In the Company of Women|Grace Bonney
In the Company of Women : Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
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"I want to rip out every page of this glorious book and hang them on my wall so that I can be surrounded by these incredible women all day long."
--Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers

Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. Media titans and ceramicists, hoteliers and tattoo artists, comedians and architects--taken together, these profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.


  • ISBN-13: 9781579655976
  • ISBN-10: 1579655971
  • Publisher: Artisan Publishers
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Page Count: 360

Lifestyles: Wardrobe function

Raise your hand if you’ve got overflowing drawers but nothing to wear. Or if magazine fodder about style drives you crazy. Bohemian? Preppy? Romantic? I never see myself reflected in any of these looks, and I know I’m not alone. That’s why The Curated Closet is genius: Anuschka Rees, of the style blog Into Mind, takes a different approach to helping women discover their personal style. Though hers is minimalist (not in aesthetics, but in terms of being selective), her goal is “not to build a wardrobe that is small as possible but one that is functional and personalized as possible.” Not a huge clothes hound myself, I’ve never felt so enthused to tackle a closet overhaul as I am after perusing Rees’ sections on how to discover personal style, build a dream wardrobe and learn the art of shopping. A fascinating “Closet Diagnostics” flowchart starts things off, and a latter section teaches garment assessment, led by Rees’ argument that “you don’t need a fat wallet to put together a high-quality wardrobe.” Sold. 

Here’s a clever and trendy term, unknown to me until just now: “Flatpack hacks,” or the art of modifying contemporary, assemble-it-yourself furniture with creative or functional features. I Modify IKEA is here to bring out the hacker in all of us, with projects ranging from scissor-and-glue jobs to advanced projects enlisting power tools. Sometimes it’s simply about adding visual sizzle, like a wash of metallic paint, geometric patterns cut from contact paper or a charming stripe of washi tape. Often, a winning hack repurposes a piece in a genius way: a napkin holder turned wall-mounted Mail Organizer; a box of straws turned kids’ room bunting. I particularly love the wooden Decking Bathmat fashioned from “Runnen” floor tile and a Reading Bench formed from a “Kallax” shelving unit. Pick out a few favorite hacks, then get thee to Ikea! 

I was going to begin by suggesting Grace Bonney’s In the Company of Women as a perfect read or gift for women entrepreneurs, artists and other makers, but this book should be owned and devoured by every woman. Bonney, founder of the site Design*Sponge, explains how her professional goals have changed and how she observed homogeneity in the typical success stories of women business owners—and knew she could do better. The result is indeed inspiring and beautiful: a collection of portraits of and interviews with more than 100 women across the country—artists, designers, media professionals, chefs, musicians, writers—who grabbed the reins and blazed a creative path. Featured women include Roxane Gay, Neko Case, Carson Ellis and Eileen Fisher, just to name a few. Bonney keeps the Q&As taut and the photos vibrant, and there are whole pages devoted to powerful pull quotes. In the Company of Women is Design*Sponge meets Interview meets Studs Terkel’s Working, and it feels essential.


This article was originally published in the October 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.