I met Kendall years ago through Jules Allen and Liseanne Frankfurt at a trunk show in Santa Barbara. She makes beautiful handbags, leather goods, jewelry and footwear and has three great stores including one on Abbot Kinney, one in the Brentwood Country Mart, and a newly opened pop-up shop in the Montecito Country Mart.
Kate and I met years ago when I was showing my Fall 2007 Collection. We instantly connected, and shortly thereafter began working together styling my next one. I had always admired her style, but as I got to know her, loved her personality even more – passionate, witty and very engaging.
I first met Marlien on a Lucky shoot years ago when she was their West Coast Editor. Some time later, I ran into her identical twin sister Coliena (her adorable daughter Phoebe goes to school with Tanner), and through her, Marlien and I reconnected.
I met Claire years ago through my husband and my friend, Kimberly Muller. She is striking – a beautiful 6’1″ English-born brunette, and the mother of two adorable boys, Lucky, 8, and Rocco, 6. Claire has lived many lives in terms of her career – a former model and actress, she co-founded C&C California with Cheyann Benedict, in hopes of creating of the perfect vintage-inspired tee. She did that and more, and after selling C&C, dove into interior design.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Barrett and I had lots of mutual friends growing up, but it wasn’t until recently that we actually met. She spent a number of years working in fashion before embarking on a new phase of her life that would lead to her role as chef and owner of Valleybrink Road. What began as a blog to share recipes, Valleybrink Road has evolved over the past year into a successful boutique catering company offering on-site personal chef services for parties up to 100.
I met Michelle through Caroline in my office – they both grew up in Southern Louisiana and reconnected when Michelle moved to Los Angeles. Law school brought her to New York, where she practiced for several years, eventually coming to the realization that her true passion was interior design. After training with interior designer Daniel Romualdez, Michelle started her own design firm – Studio MRS. She recently finished both Prabal Gurung’s studio and apartment and is currently completing homes in Haleiwa, Hawaii and Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina.
I had the pleasure of meeting Beatrice not long after being introduced to her amazing shoes. With many friends in common, we were bound to be connected at some point, but it was my friend Lauren Soloff who originally put us together.
Born in Los Angeles but was raised in Mexico City, Beatrice has enjoyed a life filled with travel and discovery. Both a footwear designer and weaver, she describes her life’s work as that of bringing joy and beauty into people’s lives (including her own) – whether it be in the form of handmade shoes, a wall hanging, or by bringing artists together at the Echo Park Craft Fair, which she founded and co-hosts with Rachel Craven.
I met Rachel a couple of years ago through mutual friends and instantly fell in love with her linens and overall style. Now based in Echo Park, Rachel grew up in the arts-focused neighborhood of Tribeca, and as the daughter of two painters, enjoyed a richly creative upbringing. She attended The School of Visual Arts, and upon graduation moved to Los Angeles for work as a fashion stylist. Shortly thereafter, her focus shifted back to her love of painting and design, and ultimately, to success in the form of her eponymous line of textiles.
The second part of my profile on two very stylish sisters, Alexi (pictured on the right) is younger sister to Ariel, and extended family to my very close friend, Zach. Alexi grew up in Placitas, New Mexico, but later went to college, and then law school, in Los Angeles.
I met Ariel years ago through my very close friend Zach – they grew up together spending summers on Martha’s Vineyard, and have basically become extended family. Once, while visiting Zach and his family on The Vineyard, I was taken by the stunning redesign of their home, and they told me it was Ariel that had helped them.
Sophie and I grew up together – in elementary school she was a year ahead of me, and we continued on to middle school together after that. We reconnected years later during NY Fashion Week, shortly after we had both first entered into the business. Sophie and her partner Lisa Mayock started their collection, Vena Cava, around the same time that I started my line. In it, they have found incredible success, and recently launched Viva Vena, a more affordable, but no less amazing, version of their collection.
I met Stefanie years ago through my good friend and publicist Ali. At the time, she had a beautiful clothing line called Mishon Schur, but she eventually traded that in for a gorgeous floral shop in the Brentwood Country Mart. Botany is hands down my favorite floral storefront in LA, and filled with feminine, earthy, and wild arrangements that never fail to blow me away. One step into Botany and you are instantly transported, and Stephanie’s home is no different.
I met Irene ages ago – our fathers are very close and we have many mutual friends – and have over the years watched her build an insanely gorgeous jewelry line that has made her both an incredible success and an editorial darling. Designing jewelry for over a decade, Irene’s pieces are characterized by intense colors and raw, uncut gemstones, and are a true reflection of her wonderfully eclectic, authentic personality and taste.
I met Natasha years ago when I started dating Richard – longtime friends, they have known each other since they were teenagers. She is an actress turned mother to a beautiful baby girl named Clover who just turned 1, and lives in Venice with her boyfriend Barry and his two sons, Oliver and Felix.
I was recently introduced to Amanda, after already being acquainted with her amazing juicery Moon Juice, and we soon discovered that we shared many close friends. Amanda opened Moon Juice, an organic pressed juicery and nut milk shop, in Venice in early 2012, and has since enjoyed incredible success fueled by a philosophy rooted in nutrition, wellness, and simplicity.