Tuesday, October 21st 2014

Interview with Gillian & Laura, Designers of For Love & Lemons

Laura Hall and Gillian Mahin, designers of For Love & Lemons.

Designers Gillian Mahin and Laura Hall draw their inspiration from a little bit of everywhere, but their fall collection takes them back to their roots: Jackson Hole, WY. With lots of lace, the duo’s brand For Love & Lemons specializes in romantic, yet edgy silhouettes just begging to be worn. Shopbop got a chance to talk shop with Gillian and Laura about what’s next for the brand.

SHOPBOP: Your fall line is gorgeous. How did you settle on the direction for this one?
GILLIAN & LAURA: Thank you! Well, settling on the direction was easy for this one. We are both from Jackson Hole, WY, and have always wanted to design a collection based on our roots to show people where For Love & Lemons all started! Fall is the perfect time for this collection because Jackson is very rustic and all country. We had a lot of fun playing with vintage prints that have paisley, washed-out flowers, and little cowboys on them. We also used heavier fabrics like corduroy and faux suede. This collection was so important to us because we wanted people to see how much growing up in a small country town really shaped us as designers and our brand as a whole.

SB: All the shows for spring just ended, but we’re guessing you’re already looking ahead. What can we expect to see next?
G & L: Spring is our favorite collection to design for. It's around the time that everyone has cabin fever and is completely over wearing too many layers of dark colors. So we really go wild with spring! You can expect to see a lot of bright vintage-looking prints, sheer layers of burnout chiffon, lacy pastel crop-top and skirt sets, and some pretty incredible engineered embroidery. Everything is bold, airy, and will leave you craving a tropical getaway.

The For Love & Lemons studio space in L.A.

SB: What is the best part about working with your best friend?
G & L: We laugh A LOT. Even when things are stressful, we always find a way to make light of it and reminisce on things that we overcame that were much more difficult. And we always have each other’s backs! We know that we are in it together and no one is trying to outdo the other. And lastly, we get to go on "business trips" together everywhere, which can feel like mini vacations when you are with your best friend.  

SB: When you’re your own boss, it can be hard to strike a balance between work and play. How do you ladies do it?
G & L: We know that when we are at work, we work, because no one else is going to do it for us! And as soon as the day is over, we go across the street and get a glass of wine and go into BFF mode again. But if one of us is having a bad day at work, we know how important it is to put things aside for a bit and go have a little fun. We have found a good balance through trial and error.

From the For Love & Lemons collection: Eternal Love dress, Grace Mini dress, and Potpourri dress.

SB: What office styling advice do you have for someone who wants to be stylish, but still has a dress code?
G & L: Well it all depends on the dress code, but there is a way to have fun with it. We believe you should always keep it professional and sleek: you want to look like a boss lady who knows what she is doing. But if you have to wear suits and pumps, play around with a nice-fitting pantsuit, something high-waisted that shows off your figure—we are really into that trend right now. Add some feminine accessories to it. Or switch up your basic blouse and throw on a pretty print or lace, something to show your own personal taste. The key is to always be able to pull one piece from your closet that you adore without overdoing it! 

SB: Just for fun: favorite restaurant in L.A.?
G & L: It's hard to pick one, so here are our top three: Sugarfish, Bestia, and Pace.

SB: Describe your personal style, in three words or less.
G: ’90s, minimalist, lacy.
L: Simple, slinky, sheer.

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Tuesday, October 21st 2014

The Daily Find: White + Warren Scarf

We know you’re obsessively checking What’s New every day. We’re right there with you, picking a new favorite every morning with The Daily Find.

The Find: White + Warren Cashmere Triangle Scarf

This scarf should be hanging in your closet because the soft cashmere and on-trend fringe craft the look of the season.

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Monday, October 20th 2014

The Daily Find: Lover Mini Dress

We know you’re obsessively checking What’s New every day. We’re right there with you, picking a new favorite every morning with The Daily Find.

