5 Questions With: Lyndsey Butler of VEDA

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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.

5 Questions With: Cyrielle Christiaens of KURE

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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. 

5 Questions With: Langley Fox

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Photo by: Clarke Tolton

Langley Fox is a not only a beautiful model but she is also an incredibly talented artist. For the past couple of years, I’ve been following her career via social media. She modelled for some of my favorite designers including Toronto’s Beaufille and has the raddest personal style – she’s always wearing Pamela Love jewels and has coolest combination of rock n’ roll and bohemian clothes. I love her Instagram feed because it is where she often publishes some of her latest artwork. I think all of her sketches are stunning, so much so that this past spring, I got one of her flower drawings tattooed on my arm (you can see it here) by my favorite tattoo artist Dr. Woo. I am extremely touched that this hardworking artist took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions. Here’s my 5 Questions With Langley Fox:

1) When did you start making art? Do you recall the first drawing that really marked you and made you think this was something you wanted to pursue?

I have always drawn since I was able to hold a pencil, like most kids I believe. I know that as a child I drew star people everywhere because it was something I was good at, I don’t think I thought they were remarkable or anything but I enjoyed making them. I decided I definitely wanted to be an artist the moment I realized you could make a “grown up” career out of it, which was around kindergarten.  

2) What inspires your art?

I get inspired by all sorts of things, such as visual imagery, conversations with friends and family, nature, dreams… Really any life experience can stem an idea. 

 3) In addition to being an artist, you are also a model. How do these two careers influence each other?

In my opinion these careers are almost complete opposites. Drawing stimulates the introvert in me and keeps me focused and creative, whereas modeling forces me to be an extrovert, be spontaneous, and go with the flow. Obviously I feel much safer as an artist but modeling has pushed me out of my comfort zone which I think is important to do in ones life. I now feel like they somehow balance each other out and I’m inspired by both. 

4) Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How has working as a model, traveling and shooting with different brands and designers influenced your style?

I have always approached dressing as another creative outlet; my body is just another canvas for me that I get to have fun with from one day to the next. It really isn’t about designer names or brands (not that I don’t love some of them), it’s more about having fun and dressing like a different character. My mind state on the matter really hasn’t changed since I was a kid, just the quality of clothes and skills to put them together. 

5) What have been some of your most memorable moments thus far in your career?

The artist commissions I have completed, such as Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton! For modeling it has been working with Michel Comte and his team, they are true artists themselves and I am honored to add to their vision. 

5 Questions With: Skye Walker

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Photo by: Peter Hulst

I first heard of the southern California artist Skye Walker a few years ago. I believe I found his website through a Liquid Salt mag post. I was immediately drawn to his art because of the beautiful ocean and nature themes. The mural Skye is standing in front of on the above photo was the first piece I saw of his and absolutely fell in love with it. Yes, I may have a little bias for redheads but his art really spoke to me, it made me feel peaceful. Over the years, I’ve followed his journey and am stoked on all the success he’s been getting as of late. I can’t wait to go back to Leucadia in a few weeks to see this amazing mural in person! I hope you will be as inspired as I am when you read the interview below. Here are my 5 Questions With Skye Walker:

1) When did you start making art? Do you recall the first drawing that really marked you and made you think this was what you wanted to do for a living?

I always say that I picked up a crayon and started drawing and never stopped, but that is pretty true. I was always drawing, doodling and escaping into fun worlds with my art as a kid. Hundreds of hours of drawing in my room and loving every minute of it. I remember the moment I wanted to be an artist for life and for a career. We were living in Gardnerville, Nevada at the time and I was 8 years old. I had drawn some cartoons of Garfield the cat that I thought were awesome, so I sent them to Garfield’s creator, Jim Davis. A few weeks later I got a letter from Mr. Davis (or his secretary) but he signed it, and it said he received the drawings and he liked them a lot! My jaw hit the floor and I was blown away that he liked my art enough to write a letter back. So from that moment on I decided to be an artist for life and if I could, for a career. I remember the exact moment I had that realization too, sitting at the breakfast table.

2) What inspires your art? Your art revolves a lot around ocean and nature themes, why is that?

