is the most interesting aspect about the world we live in?

Oh wow… I guess the fact that we live and exist in a world is pretty interesting in and of itself to me. To see how things have been built up in this constructed reality that we “share."

 

What aspect(s) of nature are currently intriguing you?

The moon and the sun, which might sound strange. I feel at some point in my life I kind of started taking them for granted, because they’re always there... Lately I have been pausing with them more, acknowledging them more and sitting with them more. It’s been pretty magical.

 

What current global issue matters most?

Again, so many. However, with the current rate of consumption in a society that is seemingly and sadly dependent and based on it, I feel that it is paramount to start to educate ourselves and wholly connect to our impact from the decisions we make, especially in the realm of consuming.

 

How would you describe Continuum's aesthetic? 

I feel like Continuum is a culmination of a variety of interests. I never had one specific aesthetic in mind while creating Continuum, other than knowing I wanted a sort of oasis/happy place. I’m constantly taking things that inspire me and slowly regurgitating them in the space in some way or another, inevitably.

 

What have you been researching lately?

I’ve been obsessed with cults and communes lately. I think I’ve watched all of the documentaries available and inevitably end up spending hours after hours down the rabbit hole of wikipedia.

 

 

What current global issue matters most?

Again, so many. However, with the current rate of consumption in a society that is seemingly and sadly dependent and based on it, I feel that it is paramount to start to educate ourselves and wholly connect to our impact from the decisions we make, especially in the realm of consuming.

 

What is your current fashion?

Comfort. I want to feel comfortable and feel the most confident when I am. Oversized sweaters are my go to currently with this sporadic, cold and grey weather.

 

What recent life event has had the most profound impact on you?

Starting Transcendental Meditation!

 

What books are you currently reading?

Currently reading: 1984 and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being is one of my favorites) Recently finished Reincarnation Blues and definitely recommend!

 



Leave a comment


Also in Journal

Sounds of the Studio ~ Barrie The Band
Sounds of the Studio ~ Barrie The Band

April 08, 2019

Last fall we received an email from Barrie, the Brooklyn five-piece band made up of Barrie Lindsay, Dominic Apa, Spurge Carter, Sabine Holler and Noah Prebish. Lucky for us they were shooting their new album cover and asked to pull some pieces from our fall collection. We loved seeing our collection styled on both the men and women in the group and are so thrilled to share some of those photos with you here! What's even better is that we love their music, the new album is so dang good it's been on constant rotation at our studio. 

Read More

Lived In Series ~ Vanessa Vargas
Lived In Series ~ Vanessa Vargas

December 04, 2018

I met Vanessa five years ago while desperately searching for someone to help fix a very bad haircut. Luckily I walked into the salon where Vanessa was working and not only did she fix my hair but we ended up chatting the entire time and have become good friends ever since. After working for some really great local salons Vanessa opened up her very own shop Suite V in Crown Heights this past year! Fusing all of her passions, the shop doubles as a salon and vintage store. Plus you can always count on a great playlist, which I wouldn't expect anything less as Vanessa is a hair stylist by day but vinyl reggae dj by night! Truly a woman of many talents and one of the kindest people I've been lucky enough to befriend. To learn more about how this amazing lady got her start check out our Q&A below!

Read More

On The Fringe Panel Discussion
On The Fringe Panel Discussion

November 07, 2018 1 Comment

In fashion, and in society today, there are rarely prescribed linear pathways with clear end goals but rather an ever-shifting series of unexpected events which must be navigated in creative ways. In this spirit, we brought together a panel of four inspiring women who are each crafting innovative pathways at the fringes of the fashion industry. Our hope was that this discussion would inspire both young creatives and industry professionals to challenge the status quo and reimagine their participation in the fashion system.

Read More

stay in the loop

Join our Kordal Community and receive 10% off your first order with code welcometothefam