Interviews

Thursday, July 17th 2014

Girls vs. Guys: Dressing for a Wedding


Make it easy for yourself, dress for wedding season with our Wedding Guest boutique.

If you’re in your late 20s to early 30s, chances are most of your summer weekends are occupied by weddings. My husband and I are in the midst of three in a row, which has sparked a debate. When it comes to getting ready to attend a wedding, who has it easier: guys or girls?

Obviously, from a female point of view, I’d argue that girls have it much harder. A new dress, shoes, and accessories are practically required (unless you get that rare case of zero guest crossover from wedding to wedding). Then you’ve got hair, nails, and an evenly—ahem, professionally—applied faux tan. Not to say that this isn’t fun, but after ceremony number one million, it can get a bit stressful.

Now, my husband would say that men suffer the opposite problem. Where we have a plethora of options, guys can be limited in theirs. A fantastic suit is a true investment piece, meaning the average guy isn’t suiting up Stinson-style each day of the week. With one or two suits, most men can really only look to a new shirt, tie, cufflinks, or shoes to switch things up. He claims that wearing basically the same thing to party after party can also get tough.

We’re probably both right. Luckily, Shopbop and East Dane have us covered. For the ladies, there’s a curated boutique of full looks, all perfect for any type of wedding your friends and family can throw at you. Highly recommend. For the fellas, East Dane has an edit of suits, blazers, and vests to spice up a summer wedding wardrobe. It seems the key to this debate is shopping!

--Libby S.

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Monday, July 14th 2014

Style Muse: Pamela Love


Pamela Love outside her Brooklyn home.

Spending the day on set with Pamela Love is always fun, but heading to her magical home in Brooklyn is even better. The award-winning jewelry designer welcomed Team Shopbop with open arms and a spicy stocked fridge.

SHOPBOP: Thanks for having us to your lovely home! What would you say us the one thing every house needs?
PAMELA LOVE: Starting out with the tough ones! Every home should have a beautiful flat screen. Just kidding! I really think every home needs a beautiful rug. I love rugs, and think they do a lot to create an amazingly warm environment.

SB: Describe your interior design aesthetic in three words or less.
PL: Eclectic, bohemian, disorganized.

SB: If you were forced to only wear one piece of jewelry, what would it be?
PL: Forced? Oh, that’s so hard! If I had to, I would only wear my wedding and engagement rings. Those count as one, right?

SB: What is the craziest thing to influence your designs so far?
PL: So much of my inspiration is crazy, it’s difficult to narrow down, but I would have to say that the Industrial Revolution really stands out as something different. That was for a collection I did a few years ago.

SB: What are your thoughts on 3D printers for the use of design?
PL: 3D printing can be a helpful tool when used moderately. But in excess, I really believe it can negatively affect the spirit of the work.

SB: OK, last one and you can get back to the shoot. What one item is always in your refrigerator?
PL: Hot sauce!

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Saturday, June 21st 2014

Music (And Style) Muse: Harley Viera-Newton

Not only were we lucky enough to be invited into the amazing home of our latest style muse, Harley Viera-Newton, but she also created an exclusive playlist just for Shopbop fans. “This is my gearing-up-for-summer playlist,” she says. “Best listened to on the beach with a lemonade (or in the office, pretending you’re there).”

No matter where you are, kick back and enjoy Harley’s exclusive playlist—we’ve got it set on repeat.

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Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

A Look into the Life of The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel

Clothing designer and founder of The Glamourai, Kelly Framel has an affinity for DIY, vintage finds, and home décor. She got her start in fashion by designing evening gowns for Naeem Khan and has since worked with big names like Coach, Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana. We talked to Framel about the evolution of her blog over the years and what it’s like to be behind the scenes of an editorial shoot.

SHOPBOP: Since you started it in 2008, The Glamourai has evolved from a personal style blog into something much bigger. How did this come about, and how do you continue to challenge yourself and expand the website?
KELLY FRAMEL: When I started the site, I was working as an eveningwear designer creating astronomically expensive, demi-couture gowns. Sharing my personal style gave me a creative outlet to express my more realistic, everyday experience of fashion. At the time, the blogging community was very small, and it was simply rewarding to be part of the conversation within a group that I myself was drawing a lot of inspiration from. I never expected anyone outside that little insular community to read it! But inevitably that world grew, and more people started paying attention to the space, so it no longer felt interesting or creatively rewarding to make the stories about myself. It became important for me to elevate the work I was creating for the site and raise the caliber of conversations that people expect to find online. It's remained very personal, but it is now approached from a broader, more ambitious creative perspective.
 