Growing up If I wasn’t drawing, I was outside playing. We lived in quite a few places growing up like California, Nevada, Spain, Hawaii, Colorado and Oregon. My sister and I were introduced to nature and camping and being in our natural surroundings by our parents. So, naturally, I gravitated to things like surfing, snowboarding and biking. Luckily we didn’t have iPhones, computers or the internet then. We never got a Nintendo (even though I wanted one) but I’m glad I didn’t get it. 

So being in nature inspired a lot of my art, as well as figure drawing and the human form. I do mix the elements of nature with the human body a lot. Usually the female figure represents mother earth and her interaction with our surroundings whether it’s subtle or more prominent. I think if I had grown up in an urban setting my art would certainly reflect those themes. But they reflect nature, the oceans, mountains, skies and trees- but I certainly try to present them in different ways and I’m always trying to evolve my style and themes.

3) As years go by, how do you push yourself to keep growing as an artist?

This is a great question. Just as we all have to keep growing and pushing ourselves as humans as we strive to survive and adapt, artists have to do the same with their art. Case in point, I was working in the Outdoor Sports industry as an Art Director and was pretty burnt out with the same old graphic design projects. But that job security was hard to leave, until I was let go along with 35 other people when the economy hit the fan. While this was frustrating, it freed me from the confines of that job artistically and let me focus on my own art and projects… but it really opened things up for me to return to doing large scale murals. 

I had done a lot of murals in high school and in college, but I didn’t see a career in it at all. It was fun, but a lot of work. Flash forward 9 years and my artist friend Alex Krastev referred Whole Foods to me as they were building a new store in my town of Encinitas. They contacted me about doing murals and that kick started a fire for me to focus on murals. Since then I have completed about 23+ murals from San Diego to LA to Denver to Austin and back again. 

Murals allow me to push myself as an artist all the time. To figure out spacial issues with large scale art that I can’t do on a small scale or on the computer. It’s also like solving a problem each time too, what paints will be best, what colors, how do I reach those heights, how do I get the scale I need and host of other issues… but I love it because it’s always challenging and it’s always pushing me artistically to create new ideas to work with the space that’s given to me. 

So if my friend hadn’t referred me to Whole Foods, I would probably still be doing smaller scale paintings and graphic design (which I still do) and not thinking of murals. But since that happened, it opened my eyes to new horizons with art. Murals are an amazing way to bring art to the public eye and change the image of a neighborhood. But the best part about it is that it’s never easy and it forces me to push myself artistically every time. It’s easy to sit at a computer and research ideas, new ways of thinking and such… but getting out and thinking on your feet and creating with your hands does wonders for my thought process and gets me out of my comfort zone. That’s when the real creativity begins.

 4) You’ve had the chance to create murals and work on special projects with a lot of renowned clients from Whole Foods to Rip Curl and Nike, what have been some of your most memorable projects to date?

My first real job out of college was at Rip Curl as their graphic designer for apparel. This was memorable because I’d never designed a t-shirt before, so I had to fake it until I figured it out. But that job was rad, made some great friends, went to Australia twice and surfed my brains out. Also designed a couple thousand t-shirts and other graphics, really helped me cut my teeth on some fast paced graphic design work.

I’d have to say lately though, the mural jobs & projects all have such memorable situations and experiences, it’s awesome. I had an assistant in Austin, Texas who turned out to be an ex-convict with crazy stories. Did a mural in Denver in between a blizzard praying the paint would stick to the wall, it went from 60 degrees to 7 then to 40 and back again. Since the murals are so big, everything that’s involved to create them is so much bigger which makes it all very memorable.

I just finished a mural for The Hub, Hillcrest Marketplace in San Diego and a woman walked up and said: “This is so wonderful, you’ve lifted the spirit of this whole neighborhood!”. I was very touched by that, she truly meant what she said and that made me feel like what I was doing was good and important. Ten minutes later a car sped by and a guy yelled: “Looks terrible!”. The Yin & Yang of it all, which makes creating murals so memorable. I can’t get those experiences in my home office!

5) For those who don’t know, you are also a surfer. Where are some of your favorite places to go surf?

