MUSE is owned and operated by creative power couple Justine Ungaro & Gary Kordan. Justine has been working as a photographer for the past 15 years and has been operating her studio from a storefront space in Studio City since 2011. In 2016 when the business next door closed its doors, she saw a unique opportunity not only to expand her available shooting space but also to offer a new resource to the local creative community.
As with most other big decisions, Justine needed about 5 minutes to convince herself that it needed to happen. With her production designer husband Gary on board, the two set out to design and build out a space that was both beautiful and minimal, with a scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. A space that could easily be transformed for nearly any kind of small event, workshop, photo shoot, pop-up shop or entertainment industry filming.
The couple adopted the mantra #WEWEARBLACK as a symbol of the creative community they are a part of. It also serves as the name of their company, We Wear Black, Inc. under which the Muse brand is held. When you visit Muse, you'll also see this as a design element in the form of a large neon sign.