Introducing Alice Alva

   I am delighted to announce that New Zealand artist and designer Alice Alva is collaborating with Elle Landon to provide beautiful and unique packaging. It is her work you see on my Luxury Face Oil box and now her designs will grace all of my products.  Alice is a multi-disciplinary artist who, in her own words, works across drawing and illustration, photography, digital media, and graphic design. Her work is informed by an interest in patterns, ornamentation, flora and fauna, architecture, humor and pop culture. She earned a Bachelor of Media Arts (Visual Arts) degree from the Waikato Institute of Technology in 2007 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Communication Design with Distinction from Massey University, Wellington in 2014. That said, I fell in love with her style and art at first sight.  I found Alice unwittingly through her art on Tumblr, and thinking it was a stock image, selected the image to use on my luxury facial oil box. When later I learned that it was her art that was gracing my boxes, and thus without her knowledge, I was distraught. I decided to send her a letter expressing to her what happened and my hope that we could work together. As you can imagine, I received a reply from a passionate artist who wasn’t too happy that her design had been copied without attribution or permission. I then wrote her that I would cease to use her image in any way. A few days later I received another letter agreeing to collaborate. Needless to say, I was overjoyed.  I feel so fortunate that Alice’s beautiful art will be the first thing people see when they look over my skincare/perfume line. A customer recently told me that they saved the box to my Face Oil (from Alice’s work “Autumn feel”) and displays it on a shelf in her house. I hope you enjoy the visual first as much as I do, and then hopefully love the product that lies beneath her lovely art.

I am delighted to announce that New Zealand artist and designer Alice Alva is collaborating with Elle Landon to provide beautiful and unique packaging. It is her work you see on my Luxury Face Oil box and now her designs will grace all of my products.

Alice is a multi-disciplinary artist who, in her own words, works across drawing and illustration, photography, digital media, and graphic design. Her work is informed by an interest in patterns, ornamentation, flora and fauna, architecture, humor and pop culture. She earned a Bachelor of Media Arts (Visual Arts) degree from the Waikato Institute of Technology in 2007 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Communication Design with Distinction from Massey University, Wellington in 2014. That said, I fell in love with her style and art at first sight.

I found Alice unwittingly through her art on Tumblr, and thinking it was a stock image, selected the image to use on my luxury facial oil box. When later I learned that it was her art that was gracing my boxes, and thus without her knowledge, I was distraught. I decided to send her a letter expressing to her what happened and my hope that we could work together. As you can imagine, I received a reply from a passionate artist who wasn’t too happy that her design had been copied without attribution or permission. I then wrote her that I would cease to use her image in any way. A few days later I received another letter agreeing to collaborate. Needless to say, I was overjoyed.

I feel so fortunate that Alice’s beautiful art will be the first thing people see when they look over my skincare/perfume line. A customer recently told me that they saved the box to my Face Oil (from Alice’s work “Autumn feel”) and displays it on a shelf in her house. I hope you enjoy the visual first as much as I do, and then hopefully love the product that lies beneath her lovely art.

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My website is finally live...

Hi- I am Leslie Vargas, the "L" behind elle landon™. I am so excited to launch my website today! I would like to thank my husband Jon, our seven children (Emily, Paul, Landon (and Mandy), Cole, Claire, Christian, and Elliott), my brother John, and my mother Jean Landon Wallace for all their love and support. Also thanks to our good friends Kathy and Jim Huizenga for their help on my website, their friendship, patient advice, and sharing our love of wine and food, especially bottles of The Prisoner. 

The photos are by Jon, except the product photos and the one of me on the contact page, they are by Sarah Gibson who was also instrumental with helping me on the website,  and in so many other ways!. She is a wonderful young person. 

Special thanks go out to my dear friends Lisa Grissim Koetters (my best friend since our days at Harpath Hall and Vanderbilt), my former boss and attorney extraordinaire Ellen Weprin, and Nicole Gianuglou at Preen (also a shout out to Beth). Lastly, thanks to my friends Ann Dunham, Tori Watson, Cheryl Gadd, Kate Coleman, Mary Mims, Joni Light, and Mark Bustillo for all the times they have been there for me. These are all my guardian angels without whose love and support there would not be an Elle Landon for me to run.