Young Guns: Fashion Kids on the Rise
Our favorite young people making moves in the fashion space.
Working in fashion is tough. This industry is no Mad Men-style picnic where you can throw all your trash on the lawn when it's over. It takes hard work, even more time and a load of dedication. But despite the challenges, there are plenty of bright, young things rising steadily to the top. We've chatted with a few of our favorite writers, designers, musicians and photographers about their exciting careers. And of course, we also hit them up for shopping recommendations. Believe us, they've all got style for days.
Bonus: We plopped all of their favorite stores into a handy Foursquare list, just in case you happen to be in the retail mood.
Alessandra Codinha, 24, Eye Reporter, WWD
Alessandra might look familiar to you if you read The Sartorialist, Garance Dore, or any other major street-style blog out there. She's frequently the subject of a photo lens, but more often, she's writing. As a reporter for WWD's "Eye," Alessandra covers nightlife, culture and other velvet-roped affairs. Her writing is quick-witted and poignant and somehow, she navigates the "elite" crowd with seeming ease. Like any dutiful culture writer, she also has a love affair with the art world.
Lucky: Why did you move to New York in the first place?
Alessandra: I've been spending my summers in New York interning since I was about 15 (excluding one very swampy summer in D.C. as a Senatorial intern), and I've always just sort of known that I'd live here, at least for awhile. Even when I was at university in the UK, I'd come back to New York when I could, for Christmas parties and for July/Aug/September. There are some places that you arrive and you just can feel like it's "your kind of town," it's where you're supposed to be. That's the way I feel about New York. For the moment, at least.
Your art collection is getting quite a reputation, how did you get into that?
I don't know that I have an "art collection" (let alone one with a reputation!) as much as I am very lucky to have some exceptionally talented friends. Winston Chmielinski—I've known since we were four years old at school together, and he's just the most incredible painter—I have two of his pieces. My friend Jenna Elizabeth just gave me this huge scan of some negatives from a photo shoot she did years ago with Julian Casablancas, I'm completely crazy about it. I just got this amazing diptych by this painter Andrea Mary Marshall where she painted Kate Moss as De Kooning's Marilyn and as Dali's Mae West on top of two old W magazines that I'm pretty much in love with. The main "art" in my apartment are these humongous old polaroids that I took over the years and had blown up and framed…Other than that it's just lots of little objects, sketches and photos by friends, things that remind you of people, or places.
Rauschenberg said, "if you sit in a house with a piece of art that isn't changing your life, you ought to move or change your collection." I don't feel that strongly, or anyway, I can't quite afford that, but I'm into it. I think it's about surrounding yourself with things that inspire you and make you happy, otherwise there isn't really a point.
Of all the events you've covered for WWD, what's been the most memorable?
The most memorable event that I've covered for WWD would probably have to be interviewing Keith Richards at his book party (for Life)/birthday dinner at Rose Bar (which was sponsored by Louis Vuitton and super intimate and beautifully done). Which was only a month or so after I'd come fully on staff and for which I was completely and utterly unprepared. We sat down together for 15 minutes before dinner, he called me "darlin'" with that terrific croaky drawl and I pretty much swooned for the rest of the evening.
What, in your opinion, is the worst possible job to have ever?
David Grann wrote this piece for the New Yorker a few years ago about the construction of the city’s tunnels that supply New York with water, and I could never be a sandhog. They know way more about how this city works than I would ever be comfortable with, living here.
Of course, we always want to know, what are you three favorite shops in NYC?
Aloha Rag, Selima (on Bond street and Sucre on Bleecker), Kirna Zabete
Annie Georgia Greenberg, 22, Editor, Refinery29
We first met Annie in the halls of Lucky, working as an assistant. About a year ago, she left for an editorial position at Refinery29.com, a site we're sure you're all familiar with. She serves as their New York Editor, shuttling from party to party, store to store and show to show and then of course, writing up the whole thing. In the past year, we've spotted her in numerous front rows and fancy events.
Lucky: What made you come to New York?
Annie: A one-way bus ticket, $5 in my pocket, and a head full of dreams. No, actually it was school. I went to Barnard at Columbia University to study English and Creative Writing. And because I was in Manhattan, I was also able to keep a full schedule of internships, nearly ever semester.
