26 posts tagged "Julie Gilhart"
“It has nothing to do with drugs or money,” insisted Argentina-born Tin Ojeda, the designer behind Drug Money Art, as he organized a rolling rack of his colorful, handmade T-shirts in a NYC studio. “I just spray painted ‘Drug Money Art’ on a surfboard for fun one day and then took it to the beach—people were tripping on it.”
The Montauk-based surfer-turned-designer came to fashion serendipitously. Ojeda’s friends raved about his accidentally paint-splashed T-shirts (“Classic artist with paint all over him, I know”), and then, after a day of surfing two years ago, a woman on the beach stopped him to offer her compliments, too. That woman was Julie Gilhart, then the fashion director of Barneys New York, and she wanted to find out where he had bought it. “I told her I made it,” Ojeda told Style.com, at an appointment to preview his new collection this week. “It was an old one, with holes and a worn neck, but she loved it and wanted to order them for Barneys.” Today, D/M Art’s hang-loose unisex shirts, featuring funky screen prints with phrases like “Beauty Is Boring” or yogis on surfboards, are sold in Barneys stores around the country and worldwide in major cities including London, Berlin, and Toronto.
Now, word is spreading far and wide. Fellow Montauker Cynthia Rowley is planning an event with Ojeda for this summer, where she hopes to release his hand-printed “limited-collection books of nonsense photographs and words” along with the debut of his summer collection. And rumor has it Reese Witherspoon’s a fan, too—she’s reportedly wearing one of Ojeda’s shirts in an upcoming movie.
Drug Money Art tees, $80 to $85, available at Barneys stores nationwide; for more information, visit www.drugmoneyart.com.
Just in case you didn’t notice, the temperatures are dropping. Richard Chai, for his part, did. His new temporary pop-up shop, at the west Chelsea space under the High Line that played host to Waris Ahluwalia’s recent installation, is designed to be a glacial, Styrofoam-carved ice cave. For his first standalone store—albeit a temporary one—Chai was after the shock of the new. “I didn’t want a straightforward retail space,” he explained at the opening bash on Friday night, co-hosted by The Last Magazine. Mission accomplished.
Designed in collaboration with the architecture firm Snarkitecture, the space will sell Chai’s men’s and women’s collections until October 31. On Friday, Emily Haines and her band Metric toasted the chilly space with a short set (and a Strokes cover) that had Julie Gilhart, Jamie Johnson, and Last‘s Magnus Berger smiling. “I love and live for Metric—I’m a super big fan!” Chai explained, as the crowd headed for the after-party at Le Bain. Makes sense, that—after the ice, the poolside thaw.
The Richard Chai pop-up installation is located at 504 W. 24th Street, NYC.
When Barneys New York founded its Co-Op levels and stores in 1985, they were, as Style.com editor in chief Dirk Standen put it to the store’s Julie Gilhart, “in the vanguard of the mix-and-match approach.” “We never thought of Co-Op as a place where you find secondary collections,” Gilhart demurred. “It’s a place where you find something different.” Different as in not seen before (but almost always seen after) in other stores—and different, according to many designers whose careers Co-Op has nurtured, as in making all the difference to the fledgling businesses. “We are so happy the Co-Op exists to expose small brands,” Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai said recently. They’re not so small anymore. Phillip Lim agrees. Co-Op, he enthuses, “is like the A&R people of the fashion industry: They are the first to discover and support young talent.” That young talent is giving back for its 25th anniversary, offering exclusive products in stores and online. They include (left to right) a soft cowl-neck dress from Wayne, a cloud-print shirt dress from Vena Cava, and a fur-hood anorak from Theory that’s perfect for the cold weather soon to come.