The Find: Lover Vee Vee Mini Dress

This dress should be hanging in your closet because lace panels lend romatic flair to a classic LBD.

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Friday, October 17th 2014

Style Steal: Ryder Skirt

Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.

The Steal: Ryder Skirt

The Price: $187.00 (USD)

Why it’s worth it: Quilted flannel gives a classic miniskirt a relaxed aesthetic.

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Thursday, October 16th 2014

The Daily Find: Jamison Sweater

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The Find: Jamison Turtleneck Sweater

This sweater should be hanging in your closet because the boxy silhouette and fringe give the soft knit a relaxed, bohemian vibe.

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Wednesday, October 15th 2014

The Daily Find: Jocelyn Scarf

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The Find: Jocelyn Diagonal Colorblock Fur Infinity Scarf

This scarf should be hanging in your closet because soft fur and unique colorblocking create the perfect statement piece.

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Tuesday, October 14th 2014

Interview with Alissa Benishai, Designer of Phat Buddha Yogawear

Alissa Benishai, designer of Phat Buddha yogawear.

A dressing-room mishap led designer Alissa Benishai to create Phat Buddha, a line of activewear that includes the popular glitter workout capris. Taking what could have been just an embarrassing moment, Alissa turned the experience into a brand that fuses design and function, perfect for the studio or on the go. We chatted with Alissa about how Phat Buddha came to be. 

SHOPBOP: Tell us about how Phat Buddha got its start.
ALISSA BENISHAI: Upon completing my Bikram Yoga training in Hawaii, I returned to NYC as my thinnest self ever. Excited to begin my training as an instructor, I needed a new wardrobe to go with my new svelte status! It was this shopping debacle that launched Phat Buddha. You see, when I attempted to remove a size small top that I was trying on at a retail store, I got stuck in the garment! Taking matters into my own hands, I tapped into the expertise of those who had already built greatness, including real estate mogul Jack Guttman, and my mom, a fashion genius. Phat Buddha was born, a one-size-fits most, seamless, fashion-forward luxury brand, with affordable pricing.

SB: Describe your personal style in three words or less.
AB: Homeless chic.

SB: What is the most rewarding part of your day?
AB: Giving back. My mentors, including fashion tycoon Elie Tahari, have taught me that to achieve fulfillment, one must give back what was so freely given to them. I wake up every day loving what I do because I know, in the end, it is ultimately helping people. I always find time to mentor young entrepreneurs and do charity work because it makes me feel grateful for what I have. I struggled along the way, and there have been those who have helped me become what I am today. I couldn't be more grateful, and the only way to repay them is to help those in need.

Shopbop Exclusives: Phat Buddha Jane Glitter Workout Capris and the Phat Buddha Lafayette Tank.

SB: When you’re your own boss, it can be hard to strike a balance between work and play. How do you do it?
AB: Well, I've already played. I grew up in NYC and enjoyed that part of my life already. Today, I thrive on surrounding myself with family, good friends, and the knowledge that my "day of rest" comes at the end of each week. I do enjoy music and singing, which engage my creativity.

SB: If you could design anything other than yoga wear, what would it be and why?
AB: I would not design anything else. Phat Buddha is an extension of me.

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Tuesday, October 14th 2014

The Daily Find: Paige Denim Skinny Jeans

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The Find: Paige Denim Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans

These jeans should be in your closet because light fading and sparkling accents make them a pair to reach for again and again. 

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Monday, October 13th 2014

The Daily Find: Hunter Boots Hunting Coat

We know you’re obsessively checking What’s New every day. We’re right there with you, picking a new favorite every morning with The Daily Find.

The Find: Hunter Boots Original Hunting Coat

This coat should be in your closet because the bright pop of color is a modern take on a rustic favorite.

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Friday, October 10th 2014

Style Steal: Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen Sweatshirt

Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.

The Steal: Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen Sweatshirt

The Price: $127.00 (USD)

Why it’s worth it: An eye-catching pattern and zipper detailing create a modern take on an old favorite.

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