Classiq Journal


Classiq Journal is a celebration of cinema, culture, style and storytelling. It is a singular point of view driven by visual curiosity and an unwavering quest for thought-provoking stories.

Classiq Journal is about film, because movies move you, transform you, change you, inspire you, fascinate you, make you dream and believe, because movies shape attitudes, and culture, and tastes. But a movie is made of many moving parts that harmoniously come together to tell the story. As still unit photographer Merie Wallace Weismiller said in our interview, “In fact, artists of so many crafts wove the threads that spun the illusion we watch so intently.” I want to celebrate them all, from costume designers and composers, to film poster artists, cinematographers and production designers.

Classiq Journal is also a place of meeting: with artists, photographers, filmmakers, designers, writers, makers, style makers, craftsmen, 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.

Classiq Journal is about style, too, in many of its forms, and about a simple way of life. It is about personal style in all its complexity, permeating all aspects of one’s life. It is about being authentic, about embracing self expression, about living mindfully and being present, about freedom of your time and of your own thoughts. It is about living life as a conscious choice.

But, ultimately, Classiq Journal 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, and even if Classiq Journal is an online magazine, it is based on the principles of slow journalism. I still want it to be a worthwhile experience for the reader, to speak with you, without distracting ads and without noisy information. This is an independent editorial – every piece of writing comes from a personal perspective and it does not contain advertorials, nor paid features or reviews – with a gentle rate of publication, because we want to reclaim the right to take time over reading a newspaper or magazine and so that the limited collection of thoughtful stories and visual storytelling published here can patiently inspire and truly be appreciated.



Personal profile: “Ada Pîrvu’s narrative-journalistic-cinematographic writing style, in which one feels her own feelings and experiences reverberating, gives her cultural journal the form of storytelling. Classiq Journal is where she funnels her lifelong passion for cinema and interest in film costume design, of which she is a fervent proponent as one of cinema’s most far-reaching influences. She is 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. Whenever she is not penning a story for her journal or elsewhere, she is spending her time outdoors with her family, playing tennis, climbing a mountain or hiking in the wild forests, often getting sidetracked to try her hand at photography.” (The Big Picture magazine)

A selection of Ada’s writing on film and photography:

World Film Locations: Los Angeles (Book), volume 2 (contributing writer). Coming out fall 2024 (find out more about preordering here).

The Big Picture film magazine (regular contributor)

Cinema du Look film magazine

Robin Rice Gallery

Artpil magazine

THE ARTBO magazine


”In a Lonely Place” hand-bound notebooks, available on

The newsletter. It goes out on the first week of every month. Reading, viewing, listening. Writing about a well-cultured life, lived simply. But you don’t have to subscribe to receive it. My intention is to create a home, this website, for the good stuff outside of social media or an email inbox where it would get lost in an ever rolling feed, and for you to take a moment to read about, without annoying ads and algorithms.
The shop. The online boutique 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, a framed photograph, 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. Artists who are makers who maintain culture.


“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


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