FIELD NOTES

Corissa + Genevieve

Meetings

FIELD NOTES

Corissa + Genevieve

Meetings

FIELD NOTES

Corissa + Genevieve

Meetings

When the naturalist, author and philosopher John Muir published “Our National Parks” in 1901, his mission was to reach the country’s increasing urban population, which had moved physically and philosophically away from the natural world. He aspired to inspire them with the beauty of America’s National Parks — to motivate them to visit the parks and recognize the importance of preserving the planet. Muir’s judicious mission places at its center an innate bond between the planet and its people, which he affirms in the tome, stating: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

When the naturalist, author and philosopher John Muir published “Our National Parks” in 1901, his mission was to reach the country’s increasing urban population, which had moved physically and philosophically away from the natural world. He aspired to inspire them with the beauty of America’s National Parks — to motivate them to visit the parks and recognize the importance of preserving the planet. Muir’s judicious mission places at its center an innate bond between the planet and its people, which he affirms in the tome, stating: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

These timeless words and their ideology echo in the ethos of where Mountains Meet, which Corissa Santos and Genevieve Saylak launched in 2015 following professional experiences that left them disillusioned with the fashion industry’s common practices. As its name — excerpted from a William Blake quote — suggests, the New York-based womenswear brand balances the duo’s mutually inclusive love of nature and culture. Its seasonal collections are ethically and sustainably produced in collaboration with (and for) Santos and Saylak’s ever-expanding community — a group that, as Muir’s quote suggests, they perceive as the whole world.

 

Meet Corissa and Genevieve.

These timeless words and their ideology echo in the ethos of where Mountains Meet, which Corissa Santos and Genevieve Saylak launched in 2015 following professional experiences that left them disillusioned with the fashion industry’s common practices. As its name — excerpted from a William Blake quote — suggests, the New York-based womenswear brand balances the duo’s mutually inclusive love of nature and culture. Its seasonal collections are ethically and sustainably produced in collaboration with (and for) Santos and Saylak’s ever-expanding community — a group that, as Muir’s quote suggests, they perceive as the whole world.

 

Meet Corissa and Genevieve.

In our natural habitat.

How did you meet?

Genevieve: We met in college, in our BFA program, where we spent almost as much time together in studio as we do now, running our business.

 

What was the first thing you noticed about the other?

Genevieve: That her moral compass is always pointed north.

Corissa: She has one of those personalities that is immediately engaging and commands the attention of a room.

How did you meet?

Genevieve: We met in college, in our BFA program, where we spent almost as much time together in studio as we do now, running our business.

 

What was the first thing you noticed about the other?

Genevieve: That her moral compass is always pointed north.

Corissa: She has one of those personalities that is immediately engaging and commands the attention of a room.

A picture from your first trip together.

Abiquiu, New Mexico

Genevieve at The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, NM

A movie that exemplifies your creative process.

How are you similar?

Genevieve: We share many loves: nature, music, coffee, tacos, tequila and commitment to family. We’re also both Cancers, which is fun for what it’s worth.

Different?

Corissa: Our temperaments couldn’t be more different — I am definitely an introvert and Gen is definitely an extrovert.

How are you similar?

Genevieve: We share many loves: nature, music, coffee, tacos, tequila and commitment to family. We’re also both Cancers, which is fun for what it’s worth.

Different?

Corissa: Our temperaments couldn’t be more different — I am definitely an introvert and Gen is definitely an extrovert.

Genevieve (left) + Corissa (right)

An image that makes you want to travel.

Photo by Justin Knox

An incredible animal.

Emperor Penguins

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Genevieve: Go on a long run — my version of meditation.

Corissa: Turn on my chill-jams playlist and settle in for my morning devotional — my version of meditation.

 

How does the other take her coffee? 

Genevieve: In the AM: almond milk latte (iced or hot, depending on the season); if PM: americano.

Corissa: Depends, but it’s one of two options: almond milk cappuccino or almond milk au lait.

 

A poem you love.

Genevieve: Power by Adrienne Rich

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Genevieve: Go on a long run — my version of meditation.

Corissa: Turn on my chill-jams playlist and settle in for my morning devotional — my version of meditation.

 

How does the other take her coffee? 

Genevieve: In the AM: almond milk latte (iced or hot, depending on the season); if PM: americano.

Corissa: Depends, but it’s one of two options: almond milk cappuccino or almond milk au lait.

 

A poem you love.

Genevieve: Power by Adrienne Rich

A favorite place.

Corissa: Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon

Why was creating a fashion brand that was mindful of the planet and its people important to you?

Genevieve: I had experienced both successes and failures of brands at the expense of the planet and its people, and I realized that while success and failures will happen to every brand, every company, they should never occur at the expense of the planet and its people. In order to be a part of something held to a higher standard, you have to build it from the foundation up and hold only yourself accountable.