SB: How would you describe your personal taste—in fashion, décor, etc.?
KF: I'm in a constant state of evolution, and always will be. I live my creative process on my sleeve, so to speak. My furniture is moved around monthly, and I've tried on just about every character in the fashion lexicon. But as I get older, I'm realizing that the constants I always settle back into are eclectic and bohemian, balanced out with a heavy reliance on the classics.
 
SB: You grew up in Austin, TX. How is your aesthetic and work influenced by Southern culture?
KF: If anything, growing up in Austin taught me to think independently. It's a little oasis of weirdness, and there's this great sense of being removed from the rest of Texas, removed from the world. Because of that, it seems to breed a funny little mix of iconoclasts. I wasn't exposed to a ton of fashion growing up there, but I never considered that there was an option outside of doing something creative with my life.

SB: From casting models to finding the perfect location, a lot of work goes into each of your editorial shoots. What’s your favorite part of the process? What’s most challenging?
KF: The most challenging thing is creating great work with tiny little teams and a shoestring budget. We are scrappy as hell! But I love collaborating with other creatives, and literally nothing makes me happier in life than being on set, steering an idea out of my imagination and into reality. I'm always dreaming up shoots I want to make. Finding the time, money, and teams to execute them with is an everyday challenge.

SB: Styling and photography are a big part of your life. But sometimes—like this Shopbop lookbook—you’re in front of the camera. What is unique about being on the modeling side of things?
KF: It's so much easier! I do it so infrequently these days I'd forgotten how freeing it is to not be the one managing all the details. Building sets, coordinating wardrobe, hiring the cast and crew, ensuring everyone makes their call time, dealing with location agreements, handling equipment rentals, insurances—all the while trying to think five steps ahead, make a ton of on-the-fly decisions, and still maintain a really artful mindset. I love the work we do and wouldn’t trade it for the world, but every once in a while it's fun to simply show up, get my hair and makeup done, put on some cool clothes, and prance around the streets of Soho. 

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Friday, May 16th 2014

Break Time: Dig In & Drink Up

I bought my husband a meat smoker for his birthday, and this weekend we’re finally going to try it out! Needless to say, I’ve been scouring the internet for the best recipes. I may have also wandered down the search rabbit hole into some food forums, leading me to find these three articles focused on eating, drinking, and being merry. Bon appetit!

Food is never far from my mind. In fact, it’s usually about midway through lunch that I start thinking about dinner. I’ve always assumed that everyone was the same way. But apparently, some people actually see food as a nuisance. These are the types of people who invented Soylent. (Yes, like the movie. No, not people.)
[The New Yorker]

There’s nothing like an ice-cold beverage on a hot day, and advertisers know this. In fact, some alcohol companies are actually using weather data to direct their marketing plans. They’re able to correlate weather patterns with beer sales to get the most bang for their buck. Who knew Chicagoans drink more when it’s unseasonably chilly?
[Men’s Journal]

I normally don’t get excited by a local news cooking segment, but when undercover comedian Nick Prueher and something called a Meat Milkshake are involved, it’s impossible not to.
[Grantland]

--Libby S.

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Tuesday, May 6th 2014

Life’s a Beach: Talking Surf & Swimwear with Mike Faherty

Inspired by the comfort and ease of beach living, twins Mike and Alex Faherty created their own label. Faherty clothing combines the comfort of surf gear and swimwear with the quality of luxury product—all within an eco-friendly ethos. We talked to Mike about the inspiration behind the brand and the clothes-making process.

Twins Alex and Mike Faherty.

Shopbop: How did you get your start in fashion design?
Mike Faherty: I’ve always loved fashion. My mom laughs all the time about how I started dressing her when I was a kid. She would come downstairs, and I’d tell her to go back upstairs to change if I didn’t like the outfit. My dad was a big clothes guy who always had his suits custom-made, so I learned to appreciate the art and feel of fine clothing from him. In high school, I enrolled in art classes and realized that fashion design blended my love of textiles, fabrics, and patterns, as well as the act of creating something with my hands. I actually wrote my college entrance essay on this brand. I went to Washington University in St. Louis, where I studied fashion design and played basketball for four years.

SB: What is it like working with your twin brother?
MF: It’s the best. It sounds cliché to say, but I couldn’t have done it without him. He’s my best friend, business partner, wise confidant, surf buddy, etc. He’s an Excel spreadsheet guru, which lets me mainly focus on design. We pull a lot of long nights and early mornings, and being able to have him by my side makes it a whole lot more fun.

