Wax + Cruz


Working as a stylist and jet-setting to photo shoots, Lauren A. Wood became an expert—and light!—packer. That meant that each time she went abroad, she had room to bring bundles of rich, luscious textiles home in her suitcase. “Textiles are a really beautiful representation of each culture,” Lauren explains. “I’m interested in how a lot of time and thought goes into each one.”

In 2012, Lauren decided it was time to put those treasured fabrics to good use. Using her favorite finds, she whipped up a few stylish, travel-friendly baseball caps for her and her friends—one of whom happened to get snapped for Garance Doré’s famed style blog. Suddenly, Lauren had a very good problem on her hands. “After the post, 2,000 people checked my site, and I had nothing to sell,” she explains. “The fabric hadn’t even made it to the factory yet!”

When her caps—constructed in the U.S.A. from gorgeous materials sourced in Guatemala, Ghana, and Italy—did hit the internet, they were insta-hits. “We’ve got a good mix of high and low here,” she explains. “I love that they have this typically American silhouette, but making them from really great indigenous fabrics gives them a totally different feel.” We imagine she’ll be out of stock again very soon. —monica derevjanik


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Before taking the entrepreneurial plunge and founding Unearthen—her line of raw, sophisticated gems—in 2007, Gia Bahm was living in New York and working as a wardrobe stylist. “I realized I was happiest when I was just messing around on set and improvising little accessories out of scraps,” explains the designer, who spent childhood weekends in her native Seattle shuttling between various arts-and-crafts classes. “I just knew I wanted to try doing my own thing for a while and see what came of it.”

When Gia got down to experimenting, she whipped up pendants that paired gemstones with bullet casings, and they got so much love that she then needed to determine a name for this undertaking. “I agonized over what to call it,” Gia, now an L.A.-dweller, admits. “I wanted something that sounded natural and mysterious, and ‘Unearthen’ just felt right. I like that it’s not a real word. It kind of allows you to interpret it however you want.” And although the line has expanded well beyond its inaugural necklacse into a range that now includes rings, bracelets, lockets, and even pocketknives (why not?), Gia is still all about the making. “I’m obsessively hands-on,” she says. “It sounds insane, but I love finding the perfect setting, the perfect little home for each crystal.” Sounds like, in the process, she’s made a pretty fine home for herself as well. —mattie kahn


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Clothing was always a thing in Gaby Basora’s house when she was a kid—her grandfather was a tailor, and her mother sold a collection made from quilts to Chicago boutiques in the sixties. The ebullient designer, who has earned a mad following with her silky, bold-but-ladylike line Tucker, says: “When I look at pictures of myself from then, I’m in Frye boots with a denim dress and a Cacharel blouse. My mom always says, ‘I had to make you wear this!’ What I really wanted to wear were hot pink satin shorts and a matching jacket, with roller skates that had wings on the back.”

Eventually, though, Gaby came to embrace the more sophisticated aspects of fashion (no offense, fuchsia satin) and, after wrapping up her schooling in Seattle, Amsterdam, and New York, became a stylist. “There was no Style.com—you were really on the ground. It was a little like Alice in Wonderland, getting to go to these mysterious places and seeing

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