Behind the Scenes of a SCOUT Photo Shoot

An Interview with SCOUT’s Creative Director and Co-Founder, Deb Waterman Johns

When Deb decided to form SCOUT with her husband, she brought with her a vast array of color and textile industry knowledge and invaluable experience gained working for Vogue. As Deb puts it, it was the eighties and eighties fashion that was a time of complete and utter excess, the most luxe photo shoots and truly the epitome of style and glamour. This unparalleled exposure undoubtedly shapes the way SCOUT continues to evolve. Read on to see how Deb’s dynamic past continues to shape SCOUT’s growth.


How long have you been doing SCOUT photo shoots?

DWJ: Our first photo shoot was for the Spring 2012 fold out catalog. We paid a family friend $100 to come with us to our photographer’s studio in Baltimore as our very first SCOUT model. It is amazing how far we’ve come in 4 years. #of photoshoots

What is the best part of the photo shoots?

DWJ: I love gathering everything – hate putting it back! So much of what goes into the photo shoots is stuff from our house, my closet, my travels. It’s fun to pull all of these things together – you wouldn’t believe it if you saw it – our entire dining room is just a staging area for the ideas for the next shoot. 6 clothing racks, 16 Rump Roosts full of items I’ve purchased all organized by category. It’s an extension of the office.

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Which photo shoot was your favorite?

DWJ: The 1st because it opened all sorts of possibilities for us and the most recent because we keep pushing the envelope. We have come a long way and it is really fantastic to watch and be involved in the evolution.

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How did you prepare for the “Family Bag” shoot?

The inspiration for the whole “Family Bag” came from Kate, our VP of Creative Engagement. The ideas for conceptual looks + tendencies are where I get involved. I pull the outfits that our models will be wearing and the props. I make sure each shoot is in keeping with SCOUT’s overall look.

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What goes into the looks for each shoot?

DWJ: The looks are based on the destination, products and formality. Where are we? Are we at the beach or are we in a log cabin? What products need to be featured? And then what are we trying to convey.

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What clothes are you pulling for the looks?

DWJ: I start with great basics – I buy a lot of great striped shirts, bright colored jackets and dresses, patterned pants that are color + white. It’s always a mix of high and low, Forever 21 and Prada, the attainable and the inspirational. SCOUT’s signature is an ageless model, dressed in high/low so anyone can look at them and think “it could be me!”

What are your favorite places to pull the looks?

DWJ: H&M, Zara, Forever 21. They all work because they mix with designer stuff.

What are some places you look for inspiration? Who are the people/companies who do it well in your opinion?

DWJ: For inspiration I relate to people who have an identifiable look. Kate Spade, you see their stuff and you know it. Zara, they do minimalist well, it works. Ralph Lauren, very luxe + “more is better” signature style. It’s very convincing and makes people want to be in them.



Come back tomorrow as we will be continuing our behind the scenes look at the “Family Bag” shoot and the models who partook!

Go Bo 2015: Wild Wild West

gobo new year new themeGo Bo is officially upon us. This years theme: Wild Wild West. The invitation pictured above is designed in house by Deb. Each year’s invitation is another piece of artwork done in Deb’s signature style. She always sets the stage by included outfit inspiration for all of the attendees.Go-Bo-Email-Image

This year is particularly unique for the Wild Wild West theme because western wear is trending heavily in fashion right now. So how about splurging on a piece for your costume that you can wear all season long?

Western Fashion for Fall 2015

Fringed suede, distressed denim& chambray, bandana accessories, western boots and cowboy hats, waistcoat and long vests,native american blanket ponchos,western shirts,native american beading, western belts….all add up to a modern Urban Cowgirl look for fall!


Let’s just get this out of the way: NO self-respecting cowboy or girl leaves the house without the right hat and belt combo.

Saint Laurent Leather Belt | Forever21 Embossed Band Wool Fedora


Fringe, anyone? It’s time to embrace the trend; how are you working this into your wardrobe? We hope with this amazing jacket by Free People!

Free People Fringe Suede Jacket


Current/Elliott On The Fringe Trucker Suede Jacket | Saint Laurent Western Denim Shirt


Burberry Prorsum Fringed Suede Bucket BagFree People Willow Fringe Hobo | Zara Fringed Messenger Style Bucket

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Lauren Jeans Co. Western Denim Vest | POLO Ralph Lauren Fringed Suede Jacket


8PM Fringe Poncho Cape


H&M Denim Skirt Tamara Mellon Fringed Nubuck ShortsZara Fringed Mini Skirt


And the #fringefetish continues!