Ah yes, surfing. A real love in my life. There is nothing quite like it and I don’t know where I’d be without it. I love taking surf trips whenever I can and experiencing new places and waves. I surf my local breaks pretty often and I try to get up and down the coast a bit to get out of the neighborhood and surf some different spots. I’ve learned as I get older that my favorite place to surf is wherever I am at that moment, whether it’s 2 foot slop or 6 feet and glassy. Just being in the ocean is wonderful. 

5 Questions With: Alex Mearing

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I recently fell in love with an Aussie designer named Alex Mearing after I saw one of her beautiful creations on Live FAST Magazine this spring – it was a silver sequined wedding dress (that you can see HERE!) that she had custom made for Ainsley Hutchence, the co-owner of Sticks & Stones Agency in Australia. There was just something magical about her design. In fact, I was so fascinated by the dress that I started looking up Alex and seeing what other beautiful things she had created. Not only does Alex make beautiful wedding dresses, she also makes tops, jackets and has an amazing collection of fierce pieces that you can find on her site. She will be launching a swimwear line called Klams in September, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I hope to one day be able to wear one of her lovely creations. Hope you’ll enjoy my 5 Questions With Alex Mearing:

1) What made you want to become a designer? When did you start your career?

I wanted to explore and express my style so it felt very natural to go into fashion. After I graduated school I moved from Noosa to study in Sydney and was able to find a job after doing some work experience for a small company. I learnt about design, production and the business. When an opportunity to become the designer for an equestrian label called Giddy Up Girl came up I was ready to take the job. I showed my first collection under my own name in 2012 and the brand has grown into a couture line, mostly creating alternative wedding dresses.

2) Who are your fashion icons?

Mary Kate Olsen and Ada Kokosar

And lately I can’t get enough of Rihanna…

3) Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?

I think I absorb everything around me unconsciously. It may be a film, a personality, an era, it’s usually a lot of layers that create an idea.

4) Is Australia a good place to be for up and coming designers? Are there a lot of opportunities locally and across the country?

I think it’s important to have a plan to create opportunities. I love the way creative people are collaborating with each other and doing amazing work. The opportunities are limitless with apps like Instagram to connect with bloggers, models, photographers, stylists and inspiring people all over the world. I recently made a wedding dress for a woman in London who found me on Instagram, which I found really exciting.

5) What have been some of your biggest achievements thus far in your career?

Recently I made a wedding dress for Ainsley Hutchence from Sticks and Stones Agency for her elopement in Las Vegas. You can check out the editorial shot by Jenneke Storm here: http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2014/01/epic-las-vegas-elopement-ainsley-sebestien/

5 Questions With: Abeille Gélinas

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Photo by: Emilie Iggiotti

Every Saturday morning as a teenager, I would religiously watch a program on MusiquePlus called “La Ruche” that a really amazing VJ called Abeille Gélinas would host. I guess I was immediately drawn to Abeille because she had red hair, always had the coolest on-camera style and seemed like the friendliest person. Plus, she got to interview some of my favorite bands! I was super bummed when she left the station to pursue new adventures. For a few years, I lost sight of what she was doing but two or so years ago, I saw her name pop up as the DJ of an event I was attending. Not only has Abeille continued to work as a tv host and reporter, she’s now one of the most in-demand female DJs in the country. She also currently works as a contributing writer for several publications and in the midst of all that, finds time to get married and travel the world. She is always smiley, is always working on a ton of new project and has the most positive and best attitude about life. Abeille is definitely one of my inspirations! Hope you will enjoy my 5 Questions With Abeille Gélinas:

1) Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today?

As a teenager I tried pretty much everything. I had a skater look, a Dee-light (the singer) look and a hip hop phase. I was and still am inspired by culture a lot. I like following my personality, breaking the rules and mixing it up. I guess I associate with a free-spirited bohemian look! 

2) Who are your style icons?

I love the way M.I.A mixes colours and patterns. I admire the way Zooey Deschanel is sophisticated yet she doesn’t have to show much skin to be sexy. And the Olsen twins are just the best! I adore them because they refuse to be defined by fashion norms and they are constantly being creative, times 2!

3) You started your career as a VJ at MusiquePlus but you are now a DJ. Can you talk to us about your career transition and why you decided to become a DJ?

