Cherry Blossom Jones

The American actress, model and fashion designer Kidada Jones specially wrote a short story for MatchBoox. English text with matching illustrations by Martine Brand.

Kidada Ann Jones is the elder daughter of Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton. She began working as a celebrity stylist for Vibe Magazine. Kidada gained attention when she styled Michael Jackson for the cover of VIBE in 1995, which led her to be subsequently recruited by designer Tommy Hilfiger. Hilfiger launched a successful ad campaign centered around Kidada and her friends and their lifestyles as celebrity kids. Kidada enjoyed a successful career as a model and appeared in a such fashion magazines as Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Martine Brand attended the Fashion institute for Fashion Design and the Art Academy for painting in Amsterdam. She worked for various publishers of children’s books including Kluitman, Harper Collins, Casterman and Penguin Books. In 2010 she started a partnership with Michel Haddi Studio Ltd, to create a series of illustrated magazines named Collections by Martine Brand with labels such as Chanel, Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Armani, Versace, YSL, Dolce and Gabbana and many more. The bookazine is available during Fashionweeks and distributed worldwide by Comaq Conde Nast Publications and The International Magazine Company. These magazines are located in the best stores around the world including the Armani store, YSL, Hermes Boutique, Harrods, Selfridges, Corso Como 10, Angora press, Le bon Marche, Art Museums, Escada, WHS Smith and many more. For various labels and magazines Brand has drawn portrets by Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Donnatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Rei Kawakubo, Vivienne Westwood and Madonna.