Tell us about where you live in Los Angeles.
In a secret pocket of Echo Park, near Elysian Park. You have to drive up a hill through
three blind hairpin turns to get to our house. What place in LA reminds you of New York?
I’ve learned that it’s really apples and oranges. That said, the restaurant Canelé
Atwater Village has a certain bustling, cramped charm that feels like the East Village. From 2008 to 2011, you designed a line of eco-conscious clothing called Bodkin.
You did it all yourself, right? Tell us a bit about that process.
It started on a whim and it was a wild ride. Having been a fashion writer and editor
for years, I wanted to make organic and sustainable clothes that had a strong aesthetic point
of view and started experimenting without any sort of business plan. One thing led to
another, and in two years it was 40 styles a season in 40 stores.
I never had more than one employee and I had to learn about everything from scratch.
Since then, I’ve returned to writing but may bring the line back sooner
or later—stay tuned!
What are some of your not-to-be-missed eco-friendly spots in LA? Will Rogers State Park
(Inspiration Point) is my favorite hike at the moment. The Inn of the Seventh Ray
is a weird, magical New Age organic restaurant next to a
creek in Topanga Canyon. It’s worth it for the experience alone. Gjelina and Gjelina
Take Away for delicious seasonal and local food in Venice. From a
sustainability standpoint, Venice is great because you can walk and bike everywhere.
The Rose Bowl
and Pasadena City College flea markets
for all sorts of old things.
The Detox Market
on Beverly Boulevard for chic all-natural beauty and bath products. Cosentino’s
is a succulent nursery in Malibu. You can browse cacti of all shapes and
sizes while staring at the ocean across the road. Photographs by Bryan Derballa
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