I always loved music and after all the ups and downs of being an actress and host, I wanted to find a career that I could control. The idea of being a DJ was like a fantasy to me, so I asked a friend to show me the basics of the art, practiced for a month in my kitchen non-stop and my DJ passion and style was born. 

4) What are some of your most memorable moments thus far as a DJ?

It’s difficult to pick one because it’s not about the size of the event, it’s the energy that I get back from the crowd that makes the whole difference. Playing for Canada Day on Parliament Hill last year in front of 20,000 people was amazing! Sharing the stage with artists that I respect is awesome, but I also can honestly say that I’ve had some memorable and intimate nights with 100 people.

5) For those who don’t know, you’re someone who likes to travel a lot. You were just recently in South Africa. What is it about travel that you love so much?

I get amazed with life quite easily! Standing in front of a view that I’ve never seen before, feeling a different type of breeze on my skin, connecting with people you’ve just met… Perhaps when I’m in Montreal I don’t find as much time to meditate on those things because of work. When I’m away, there’s only the present moment and the adventures ahead of me that count. 

5 Questions With: ASP World Tour Pro Surfer Pauline Ado

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Last summer, while I was in California, I had the chance to check out for the second year in a row, an all-girl surfing competition called the Supergirl Pro that was being held in Oceanside. Over the years I’ve been following the professional circuit of surfers as much as I can but as of late, I’ve been paying particular attention to not only the women surfers but also the up and comers. Last year, one of the names I kept hearing, was French surfer Pauline Ado. Pauline is currently ranked 13th in the ASP World Tour. Over the past year, she’s really grown into her own and has really been rivalling all of the ladies at the top of her field. What I like so much about her, is that she always seems so laid back but also incredibly focused. This past year, she’s only ben home for a few weeks, recently traveling to Mexico and up next on her itinerary will be the US as well as Europe and Hawaii to finish the year. She’s beyond talented and I’m therefore incredibly thrilled to have seen her surf and now to have her featured on the blog. Here’s are my 5 Questions With Pauline Ado:

1) When did your passion for surfing start? Do you remember the first time you surfed?

I was 8 years old the first time I started surfing. Before that I would spend all summer at the beach playing in the water, catching waves with my bodyboard and trying to stand up on it with a group of friends. The first time I really surfed though is not a clear memory. I just remember standing up and having a lot of fun. I loved it straight away !

2) What is it about surfing you love so much?

First of course, I loved the feeling on a wave. The speed, the adrenaline… I also loved being in the water. When I am surfing I forget about the rest, I like that feeling of being in the moment, focusing on the sensations. You never get twice the same wave in surfing, there’s no routine and it’s always exciting !

3) You are now a part of the ASP World Tour. You are currently ranked 13th in the Women’s World Championship Tour. How much has the sport evolved for women over the past couple of years? Do you find the women are finally starting to get the attention and respect they deserve?

I think a few years ago only a few surfers would stand out and get the attention. Right now there are so many good surfers on tour with different styles and strengths. You never know who is going to shine in a comp and the top surfers are never safe. It makes it interesting.

 4) How important are finding the right sponsors and team to support you? Is France and La Côte Basque supportive of their surfers?

I have been very lucky in this area getting sponsors at an early age. Right now I am still riding for RipCurl who have been supporting me since I was 10…  and my family have always had my back. Surfing is an individual sport but you can’t go anywhere alone. Being surrounded by people you trust and believe in you is the key. Having the right support gives you so many opportunities… We have good support in the South West of France, surfing is part of the culture in this area but it’s not one of the biggest sports in France… but we are slowly getting the attention.

5) Through surfing and competing you’ve been able to travel the world, what are some of the most memorable moments thus far in your career?

I have been to many countries and I feel so lucky. I have seen beautiful places, beaches and cultures. Surprisingly one my favorite place I went to was Iceland. Nature is so beautiful and powerful there. It was mind-blowing !

5 Questions With: Mish Way of White Lung

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White Lung is a punk band from Vancouver fronted by the super talented badass femme fatale MISH WAY. The band just released their third record Deep Fantasy via Domino on June 17th. For those who have yet to see them live, Mish and her band leave it all out on the stage and are one of country’s sickest live acts. Mish is a beast and killer performer. In addition to being a kick-ass frontwoman, she is also a great lyricist and writer. She currently writes for VICE, Noisey Music and other renown publications. White Lung play The Garrison in Toronto tonight and will be on the road throughout the summer. Here are my 5 Questions With: Mish Way of White Lung:

1) Who were some of your role models or people you looked up to growing up?