You've been at Refinery29 for almost a year now, what's been your best memory so far?
Dancing to Call Me Maybe, interviewing people on the street during Fashion Week, going to Donald and Melania Trump's house and digging through bargain barrels of designer clothes at Housing Works (with my Editor In Chief—I swear we bought the whole store!) definitely come to mind. I've also had many moments—like my first front-row Fashion Week seat, going to Atlantic City for the weekend to see Florence And The Machine, and hugging Joan Rivers—I've had to pinch myself and say "this is real life, this is your job." Cheesy, but true.
So we read Refinery daily, and we're assuming you read Luckymag.com daily, where else do you look for inspo?
Style.com, Vogue, Monocle, Candice Lake, Bullett, Dossier, Claire Rosen's photography, overheard brunch conversations (especially at Peels).
Clearly, you know how to dress and you know how to shop, but the question is, where?
My mother always makes fun of me for being a shopaholic (to which I reply, we all have our vices). But it's true—even when I go to sell my old threads at consignment I end up spending the dough I've made on things from the same store. So the short answer is: everywhere. The long answer is: Sandro, Aritzia, Local Clothing, Zara, Barneys, tons of thrift, and flea markets; though I dream of Yigal and Peter Pilotto and Honor and Jen Kao and Alex Wang and Phillip Lim and Edie Parker and....
Calypso Lawrence, 24,
PR & Marketing Coordinator, Prabal Gurung
You guys have heard me wax poetic about Prabal Gurung's collections before, so I'm not even going to get into that. This time, we're going to look a little further into the brand. Calypso Lawrence, who works in pr and marketing for the young designer, is a frequent name in our inbox and a fixture at PG events. She's constantly keeping us updated about his latest celebrity hit or project. Although she's one of the newest members of the team, the powers that be insist that she's "stellar." And you know what becomes of stylish and stellar coordinators.
Lucky: You've joined us in fair NYC from the UK. What prompted the skip?
Calypso: I grew up spending my summers in New York and knew that upon graduating I would make the move. Since I can remember I found myself so attracted to the pace of this city and cannot imagine being anywhere else. It’s infectious.
Were you always interested in public relations and fashion?
I was always interested in working in fashion but was not sure exactly in what capacity. After graduation I landed an internship at ODLR and have not really looked back since. To tell you honestly, it’s a lot about working for someone so creative, passionate and excited about what he does every day. I find myself constantly inspired.
We have to ask, is the shopping in the US better than the shopping in the UK? You can be honest.
MUCH BETTER. So many more small, diverse boutiques.
Prabal is easily one of the most exciting designers to work for right now, any other favorites that come to mind?
Calypso / Isabel Marant / Tom Binns / Caron Callahan / Organic by John Patrick / Suno/ Dieppa Restrepo
You've got some killer style, we'd love to know your favorite places to shop. Tell us?
Love shopping around the LES. Reformation, Maryam Nassir, Assembly or otherwise love Geminola - Tendenza - Odin - Kirna Ziabete.
Mark Anthony Green, 24, Editorial Assistant, GQ
GQ is sort of known for recognizing, housing and fostering young writing talent. Enter our upstairs neighbor, Mark Anthony Green, commonly known to the menswear world as "MAG." You can catch his stuff in the print edition of the magazine or get more up-to-the-minute items on GQ.com.
What brought you to New York City?
Writing and pizza.
Style-wise, what are some of the easiest mistakes guys make when dressing?
You really can't make mistakes per se. At least I don't think so. I'll probably never wear a crimson tuxedo with sequined lapels but James Brown was one stylish dude back in the day. It's all individual.
Writing-wise, were there any authors or journalists that inspired you to get into the publishing world?
It's kind of funny because the writers and editors I admire the most are the folks I work with. Jim Nelson is a visionary, one of the last few in the industry and I see him everyday. Word for word, I'd take Devin Friedman over any writer writing right now. Will Welch is one of the best magazine editors—anywhere—when it comes to fashion and music. These are guys that I see and learn from everyday. Guys like Dan Riley, who should be on this list by the way, Sean Fennessey and Jon Wilde mentor me and put up with my dumb questions. That's the best part of this gig, working with guys this talented. They're going to give me so much shit for this heartfelt shout out, by the way.
