The Insiders: The Jane Doze
Great things come in pairs, and Claire Schlissel (left) and Jen Mozenter of dynamite DJ duo The Jane Doze are are total power twosome on par with marshmallow fluff and peanut butter. The next big things in dance music—get a taste of their ready-for-the-weekend jams—are also total best-friend material. (And we’re ready to fight you for them.) —carlye wisel
Q: When you guys get *gigantic*, what’s going to be on your dream rider?
Claire: I’m just gonna go really off-the-wall bougie and say those $10 bottles of cold-pressed juices.
Jen: I was thinking something a little bit silly but also awesome—like, they should fly in Wawa for us, no matter where we are. For sure.
Q: You guys are always outside—in the sun!—and have perfect hair. Explain.
Claire: I shampoo it, and I never brush it. I don’t own a hairbrush. I just dry it with a towel and blow-dry it and sometimes curl it.
Jen: I think if I added up the hours of my life I’ve spent doing my hair, I’d be depressed. I straighten it with a very good, expensive straightener, and the important part is that it’s the half-inch plated—because otherwise you can’t get up to the root—and mine doesn’t have the curved edges, it’s flat. Makes all the difference.
Q: If you could have access to anyone’s wardrobe, who would you choose?
Jen: I gotta say, I like a lot of Nicole Richie stuff. I would. House of Harlow, if you see this!
Claire: We have this friend, Elizabeth Kott. Every time I see her, she has at least one item of clothing on that I want. Every time!
Q: What game show do you think you guys would have the best chance of winning on?
Claire: The Price is Right.
Jen: The Newlywed Game.
Q: I think you just lost The Newlywed Game by saying that.
Jen: Ha! True. What’s the one where you have to fill in the blank?
Claire: Family Feud? We could probably crush at Family Feud.
Jen: I think we would kill on the fast trivia at the end.
Q: What’s the most remarkable remix you’ve ever heard?
Claire: I really love a lot of Skrillex’s old stuff. He did a La Roux remix, he did a Lady Gaga “Alejandro” remix—I don’t like the original song, but I love his remix.
Q: Besides you guys, who should we be listening to right now?
Jen: Betty Who. She’s amazing. Tove Lo—she’s from Sweden. The world should get ready for the June 17th premiere of Cash Cash’s new single featuring Bebe Rexha—it’s that good.
Q: What’s one thing we’ll never see you wearing onstage?
Claire: One thing? I can think of a lot of things! Personally heels. But the other thing would be anything that might have a tendency to malfunction. So, like, some kind of bustier top. That would just not happen, ever.
Jen: I would definitely wear that—because like, a nip slip? That’s good for press!
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We’re not saying that naming your line after yourself is a bad thing. We’re just noting that if you have an un-ironic DJ name you once used while spinning cheesy music from the eighties, that’s a pretty honeyed alternative. Meet Graciela Fuentes—formerly known as La Tirana, Spanish for “female tyrant”—who, even during her beat-droppin’ days, always knew she would be an artist. After earning a BFA from Word University in Texas, landing an MFA from NYU, and dabbling in photography and video production, she found herself drawn to more industrial vibe—one that recalls the backdrop of her hometown, Monterrey, Mexico. “It’s a bit of nostalgia for seeing these machines—you can look at them and see how they work. Looking at my iPhone, I have no idea how I’m even talking on it,” Graciela explains.
After a few years working primarily on computers with digital media arts, Graciela yearned to create something physical. One carved alabaster ring later, the creative spark caught fire, laying the groundwork for Tirana Jewelry. Her favorite part of her process: Sourcing antique pieces from flea markets the world over. Those scores, kept in a sacred drawer in her Williamsburg studio, are then molded and cast in recycled silver, gold, and bronze to be sculpted and soldered into brand new pieces—for a line that’s romantic, steampunk, and tough all at once. “I like the idea of a female tyrant because I don’t think it has a bad historic connotation like the male tyrant,” Graciela says. “A female tyrant is a little bit more of a woman in power, a woman that knows what she wants, a woman that can get her way.” —jackie varriano
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Rock Out With a Lo & Sons Playlist
There’s a reason the names “Derek” and “Jan” start with D and J.
When Derek and Jan Lo aren’t making killer travel totes and overnight bags with their mom Helen, the brothers are likely DJing on New York’s Lower East Side. (Yes, we totally wish the Lo matriarch was in the booth, too.) To show off those skills, they’ve pulled together a compilation of songs inspired by their Of a Kind edition, the Windsor Camera Bag. “I think what really makes our bags special is that we’ve managed to bridge conflicting ideas in an elegant way—it’s extremely hard to find that balance of style and substance,” Derek explains. “So we chose music from modern artists who either have paved their own path in a unique way, or bridged genres in a creative and sophisticated fashion.” —olivia seely
“Machu Picchu” by The Strokes
Jan: “The bassist used to sometimes DJ at the same L.E.S. bar where I used to DJ—obviously his night was way better.”
“L.E.S. Artistes” by Santigold
Jan: “Later, when I was living and DJing in Beijing, it often tripped me out realizing small and interconnected the world is. Thanks, interwebz!”
“Cherry Wine” by Nas, featuring Amy Winehouse
Jan: “Who can’t relate to that yearning for that something real, which definitely seems more elusive as one gets older and more successful?”