Pamela Anderson.

2) Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today? (you can provide us with photos if you’d like)

When I was a teen I had a perm for a while then pink and purple hair then I started doing stuff like piercings and ugly tattoos like most dumb suburban piles do to rebel. I got into thrifting, again like most. I always was a little tomboyish. I wasn’t secure about my body but once I started to feel good about my curves and my sex appeal it was easier to experiment with fashion because all fashion is is confidence. Now I swear by high waisted black jeans, big black heels and tons of jewelry. I love leopard too. The crazier the woman the more leopard she wears, at least that’s what my friend Sam always says. 

3) How do you pick out your clothes for tour and stage? What are your tour must-haves?

I’m on tour right now and I packed horribly. I was so sick of living out of a bag for months and so when I packed my man was distracting me. I have to go shopping today in Philly. On tour my must haves are black high waisted jeans, lots of comfy t shirts I can sweat in, my leopard kimono, black slip, black tights and fishnets, endless underwear, baby powder, perfume, all my jewelry and my black leather jacket (it was a hand me down from my friend Ryan, it’s the perfect men’s motorcycle leather all boxy and beat)

4) Who are some of your favorite designers and/or brands?

Anita Sikma is my favorite jewelry designer. Her pieces are incredible. I also really like Pamela Love and she has gifted me some great pieces over the years of us knowing one another. I’m a big fan of Michael Kors purses, the real big New Jersey mall mom bags in metallic leathers. And Ann Demeaulemeester shoes. Her footwear is killer. I have one pair of her shoes. They are these black pony hair ankle boots. They are my favorite piece I own but I broke the heel off when we played 285 kent farewell shows in New York earlier in January. I was so mad. I’m also big on Wildfox, not so much the cute shirts but the woven sweaters and sunglasses  it’s a solid line. Very pretty.

5) Your third record Deep Fantasy is out since June 17th via Domino Recording Co. and is just as energetic and thought-provoking as your previous efforts. Where do you draw inspiration for your music?

My life, the mistakes I make and the repercussions. 

5 Questions With: Sarah Barthel of Phantogram

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A few years ago, while I was working at Indica Records, my boss at the time dropped an EP on my desk and wanted me to tell him what I thought. He had been sent an EP from a band in Saratoga Springs, NY called Phantogram. After my first listen, I was right away drawn to their unique blend of dark cinematic electro pop and the singer’s dreamy voice. I had the chance to go see them live not long after and immediately knew the band was poised for greatness! I was incredibly lucky to work with the band at the beginning of their career in Canada. Not only are Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter incredibly talented, they’re also some of the nicest people in the biz. Fast forward a few years later, with the release of their second full length Voices, Phantogram is now headlining every big festival, selling out venues around the world, playing on all radio formats and taking the world by storm! I couldn’t be prouder of what these guys have accomplished over the past couple of years! One thing that I noticed since I started following the band, is that Sarah always has the best style on and off stage. She always has the coolest moto jackets, leather pants and accessories. Sarah and the rest of Phantogram will be keeping busy this summer playing festivals across North America and Europe. Make sure you go see them live if you haven’t already, they will blow your mind! I beyond thrilled to present to you this week, my 5 Questions with Sarah Barthel of Phantogram:

1) Who were some of your role models or people you looked up to growing up?

David Bowie
Prince
Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston
Aaliyah
James Brown

2) Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today?

I spent a lot of time at Salvation Army as a teen looking for old t shirts and jackets. Usually went for classic jeans and chucks.
I tended to dress like a Tom boy growing up. I always wanted to pierce my face somewhere but was too much of a pussy to do that so I ended up piercing the hell out of my ears haha. I always loved keeping a classic look and dressing it up with accessories. I still think that way now. I’ve definitely evolved my footwear by graduating to heels from chucks but I like to keep my look simple with dark colors and dressing up my look with a cool leather jacket and heels with some cool jewels.

3) Has the band’s increase in popularity influenced or changed your personal style? If so, could you tell us how?

