Leather jackets, have become a staple in everyone’s closet. A must-have item for rock n’ rollers at heart, fashionistas and everyone in between. Today, the leather jacket is worn all year round and can be found in different shapes, styles, colors, etc. VEDA, is a NYC brand that was founded by the ultra talented Lyndsey Butler. Their specialty: the perfect leather jacket. Lyndsey and her team will be celebrating this September, the one year anniversary of their flagship store in SoHo and are already hard at work on their upcoming Spring/Summer 2015 collection that will feature bold colors and prints, a new avenue for the brand. VEDA also has plans to go beyond their leather roots as they continue to expand the brand. VEDA recently partnered up with another amazing NYC designer Pamela Love to create a unique line of dreamy biker jackets. I had the chance to stop by the store in SoHo was I was in NYC to check them out, I could have bought every single item!! If you have yet to discover VEDA, I hope that this interview with the brand’s founder will make you want to check it out. Here are my 5 Questions with Lyndsey Butler of VEDA:
1) What made you want to become a designer? When did you start your career?
I just wanted to make things I wanted to wear, but that I couldn’t find anywhere else.
I started VEDA in 2008.
2) Who are your fashion icons?
My mom, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cher Horowitz, John Waters, Phoebe Philo, Debbie Harry, Nico, David Lynch, Kinky Friedman.
3) Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?
Everywhere. Living and working in New York City is a huge source of inspiration; the people, the culture and the energy. I also get a lot of inspiration from movies, books, art and travel. As a designer I am constantly absorbing (everything) and then drawing on my personal experiences to create.
4) The leather jacket is a classic piece and a wardrobe staple. What in your opinion makes a good leather jacket?
The most important components are the leather quality and the fit. For me personally, the perfect leather jacket is made from a soft lightweight leather and the fit is slimming but not fitted.
5) A lot of badass babes have been seen sporting VEDA designs. What have been some career highlights thus far?
Oh that’s a fun question… It is always cool and exciting to see who ends up in one of out pieces. Recently, we have had a lot of funny women wearing VEDA, like Gillian Jacobs, Nasim Pedrad, and Abby Elliott, and that couldn’t make me happier. Last season, Kate Bosworth wore one of our jackets and that was great because she is known for her great style.