5 Questions With: Lyndsey Butler of VEDA

24 Aug

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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.

Suspenders

22 Aug

Continuing my special menswear week with a more “hipster” / “prohibition” and “steampunk” inspired look. I found this great Klaxon Howl prospector vest in Toronto back in the fall. The shop on Queen West is the bomb! They always have the coolest new and vintage pieces for men. I love the black detailing around the edges. I paired the vest with some mocha colored slacks, a pinstriped tee and brown suede brogues. I decided to add suspenders to the outfit, just as an extra accessory. I haven’t always been a fan of suspenders… I think they reminded me too much of Steve Urkel when I was younger but I feel like they can definitely be sexy if worn right (I kind of like the nerdy chic look. Funny how taste changes ay?!). I got Offner to just leave his hanging at the back, which gives his look more of a laid back feel.

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Topman “Avery” Brown Suede Gibson Shoes (get them here)

Scotch & Soda Skinny Polkadot Suspenders (similar ones here)

Springsioux Melted Black Ring (get it here)

Uranium Placental necklace (get it here)

Klaxon Howl prospector vest

Obey pinstriped tee

Paisley

21 Aug

For this week’s second menswear outfit, I went for a more dressy look. Offner had bought this great pair of paisley pants at Topman last year, which I decided to use as a building piece for this look. I think more men should be bold and add prints to the outfit, especially in pants. It can make the leg look slimmer and also ads a certain sophistication to the look, depending on the print obviously. I paired that with a nude colored jersey shirt and complimentary light blue buttoned up shirt. I like this shirt because it almost looks like denim but has a soft fleecy feel. The overall look is comfy but also chic.

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Topman navy paisley slacks (similar ones here)

H&M Long-sleeved buttoned up jersey shirt (similar one here)

Topman buttoned up light blue shirt (similar one here)

Vintage tan leather brogues (similar ones here)

Jean Paul Gaultier

19 Aug

I decided to do a men’s outfit special on the blog this week! Putting my outfits together every day is always a whole lot of fun but I’ve always wanted to style men as well. I’ve had the chance to do some menswear styling on music videos but thought it’d be a fun exercise to do for a daily outfit. I’m lucky because I have access to the perfect model, Offner, who probably has just as much clothes as I do. So this week’s outfits will be dedicated to menswear!

I’ve always had a thing for the rocker look. So for the first look of the week, I went for a Jean Paul Gaultier inspired outfit. I love a well-fitted leather jacket on a man and this custom made jacket from The Cast NYC has the raddest details and cut. It goes with every kind of outfit! The striped shirt is also a classic and a pair of bright slacks adds a nice pop of color to the look. For accessories, I added this badass Verameat necklace that we got in LA last year. I love Verameat’s designs because they’re unisex and are so versatile.

What do you guys think?

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Urban Outfitters BDG striped shirt

Cast Off Mens Bronx Motorcycle Jacket (get it here)

Levis burnt orange denim

Topman black suede oxford shoes with buckle (similar ones here)

Verameat Mermaid Sword Yes (get it here)

Springsioux Chief Ring (get it here)

LA LA Land

14 Aug

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Off to LA LA Land this evening for some much needed relaxation and surf time! New travel post to follow after the trip!! I will be updating the blog a little less frequently while I’m away but I’m excited to announce that I’ll be publishing a very special menswear daily outfit series of blogs starting next Tuesday August 19th! I’ll have three different posts coming on the blog next week, so stay tuned! It was a whole lot of fun to dress up my favorite male model – @offner! Can’t wait to share these with you!

Wishing you all a wonderful next couple of days!

Mel xo

Captain

13 Aug

Reminiscing today about the amazing time I had in Capri back in June! This captain hat was the perfect thing to bring back from our wonderful stay there. My favorite thing we did while we were in Capri was hands down renting a boat and exploring the island. So much fun!! If you’re planning on traveling to Capri in the near future, make sure you check out my Capri travel blog here.

