VeraMeat Knows the Coolest Chicks Around (No, Really)

It’s like girl-crush central up in here.

After crossing paths at Coachella some years back, Chloë Sevigny sent Vera Balyura a gushy note to let her know just how much she loved wearing the designer’s jewelry. Our reaction: !!!!! But Vera’s customer base is pretty packed with the sort of people who make us want to O.D. on the exclamation points. Meet a few of them. —mattie kahn

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Alexa Chung comes by our East Village store a lot, and we hang out when we see each other. She’s been really supportive and really nice. She actually lives right in our neighborhood.”

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Greta Gerwig I met in L.A. while traveling. She wears our Mystery Hugs ring and supports our new film [Ed: More on that here!]. She is a role model for me and is so wonderfully gracious in person—a true talent.”

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“I feel like Chloë Sevigny embodies the brand because she is a triple threat. She’s designed clothing, modeled, and acted. I also design, direct, and write, so I understand the ‘multi-creative-outlets’ vibe.”   

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Miranda July and I met at a screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival. She just came up to me to say that she liked my Dino Eating a Bone necklace. I couldn’t believe she wanted to come chat about it. She’s just crazy, crazy inspiring.”

“The model Ashley Smith is a friend and customer. She comes into our stores all the time and has such a unique look and intelligent energy. She actually sings to our mascot, Fred, sometimes, and it’s awesome.”  

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The Insider: Max Silvestri

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If you’re in NYC and haven’t been to Big Terrific, the weekly stand-up show that Max Silvestri has hosted with Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate for five goddamn years, well, what are you doing?! (PSA: Get your half-decade anniversary tix here.) If you don’t live in NYC, sorry to rub it in like jerks: You can get a taste of Max’s hilariousness below and deep-dive into his funny-as-hell archives over at Grantland and Eater. —carlye wisel  

Q: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever worn?
A: When I first moved to New York, I scored a ticket to a fancy charity party—the first like that I’d ever been to. It was in the spring, and outdoors, and a friend convinced me that the occasion called for “summer suits.” He had some linen H&M thing, and I went to Men’s Wearhouse and bought the cheapest khaki suit they had, off the rack. We rolled in together feeling like a million bucks only to see that nearly every single person there was wearing black tie. It was like that scene in Dumb & Dumber. All we needed were canes and top hats. I ended up drinking a lot of stolen vermouth, and as I was leaving, I got into a nonsense fight—one that I started—with a very dapper European man on his way out. I was probably yelling something about his accent, and as he stepped into his limousine, he angrily snapped, “If you are going to get a suit, get it tailored to fit your shoulders.” That is an outrageous thing to say during a fight—but also he was 100% right, and I knew it. I looked like when Tom Hanks becomes a kid again at the end of Big. I now try to follow that guy’s advice, and I ended up reusing the suit in this video.

Q: What website can you absolutely not live without?
A: I refresh Deadline.com a billion times a day. It is crucial that I am one of the first people to know about cool stuff like “Brett Ratner Boards ‘FarmVille’ Animated Series.” Because if Brett Ratner is boarding that train, I want to be boarding that train. Conductor, any extra seats on the train? That is a train you do not want to miss.

Q: Do you own any Of a Kind editions?
A: I own the Ernest Alexander Finch Briefcase. It’s very nice, but I’ve since learned that the guy behind it, Ernest Alexander Sabine, went to high school at Belmont Hill. I went to St. Mark’s, and we played Bel Hill in sports, and all the kids who went there were tools. So for that reason I regret my purchase. Go Lions.

Q: What’s your one reliable life tip or life hack you’d like to share?
A: My favorite phone app is WxQuickie. All it does is tell you if the weather today feels warmer, cooler, or the same as yesterday. Best way to figure out if it’s okay to wear a bathing suit to work.

Q: Who’s your #1 favorite person on Twitter?
A: @JohnCusackNews. It is a bot that automatically rewrites news stories to be about John Cusack. Every single time it makes me laugh. For example: “John Cusack says he’s resigning for the ‘good of church.’”

Q: What’s the first good joke you ever came up with?
A: When I was seven and sitting at the dinner table with my parents, I decided to try swearing? I was a weird kid. They were talking about a coworker of my dad’s, and I interrupted and yelled, “Who the hell is that goddamn guy?” I think I got sent to my room, but in hindsight. yelling, “Who the hell is that goddamn guy?” out of nowhere is a very good joke.

Q: If you could switch wardrobes Freaky Friday-style with anyone, who would you pick?
A: Did they switch wardrobes in Freaky Friday? I thought they just switched bodies. Do we have to get struck by lightning or fall in a magic fountain or something, or can we just exchange clothes? Or do our clothes have to get struck by lightning? If our clothes get struck by lightning, they’d probably be ruined. Anyway, I’d probably switch wardrobes with Chloë Sevigny, because everything she wears looks expensive or one-of-a-kind, and I could probably sell it all for cash. I hope you like J.Crew button-downs and underwear I buy at Marshalls, Chloë!

Photo © Eric Michael Pearson.

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Kaelen

Now a converted New Yorker, Kaelen Haworth claims that the culture shock was minimal when she first moved to the “big, bad city” from Canada, where she was born and raised, but the six-floor walk-up? That did take a little getting used to. “I knew I wanted to work in fashion—it was more a narrowing down of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. It just made so much sense to go to New York,” she explains.

So she jumped from an English literature B.A. straight into Parsons and, a scant seven months after graduation, she showed her first collection at New York Fashion Week—yes, whoa. The decision to start her own line wasn’t an easy one to make, but her new home gave her a confidence that she could do, well, anything—even this. “There’s so much opportunity,” she notes. “Every single thing, every encounter could be extremely meaningful.”

At it since 2010, Kaelen says alluring for her isn’t your average bandage dress. “I like to be a little more modern and clean. I like things to have an interesting silhouette,” she says. And while she’s always been heavy on sophistication, her work has begun to take a more custom tone: She’s now working with a graphic designer to create prints, and she’s hand-dying fabrics and incorporating out-of-the-ordinary leathers to achieve what she calls “interesting sexy”—a vibe that would appeal to someone like Chloë Sevigny who really owns her look. “When she’s wearing something, it’s very natural,” Kaelen explains. “It never feels forced.” —jackie variano

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Of a Kind

I would like the be the sort of person who looks at these platform sneaks that Chloë Sevigny made for Opening Ceremony and says, “Ew, give me something classic—something Italian.” But I’m just not that kind of girl. —erica

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I have an ankle-skimming coat, but it’s more like a last resort: a wearable sleeping bag that only makes an appearance on the most frigid days (or when I want to run out for coffee in my pajamas…ooops). This Carin Wester one is much more sophisticated—and much more Chloë Sevigny. —erica

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Of a Kind

Dear Chloe,

I forgive you for your past Opening Ceremony collaborations and would like to rip everything you’re wearing in this pic (for Resort) off your person. And add a belt.

xo

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