last weekend i ventured to one of my favorite places in the bay area, and attended a book signing.
before i begin to explain the oxford exchange, i really believe every person has their own story and perspective on what exactly it is. to me, it’s a british inspired warehouse where you can meet friends for a cup of tea or coffee, and chat about life. it’s where you can flip through gigantic 400 page fashion-inspred books, or 100 page classics. it’s where you can brunch on the weekend. it’s where you can study with fellow students (without wifi.)
for me, it’s a welcoming experience.
and i can’t seem to stay away! (i’m serious, 3 times in two weeks.) oxford exchange is the most unique place in the bay area. it originates from tampa native, blake casper, a businessman and entrepreneur that was drawn to british architecture and design. casper hired a team of architects, engineers and designers and transformed the building into an incredible piece of art. from reclaimed white oak, brass fittings to the stunning italian marble, there truly is not a building of its kind. the oxford exchange is a gem.
it was very fitting that my favorite illustrator had her book signing here.
anna bond is the founder of rifle paper co. i love anna’s work, she is a true success story of a woman entrepreneur. rifle paper co., anna’s stationery and gift brand, is based in winter park, florida. anna and husband nathan created the company after illustrating wedding invites in their apartment back in 2009. the company has grown into an international brand over the last four and a half years, and has been given worldwide praise. how inspiring is their story?
anna’s recent launch of puffin in bloom illustration cover series are so great! what a great gift for someone who loves the old classics. i also brought one of my favorite gift cards for her to sign. i love her travel series and calendars, they give me the itch to travel again.
then we scooted downstairs where we took a look around. i could spend all afternoon here with a good book. it feels like you’ve just stepped into an old british library with beautiful black and white marble floors.
this louis vutton trunk is an original from the 20’s!! what a neat piece.
so glad i got the chance to meet one of my favorite illustrators in one of my favorite tampa bay spots.
i highly recommend the oxford exchange. you really need to experience it yourself to find out what exactly it is;
i think that’s what makes the oxford exchange so special.
polka dot sweater – forever 21
crisp white button down – jcrew
for more information on oxford exchange, visit their website here.
for more information on anna bond & rifle paper co, visit her website here.