Yes definitely. I love the opportunities I get when brands or designers want to dress me. I never got those opportunities before because we weren’t a recognized. Now people want me to wear their clothes so I get to have fun with my style

4) How do you pick out your clothes for tour and stage? What are your tour must-haves?

I usually like a few different looks for a tour. I definitely like to walk out of stage with a cool looking jacket with intentions to take it off after a few songs. 
Must haves: heels that aren’t too scary to run around in!
Bold gold jewelry 
Hair straightener
Dry shampoo

5) Who are some of your favorite designers and/or brands?

All Saints leather
Jeffrey Campbell
J brand
Jeremy Scott 
St Laurent 
Modern vice
Kill City
Oak

Wishing you continued success! Thanks Sarah!

5 Questions With: Pierre-Antoine De Myttenaere of SPRINGSIOUX

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Springsioux is a Paris-based brand and concept store. I first heard of them through Offner a few years ago. What started off as a small brand of t-shirts by founder Pierre-Antoine De Myttenaere, has evolved into so much more. Over the past couple of years, Pierre-Antoine developed the brand with his girlfriend and business partner Alisa Gusakova. Today the Springsioux line includes silver jewelry, high end fur and leather pieces designed in collaboration with Parisian designer Quentin Veron, ponchos and t-shirts designed in collaboration with Parisian tattoo artist Eddie Czaicki, etc. Last summer, they inaugurated their concept store in Le Marais, the coolest neighborhood in Paris. Since then, they’ve had countless artists, models and celebrities come to their shop. Nikki Sixx, Bradley Soileau, Sarah Barthel from Phantogram and Miss Kittin, are just some of the people that have been spotted wearing Springsioux. They’ve also organized a ton of events at their shop for Paris Fashion Week, the launch of their special collections, etc. Pierre-Antoine and his team are currently working on a collaboration with a famous French DJ that will be out soon. They’ll also be launching a coffee corner inside their Le Marais shop, which might also include their very own blend of coffee inspired by South America. I’m excited to present to you all today, my 5 Questions With Pierre-Antoine De Myttenaere of Springsioux:

1) Can you talk to us about about the idea behind Springsioux? Your mission?

I created Springsioux at the time when I was in a new wave band in Paris. The goal was to link music and fashion together. Then, I went on tour in Russia and Alisa (tour manager/girlfriend) joined Springsioux to help develop a silver jewelry line based on the Native American culture. We want Springsioux to be more than a brand, it’s a spirit, it brings together people from different backgrounds to create something strong and different from mainstream trends. That is where our motto “alive in the darkness” comes from. We don’t present collections every season, we prefer to create something when the time is right, depending on our inspiration but mostly on the people we meet. That’s why we love to do collaborations with other designers or artists!

2) Where do you draw inspiration for your Springsioux designs?

It’s a mix between traditional cultures (Native American, Mexican…) because there is something mystical in them and we try our best to make their heritage last by creating the most authentic designs, and also rock n roll subcultures. For me, the best example of rock subcultures and fashion are Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood with the Sex Pistols because they found the right balance. 

3) Who are your style icons?

The 80’s have a huge influence on us and I would definitely say… Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), Grace Jones but I think the most important thing is attitude. Our “Springsioux man” can wear a skirt and still look masculine and mysterious and our “Springsioux woman” is strong and provocative.

4) What has been some of the most memorable moments thus far with Springsioux?

We went through several ups and down but some moments are forever engraved in our minds like when I received a phone call from a friend telling me that he saw Nikki Sixx wearing one of our rings during a festival… and also when we had pizzas and beers with all our friends on the floor of our empty store in Paris just after signing the lease!

5) For those who don’t know, you used to be in a band and you’re a big music fan. What are some of your current favorite artists?

Recently I discovered Black Atlass and I have to admit that the guy is just incredibly talented. I also love Phantogram and Coldcave, but when it comes to live music, I’m more into the louder stuff! One of my latest musical crushes is: The Balconies that I discovered on this blog. I think people just need to see them live, they will understand that I’m not exaggerating or falsely promoting them. These guys really give everything they’ve got on stage, from the first of seconds of their set, you feel like you’ve been slapped in the face!

Merci Pierre-Antoine!