SB: When did you first come up with the idea to start a beach lifestyle brand?
MF: In high school, our family moved from a small beach town in New Jersey, where we lived in board shorts, to New York City, where we were exposed to the world of fine clothing. We wanted to spend our days in laid-back clothes, but the commodity board shorts, rough tees, and boxy button-downs weren’t cutting it from a quality perspective. I also have four older sisters who were a big inspiration for me and had similar issues. When I couldn’t find a brand that fit my lifestyle and was also super high quality, I realized I would have to start my own.

The men's Saranac shirt makes the perfect swimsuit cover-up. 

SB: Many of Faherty’s swimsuits and surfwear are made from recycled materials. In what other ways does the brand maintain its focus on eco-friendly apparel?
MF: Having an eco-conscious ethos while designing premium clothing is really important to me. I’ve seen firsthand how wasteful the apparel world can be, so we’re trying to take a different route. Almost all of our cottons are organic, which prevents pesticides and toxins from entering our rivers. We use a lot of authentic natural dyes like true indigo, and our swimwear is made primarily from recycled fabric from repurposed plastic bottles. It’s an amazing process where we actually melt down plastic bottles into their original form and re-spin the yarn very finely. Producing our recycled fabric uses 90% less water and two-thirds less energy than new fabric. And most importantly, the fabric feels amazing.

SB: Which piece from your latest collection do you believe every woman should pack for her summer vacation?
MF: The Airline Day Pants, hands down. They have been some of our bestsellers. Women love them because they’re as comfy as sweatpants, but you can wear them anywhere—to the beach, out to dinner, after work, etc. They’re made with a featherweight cotton-linen blend so they have a nice, natural stretch, but are still tailored in a slim fit. 

SB: Which trunks or board shorts do you wear most often? What do you love about them?
MF: Oh man, that’s a tough call. I own a pair of each—not only because I like them all, but because I’m so behind on laundry. It’s actually an issue. I’m constantly being scolded by my team for grabbing inventory from the store like it’s my personal closet. I will say, though, the Chikura Print Board Shorts are probably my favorite. They’re inspired by a natural-dye Japanese textile I found that dates back to the 19th century.

Beach looks: the Saranac shirt (available on East Dane) and the Kiawanda silk top & shorts.

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Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

Gladiators & Ancient Greece: Talking Sandals with Christina Martini

Inspired by Greek mythology, shoe designer Christina Martini teamed up with Nikolas Minoglou to found Ancient Greek Sandals. Made using traditional techniques, the collection consists of feminine sandals with an edgy, yet wearable feel. We talked to Martini about her sources of inspiration and the craftsmanship behind the brand’s timeless designs.

The Thais Cross Strap Sandals.

Shopbop: What fascinates you most about Greek history and mythology?
Christina Martini: Ancient Greece offers an unlimited source of research and design ideas. For past collections, I have mostly explored ancient Greek art. Sculpture, pottery, architecture, and jewelry have been a great source of inspiration for me.

SB: How closely do Ancient Greek Sandals resemble original styles? In what ways are they modernized?
CM: We have a very large collection. Some original styles depict those on statues or frescos, while newer styles are more in line with our Ancient Greek concept. The sandals are modernized with new materials, such as haircalf and exotics, or through the introduction of bright colors and metallics. In addition, the whole construction is deliberately more feminine. Heavy soles and stitching on the insole are avoided, leaving the foot more bare and sexy and revealing the details of the sandal. Finally, for extra comfort, a small inner wedge has been added between the insole and sole, as well as an anti-slip heel piece in order to avoid accidents!

SB: Ancient Greek Sandals are made by craftsmen using centuries-old techniques. What is the shoemaking process?
CM: What characterizes a traditional Greek sandal is its construction. The fact that the leather is inserted through holes punched in the insole is what makes our sandals different from others. Another traditional characteristic is the vegetable-tanned leather which ages with light, time and wear.

I work very closely with our pattern-maker. When I send him a design, he makes a prototype without a sole in order for me to check the fitting and lines. As soon as corrections are made and the pattern is confirmed, the cutting knives of the upper are realized. The knives are placed on the vegetable tanned leather and hand pressed in order to cut the upper, then the leather is skived where needed and the pieces are assembled either by stitching or rivets, when absolutely necessary. In addition, the buckle, if relevant, is added.

In the meantime, holes are punched through the insole in order for the upper to be inserted. The sole with the anti-slip heel is glued together with the inside wedge and then the insole is placed. As a final procedure, the edges of the sole/insole are sanded down and waxed, and the sandal is cleaned and ready to go!

