25 posts tagged "Chrissie Miller"
“I didn’t think I’d ever have a store,” Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller says. “I thought, crazy people shop and I didn’t want to be involved in that. But I did it in L.A. and I loved it—that lifestyle, being there and talking to people about the clothes. As soon as I got back, it’s all I was thinking about.” So when a small shop space opened on Ludlow Street, Miller (above right) and friend and fellow designer Lindsey Thornburg (above left) pounced. Just one month after signing on the space, their new collaborative store, 143 (named after the building number, though Miller notes it’s also pager code for “I love you”), the first permanent retail space for either designer, is set to open this Friday.
143 will be divided between the Sophomore collection, which Miller designs with Madeleine von Froomer, and Thornburg’s cape-heavy namesake collection. (Both designers have also moved their studios to the building as well.) But it will also feature new and vintage pieces from a network of friends and the likeminded, including clothes, books, art, and jewelry. “The neighborhood is super vintage-heavy; I think people go [here] looking for vintage,” Miller says. “So I found the best vintage dealers I could, rather than go to New Jersey and try to buy a bunch of stuff myself.” She’s been following the Texas-based dealers Sisters of the Black Moon on eBay for years, for example, and L.A.’s Filthmart, at whose now-shuttered New York store she worked years ago, is supplying vintage menswear.
Shen Beauty will curate an assortment of beauty products, and Miller’s boyfriend, actor and artist Leo Fitzpatrick, will organize art and art books from the likes of Nate Lowman, Bruce Weber, Richard Kern, and Cass Bird. “Leo is obsessed with art books, and we don’t like keeping them in the house after we’re done with them,” Miller says. Retail, the broom of the system! By the same token, shoppers can expect to find Sophomore and Thornburg samples and one-offs on the racks.
143 opens Friday, November 18, at 143 Ludlow St., NYC.
When Chrissie Miller (the founder of Sophomore) and Erin Krause (the director of artist Donald Baechler’s studio) decided to intertwine their fashion and art backgrounds, the result was bound to be a good one.
“We both have so many friends doing the same thing as us, and I have always thought we should all come together and do something,” Miller tells Style.com. She and Krause rallied their impressive group of buddies—including Richard Prince, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Terry Richardson, Tara Subkoff, Rogan Gregory, and Charlotte Ronson—to contribute to their new creative concept shop, Arts + Leisure, set to bow in Los Angeles this week at Space 15 Twenty.
The pop-up shop is their attempt to bring a dose of New York cool to L.A. “There was a show in New York a few months ago, Greater L.A., and it made me sort of realize that there was a lot going on in L.A. that New York didn’t really know about,” says Krause, a ten-year veteran of the New York art scene. “And now I’ve sort of realized that that goes both ways,” she adds. She has pulled in the cream of the crop to show off New York’s artistic talents, with over 60 different contributors. Many of the artists created pieces specifically for the store, such as Olaf Breuning, who made “an unlimited-edition floor lamp made of paint buckets,” and Dan Colen and Nate Lowman, who collaborated on signed posters for the project. For her end, Miller brought in clothes from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Vena Cava, and Daryl K. Although the shop is only scheduled to be open through August 28, the two are thinking of taking their concept global in the near future.
“I have this idea that we would do it in another city—Paris would be great,” Miller says. “I feel so grateful that all these people have been so cool that it’s scary to think I have to ask them for a favor again.”
Arts + Leisure, August 5 through 28, at Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A. For more information, visit http://arts-leisure.com/.
For many style-world types on the periphery of the interior design world, Rafael de Cárdenas’ opening on Friday night, part of the season’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair schedule, was the first and last ICFF stop. But that’s fitting: De Cárdenas himself toes the line between fashion and design. After studying fashion at RISD and taking a job at Calvin Klein, de Cárdenas quickly figured out that the typical fashion path wasn’t for him. After a second degree in architecture, he branched out into interiors and industrial design—all the while keeping the style world well within his sights. Recent projects include Unknown Union, the Cape Town, South Africa boutique run by the owners of New York’s now-shuttered Bblessing; the OHWOW Gallery in Miami; and the homes of Jess Stam and Parker Posey.
On Friday, he showed his first collection of furniture, an angular, cheerily painted geometric range indebted, he said, to the work of Bruce Goff and Frank Lloyd Wright. (“Actually, this table is called the Wright Table because it’s so similar to [one by] Frank Lloyd Wright,” de Cárdenas admitted. “We called it [that] to get it out of the way.”) Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon (above, with de Cárdenas) and Olivia Kim, Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean, Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller, and artists Aaron Bondaroff and Aurel Schmidt were a few of the many who spilled onto Greenwich Street to sip beers and check out what the designer called a “joyful” collection. The wooden tables, benches, and desks were decorated with pops of metallic gold, painted ombré, or striped with brilliant color. They’re definitely not made to blend in. So where, one had to wonder, would they fit in—say, chez Stam or chez Posey? “That’s the great thing about these,” de Cárdenas said. “I don’t have to worry about what spaces they live in. That’s not my job today, that’s my job every other day. Today my job is to put it anywhere.”