Corissa: Because everybody deserves to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect, including our planet.

 

What is the best advice you’ve received since launching wMM?

From Genevieve’s father: Don’t be penny-wise and pound foolish.

 

Truth or dare?

Both: Truth.

Why was creating a fashion brand that was mindful of the planet and its people important to you?

Genevieve: I had experienced both successes and failures of brands at the expense of the planet and its people, and I realized that while success and failures will happen to every brand, every company, they should never occur at the expense of the planet and its people. In order to be a part of something held to a higher standard, you have to build it from the foundation up and hold only yourself accountable.

Corissa: Because everybody deserves to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect, including our planet.

 

What is the best advice you’ve received since launching wMM?

From Genevieve’s father: Don’t be penny-wise and pound foolish.

 

Truth or dare?

Both: Truth.

A image currently on your mood board.

A picture from your travels.

Off our SS'19 moodboard.

A meal you've shared together.

A women who's changed your life.

Our go-to: Mexican food.

A piece of art you would like in the studio.

A picture from your home.

Georgia O'Keeffe, Summer Days

A song you have danced to together.

If you could buy a ticket to anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Corissa: Patagonia. Hands down.

Genevieve: Morocco

 

An instagram account you love. (Corissa)

 

The last thing you googled. (Corissa)

 

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Genevieve: It is twofold: the sense of accomplishment, freedom of expression and balanced lifestyle running your own company affords, and seeing women feel beautiful in clothes we’ve created.

Corissa: Knowing that I get to do what I love in a way that uplifts and supports other people and the environment.

The most challenging?

Corissa: Both of us are perfectionists, so there is constant self-imposed pressure to do things well and at 150% percent. There is no “off” button when it’s your baby.

Genevieve: The unforgiving sense of responsibility and pressure to succeed.

If you could buy a ticket to anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Corissa: Patagonia. Hands down.

Genevieve: Morocco

 

An instagram account you love.

 

The last thing you googled.

 

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Genevieve: It is twofold: the sense of accomplishment, freedom of expression and balanced lifestyle running your own company affords, and seeing women feel beautiful in clothes we’ve created.

Corissa: Knowing that I get to do what I love in a way that uplifts and supports other people and the environment.

The most challenging?

Corissa: Both of us are perfectionists, so there is constant self-imposed pressure to do things well and at 150% percent. There is no “off” button when it’s your baby.

Genevieve: The unforgiving sense of responsibility and pressure to succeed.

A woman you admire.

Genevieve: Deceased, Diana Vreeland

Genevieve: Living, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A beautiful website. (Corissa)

 

Your go-to restaurant. 

Genevieve: Buvette on Grove Street in the West Village for steak tartare, carottes rapées, mousse au chocolat and a bottle of Vacqueyras .

Corissa: The Farm on Adderley for the Farm Burger and a glass of local wine. It was the very first restaurant I ate at when I moved to NYC and, whenever my time in NYC expires, will be the last!

 

Where you go for recipes. (Corissa)

 

An online guilty pleasure. (Genevieve)

 

The last book you read.

Corissa: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Genevieve: Kafka on the Shoreby Haruki Murakami

A beautiful website.

 

Your go-to restaurant. 

Genevieve: Buvette on Grove Street in the West Village for steak tartare, carottes rapées, mousse au chocolat and a bottle of Vacqueyras .

Corissa: The Farm on Adderley for the Farm Burger and a glass of local wine. It was the very first restaurant I ate at when I moved to NYC and, whenever my time in NYC expires, will be the last!

 

Where you go for recipes.

 

An online guilty pleasure.

 

The last book you read.

Corissa: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Genevieve: Kafka on the Shoreby Haruki Murakami

A picture from your travels.

Marfa, Texas

A women who's changed your life.

Austin, Texas

A picture from your home.

Brooklyn, NY

A song that captures the mood of your F/W'18 collection.

80's or 90's?

Genevieve: Am I allowed to say ’70s?

Corissa: We’re ’90s babies, but I agree with Gen.

 

A news article.

 

How do you define success?

Genevieve: This definition is still a work in progress, but here’s the latest version: Success is creating something self-sustaining that makes one feel proud of who they are and what they’ve accomplished.

Corissa: Also a working definition: I define my success by the people and love that surround me.

80's or 90's?

Genevieve: Am I allowed to say ’70s?

Corissa: We’re ’90s babies, but I agree with Gen.

 

A news article.

 

How do you define success?

Genevieve: This definition is still a work in progress, but here’s the latest version: Success is creating something self-sustaining that makes one feel proud of who they are and what they’ve accomplished.

Corissa: Also a working definition: I define my success by the people and love that surround me.

What happiness looks like.

Genevieve

Corissa