P.A.R.O.S.H. ‘Mindy’ Fringed Skirt


Zara High Heel Leather Ankle Boot with Fringes | Cinzia Araia Fringe Ankle Boots | Saint Laurent New Western Fringed Suede Ankle BootsSaint Laurent Babies Fringed Suede Boots


Free People FP Vintage Bandanas

Dorm Inspiration: Pink + Black


This week we’re going inside every college girl’s favorite space: the dorm!

The task of decorating this small area and making it your own can be a daunting one. Luckily, SCOUT has your back – and we graduated summa cum laude in dorm décor. We’ve curated some of the greatest pops of color to make you the envy of your hall.


Totally Trellis Comforter + Sham Lilly Pulitzer Bedding | Emily + Meritt Heart Sheet Set


Best Day Ever Throw Pillow by Alexandra FergusonJonathan Adler Needlepoint Throw Pillow | Happily Ever After Throw Pillow by Alexandra Ferguson


Windsor Floor LampTaylor Desk Lamp


Not sure about you, but we’re not ready to study until our space is looking pretty. Poppin + SCOUT? A match made in organizational heaven.

Poppin Pink Super Stacked | SCOUT Hang-10 Bin in Back to the Fuschia | Poppin White + Pink Dynamic Duo


A great towel is a non-negotiable item for the dorm because, last time we checked there was a shortage of claw-footed soaking tubs. We recommend these Lauren Home Wescott Towels.

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The best part of SCOUT’s Hang-10 Bin is their smaller size allows for maximum versatility – keep your papers tidy, organize your makeup, keep your snacks out of plain sight – we could go on, but you’ve already added this to your cart.

 NuMe Classic Wand 25MM | Batiste Dry Shampoo | Revlon Frizz Control Hair Dryer | SCOUT Hang-10 Bin in Fleetwood Blackottoman stool

A small space does not have to sacrifice style – we love the idea of this ottoman for your dorm. The nail-head trim adds a splash of sophistication.

X-Frame Ottoman Stool

While we’re at it – we’ve got a few ideas for adorning yourselves this fall.


Kate Spade Window Panes Sweater | Zara Leather Jacket


MARC by Marc Jacobs Enamel Standard Supply Bangle


Black Huggable Hangers | SCOUT Garmentote in Fleetwood Black


The Legging Milkyway by Adriano Goldschmied The Bunny Super Black by Alexa Chung for Adriano Goldschmied


Kate Spade New York Decker Plaid Slip-On Sneaker | N.D.C Made By Hand Buckle-Strap Biker Boots | Kate Spade Saddie Sneakers

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SCOUT Junque Trunk in Hot Pink Floyd

Join us tomorrow as we spell out dorm style in a blue color scheme – you don’t want to miss this.

Mudroom Redecoration

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For a simple update to our mudroom we love the idea of a fresh coat of paint. We’re loving light blues and greens as a perfect backdrop for all of the stuff that belongs in the mudroom. The mudroom can be a chaotic throwing ground – but it doesn’t have to be! Let us show you some of our favorite colors to calm the space and some of our favorite storage pieces to contain the chaos.


Martha Stewart’s Neutral Picks

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Image Credit: DecorPad

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Behr – Blue Me Away


We love Farrow and Ball’s Light Blue. Image Credit:

Now that you’ve got your neutral space all worked out – let us provide you with the essential pops of color!


Louis Poulsen Doo-Wop Pendant Light

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Loll Designs Step StoolKartell Upper Step Ladder

Great function and style meet in these covered bins offering a fashionable lift to the heart of your home.


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Jonathan Adler Nixon Alpaca Throw

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Jonathan Adler Mykonos Doris Throw Pillow


The perfect way to stow, well, whatever needs stowing!

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Wanderlust Wall Inspiration: We love the idea of adding some color to your space with these amazing graphic prints!

Celebrate Your Stuff In Style: Mudroom Edition!

This week on the blog we’re going to be celebrating your stuff! Whatever stuff that may be, SCOUT prides itself on being able to accommodate all shapes and sizes of odds and ends. Below we’re showing you our open-top organization all-stars, the Hang-10 and Junque Trunk. These are PERFECT for the mudroom – open-top storage means all of your belongings are still visible and SCOUT patterns mean your mudroom will be a room you don’t mind having visible.

