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Tastemaker: Reesey Shaw

Founder and executive director of Lux Art Institute


Reesey Shaw of Lux Art Institute

Neighborhood: La Jolla
Background: Reesey is a former visual artist turned museum administrator. She was the founding director at the California Center for the Arts Museum, and later founded Lux Art Institute, combining her love of creating and curating.
Fashion philosophy: Always wear what you feel good in—and always with great shoes!
Personal style: Platforms, ankle straps, sculpture objects, rare colors, conversation pieces, high-wire acts—all types and fabrics.

Her favorite things:

Borobudur Budhist Temple

“I recently crossed Borobudur off my bucket list. It’s a Mahayana Budhist Temple in Indonesia with six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.

Jeffrey Campbell platforms

“Great shoes are the subtle surprise as you enter the room. A favorite designer is Jeffrey Campbell.” Bette crochet lace ankle strap platform, $230, nordstrom.com

Paul Ropp blouse

“I discovered fashion designer Paul Ropp in Bali. The cotton and silks are hand-woven and hand-embroidered with techniques passed down for generations.” Silk blouse, $254, paulropp.com

Orhan Pamuk

The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, a Nobel-laureate author, examines love’s challenges and their connection to a museum he treasured as a boy. He later opened a museum based on the book.”

Ye Hongxing's Another Space No 6

“Our next artist-in-residence is Ye Hongxing from Beijing. When I met her at Art Basel in Miami, the spectacle of her pieces, created with stickers and Swarovski crystals, had everyone’s jaws dropping.” Another Space No. 6, 2014, 59 x 59 inches

Italian Arco chairs

“These Italian Arco chairs were donated by a board member. We covered them in grey flannel.” $649, unisourcefurniture.com

Persian rug

“I love Persian rugs. A favorite is in my office, a vintage Caucasian dating back to the 1920s.”

Armory art show

“At the big art fairs, like the Armory Show in New York, you get to see as much as you can possibly stand. I can see a lot without traveling all over.”


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