Did you see yourself being where you are now five years ago?
For the shoppers reading, what are your top spots to shop in NYC?
Sid Mashburn is my biased but truthful opinion. It's the best store in the country. They don't have a store in NYC but there are plenty of coffee shops in NYC with wifi (they have an online store). Suitsupply and Supreme are two other brands I'm obsessed with at the moment, and they have shops in NYC.
Chelsea van Houten, 22, Jewelry Designer,
The Noise Girl
For the longest time, we just called Chelsea van Houten "Noise Girl," the moniker of her jewelry line, frequently spotted in our offices. Aside from churning out "arm party" attendees on the regular, Chelsea also runs The Fresh Mani, a blog she swears started as a joke, yet people take it pretty seriously. Also, that dog is definitely smiling.
Lucky: Wait, what dog is that?
That's Howie! My friend's pup...he is always chillin' at Dagny & Barstow (where I hang and sell my jewelry).
What made you move to NYC?
I'm from New Jersey, and I wanted to move somewhere that could open up my mind, inspire and help me figure out what I wanted to do. No place like this city.
Your jewelry line, Noise Girl, has been spotted in our office several times, how did that all come to be?
Noise Girl started as my photography blog (I used to shoot a ton of street style). After living in the city for a couple years, I knew I wanted to design. I then built Noise Girl to be a photo blog/e-commerce site, selling my first jewelry collection last summer.
Your blog, The Fresh Mani, has also been spotted in our office several times. What made you want to start a nail/manicure blog?
Haha. The Fresh Mani...I started my nail blog as an inside joke with a friend. Once people started to catch on, I couldn't disappoint! Nail art is just as much an important accessory as a bracelet. I like that my blog can inspire girls to use new designs and color palettes. Nail art is just another way to express personal style.
Last but not least, where do you love to shop in New York?
I love AuH20 on 7th street and Niftythrifty.com for thrifting. Dagny & Barstow on the Bowery carries Dusen Dusen, Swash, Baron Von Fancy, and Levis Made and Crafted. Stuart and Wright in Greenpoint has Acne, Isabel Marant & Rag and Bone and also a great shoe and bag selection as well. Reason Clothing on 9th Street always has a sick rotating assortment of vintage tees.
Meghan Farrell, 27, Jewelry Designer,
Assistant Manager at Maison Kitsuné
Meghan's jewelry can be found on plenty of NYC cool kids and in more than one of our favorite shops. Each piece is unique: rings carved in the shape of a brain, pulse monitor charms and human hearts. Okay, that sounds a little jarring, but trust us, they still manage to come out looking delicate. These days, Meghan spends her time in one of NYC's newest and most anticipated shops, Maison Kitsuné in the NoMad hotel. Swing by and tell her hello and she'll help you get suited up in some of their preppy-but-not-overly-preppy pieces.
You grew up on Long Island. Was it always a given you'd just move to NYC when you could?
It was always a given. I remember when I was little, driving into the city with my family at night, going over the 59th Street bridge, looking at all the lights and apartments, just thinking how cozy and cool it would be to live there. Between that, reading the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, and going to the theater so much, I was enamored; knew I had to be a part of it. After I graduated college, I moved right to Tribeca. And I haven't left since.
Your jewelry is pretty rad, what got you into that whole world?
While I was at Sarah Lawrence College, I interned at Teen Vogue under the accessories editors Aya Kanai and Rebecca Resnick—I was introduced to this whole new world, and I just loved discovering (and believe it or not, with our team, occasionally making!) jewelry for the magazine. I definitely had a good eye and vision for selecting and styling interesting jewelry, so once I started working at Opening Ceremony, began taking jewelry bench classes at FIT. And it snowballed from there, I had to learn it all. It's all still an enormous learning process; I am still building contacts and definitely learning these crazy skills and techniques as I go. My people tell me that the things I want to do are impossible and look at me with ten heads, but I bother them to help me until I can make it work.
And where can we buy your jewelry?
The line is currently sold on my webstore through my website, Opening Ceremony (all three locations in the US), Tenoversix in LA, and Edgy.dk online. The most fun part is when I get to do special custom orders for customers!
