A Moment with…Ashley Math

with fall officially in full swing, we’re bringing out an arsenal of our favorite blazers. our men’s stylist shows us how to rock a Ludlow blazer and a men’s Ludlow slim suit pant even better than the boys.
Ashley wears the women’s Ludlow blazer in glen plaid Italian wool and men’s Ludlow slim suit pant in Italian wool flannel.

Where are you from originally?
Toronto, Canada.

When did you realize you wanted to work in fashion?
My career in fashion technically began in 1983 at eight months old! I was put on the cover of a fashion magazine when my mom was working as a set stylist. I was always fascinated by personal style, how you could assemble clothing to create a mood.

What men’s items are you constantly stealing from the boys?
Suiting and boots. I can almost always be found wearing a Chelsea boot and a loose T-shirt with a suit jacket thrown on top. An oversize cashmere sweater will also do the trick.

What do you like about the Ludlow blazer?
The tailoring is impeccable. For my look, I grabbed a pair of my men’s Ludlow suit pants in the same Barberis fabric. I absolutely love wearing a man’s suit. For me, it’s like slipping into sweatpants.

Who are some of your style icons?
For tomboy style, the stylist Anastasia Barbieri. For menswear style, the designer Christophe Lemaire.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I am constantly learning about tailoring and design. The team of people I work with every day are so talented and focused on their craft. And I get to work with and dress lovely, interesting gentlemen.

You’re in a band too, can you tell us a bit about that?
We are called VBA and we just recorded a split cassette of rare tracks and improvisation with Kurt Vile.

Where do you look for inspiration?
I am constantly inspired by music, live performances and my friends’ art. These days, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Bushwick neighborhood where our studio space is located. I get to see what all the hip kids are wearing. (According to them, the ’90s are definitely back.)

Photography by Bryan Derballa.

To shop our collection of blazers, including Ashley’s Ludlow blazer, click here.

A Moment with…Mimi Xu, aka DJ Misty Rabbit

with fall officially in full swing, we’re bringing out an arsenal of our favorite blazers. first up, our classic schoolboy is taken out for an afternoon on the Bowery by a London-based DJ and sound designer.
Mimi wears our schoolboy blazer in tipped wool, boy shirt in classic white and Collection leather pant. She carries a Miu Miu bag.

London and Paris.

Music director, sound designer and DJ.

You know you’re a Londoner when…
You know how the London bus routes work.

What’s your earliest memory of fashion?
At age five I only wanted to wear pants with worn-out holes in them. Much cooler than brand-new pants, I thought.

How did you get into music direction? Have you always loved music?
I’ve played classical piano and studied music since the age of eight. My dad’s an acoustic architect (he designs concert halls and music-related buildings), so he bathed me in classical, jazz and experimental music. Music’s always been a part of my life. I worked for record labels and did music supervision for films before DJing for clubs and fashion parties. Music direction is just one of my other music-related jobs. I also compose and produce soundtracks.

Are there a few songs that are currently in your own rotation?
Some albums I’m listening to at the moment are:
Jackson and his Computerband’s Glow
Arcade Fire’s Reflektor
James Holden’s The Inheritors
Sinkane’s Mars
Arctic Monkeys’ AM
Bill Callahan’s Dream River

Favorite venue to listen to music?
In cars. It’s the best place to listen to music! No distractions…for the passenger.

What’s the one piece of clothing you couldn’t live without?
At the moment it’s a black leather dress, but it could change next week.

Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Moani Lee (using Hourglass Cosmetics). Hair by Lauren Berrones (using Oribe).

To shop J.Crew blazers, including Mimi’s schoolboy blazer, click here.

A Moment with…The Ross Sea Party

get to know our West Coast friends The Ross Sea Party…
From left to right: Mark Tillman (guitar), Jacquelyn Thropay (keys), William Vanderwyden (bass), Mike Nussbaum (drums) and Brady Erickson (guitar and lead vocals).

What’s the story behind “In Cairo,” which we selected for our Looks We Love video?
Brady: It’s a song about the way that music, dancing and body language transcend spoken language. Plus, it’s a subtle nod to the Cure, one of my all-time favorites.