SB: Which sandals from the latest collection do you believe every woman needs this summer?
CM: There are so many, it is difficult to choose just one. Personally, I wear the Ismene style a lot. This braided sandal is perfect for day and night because of its metallic leather braid. I also love the Kiveli wedge sandal. The wedge gives a bit of a lift, and the height is really comfortable.

Finally, if comfort during everyday walks is the main objective, the Phoebe and the Lia are great. They hold the foot really well. As unequivocal proof, the dancers at the ceremony for the lighting of the Olympic torch performed wearing these two styles!

SB: What are your tips for styling Ancient Greek Sandals?
CM: Ancient Greek Sandals can be worn with anything, depending on your personal and unique style. They can be worn with a pair of denim shorts, long caftans and skirts, or even a wedding gown.

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Monday, April 21st 2014

Cool Collaboration: Behati Prinsloo for THVM

Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo teamed up with L.A. clothing label THVM (This Here Very Moment) for a 14-piece collection of punk-inspired jeans, tank tops, coats, and tees. We talked to Prinsloo about her personal style and the creative process behind the collaboration.

Behati in the Deep Sea Tee and Wash Skinny Jeans.

Shopbop: Describe the collection in six words or less.
Behati Prinsloo: Comfortable, easy, tomboy, classic, simple, everyday.

SB: What was the inspiration behind the collection?
BP: I wanted to create something true to myself and also true to the THVM brand. I carefully considered what it is that I look for when shopping and applied that to the design process. I was inspired by iconic pieces that are effortless and can be worn every day.

SB: What was your favorite part about working with THVM, and what did you learn in the process?
BP: My favorite part of the creative process was exchanging ideas with designers Brian and Olga. I learned the importance of communication. How you communicate your ideas and opinions is crucial for an accurate execution. Since we all had similar taste, it made the creative process easy and enjoyable! We were all in sync in our ideas and vision.


Behati in the Bat Tee and Stripe Zip Trousers.
SB: How would you describe your own aesthetic, and in what ways did your personal style influence your designs?
BP: I like timeless pieces that don’t require a lot of effort to style. I am big on a pair of jeans mixed with a fun and easy T-shirt. THVM has perfected this aesthetic by designing pieces that are simple, reliable, and fit perfectly.

SB: Which item from the collection will you wear most often? How will you style it?
BP: It's a small collection, so I love and wear every piece. At the moment, the high-waist black skinny jeans and the striped pants are my favorites. I wear them with a simple white T-shirt or the Deep Sea shirt. This collection is my baby. Each item easily blends into my everyday look.

SB: You’ve worked in the fashion industry since you were 16. What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve received?
BP: Always stay true to yourself, and treat everyone with respect and how you want to be treated. Also, always have fun with whatever you do. Don't take things too seriously. I'm so lucky to have gotten this far.

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Friday, April 4th 2014

Family Affair: Talking Shoes and Tradition with Pedro García

Pedro García shoes—best known for their comfort and sophisticated, edgy designs—have been around for three generations. After nearly a century, the brand’s signature aesthetic and consistent quality continue to offer fresh, contemporary collections each season. We spoke with Pedro García and Dale Dubovich about the brand’s evolution and the inspiration behind its experimental designs.

These Sofia Peep Toe Perf booties have an eclectic feel.

Shopbop: Since your grandfather founded Pedro García in 1925, what has changed most meaningfully about the brand, and what has remained the same?
Pedro García & Dale Dubovich: Pedro García is a family firm of shoemakers in the most traditional sense of the word. Although the brand now experiments with materials and techniques, and is considered a contemporary designer brand, it has regarded itself as a family shoemaker since 1925. Over three generations, each of the company’s directors has introduced changes, but the most obvious was the brand’s entrance onto the international stage, which took place when the current directorial team took charge in 1992. The third generation of Garcías has given the brand its design strength and consolidated its global identity. This has permitted the company to establish itself in Europe, North America and Asia.

Pedro Gracia sneakers with frayed seams.

SB: Signature attributes of Pedro García shoes include rough-hewn finishes, frayed satin, and Swarovski crystals. How does the label come up with its iconic designs?
PG & DD: Pedro García bases its design approach on experimentation—mainly with materials, but also with construction and silhouettes—so that it’s always trying to push the envelope, to go one step further. For example, in the case of satin, Pedro García takes a material that has traditionally been considered opulent, and applies a raw, even brutal, finish, creating frayed stain, which has quickly become a brand icon. This experimentation with high-quality materials—this experimental luxury—is the same modus operandi that led Pedro García to embellish flat sandals with Swarovski crystals.