Maison Kitsune is definitely up there on Lucky editors' list of favorite shops. Were you always a fan?
My library of music is probably my favorite thing in the world, so I definitely had a few of the Kitsune compilations before I worked at the boutique! And I definitely was aware of the culture behind the brand! I love the duality of the company: this idea of music mixed with fashion. As for the fashion element of the brand—I never saw the women's collection in the same breadth that we have at the Maison Kitsune boutique. And I fell in love immediately: with the colors, the cuts, and the quality. I never want to take my Kitsune clothes off! This season is particularly elegant and classic and feminine—and inspired by one of my favorite novels, The Great Gatsby. Gildas and Masaya are such lovely people with these amazing minds—it's very inspiring. The boutique, being a concept store, also features brands such as Want les Essentiels, James Heeley Fragrances, Aesop, Monocole, Michel Vivien... all of these classic, beautiful brands with distinct viewpoints and missions. It's pretty nice to be around them all day!
Where could we find you picking up some new pieces for your wardrobe?
When I'm not at Kitsune? Believe it or not, I'm a really good vintage shopper through Etsy! As for new pieces, I love the selection at Opening Ceremony, Steven Alan, and for shoes, Barneys. And if money were no object, I'd buy all of Miu Miu!!
Cleo Schroeder, 27, Designer & Founder,
Primary New York
Cleo Schroeder began designing her line, Primary New York, several seasons ago. The mission is to provide women with staple pieces for their wardrobe, all inspired by simplicity, movement, texture and functionality. Aside from an obvious talent for ready-to-wear, Cleo has a knack for accessories design and her electric python clutches can be spotted on bloggers and editors around the city. Primary's team recently moved into a new studio into New York's Garment District—something we applaud—and is planning to ramp things up in the next few seasons. And yes, Cleo's clothes below are her own design.
Lucky: Why did you come to New York, what got you on the go from Canada?
Cleo: My sister, Nadia and I fell in love with New York on our first visit. I was 14 and she was 22. She ended up enrolling in F.I.T, and moved here the following year, so I was visiting her at least twice a year since then. I had it in my mind that I would move here, so I made it happen!
Starting your own line is one of the riskiest things you could do. Any hesitation?
It's a very tough business, but everything worth doing in life is a challenge. We thrive off of it, and started very naturally. We had a few silk tees in at Sucre on Bleecker Street to see how they would do, and we had a wait list after a week. So we grew from there.
We love that you just moved your studio to the Bryant Park area, did you consider any place else?
We did consider Brooklyn, but because we are entirely USA-made, and all our samples are done in New York's Garment District, it was our first choice.
Your shirt and skirt are slick. Where can Lucky readers buy them?
Thanks! We sell everything online here at Primaryny.com. (for boutiques in your area check here: www.primaryny.com/stockists).
Outside of shopping your own line, where else do you like to hit up?
I get my Karen Walker sunnies and jewels from Charlieandlee.com, the buyer Kleah is amazing, and they ship anywhere in the US! I'm also always hitting up the Barneys warehouse sale for shoes, a few months ago I scored feather Givenchy heels for under $100, but if Im ever paying full price I'll splurge on Pierre Hardy's, because I'll wear them to death!
Katie Evans, 25, Graphic Deisgner,
Kate Spade New York
Ever sent a card on Kate Spade New York stationery? Every purchased one of their graphic totes? Well, there's a good chance you've been supporting the work of Katie Evans, a member of their creative marketing team. Aside from her successes within the brand, Katie also illustrates on her own very popular tumblr (we're talking 30,000 notes popular) and contributes for various design blogs around the web.
Lucky: Why did you move to New York all those short years ago?
Katie: I interned at Kate Spade New York while I was still in college. After living in New York for the summer, I knew I had to be here. I made the move after graduation because I landed a job at Kate Spade as a graphic designer.
You've designed quite a bit for them. Any favorite projects?
My favorites would be designing our stationery and novelty fashion accessories.
Just because I know others will ask, is that dress you're wearing from Kate Spade New York?
Yes! It's the striped Kerrigan Dress, I love it.
