August 20 2014

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On Our Radar: Dasha Zhukova for Illesteva


“It’s always fun to work with friends,” said Illesteva’s Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske. The CFDA-nominated designers’ affinity for creative camaraderie has led them to team up with magazine maven, purveyor of cool, and new mother Dasha Zhukova for a second round of collaborative, limited-edition sunglasses. “I’ve been a fan of what Jus Ske and Daniel are doing with Illesteva for a long time now,” said the Garage editor. “To be able to creatively collaborate with them on a project has been an amazing experience.” Priced at $300, the acetate shades—handcrafted en France—come in baby pink or sky blue and are available now at The Webster, Colette, and on Illesteva’s Web site.

Photo: Courtesy of Illesteva

Claire’s Here


Eyewear label Illesteva has garnered a strong following of devoted fans (Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Alexa Chung among them) of its handmade, unisex frames since the New York-based label launched in 2009. Recently, the duo behind the sunnies, Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske, decided to make something especially for their lady clientele—introducing Illesteva’s first-ever female-specific frames. To kick things off, they focused on the cat-eye frame, available in four colorways, including tortoise and cream. “They fit in great with the Spring collection, and we always wanted to add a cat-eye frame; it just took a few seasons to design the right one,” the designers tell We have the first look at the Claire ($220), above. The full range is now available on

Photo: Courtesy of Illesteva

Illesteva’s Postcard From Moscow


Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske, the duo behind Illesteva eyewear, moonlight as DJs and dudes-about-town. They recently hit Moscow to spin at a summer party for former Pop editrix and current gallery doyenne Dasha Zhukova and check out her Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. Below, the duo sends back a few snaps from their travels.

We arrived in Moscow on Sunday afternoon. After checking in at our hotel, we went to say hello to our friends at Moscow’s leading boutique, Le Form, which introduced Russia to brands such as Margiela, Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, and many more. We also checked out the new James Turrell exhibition at Dasha’s Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. It’s a truly amazing show and a must-see if you’re in Moscow. The entire art scene is really booming in the city right now. Later, our driver took us to Strelka on the river, which is Moscow’s best restaurant to watch the sunset—which, during the summer, happens at around 11 p.m. Our friends Anja, Anna, and Natalia were all in town for a shoot, so they joined us for dinner and drinks.

The next day, Jus Ske deejayed Dasha’s party at an estate in the suburbs of Moscow. She got what felt like the whole of Moscow there—including Olya Thompson, Vika Gazinskaya, Sanam Salek, Hunter Soik, and Natasha Goldenberg. The party went until 4 a.m.—and after that, why bother going to sleep? We went instead with our friends Hunter and Karolina to watch the sun rise in the Red Square.

The James Turrell exhibition at the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture.

Dasha Zhukova, Olya Thompson, and Vika Gazinskaya in Moscow.

The Kremlin by night.

Photos: Jus Ske and Daniel Silberman

From Public School To The Fashion Trenches


For a girl not even finished with college—she’s got a semester left at Columbia—Lily Kwong has a pretty fair number of achievements already under her belt. She’s worked at the studio of her cousin, Joseph Altuzarra; in magazines, at GQ; kept an enviably packed social calendar; and modeled on the runways. But if that weren’t all enough, there’s her latest project, working with public school kids with the nonprofit JAM (Jamboree for Arts and Music). Produced by Nuvana—a gaming development company that has produced educational games for Nickelodeon and PBS—JAM creates arts-centric assignments for students (everything from creating a piece of public art to visiting a local museum exhibition and reinterpreting a piece), which can then be shared via its own social network. Partnering with local institutions during the pilot run, JAM sent kids to sites like the Bronx Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the New Museum in New York, and SFMoMA and the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Over the weekend, the highest-achieving participants in the program were invited to the first JAM Lab, a day-long workshop focused on producing a photo shoot, taking its cues from a world Kwong knows well: fashion editorial. Mentors like Garance Doré, Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock, Shipley & Halmos’ Sam Shipley, model Claudia Mason, and performance artist Ryan McNamara stopped by to offer their advice on shooting, styling, and posing. “With arts and music programs dwindling in public schools, we need [JAM] more than ever now,” Kwong said by phone yesterday. “You could really feel that at the JAM Lab event—these kids were so hungry to express themselves and create something. They’re just so inspired by seeing people who make art for a living.”

Drawing in the experts turned out to be easy. “When I asked them, everyone right away said of course,” Kwong said. “Everyone has a story about their first teacher who made an impact on them, or the first time they realized their creative potential. I think everyone walked away feeling really excited to be a part of it.” The amateurs turned out to have plenty to offer their advisers, too. “Fashion has a particular logic and the kids turned it on its head. The kids thought about things we hadn’t thought about, were using props in ways we weren’t expecting, framing things in interesting ways. I think a lot of our mentors walked away with good ideas for upcoming shoots and projects.”

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Photos: Olivia Barad

Combination Pizza Hut… Sunglass Shop?


L.A. is the land of lunch trucks—and today, it got one more. “They sell food from trucks, so why not sell sunglasses too?” asks Daniel Silberman, co-founder, with Jus Ske, of the up-and-coming eyewear brand Illesteva. Today, the brand (which has lent its wares to several fashion shows, like Loden Dager, and is working on an upcoming collaboration with Rogan) set up shop in a pizza truck parked outside of Opening Ceremony’s Los Angeles store, where they are serving up their Brando-esque frames along with Valentino’s Pizza until 7 p.m. tonight. The special toppings include unreleased color ways, such as Cream Horn, and new finishes, like sanded matte. Unfortunately, delivery is not an option.

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony