Of a Kind

Leah Goren—you may know her cat prints?—has moved into ceramics, and there’s something so unreasonably enticing about this little eyeball dish. —erica

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Of a Kind

This, my friends, is how Brandy Pham says, “MEOW.” —erica

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Next Level: Cats

All of a sudden, it’s totally cool to embrace your inner cat lady. These are our four fave ways to get kitty happy. —erica

LEVEL I: Wrapped around your neck, the meow motif of the Leah Goren scarf is distorted in a super-cool way.

LEVEL II: So ladylike and grown-up! 10 Crosby by Derek Lam makes a white cat print look crazy-easy to pull off.

LEVEL III: If anyone tries to talk smack on your Pretty Snake sweater, sic one of these 11 kitties on them. 

LEVEL IV: Wildfox: Never afraid to go there. Here, an update on the already-challenging white swimsuit that happens to be undeniably rad.

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Of a Kind

Wildfox Couture is here to say: Meow, meow, meow, meow. Meow, meow, meow, meow. Meow-meow-meow-meow, meow, meow, meow, meow…erica

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Of a Kind

This shapely—or, as the designer would say, apple-bottomed—cat Tomato is the TOMTOM designer Elena Coleman Howell’s muse. Obviously you’re going to want to read more about that over here. I mean, duh. —erica

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TOMTOM

When you first encounter Elena Coleman Howell’s jewelry, you’d probably suspect that the angular, polished pieces were created by the sort of person who works in a white box studio and rarely cracks a smile. But while her work is full of sharp angles and exacting cuts—you may recognize her line from the pieces she did inspired by TRON: Legacy—the designer herself is pretty warm and fuzzy…just like her company’s namesake and muse: Tomato, the pet cat.

“My parents went on vacation, and I had this big plan to get them a kitten—there would be no way that they could turn it away,” the designer recalls. “But when I went to the animal shelter to get them one, there were no kittens at all, and this large, three-year-old cat started meowing at me. So I adopted it and left it at my parents’ house. When my parents came home from vacation, they said, ‘Get over here right now and take this cat away.’”

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The Symmetry Goods (Home) Office

Don’t worry: They don’t have those weird couples desks.

Because Ted and Gena have other creative projects in the works at all times—he’s a drummer and she’s a stylist—their space has to multitask. As Ted puts it: “It’s a working office. The rest of the house is very minimal, and the office is a free-for-all.”




Ted: “The plaids are Woolrich fabrics, and there are a ton of different chambrays for spring—all of them are Japanese. Everything in that pile is either from America or Japan.”

Ted and Gena created a scarf in materials that they sourced specially for Of a Kind. Check it out—and score one of the 23 in existence—here.



Gena: “I haven’t been around a lot—I’ve been shooting. This area is a mix of everything from my styling work—so, inspirational stuff tacked around—and Symmetry. Both things happen there, which is why it’s a little…messy. There are usually a lot of clothes and accessories lying around, too.”



Ted: “All of our tags are tied to the garments. You are actually supposed to take the tags off of scarves, but I don’t think people know that—or they never do it. So we made our tags so that you sort of have to take them off.”



Ted: “For Christmas one year, Gena got me the bat—it’s a real vampire bat. Then, there’s this guy in Vermont who finds spider webs in the woods and goes out with glass and captures them. So that’s what you’re seeing in the background.”
Gena: “That was part of the bat Christmas as well. It was a creepy Christmas.”



Ted: “Angel’s our cat. She’s a 20-year-old and is very striking-looking. People kind of freak out when they come over because we have textbook-attractive pets.”



Ted: “It’s an old drafting desk, and there are a few things above it that I like looking at. A friend of mine passed away last year, so that’s a picture of him on the wall. Various collages I’ve done are tacked around, and the chair next to my desk is where Angel usually sleeps.”



Ted: “I grew up skateboarding—I was sponsored at one point when I was in high school—and Gena skateboarded, too. We both grew up in Southern California. There was a time a while back when I had a day job downtown, and I would skateboard to and from work—it was like four miles each way. That year, I got Gena a skateboard, and a friend of mine did the graffiti piece on it.”



Ted: “I’ve had extraordinarily fancy drum sets in the past, but this has worked out to be what I use. The kick drum is from a set from the seventies. The snare drum I found on the street—but it’s actually really fancy. The cymbals I’ve had since college—17 years ago?”

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