Of course, we know you love Kate Spade, but where else do you like to shop in the city?
Madewell, Uniqlo, APC, Marimekko and J. Crew.
If you had to choose between letterpress and gold foil lettering, what would you choose?
Florescent letterpress, please.
Any advice for aspiring graphic designers out there?
I recommend building your network. It really matters who you know.
Rie Akuto, 28, Stylist
Rie, pronounced Lee-aay, is hard to miss. She's one of those people with a completely unique style that other people try to emulate, but can't really grasp. Rie has long-time aspirations of being a stylist and boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of fashion history. She commands the little touches that only an individual can bring to each piece.
Lucky: You're a recent transplant from LA. What sparked the move?
I wasn't doing doing what I loved. I wanted to be inspired and challenged. I thought about it for a total of 45 seconds, sold my car, and bought a plane ticket. No regrets. Best thing I ever did.
Rumor has it that you were voted "best dressed" in high school. Can you confirm and if so, has your style changed?
Nothing could be closer to the truth. My style has definitely grown since then. In high school, I was fearless and enjoyed the shock factor. I loved costumes. It was impractical. I'm definitely still eclectic as ever, but I've branched out. I can wear a cardigan now and not hate myself.
Your style is completely unique. Very rarely are you spotted in something "cookie cutter" or dare we say "mainstream." Were you a vintage lover from the get-go, or did that evolve over time?
It definitely evolved. Growing up in the 'burbs stigmatized the way I viewed "mainstream" clothing. Everyone looked the same and shopped at the same places and bought whatever the mannequins had on. I just never wanted to look like anyone else. Being Japanese, I was exposed to Japanese street fashion from a young age. I was mesmerized then, and to this day, I'm still in awe by the sheer fearlessness of it. It drew me into vintage; the craftsmanship, the diversity of fabrics and silhouettes, the feeling a look could evoke. I never associated with just one lifestyle, label, era, or designer. There is entirely too much beauty out there to limit oneself. Vintage is art and it moves you. It had a life before it reached you and through fate it has found you.
Has fashion always been a big part of your life?
I've always been more interested in style than fashion. Trends are great but tend to bore me. I've never been a fan of conforming. Style is a reflection of your aesthetic, it's a unique point of view. It's a venue where strong opinions don't feel confrontational. It's about evolving as a person and finding a marriage of ideas. Fashion is a fling. Style is the love of your life.
Where might we find you shopping?
Etsy, Brooklyn Flea, Stella Dallas, Fox and Fawn, Pippin Vintage, Artists and Fleas, Fred Flare, Laced With Romance Vintage, Nasty Gal. I like bargains. I pretty much refuse to spend $200 on a shirt.
Zoë Sundra, 27, Musician, Lover of Life
Zoë Sundra, a former stylist, plays regular sets around town. You'll find her at Arlene's Grocery, Cakeshop and other downtown venues. You might also spot her marching in full regalia at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. She's got a new album out called "The Hunt."
Lucky: So, why are you in New York anyway?
Zoë: I was attending Mass College of Art in Boston and making work that walked a line between costume, sculpture and performance art, so mixing art and fashion had always been in the picture for me. I had just visited a friend living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and after a debaucherous weekend with her I knew were I needed to be! (I was also listening to a lot of Patti Smith.) A year later I was driving a U-haul on the Mass pike heading to this fine city.
You previously worked with Stacy London. Do you ever consider styling to be a long-term career?
I am an artist and musician through and through and styling was really something I fell into when I moved to New York. I wasn't making a ton of art but was playing and writing a lot of music, all the while working in various wardrobe departments for television shows. I met Stacy London while working on What Not to Wear and eventually became her assistant. She is an incredible woman and has always been very supportive of my music career. Eventually it was time for change and it's been music 24/7 ever since!
When you were younger, is this what you imagined yourself doing?
I always wanted to be a sculptor, singer, marine biologist, actress and fashion designer. So at least l I'm accomplishing 3 out of 5.
What do you say to people who wax on about five year plans?
Ugh those disbelievers who give you the talk on, "What are you gonna do next?" Being an artist and musician is my career and nothing can change that. If anything styling is a more responsible choice than music! Artists are a breed born to create and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
Your style is somewhat legendary in certain circles. What are a few of your favorite spots in the city?
