Todd Selby launched The Selby in 2008 as a place to post photo shoots he took of his friends in their homes. Five years later, TheSelby.com has showcased the stylish lives of countless tastemakers, spawning two books: The Selby Is In Your Place and The Edible Selby. A third volume, Fashionable Selby, is set to publish in 2014.
We partnered with Todd on an exclusive set of notebooks featuring his illustrations, available on Shopbop and East Dane, and here, we took a few minutes of his time to find out what makes the man behind The Selby tick.
SHOPBOP: Tell us a little about the origin of TheSelby.com.
TODD SELBY: All people are curious and I'm definitely one of them. I love meeting people, seeing there spaces. I just started taking pictures of my friends and their spaces and everything fell into place from there.
SB: You worked on an exclusive set of notebooks for Shopbop and East Dane. What made you land on the sketches you drew for each sets’ covers?
TS: I wanted to do something fun and lighthearted and thought these designs would hit the spot.
SB: You’ve published two books, The Selby Is In Your Place and The Edible Selby, and recently announced a third to come out in March, Fashionable Selby. How did you go about editing photos and features that were included in the books?
TS: I traveled all around the world to find great people for each book and then worked with my editor at Abrams to see what fit together and what didn't for the final edit.
SB: How are the books different from your site? How are they similar?
TS: You have to do a lot more editing when you make a book. With a website, you can put as much content up as you would like.
SB: If you could visit the home of anyone, historical or contemporary, who would it be? Why?
TS: Lil Wayne, because he's my inspiration.
SB: In the spirit of The Edible Selby, which just hit Shopbop and East Dane, what is your favorite meal and who would you most like to eat it with?
TS: My favorite meal would be wine and cheese with my fiancée Danielle Sherman at the Osteria Senz'Oste in Valdobbiadene, Italy.