DESIGNER FOCUS: SZEKI
WHY WE LOVE HER CALMING MINIMALISM
Since the very beginning of opening PATRICIA, 7115 by Szeki has been a staff and customer favorite. Szeki designs pieces meant to be collected and layered, season after season. Classic minimalist cuts in colors that reflect her quiet aesthetic.
Szeki doesn't go out of style - she is committed to timeless shapes that drape the body and are tailored with unique details. Her fabrics are varying weights of linen, cotton and wool. Like the sweater collection we've just unpacked, pieces are sculptural, soft and sensual.
Szeki lives her style every day. We thought it'd be fun to share some of her thoughts about her new work-from-home routine; where she's finding peace, joy and inspiration.
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”― L.R. Knost
FALL COMFORTS WITH SZEKI
As the weather begins to cool and retreat into our homes again, it's more important than ever to lean into routines that help us to feel grounded and comfortable in our personal spaces. It can be something as simple as setting up a cozy nesting area for you to curl up with book or implementing a meditative morning routine.
Having such rituals allows you feel warm and settled. Here are some routines, recommendations and recipes that have been helping us ease into fall here at the 7115 HQ.
TO START: COFFEE, MEDITATION AND MUSIC
Now that the days are shorter, we've been really taking our time to savor every ounce of sunshine we can get. A routine we're loving for fall is putting on a heart-warming playlist, and really take our time making coffee and breakfast.
TO READ: CONTEMPLATIVE BITS & PIECES
These are some books that we've been reading to escape to new worlds, or reimagine existing ones.
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Reading Robin Wall Kimmerer is a gentle reminder of how special and sacred nature is. Braiding Sweetgrass explores the intelligence of plants and how listening to the natural world is vital. This book combines Indigenous wisdom with scientific knowledge, and is just a beautiful, beautiful path to meander down.
Fall is Snowflake / Different Streets by Eileen Myles
Every season presents a time to renew and refresh. I love poetry for short but sweet reads and a collection I've been re-reading this Fall is Snowflake / Different Streets by Eileen Myles. It broadly speaks to technology and innovation on one end and human connection on the other.
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
This is probably the book I have been recommending the most this past year. Chodron's wisdom is always a welcome comfort to my days, but her words have become especially pertinent during these times of uncertainty. As we head into the fall and winter, I'll be keeping this book on my bedside table, to open up to and meditate on as I start my days.
TO COOK: COMFORTING UDON NOODLES
We've made this for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. It's so fast and easy to whip up - you're looking at a meal within 15 minutes. A big steaming bowl of noodles will always be a source of comfort for us.
4 large eggs
800g udon noodles
500ml (2 cups) vegetable stock
3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
2 tsp mirin
80g butter, cubed
4 spring onions, finely sliced
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
sea salt and black pepper
1. Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil. Add the eggs and set the timer for 6 minutes. As soon as the buzzer goes, immediately drain the eggs into a colander and place under cold running water until they are completely cold. (This will make very soft-boiled eggs – if you prefer a firmer yolk, cook them for another minute.) Peel and set aside.
2. Cook the udon noodles in a large saucepan of salted water according to the packet instructions until al dente. This will take 1-3 minutes, depending on whether your noodles are fresh, vacuum-sealed or frozen. Drain, then scoop the hot noodles into four bowls.
3. Meanwhile, combine the stock, tamari or soy sauce and mirin in a small saucepan and place over low heat until hot. Pour the hot soy sauce over each bowl of noodles and top with a soft-boiled egg. Add a knob of butter and allow it to melt into the noodles.
4. Add the spring onion and scatter a generous amount of black pepper over the noodles (use as much pepper as you like, but this dish is intended to be very peppery). Finish with a little drizzle of sesame oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” - Brene Brown