Ha yes! I belong to the school of fashion when wearing 90 pieces of jewelry on top of three different prints and a turban is perfectly acceptable. When I perform it's all about showing leg so I love me a pair of sequined hotpants. Topshop always has great theatrical pieces, but I mostly shop vintage. Odd Twin, Amarcord and Olive's in Brooklyn are great resources, and any random thrift store where I can wreak havoc!
Moya Hewitt, 22, Student, FIT
Moya's pretty recognizable for those who haunt the halls of Opening Ceremony, and she's got an incredible ability to put things together. We once saw her take an aqua and green sequined striped cardigan to completely new heights. Also, we can say with complete confidence that nobody can karaoke Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" quite like Moya.
Lucky: So, you're originally from Jamaica? Why did you come to NYC?
Moya: Yes, I lived in Jamaica for 11 years. My family and I immigrated because my mother was recruited by Board of Education to teach in a NYC public school. We arrived a few weeks before 9/11. Since then, NYC has become my official home away from home.
You're a pretty common fixture at Opening Ceremony, but what are some of your other favorite places to shop?
I'm fixated on the Barneys warehouse sale. It takes place twice a year, and there are amazing designer items at an incredibly low cost. I’d never miss a sale! Also, healthy for my wallet are thrift stores such as Buffalo Exchange, Canal Jeans and Goodwill.
Do you ever think about pursuing a career outside of the fashion industry?
Yes! I’ve definitely flirted with the thought of becoming a professor in Africana World Studies, and/or Humanities and the Arts. What I’ve learned and admired about FIT professors is that they are able to teach while simultaneously pursing careers in the fashion industry. I am also considering pursing my master’s degree in one of those fields.
Is there a particular designer(s) that inspired you to study fashion?
There wasn’t a particular designer that inspired me to study fashion, but my role as a fashion editor at my school’s newspaper shed light on the artistry, talent, history, and culture of this field. It inspired and encouraged me to transition from nursing to fashion.
Favorite place to get away when the city gets too claustrophobic and noisy?
Definitely Montauk! My sister has lived there for years, so I’ve grown accustom to visiting every chance I get. It’s the closest thing I’ve found to a Jamaican beach and it’s only a 2-hour drive.
Randi Brookman-Harris, 33, Prop Stylist
Prop styling is a tough gig. It's one of those things that everybody really wishes they were good at, but it's a real skill. Moving a frame a few inches or turning a vase one way can hugely affect a room or a photo shoot. That's what makes Randi so desirable to brands and magazines—she has that innate sense of space and environment. Any interested parties can view her portfolio online. Plus, she manages to work that whole tailored sweat-pant thing pretty well. Props Randi, props for your props.
Lucky: Any particular reason you moved to NYC?
Randi: I came to NYC to study graphic design at The School of Visual Arts. I have been here for 14 years and can't fathom ever leaving!
We've seen your work in magazines of all shapes and sizes. What got you in to the prop styling world?
I was encouraged at SVA to do what I loved within the confines of my graphic design education. So I was very hands-on with materials and often solved the visual problems of my assignments in tactile or three-dimensional ways. Once I was a "real graphic designer" in the working world, sitting at a desk pushing type around on the computer was very hard for me. Not too long after graduating and working, I attended a panel lecture by Martha Stewart Living editors about creating the photographed worlds we see on the pages of their magazines. When the Style Director spoke about her job it was the biggest A-HA moment of my life! I floated home so excited and applied for the open position she mentioned the very next day. I was hired a few weeks later as the Assistant Style Editor. I learned on the job and was styling my own shoots very shortly thereafter. After 5 years at Martha Stewart Living and Weddings magazines, and a year at kate spade new york, I decided to become a freelance prop stylist.
Of all the work you've accomplished, what's been one of your favorite projects?
I have so many favorites for all different reasons (the thrill of the hunt for a really weird prop, the team I might've worked with, the puzzle-solving on-set to perfectly tell the story, and of course the resulting photos)... it's hard to pick just one! But I would have to say my favorite tale to tell at parties when someone needs a better understanding of what I do, is the time I was hired to make a real live turtle's shell gold, (without harming the turtle, obvs!), to illustrate the concept of long-term investing. Turns out, metallic gold leaf from the craft store looked so shiny and perfect! I applied it with just a spritz of water (instead of the usual glue) and smoothed onto the turtle shell with a makeup brush... the really old tortoise actually seemed tickled. Literally. So I think it was a win-win.
