The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:
Name: Eva Brandstötter-Reilly
Where do you live? Montclair
When did you move there? 12 years ago
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in the land of music: Salzburg, Austria. I studied in Vienna then moved to New York.
How do you make a living? A few years ago my sister, who lives in Vienna, Austria and I partnered up and started our design and branding studio Brandsisters. As the name implies, we focus on branding for our clients in the US as well as Germany and Austria. We also specialize in graphic design, do websites, packaging, books and marketing material by collaborating with great people in either country. Our work has a european sentiment and is deeply rooted in our love for typography and color. In addition I teach Graphic Design at Montclair State University.
Coffee, tea or … ? As an Austrian, I am very connected to the coffee culture where the pace of life slows and almost an entire day can be enjoyed at a coffee house. Waking up to a perfectly made cup of coffee by my husband starts every day on a high note. Locally I love stopping in for a latte at The Corner, Red Eye or Bluestone.
What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Anything that involves seeing inspiring art, eating amazing food, or an adventure with my family (biking, skiing, or the shore). Topping off the day with a night out with my husband and friends.
What’s on your nightstand? A pencil and notepad for when ideas come to me on the latest projects I’m working on. The New York magazine and for eye candy “Uppercase” a Canadian publication for the creative. I also just bought Self Portrait as Your Traitor by the inspiring Debbie Millman, who is know in our industry for her smarts and creative.
What are you listening to? Mostly tuned in to NPR, WNYC.
What are your current addictions? I am a podcast junkie.
Talent you would most like to have. Doing some fun jumps while skiing.
What’s the worst-kept secret about Montclair? Montclair is a great place to raise a family in an open and inclusive town.
What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? That I lived a genuine, joy filled life by staying true to myself and the people around me.