“Mushaboom” by Feist
Derek: “If you don’t feel a little cheerier after listening to this, you are not human.”
“Groove Me” by Maximum Balloon, featuring Theophilus London
Derek: “One of the few electro-rap tracks that gets me going.”
“Lost” by Frank Ocean
Derek: Stories make the best songs.
“Get Free” by Major Lazer
Jan: “After Hurricane Sandy, the song definitely took on a different level of resonance with the imagery of the levees breaking.”
“Myth” by Beach House
Jan: “Happened to re-listen to this song with some friends right before Sandy, back when the hurricane reports still did not seem fully real.”
“Get Some” by Lykke Li
Derek: “This is like an emo version of ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll,’—yet it’s so good.”
“Staring At The Sun” by TV On The Radio
Derek: “It’s so damn dramatic, poetic, and just plain epic.”
“Faster” by Janelle Monáe
Derek: “My favorite modern-day jitterbug beat.”
“Video Games” by Lana Del Rey
Derek: “Anthemic love song.”
“Two Weeks” by Grizzly Bear
Jan: “I remember first mixing this song in after a mini Southern rap set—and the hipster kids lost their proverbial shit.”
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Emerging Thing of the Week: Pitchfork Reviews Reviews
A sketch of Pitchfork Reviews Reviews that appears in Nylon, as photographed by Pitchfork Reviews Reviews.
All I really want in a DJ is someone who will play songs I know and love and can dance and sing along to. And that’s tricky territory because playing songs everyone knows and loves and can dance and sing along to also happens to be the job description of a Bat Mitzvah DJ.
But my favorite DJ is crazy special because he’s all about playing those songs you know and love but never really realized you know and love—and definitely never realized how much fun they’d be to sing and dance to. He calls himself Pitchfork Reviews Reviews, and he has a totally endearing and compelling blog. And he made a playlist for us to listen to in the office—talk about positive contributions to corporate culture. —claire
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She’s our first, so we ask her to reveal her firsts. This is not nearly as creepy as it sounds.
Since Mandy Coon is our inaugural designer, we wanted to talk to her about some of her own milestones, in fashion and elsewhere. And, as it turns out, this topic’s pretty fitting: The New Yorker by way of Texas has had an awful lot of lives for a woman of 34—she modeled and DJed pretty seriously before becoming a designer to watch. We’d compare her to a cat, but we wouldn’t want to offend her French bulldog Petunia, who also goes by Stinky.
First Look: “When I was ten, I was obsessed with Morrissey, and I was convinced I was going to marry him. My older sister would be like, ‘He’s gay,’ and I’d say, ‘No, he’s not,’ and get really mad. I was really into wearing men’s clothes then. Now when I think back, I realize that was pretty awesome. And my sister would cut my hair—she’d shave the sides. I’d still have kind of long hair, and one day my mom would notice and scream, ‘What the hell, Missy! She’s eleven!’”
First Modeling Job: “It could have been prom dresses—that was one of the first ones. Or a mall fashion show in Houston.”
First Apartment: “In New York, I first lived in models’ apartments, which are like hell. Then I lived at Kenmare and Mott in a tiny, tiny space, and I had two roommates. One was this girl Sarah, and one was Kenzo Minami, the artist. I think we were just drunk most the time.”
First Design: “I did this little sheath dress with this really big exaggerated ruffle that I had at a boutique and sold to friends.” [Pictured here on her pal Justine]
First Pet: “When I was a kid, my sister and I had a pony, Possum Face. He had a white mane and was brown and cream. My dad used to breed racing horses, so every weekend, we would go out to this little ranch. We’d try to catch wild cats and then come home to my mom scratched all over the place.”
First Collection: “It was actually Camilla Stærk, who I was working for, who got up my nerve. One day she said, ‘You’re going to do it. You’re going to have a presentation. You’re going to have a real collection.’ She handed me a sticky note and said, “Here’s the number for the lady who does the fashion week calendar. You’re going to call her. You’re going to get a date.” And I was like, ‘You’re crazy, lady.’ She said, ‘No, this is the right step. You’re ready.’”
First DJ Gig: “It was Halloween, but I don’t remember the year—maybe 2005 or 2006. It was at that place Fat Baby, with Anouck Lepère. I was terrified. I was shaking. But by the end of our set, I was like, ‘Wait, wait! Just let me play a few more songs.’ When I do it now, I have to tell people, ‘No, I don’t have any Lady Gaga.’”
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Growing up outside of Houston, Texas, in an area that is now Applebee’s suburbia but at the time was just plain removed, Mandy Coon always had an appreciation for the left-of-mainstream (see: the super-cool goth girl she idolized in junior high, Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf”). And though she read her mom’s magazines growing up and participated in family thrifting expeditions, she was never really a fashion diehard. But after doing some time as a model—her ticket out of Houston, and eventually to New York—and as a DJ, she started drifting towards the style world, working for a casting director, starting her own little agency, and soon heading to F.I.T., where she studied haute couture sewing and tailoring. “When you’re a little older and going back, you know exactly what you want out of it,” she explains, describing herself as the old fogy among a slew of newly transplanted 18 year olds (if you care to believe that).