With as much time as our staffers spend living and breathing fashion, it shouldn’t be surprising that favorite brands start to rise to the top of our individual must-have lists. In this feature, we’re talking about those favorite designers and how they fit into our personal style. This month: Vanessa, who loves 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Name: Vanessa Algotsson
Position: Fashion Copywriter
Brand: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Why you love the brand in 6 words or less.
Perfectly balanced edge and sophistication.
What’s your favorite piece from the brand right now?
I just got the Ryder Satchel. I knew it would be perfect for work—it’s just the right size for magazines! I’m also loving the way 3.1 Phillip Lim is mixing different materials like neoprene, wool, and leather for fall.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m half Swedish, and I feel like I really defined my look while I lived there, identifying with the whole Scandinavian minimalism thing. I tend to go for comfortable and simple pieces, and make bigger statements with standout shoes, bags, and coats.
Do you have a style icon?
I look to Swedish fashion insiders like Elin Kling and Columbine Smille for inspiration. I’m also pretty obsessed with Emmanuelle Alt and Diane Kruger.
If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what pieces would it consist of?
Easy! A loose top, slim-fitting grey jeans, ankle boots, leather jacket, black sunnies, and a big black bag. No jewelry, other than a simple necklace. Bonus info: super-simple makeup. Black liquid liner, mascara, and NARS lipstick in Heat Wave, Schiap, or Barbarella. Oh, and an orangey-red nail polish.
What is your earliest fashion-related memory?
My parents and I went to London for New Year’s Eve when I was 10. My mother took me to the children’s department of Harrods, where I picked out a pair of black leather monk-strap shoes. I felt so fancy!