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Photos by @Offner

Capri Captain Hat

Forever 21 stripped shorts 

Topshop white Oxford shoes

Stella & Dot Gold Signature Engravable Bar (get it here)

Zara Guipure Lace Top (get it here)

Wave necklace from Etsy

 

Concho Sandals

12 Aug

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Photos by @Offner

Phantogram tour tee

Vanessa Mooney for Dolce Vita Austyn Sandal (get them here)

Springsioux Shaman pendant (get it here)

SAMMYdress faux leather white shorts (similar ones here)

5 Questions With: Cyrielle Christiaens of KURE

10 Aug

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Photo provided by KURE

I have yet to post many shop or business interviews on my blog so I thought that profiling the rad Belgian luxe shop that I love called KURE would be a perfect addition to my #5QuestionsWith series. I first heard of KURE through Instagram and have been following the shop for the past year. KURE is a boutique in Brussels and also an online shop. I was drawn to KURE (even if I have yet to visit the shop in person) because of how amazingly well curated their collections are. Cyrielle Christiaens is the shop’s Artistic Director and takes care of acquiring these amazing styles from around the world. She and I are both very fond of Anine Bing. I love Cyrielle’s minimalistic style and how she puts together her daily outfits using the store’s collections. I look forward to the day I can finally drop by the shop in person! Here are my 5 Questions With Cyrielle Christiaens of KURE:

1) Can you talk to us about your store KURE and the concept behind it? Why did you want to open it?

KURE is the concept store I created with my fiancee 1 year ago. We wanted to create something together and as we are complementary people, we knew that the best team we could ever have was the team of him and I. KURE is a 200 sq. meter multi-brand concept store located on the high-end/artistic/avant-garde street of Brussels : Rue Antoine Dansaert.

We have brands like BLK DNM, Carin Wester, Dagmar, D. EFFECT, Margaux Lonnberg, Iro, ATHE Vanessa Bruno, Toga Pulla, Won Hundred, American Retro, Kalda, Anine Bing, Hudson Jeans, … 40+ brands from Scandinavian countries, to Japan, to Los Angeles, to Australia, to France… From all around the world.

I was always attracted to Scandinavian brands, for the pure, simple lines of their cuts. The nice quality of the clothes is one of their value. And I always liked to mix Scandinavian brands with something more « rock n’ roll » such as a French brand. I also wanted this « Paris cool-attitude » so we have some perfect brands from Paris too. We also developed the jewelry part of the store with brands from Belgium, France and Lebanon. 

We also sell vintage furniture and art and plan to open a restaurant.

2) Who are your style icons?

Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth, the Olsen twins.

3) What are some of your favorite designers and/or brands?

Margaux Lonnberg, Won Hundred, Anine Bing, Carin Wester, Alexander Wang.

4) What are your summer must-haves?

A silk white oversized shirt + leather shorts + Birkenstocks + my Alexander Wang Rockie bag.

5) Do you feel that there’s a good fashion scene in Belgium right now?

Right now and before too! Belgium is an amazing fashion scene with some big name designers like Dries Van Noten, Olivier Theyskens, Cedric Charlier, Cedric Jacquemyn. Belgian people have an eclectic fashion sense. You can see really different styles and ways to wear clothes from city to city. 

Engravable Necklace

8 Aug

One of the things I’ve recently been really stoked on are personalized engravable necklaces. I find they add something unique to any outfit. The lovely ladies over at Stella & Dot recently launched their fall collection, which includes a series of pretty customizable and engravable necklaces. I was immediately drawn to their Signature Engravable Bar Necklace, that you can get in either silver or gold. I decided to get myself a super cute gold “MELSAYS” necklace. It’s perfect for layering and for every day wear. I’ve gotten other products from Stella & Dot before and what I like about this brand is their attention to detail. Not only are these products made and delivered incredibly fast, the company also pays special attention to detail, which is always appreciated!

I’m really excited to announce that you too can get yourself a special engravable necklace from Stella & Dot. ENTER THE CONTEST BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD FROM STELLA & DOT! The contest runs until August 15th! *Contest open to residents of Canada only*

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Photos by @Offner

Stella & Dot Gold Signature Engravable Bar (get it here)

Modern Vice Handler Boot (get it here)

The Cast NYC vintage flower dress 

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Orchid

7 Aug

I have a thing for flowers… I’ve always had. Maybe it’s a girl thing, maybe it’s the fact that I don’t live somewhere where flowers grow outside all year round. I like their delicateness, I like their colors, I like their smell and all of their different shapes and sizes. Each flower represents something different to me, a different time or event in my life. As a kid, I would receive flowers after dance shows, figure skating shows, birthdays, school graduations, etc. My mother would always adorn our house with fresh bouquets of flowers every week. It was just something that made our house not only smell nice but also feel a lot more alive. My favorite flowers are definitely peonies (hence the tattoo), but I really love them all! My dream is to live somewhere where I can have flowers around me all throughout the year. In the meantime, I try to decorate my apartment with flowers here and there, those than can survive with little sunlight or throughout the winter. Happy to have brought this new addition home!

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Zara white denim pants

M for Mendocino white tee

Anine Bing Bohemian black hat

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

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