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L to R:

Under Armour Head Wrap Tape | Navy Stripe & Gold Foil Thank You Notes | Chevron Duct Tape | Poppin Scissors | Hang-10 Bin | Poppin Folders

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L to R:

Stripes Dog Collar | Royal Blue + White Dots Leash | Leather Dog Collar with Light Blue Cabs and Crystals | Hang-10 Bin | Colored Tennis BallsBixbi Pocket Trainers Dog Treats | BarkBox Monthly Subscription Service

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L to R:

Royal Blue + White Striped Rain Boots | Hunter Original Back Adjustable Rain Boots | Hunter Original Short Rain BootsDark Blue + White Striped Rain Boots | Converse Jack Purcell Signature Low-Tops | San Pellegrino Sparkling Beverage | Wilson US Open 19 Tennis Racket | Hint Crisp Apple Water | Microfleece Printed Blanket | Wilson Softplay Volleyball | Junque Trunk in Lattice Quo

Hello Sailor



Featured SCOUT Bag: 7. Club Upper, Navy Canvas

1.ORLEBAR BROWN, Bernese woven boardshorts 2. Kenzo, Stretch-cotton Mini Skirt 3. Sacai, Striped Cotton Mini Dress 4. Gucci, Striped Canvas and Leather Espadrille 5. Saint Laurent, Striped Sweater 6. Weekend Max Mara, Elica Blazer 8. Theory, Pleated Tennis Skirt  9.THAKOON, Lace-Trimmed Cotton-Piqué Mini Dress 10. TABITHA SIMMONS, Jenny Striped-Silk Espadrille Wedge Sandals 11. Mother of Pearl, Printed Slip-on Sneakers

Sing the Blues



Featured SCOUT Bag: 3. Scoutrigger, Navy Canvas 12. Big Draw, Navy Canvas

1. Oscar De La Renta, Knot-Detail Printed Silk Top 2. The Row, Stretch-cady Dress 4. Miu Miu, Satin Point-toe Flat 5. Christian Louboutin, Denim Pump 6.Miu Miu, Denim Point-toe Flats 7. Alexander McQueen, Mini Dress 8. Diane Von Furstenberg, Christa Dress 9. Prada, Leather Slingback Sandal 10. Christian Louboutin, So Kate Pumps 11. Sportmax, Selina Dress 

Black to Basics



Featuring SCOUT’s Canvas Collection: 5. 3-way Bag, Black Canvas 7. Miss Manors, Black Canvas

1. Valentino, Studded, Slingback Sandals 2. Frame Denim, Flare High-rise Jeans 3. Alexander Wang, Cotton-blend Dungarees 4. Jimmy Choo, Suede Loafer 6. Frame Denim, Denim Overalls 8. J.W. Anderson, Scalloped Crepe Top 9. Prada, Patent Two-band Sandal 10. Thakoon, Pleated Cotton T-shirt 11. Converse, Chuck Taylor Sneakers

Personal Flair for Fall…The Bared Look



Featured SCOUT Bags: 1. Tiny Package, Red Ricky 2. Snap-2-It, BlackoutSCOUT  3. Weekender, Remember the Titans

1.CUSHNIE ET OCHS, Dondi Jersey Cutout Dress 2.CUSHNIE ET OCHS, Power Viscose Dress with Pearl 3. ROSIE ASSOULIN, Slit-Front Velvet Dress 4.MARQUES’ALMEIDA, Open-back double-layer silk top 5. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, Apollo 100mm eyelet-embellished suede boots 6. CARVEN, Off-The-Shoulder Crinkled Faille Dress 7. THAKOON, Cut-Out Crepe Dress 8. EMILIO DE LA MORENA, V-strap velvet skater dress 9. CUSHNIE ET OCHS, Cut-Out Rib-Kit Skirt

Personal Flair for Fall…Extreme Silhouettes


Featured SCOUT Bags: 1. Spirit Liftah, Midas Well 2. Small Package, Luxe Lucy 3. Original Deano, Midas Well

1. VIVETTA, Eva Neoprene Mini Skirt in Black/Pink 2. GIVENCHY, Pyramid sequin and leather clutch 3.  ISABEL MARANT, Iga wrap-around wool skirt 4. ROKSANDA, Calder felted wool skirt 5. ROSIE ASSOULIN, Silk-Faille Draped-Back Maxi Skirt 6. J.W. ANDERSON, Asymmetric Crepe Skirt 7. ROSIE ASSOULIN, M’O Exclusive: Silk-Faille Bow-Back Top 8. THAKOON ADDITION, Stitch-Front Striped Cotton Shirt 9. ROKSANDA, Delmore felted-wool jacket