Home design is tough. What's a really quick and easy way to make a big impact on a space?
I love hanging light fixtures to break up the airspace and tape the decor away from the room's perimeter; I lean towards graphic shape like a classic sphere, over-scale if the space allows, or what I like to call "crazy lamp"—a more wild or unexpected shape or texture for a lampshade or fixture. I love a lampshade that looks like a hat or hairdo!
Also, my bedroom is black, which sounds like a big commitment, but I keep it contrast-y with a white modern bedside table and vintage dresser painted glossy white, and soften it with lots of white linens. Plus, with the existing white ceiling and tall baseboards, blond bamboo floors and wall of windows, it really feels enveloping and cozy without that trapped-in-a-cave feeling.
Another tip I swear by is repetition. Either with storage pieces, hooks, books, or artwork, a graphic repetitive line-up of familial objects or multiples of the same piece instantly creates a considered arrangement.
We dig your tailored sweats, heels and denim. Where does one shop for such things?
These Crewcuts boys sweatpants are my favorite! I've since been scouring the size 14 boys stuff at Crewcuts like crazy. I literally wear them all the time and get asked what they are everywhere I go. It's kind of insane for a pair of grey sweatpants to receive such attention, I think, but I get such a kick out of it. I'm always happy to share a source with someone who's coveting!
My denim shirt is Madewell, and my heels are Kate Spade. I found my kerchief at the Brooklyn Flea, where I'm always looking for accessories to dress up my rather plain wardrobe. I prefer wearing-to-death a really well-fitting piece that I spend a bit more on than having lots of stuff in my closet I don't wear very often. Also, this may be radically un-cool to admit, but I think I might forever rock my ruched-side maternity tank tops from Target as my foundation undershirt.
My son is 16 months old, so I'm not even close to pregnancy shape anymore, but they have a great neckline and strap shape and an awesome fashion stylist once asked me if it was from Wolford, so that's all the fancy-cred I needed to rock them this long. I bought 10 of them when I was pregnant, so despite the heavy rotation, they're still in great shape!
I'd call my style dark-neutral tomboy with feminine structure (gotta respect the curves!), occasional striped patterns, and usually a hit of orangey-red, fluorescent-pink, or metallic gold.
Noah Emrich, 19, Student & Photographer
Noah is definitely on the younger side of the Young Guns, but don't discount him for being too young to drink. He was recently chosen by Puma to cover the Volvo Ocean Race in Miami and has worked for several major brands since coming to New York for school. He's been shooting a recurring feature called "What's in Store" for the New York Times, where he visits shops around the city and shares their best merchandise. You can usually spot him at San Loco in the Lower East Side, camera in hand.
Lucky: You're a student. Did you always want to go to school here in NYC?
Noah: Since I was a kid, I always loved to come to the city from my home in rural Massachusetts. So when it came time to start looking at colleges, I knew where I wanted to be. The only schools I applied to were art schools in NYC.
Since you have the summer off, any photography projects you're working on?
Yeah, I'm spending my whole summer shooting actually. All the right pieces have fallen into place and it has turned into the perfect summer. Through various freelance projects, I'm going to be able to just travel and shoot the whole time. I couldn't be happier about it.
You've got a lot of cameras. What's your favorite piece to shoot with?
Right now my favorite camera is my FUJI GW690. It's a medium format range finder film camera that shoots a 6x9 frame, as opposed to the more congenital square and 6x7 format of most medium format cameras.
Lucky: Give us a few new tumblrs to follow, you're big on tumblr, apparently.
I don't know how true that is but here is a list of some of my current favorite tumblrs:
However, my all time favorite is http://conesofmeth.tumblr.com/
Where are your favorite places to shop here in NYC?
Nepenthes NYC, CHCM, and Gant Rugger on Prince Street are some of my favorite shops in the city. The majority of my shopping really comprises of just buying socks and underwear at Uniqlo, though.