Tell us more about the story behind the album cover design.
Brady: In addition to playing music, I’m also a painter, and I end up creating a lot of the artwork for the band. The cover of the album is artwork I originally created as a poster for a live show just as we were wrapping up the album.
Who were some of your musical influences while growing up?
Mark: We all represent different corners of the country—from SoCal to the “dirty South” to the heartland. I had access to my parents’ vault of vinyl—not to mention a college rock fascination with the nearby Athens, Georgia, music scene—so music captured me at a very young age.

Brady: I’ve always been most inspired by watching artists play live, so I think I’ve been most influenced by dozens of local bands—punk bands that I could see in person and listen to at dangerously high volumes.

What do you love most about living and being musicians in LA?
Brady: LA offers a constant supply of inspiration. In addition to the countless great musicians and places to see, hear and buy music, the city is also so diverse that—even having lived here for over 10 years—I still see it as a foreign and mysterious place. Oh, and the weather ain’t bad either.

What band(s) are you guys excited about now?
Mike: I can’t speak for everyone’s particular tastes, but right now I’m into Vacationer, Lord Huron, Cayucas, Jagwar Ma, Papa, Heartless Bastards and White Arrows.

Photograph courtesy of Jacky Noel.

Fall Calls for…New Music

fall calls for new coats, a change in your coffee order—and new music. check out our video that includes some of our favorite fall looks…

From left to right: Mark Tillman (guitar), Jacquelyn Thropay (keys), William Vanderwyden (bass), Mike Nussbaum (drums) and Brady Erickson (guitar and lead vocals).

Photograph courtesy of Jacky Noel.

The track “In Cairo” is on their debut LP, Hotel Pool.

A Moment with…Nick Brown of Soludos®

we checked in with one of the biggest heat-seeking ambassadors we know, 
Nick Brown of Soludos, as he gets ready to head west for Coachella.
we caught up with him to see what he’s packing in his bag (chambray shirts and
white denim), how he’s keeping his footwear game in check (denim stripe
espadrilles) and what’s on his playlist for the weekend…
How did the idea for Soludos come about? 
I grew up wearing espadrilles as a kid, spending summers along the Spanish coast.
The simple rope-soled traditional espadrille was hard to find when I moved to New
York. I knew it would be perfect for the city lifestyle, so I looked to bring a bit of
the Mediterranean to New York while adding interesting prints to a classic shape. 
Now that you’ve settled in New York, what’s one of your favorite spots?
Tacombi at Fonda Nolita in Soho is right around the corner from me and it is like
walking into a summer wonderland escape even on the most frigid winter days. You
can get fresh agua de piña and fish tacos served out of a vintage VW with lights
strung from the ceiling…It feels like an authentic pop-up beach barbecue from a
town on the Mexican coast.
You’re headed out to Coachella next week, how long have you been going?
This will be my fourth year, but each year has a different lineup and vibe, so it
continues to surprise everyone, including me. It’s become a nice annual ritual to
welcome the warm weather and the start of spring.

What act are you most looking forward to seeing? 
Phoenix on the main stage will have the crowd dancing in the desert to their new
album. (Last time they played Madison Square Garden, Daft Punk
made a cameo, so anything is possible.) 

“Elephant” by Tame Impala

“Sun” by Two Door Cinema Club

“Entertainment” by Phoenix

“Keep You” by Wild Belle

“Girls and Boys” by Blur

“Genesis” by Grimes

“All of Me” by Tanlines 

Shop our selection of Soludos here and shop all of Nick Brown’s
Coachella essentials here.

Photographs by Bryan Derballa

Tune in: CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Playlist

in anticipation of tonight’s CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund awards dinner and our upcoming designer collaborations, we asked the finalists to reveal a selection of stylish
sounds currently inspiring their design process…

Andrea Lieberman, A.L.CYoung Forever, Jay-Z, Greetings, Half Pint

Greg Armas, Assembly New YorkLimit to your love, James Blake, Loris Night, Regal Degal

Sofia Sizzi, GiuliettaCalifornia Dreamin, The Mamas & The Papas, Bang Bang, Nancy Sinatra

Justin Salguero & Daniel Silberman, Illesteva — Moody’s Mood for Love, King Pleasure

Jennifer Meyer Islands in the Stream, Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers, Crazy in Love, Beyonce

