Classiq is about film because, as Martin Scorsese says, movies open doors and minds. Because movies move you, transform you, change you, inspire you, fascinate you, make you dream. Because movies shape your imagination, your culture, your tastes, to cite Giorgio Armani. Pedro Almodóvar said that “to make a film is to improve life”. I use films to take the best part of life.
Classiq is about style, too, in many of its forms, and about a simple way of life. It’s about personal style in all its complexity, permeating all aspects of one’s life, with an emphasis on sustainability and living life as a conscious choice. It is about being authentic, about embracing self expression and style with purpose, about living mindfully and being present, about freedom of your time and of your own thoughts. It is about one’s way of being.
Classiq is also a place of meeting: with artists, photographers, filmmakers, designers, writers, makers, style makers, amazingly talented and creative people, explorers of places and of the self, who are kind enough to open up and tell their stories in our interviews.
But, ultimately, Classiq is about living a well-cultured life, one in which dreaming, creativity and storytelling play center role.
I am forever in love with the printed page, but even if Classiq Journal is an online magazine, I still want it to be a worthwhile experience for the reader, to speak with you, without distracting ads and without noisy information. That’s why we don’t advertise on the site and our rate of publication is of two articles per week the most. I deeply value my time, therefore I value my readers’ time, too. Do your thing, live your life, explore your freedom, and you can enjoy our limited collection of thoughtful stories over Sunday morning coffee or whenever you feel the need to be inspired or wander off.
shop.classiq.me is inspired by the fascinating world of cinema and by the never-fading beauty of the tangible
Personal profile: I am Ada Pîrvu, the author of Classiq Journal. I am a cinephile and book lover, photography enthusiast, seeker of genuine style, passionate about tennis and mountain climbing. I am also a contributor to the film magazine The Big Picture, I have written for THE ARTBO magazine, and my fashion in film articles have repeatedly been cited in The New York Times, The Guardian and The Washington Post.
“Ada writes the online magazine Classiq, where she funnels her lifelong passion for cinema and her interest in costume design, of which she is a fervent proponent as one of cinema’s most far-reaching influences. She is an optimistic by nature, but she hates forced happy endings. Maybe that’s why film noir is her favourite genre. She regards it as a prime contributor to restoring the balance disrupted by the traditional notion of a Hollywoodian happy ending.” The Big Picture magazine
Classiq Shop: The online boutique shop.classiq.me is inspired by the fascinating world of cinema and by the never-fading beauty of the tangible. It is truly a celebration of films and storytelling, and an opportunity to bring some of my personal ideas and cinema experiences to life and to present them in a new, wider context. At the same time, the shop is about more than film. It is about the endless inspiration of everything classic: timeless style, the printed word, a handwritten note, photography on film, handmade art and artifacts. Our products want to bring a new appreciation for artistic expression, craftsmanship and authentic beauty, and they are carefully curated or made locally by local artists for our conscientious audience.
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” e.e.cummings
“Looking good isn’t self-importance, it’s self-respect.” Charles Hix
“I had a marvelous life – I always stuck to my dreams.” Diana Vreeland
“Have more than you show. Speak less than you know.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“When we are no longer children, we are already dead.” Constantin Brâncuși
“Be kind. Be on time. Take the work seriously –
don’t take yourself too seriously.” Tom Hiddleston
“‘To fit in’ is to give up your mind in favour of your position.” John Cassavetes
“I don’t go by nighttime dreams
because it’s daydreaming that I like.” David Lynch
“If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance,
to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer
to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence.” Luis Buñuel