By Sarah Clarke
Flying off to fashion shows in Europe is a regular part of the job for the creative team at The Oliver Gal Artist Co. This growing art and lifestyle brand out of South Florida is constantly in pursuit of artistic inspiration - be it overseas or at the many design and home shows throughout the U.S.
Most recently House Tipster’s Media Team was happy to catch up with this busy team of trend trackers at NY NOW, a tradeshow for home, lifestyle, and gift products at the Javits Center in the heart of New York City.
We even had the opportunity to chat with one of the company’s founders, Lola Maehle Sanchez, who runs Oliver Gal with her sister, Ana Sanchez-Gal, and Assi Glikshtein-Gal, who is also an artist.
“What’s trending at NY NOW?” we naturally asked. "Neon," was the answer.
Yes, neon signs, but not your common barroom variety. These neon signs have chic sayings and iconic shapes to attract attention in a fashionable way in almost any room in your home. Oliver Gal’s neon signs consist of handmade glass tubing attached to high-quality transparent acrylic. With sayings like, “It Was All a Dream,” they could add a touch of individuality to a bedroom perhaps, while the peace sign is a natural conversation-starter in a rec room or mancave.
“Neon signs are a huge trend, and we are happy to be a wonderful neon sign provider,” Lola told House Tipster.
Completely new to Oliver Gal’s inventory is another artistic solution for boring walls – round art, which uses acrylics to give the effect of a floating sphere. Oliver Gal creates each round art piece by printing on round acrylics, and the outcome is “pretty impactful,” said Lola.
The team of Oliver Gal came to NY NOW to draw inspiration from the over 2,400 exhibitors. They did not leave disappointed. In fact, Lola said that the show impressed her with all its "newness," which she attributed to the summer season.
“I feel in the summer we’re very creative with patterns. Whereas in the winter, people tend to be more conservative,” she said.
The sister artist team drew its initial inspiration from the Miami art scene and from photography taken during their travels all over the world. They like to think of art as a way to capture life’s most haute moments and reflect a free-vibrant lifestyle. Most definitely their work is about individuality.
Because each product is made by hand in the U.S., Lola said, “No customer will have something another customer has, which is really a cool thing if you think about it.”
What sets Oliver Gal apart from other brands is a willingness to totally customize for the consumers or designers looking for that special something, she said.
Besides all the products available through the Oliver Gal website, the company will customize décor for special occasions.
Growth is evident in that these two sisters now have a full design team to help transform blank walls into grand-scale, high-style canvases.
Oliver Gal’s art collections stand out for their airy images, pop culture themes, and striking layers of color.
But Oliver Gal is also about extensive framing options and hundreds of custom finishes ranging from diamond to painted feathers.
Lola explained, “We don’t just specialize in fashion-conscious art but also specialize in anything that requires attention to detail.”
The whirlwind of fashion and trade shows that inspire new ideas for the home is part of the recipe for success for The Oliver Gal Artist Co.
“We’re growing a lot,” Lola said. “This year we’re celebrating growth and extremely proud of that.”