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August 1 2014

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Kate and Laura Mulleavy Miss Their Record Collection

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Last month, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy became the first Americans ever to win the coveted Stella Award given out by the Swiss Textiles association. As well as floating a cool €100,000 the Mulleavys’ way, the award served to confirm what many fashion followers already knew about the sisters’ line: Rodarte is sui generis. Of course, they still live in their parents’ house in Pasadena. It may be a long way, both geographically and psychologically, from New York, but on a good day it’s a 20-minute drive from downtown L.A., a place where much of the brass-tacks work of fashion gets done; the Rodarte studio in Los Angeles is a hop-skip from the showrooms of the Cooper Building and the many factories where jeans are made. It’s a curious thing to discover Laura and Kate Mulleavy amid of all that commerce, cooling their heels at side-by-side desks and humming along to the theme song from Peanuts. But that was exactly the scene on the day Style.com stopped by for a studio visit. Here, they talk to us about pirate ships, misfits, and records playing in their heads.

I have to ask: The theme song from Peanuts?

Kate Mulleavy: This is the secret to L.A.; you listen to music from Peanuts. We realized it last night, driving—it was late, and the Peanuts theme was playing, and it’s like the whole city was transformed.

Laura Mulleavy: We passed a pirate ship. That was magical.

A pirate ship? Never mind—I’m not even going to ask.

LM: Yeah, it was weird.

Consolations of Peanuts and pirate ships aside, what keeps you in Southern California? You’re probably the only L.A.-based designers who could thrive in Paris, and on the other hand, the fashion community in New York would freak out with excitement if you decided to relocate.

KM: I think we’ve been really lucky in that we’re allowed to be a part of the New York fashion community, but because we’re based here, we also get to have our community in L.A. This is kind of a city of misfits, which I like. Once you get outside the whole Hollywood thing…

LM: You find these other scenes popping up on the side. L.A. has a very close-knit art scene, for instance. Everyone flocks together.

KM: And anyway, we have such a strong connection to California. We grew up here, we both went to Berkeley, and honestly, we really like Pasadena. Continue Reading “Kate and Laura Mulleavy Miss Their Record Collection” »