The Insider: Molly Young

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If you don’t have a crush on Molly Young yet, you will by the time you finish reading this thing. By day, she word smiths for everyone’s favorite eyeglass company Warby Parker, and by night, she writes exceptionally smart (but never too buttoned-up) stories for the likes of GQ and Elle. Oh, and she even looks adorable with My Little Pony hair. —carlye wisel

Q: You wrote my favorite article ever, on the smelliest block in NYC, for New York magazine. How’d that story happen?
A: They really were not into the idea. It took a lot of convincing, but they gradually allowed me to write it. It was one of those things where I was actually burning with a desire to know why that block smelled so badly because I walk down it every day. There were all these comments, like, “Holy shit! I know that block! It smells disgusting!” It was the only piece in the history of anything that’s gotten nice comments in the comments section.

Q: Is there anything you’re currently working on that you’re really psyched about?
A: I’m working on a profile of Susan Miller, who’s sort of a celebrity astrologist, for New York. It’s been a…fascinating experience. The idea came about mostly because I’m fascinated by her, and I’m also just really curious about what the practice of astrology actually is. I didn’t know how it was done. Was she looking out a telescope? I had no idea. So, I had very naive, childish questions I wanted to find answers to.

Q: What’s the last great thing you read?
A: Katie Roiphe’s book of essays called In Praise of Messy Lives. She’s unnervingly smart, and she’s brash. I really like that—that’s a quality that’s rare in writers.

Q: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever worn?
A: Where do I start! When I was 12 years old, I discovered thrift stores, and the first thing I got was a pair of wide-legged JNCO black jeans with contrast stitching and a hammer loop. They were raver pants, and I felt so attractive in them. I remember they changed the way that I walked. I would kind of striiiiiide in them.

Q: Is there anything hanging in your closet that you’ve never had the guts to wear?
A: There is a vintage Gucci dress—it’s lurex-like fabric with a plunging V-neck, and the V-neck is fastened shut by a gold mythical creature, maybe a griffin. I think the only appropriate venue would be a casino, and I have not been to one.

Q: What’s your best beauty trick?
A: I don’t use soap in the shower. I use L’Oreal Kids shampoo instead because it smells better. Oh, and this isn’t necessarily a beauty secret, but I recently acquired a shower radio because I find showers to be incredibly boring. I never want to take them. But now that I have a shower radio, I get to listen to Hot97 while I’m washing my hair. It’s a total game-changer.

Q: Who’s the one person you’d totally kill to interview?
A: Bill Clinton. I’m curious to know what political charisma of that degree feels like in person.

Q: If you could have access to anyone’s wardrobe, whose would you pick?
A: Nancy Drew always wore outfits that she could run in or escape a villain in, and I think that’s an important quality for clothes—tight little pencil skirts with a slit so you could take off and sprint, or little crewneck sweaters you could layer if you were working on a serious case in a lakeside cabin.

Move people we luuurve right this way…

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Meet Lou, the Eayrslee Muse

Overheard during the design process: “Would Lou wear it?”

If you ask Joanne Lee and Mimi Eayrs where they dreamt up their line of sturdy and polished bags, they’ll tell you it was over platters of burgers and fries at the Williamsburg restaurant Five Leaves. But what ultimately got the girls to pull the trigger was an ad campaign in Elle, featuring design legend Rosita Missoni—the chic and glossy snap prompted Joanne and Mimi to weave together a story for their dream customer. She goes by Lou, has a hunky boyfriend, a stylish grandma—and, well, we’ll let pros do the rest of the talking. jiayi ying

Lou, as represented by a Balenciaga model, and her surroundings.

Mimi: “Before we started the collection—and this is kind of geeky—we got this gigantic board to define our dream customer. We named her Lou, and we thought about her, her job, her apartment, her parents, her friends, her boyfriend, what her boyfriend does—everything. We just made a really, really long storyline, and ended up knowing this person inside and out. When we design anything, we ask, ‘What would Lou like?’ In some ways, she’s the in-between between me and Joanne.”

The face that launched a line (and then another).

Mimi: “This is her grandmother. Everything started with this photograph. Joanne was going through a magazine, and I was like, “Oh my god, I love this picture!” We found it, and Rosita Missoni, just so inspiring. I love grandmothers. I think they’re such a story in themselves. They’re these amazing, huge books of knowledge and style.”

Joanne: “With her name, we wanted to have something that’s easy and kind of mysterious. To us, some names evoke very specific personalities, but Lou is just very cool and downtown—it could be short for Louise or Louisa.”
Mimi: “We didn’t know what to name the line when we started it, so we came up with a list of them. One was Louisa Hawnt—she’s an ancestor in my family. We loved it but thought that maybe it was too random. Louisa always stuck though, so that’s probably where Lou came from. I think it’s just an easy, fun, and disarming name. You’re instant friends with someone called Lou. We also liked the simplicity of it—if you’re calling her that already, you’re in the know. It’s a little bit like with our bags.”

Mimi: “She works in fashion—maybe PR or marketing—and really appreciates goods that are well-made. We love the idea of heritage and things that you get and love from your grandparents—like, say, a really nice cashmere sweater from your grandma. She’s worn it for thirty years, and you’ll keep on wearing it. When it comes to the line, we want to make things that are going to stick around for a really long time, with leathers that age really well and designs that go beyond just a season.”

Mimi: “This is her boyfriend, who is here pictured as Heath Ledger. He is a photographer, lives in the West Village, and has a dog.”

Mimi: “Lou’s more of a Brooklyn girl, but she goes out to Manhattan often as well. She’s a woman of the world—she’s very interested in travel. We’re very inspired by a lot of ethnic stuff, so we kind of discover the world through her eyes.”
Joanne: “She’s always in the back of our heads when we’re designing. I think, to a degree, we are Lou—but we’re both very different in some ways. My ideal bag would just be a tote with a gusset, and Mimi’s would be with this cool leather and color.”
Mimi: “Lou’s definitely somewhere in between when it comes to aesthetics. She’s kind of the face of two people. If it were just me, everything would be super crazy, and if it were just Joanne, it’d be—”
Joanne: “—super boring. It works well together.”

Joanne: “We’ve edited stuff out as we’ve grown as a line. But these are her roots, so we keep them as is. As we go on, Lou’ll change too. She’ll get a little older and wiser.”

Check out the Lou-approved edition Mimi and Joanne made us! It’s an awesome (and just-feminine) bifold.

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Of a Kind

“Ten Questions: Of A Kind’s Erica Cerulo”,  Elle.comJanuary 12, 2012 

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"Ten Questions: Of A Kind’s Claire Mazur",  Elle.com, December 29, 2011 

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"Claire Vivier has wine on her mind" Elle, December 2, 2011 

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Gwyneth Paltrow is wearing Julien Macdonald tap pants all over the September issue of Elle. Should we all be so lucky. —erica

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ELLE News Blog:Lulu Frost Kicks Off Fashion Week With Champagne, Cupcakes, and Jewelry

Lulu Frost isn’t exactly new anymore, but the jewlery is still pretty fresh-looking. I bought a pair of the Plaza number earrings soon after I moved to NYC (they seemed like a very New York thing to own), and I’ve been obsessively following the adorable designer, Lisa Salzer, ever since.  Looks like Jenna Lyons is on her tail now too?

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