A similar juxtaposition of starkly different materials and shoe designs can be found in the use of anatomic footbeds with high heels. Why can’t a high heel be as comfortable as a tourist sandal? In fact, Pedro García’s design approach is defined by the drive to experiment with luxury, to make it modern and comfortable.

Delia Platform Wedge sandals.

SB: What makes a Pedro García shoe special?
PG & DD: Without a doubt, Pedro García’s shoes stand out because of their design. The brand’s aesthetic is consistent, and this makes its designs highly recognizable. At the same time, they defy rigid categorization—from excess to clean lines, everything is valid, because anything is possible. What’s more, Pedro García always gives itself the challenge of making designs that are comfortable, and that is where those innovative, surprising, special features emerge—like anatomic footbeds on high heels, or raw-edge leathers that don’t require seams.

Ella Crystal Flat sandals with satin straps.

SB: All Pedro García products are proudly made in Spain. In what ways are your designs influenced by Spanish culture?
PG & DD: Pedro García is definitely associated with the concept of “Made in Spain,” but this does not mean that the brand’s designs are particularly “Spanish”—the brand’s look has been international from the start. If there is a cultural influence, it comes from the warm climate and the easy-going Mediterranean spirit of the area where the company is based: Alicante, in southeastern Spain. But the real connection with the “Made in Spain” concept comes from the fact that Pedro García’s shoes have always been made in Elda, the town where the label was founded. The company has made a binding commitment to ensure that 100% of its activity has a positive impact on the local economy.

SB: Which shoe from the collection do you believe every woman needs this spring?
PG & DD: It’s hard to pick out a single style, because there is no single “Pedro García woman.” However, it could be the Sheryl style, a snappy suede sandal with a leather cuff—modern with a capital M.

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Friday, April 4th 2014

Top Dogs: Getting to Know Our Furry Friends

Here at Shopbop, we love our pumps and our pets, which is why Wednesday's homepage lookbook features staffers’ dogs and our favorite trends in accessories. We talked to each of our furry friends about modeling, tummy rubs, and treats.

Norman models a Ware of the Dog raincoat.

Name: Norman
Owner: Vanessa
Breed: French bulldog, bien sûr!

Shopbop: What was your favorite part of the photo shoot?
Norman: I loved playing with the other dogs and sniffing around the set. I live in Astoria, Queens, so it was fun to go to Brooklyn (which is where I lived before I was adopted). But to be honest, I really don’t think modeling is for me. There was too much going on and too many strangers trying to tell me what to do.

SB: We love your raincoat! What is your favorite thing to wear?
Norman: Unlike my mom, I hate clothes. She makes me wear a coat when it’s cold and a raincoat when it’s raining, but as soon as she puts them on, I get embarrassed and start walking extremely slow. I don’t want the other dogs to see me like that.

Henry wears Karen Walker sunglasses as he awaits the treats in the bottom of the Clare V. bag.

Name: Henry
Owners: Lizzy & family
Breed: Corgi/sheltie mix

SB: What was your favorite part of the photo shoot?
Henry: Finding treats in the bottom of the mint green bag that I posed with.

SB: How did you and Ruby first become friends?
Henry: I met Ruby at the photo shoot. At first, she played hard-to-get, but after a while we got along great.

Ruby strikes a pose in Italia Independent sunglasses.

Name: Ruby
Owner: Darcy
Breed: Golden retriever/chow chow mix

SB: What was your favorite part of the photo shoot?
Ruby: Wearing the pink Supergas!

SB: How often do you update your leash wardrobe?
Ruby: It’s been three months since I got an update, but as soon as the neon leashes hit the site, that will change.

Max models Ray-Ban sunglasses and Rachel Zoe sneakers.

Name: Max
Owners: Chris & Elana
Breed: Cane corso/german shepherd mix

SB: What was your favorite part of the photo shoot?
Max: Meeting everyone’s furry friends!

SB: Which is better to chew: shoes or bags?
Max: Soccer balls.

Domo poses with hangbags by Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Minkoff, and Kate Spade (similar).

Name: Domo (after the cult mascot of Japan’s NHK)
Owner: John
Breed: Pug

SB: What was your favorite part of the photo shoot?
Domo: I loved meeting all the people who work at Shopbop and all the delicious treats they had for me.

SB: How are you handling your newfound fame?
Domo: It’s going well. I’ve been busy fielding a lot of offers for movie and TV deals. Alfonso Cuarón wants me to be in his next movie, “Pugs in Space,” but I haven’t decided if I’m going to take it yet.

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