Max Osterweis & Erin Beatty, SUNOParadise, Wild Nothing, Her Fantasy, Matthew Dear (poolside remix)

Tabitha Simmons Ladybird, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, My Heart Skips a Beat, Olly Murs

Greg Chait, The Elder StatesmanHigh Ride, J.J. Cale, Girl from the North Country, Bob Dylan

Wes GordonWe are Young, Fun

Fashion Week: Background Noise

the stylish soundtrack to our spring/ summer 2013 presentation
(prepare to be humming these tunes all day)
Gil Scott-Heron, “Me and the Devil”
Cat Power, “Ruin”
The xx, Angels (Bodhi Remix)
YACHT, “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
Grace Jones, “Williams’ Blood (Aeroplane Remix)”
Twin Shadow, “Patient”
Metronomy, “The Look”
Purity Ring, “Belispeak”
Treasureseason, “Border Crossing”
Metric, “Lost Kitten”
Grace Jones, “Breakdown”
Hot Chip, “Look at Where We Are”
David Byrne & St. Vincent, “Who”
The Superimposers, “The Beach”
The Drums, “Book of Revelation”
Grimes, “Genesis”
AlunaGeorge, “You Know You Like It”
Friends, “Mind Control”
Lianne La Havas, “Is Your Love Big Enough?”
Tiger Love, “Summer Rain”
Hollow & Akimbo, “Singularity”
Tricky, “Time to Dance”
Husky Rescue, “Deep Forest Green”
Hot Chip, “These Chains”
Foxes, “White Coats”

Spring ’12 Playlist (Part 2): Music to Our Ears

spring is in the air, along with some seriously
feel-good tunes. here’s our roundup of the sunny-day
songs we just can’t get out of our heads…
Carrie, shoe expert: Snow Patrol, “Called Out in the Dark

Jessica, top-notch techie: Florence and the Machine’s newish album, Ceremonials

Hanah, web whiz: Drake, “Over My Dead Body

Joan, top-notch techie: Taylor Swift (ft. The Civil Wars), “Safe and Sound

Dulci, catalog connoisseur: Little Dragon, “Ritual Union” and Adele’s 21

Kyle, HR honcho: Jose Gonzales’s Veneer

Christine, web whiz: Grimes, “Oblivion

Frances, handbag virtuoso: Whitley, “More Than Life

Jenny, web whiz: Mark Ronson & The Business Intl., “Bang Bang Bang

John, store specialist: Santigold, “L.E.S. Artistes

Addi, accessories authority: Jamie xx’s Essential Mix and Frankie Rose, “Interstellar

Dana, brand creative connoisseur: Los Amigos Invisibles (Venezuelan disco funk)

CFDA Playlist: Joseph’s Jams

the design wunderkind may be best known for his fashion chops,
but he’s also a secret music buff (and always designs with a soundtrack on blast).
check out his stylish song list below…
Bob Marley, “Jamming

Adele, “Make You Feel My Love

Lana Del Rey, “Summertime Sadness

Bach, “Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor (allegro moderato)”

Steely Dan, “Dirty Work

Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know

Dolly Parton, “Jolene

John Adams, “The Chairman Dances

The Beatles, “Eleanor Rigby

John Talabot, “H.O.R.S.E.

The Big Pink, “Lose Your Mind

Glass Candy, “Warm in the Winter

SP ‘12 Playlist: Music to our ears

spring is in the air, along with some seriously
feel-good tunes. here’s our roundup of the sunny-day songs
we just can’t get out of our heads…
Kevin, visual virtuoso: Sharon Van Etten, “Serpents"

Emily, superstar stylist: Bill Withers, ” Ain’t No Sunshine"

Travis, window design wonder: Robyn, “Call Your Girlfriend"

Aaron, our denim go-to: Crystal Fighters, “At Home"

Catherine, web design whiz: Diane Birch, “Speak a Little Louder"

Eldia, visual virtuoso: Jessi J, “Domino"

Kate, embellishments expert: Lana Del Rey, ” Born to Die"

Janine, window design wonder: Dr. Dog, “Shame Shame"

Lauren, resident wordsmith: Bossacucanova, “Bom Dia Rio"

Liv, accessories authority: Gotye, “Hearts a Mess"

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