Sean Hotchkiss, 28, Style & Fashion Writer, GQ
Props to GQ for making the Young Guns list twice. Sean has become an integral part of their team, focusing mainly on GQ's style blog "The Eye," but his work can also be found in the magazine from time to time. We first got acquainted with him during our #fashion vs. #menswear pose-off and since then, we've become fans of his work. It appears we aren't the only ones, though. A few months ago, somebody created a Tumblr dedicated solely to pictures of Sean walking. At some point, it was shut down. Because it was kind of creepy. But also telling.
Lucky: Why are you here? Here being New York City.
Sean: I'm here now because I can't imagine being anywhere else, and it feels like home. I came here originally because it seemed like the place where all the crazy, neurotic, creative people hung out and drank coffee. That's where I wanna be.
You've become somewhat of a fixture in the #menswear world, how did you break in?
I've been into men's clothing for a while now—I wrote a blog about golf apparel for three years, and used to assist in design at Ralph Lauren—but didn't really have the opportunity to get into the #menswear sphere until I started at GQ writing our style blog, The Eye. That gave me a voice, and a chance to write about men's clothing for an audience who was game to listen. I'm happy to now be a small part of a community I really relate to.
Were you always down to get into publishing or did you "fall into it," as they say?
I've loved magazines for as long as I can remember, but I don't remember storming out of college with my creative writing/English degree thinking I'd end up working in the publishing world, no. I totally fell into it. It's one of those things where when you look back it makes sense, but you never really considered it.
Was it weird when there was a fangirl Tumblr started about you?
I have no idea what you're referring to.... Several of my buddies still find time to call me "Sean Hotchkiss Walking dot Tumblr dot com" and other various URLs they come up with.
If somebody wanted to be fresh-to-death, trill, sprezzy, crisp and get lots of Tumblr notes, where should they shop in NYC?
I kind of have a uniform lately (black jeans, black sneakers, blue shirt), so I'm not out shopping too much. The only place I spend money is the East Village Florist on 10th Street. Currently grappling with a serious plant problem. There is nothing more fresh-to-death than greenery. And incense. Incense is trill.
Steph Krasnoff & Olivia Wolfe, 27, Owners,
American Two Shot
Opening a store anywhere is difficult, opening one in New York City is tough, but deciding to open a shop in SoHo is far riskier. Flanked by major designers on all sides, it's hard to make an impression. However, Steph Krasnoff and Olivia Wolfe don't seem to be phased. American Two Shot, which we first heard of from our resident shophound Ray Siegel, sits on Grand Street, just off of Crosby. Inside, you'll find a well-edited selection of designer merchandise, mixed in with vintage pieces. The space also plays home to Café Integral, which can serve you up some caffiene. Still not impressed? Beyond shopping, the store transforms to host guest DJs and art exhibitions. If this is the future of retail, we're down.
Lucky: Retail is a risky business. What sparked your interest in opening a store?
Steph: It's totally a tough industry, but we really feel so strongly about everyone we're working with and we took that inspiration to create a place that would offer something different within the retail realm; a destination that's a little off the beaten path but right around the corner.
What brought each of you to NYC?
Steph: I moved here after college because it was always a part of the plan. I never really knew why but there was a never a thought in my mind to go anywhere else.
Olivia: Pretty similar to Steph, I didn't really think about moving anywhere than to NYC. My mom grew up here and most of my family is here, so it was a natural transition.
ATS is on a pretty covetable retail 'hood. Did you consider other places in the city?
Steph: We really didn't consider anything else. We both live in the neighborhood and this was actually the first place that we saw because a friend showed it to us. We tried looking at a couple of other places, even if just to say we did, but we both knew from the moment we walked in to 135 that this was it.
What could one expect to find upon entering ATS?
Steph: We hope that every time you come here, you'll find something new, learn something new, try something new, and maybe even meet someone new.
A few of our editors are becoming regulars at your shop, but where else do you guys go when you need to shop?
Steph: I used to live in NoLita so i would always shop the small stores up and down Mott and Elizabeth. I really like supporting local businesses.
Olivia: My go-to's are always vintage. I could spend a day in Showplace Antique Center.
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