September 1 2014

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21 posts tagged "Nate Lowman"

Two’s Company


“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.

Photo: Aaron Stern

A New Reformation Period  


The Lower East Side-based shop Reformation debuted an expanded store space on Ludlow Street this summer. Next week, Reformation will celebrate the launch of its Web site,, with host Zoë Kravitz. For the occasion, artists Nate Lowman, Hanna Liden, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Adam McEwen designed funky, limited-edition T-shirts to benefit Grow NYC. Reformation gave the artists total creative control of the shirt designs, simply asking them to create something that expressed the artists’ current state of mind. Here, has the exclusive first glimpse of the shirts before they go on sale on on October 26.

Photos: Leo Fitzpatrick

Leisure Time In L.A.


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 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

Photo: Erin Krause

Witchy Woman


The Lindsey Thornburg look is often described as “witchy,” and for good reason, given the designer’s taste for cloaks and crushed velvet. And for her first-ever fashion week presentation last night, which drew the likes of Nate Lowman and Aurel Schmidt, Thornburg took over a suitably gothic venue—the grottolike wine bar Bacaro—and tapped the talents of a rather chic coven. Thornburg’s pal Anna Sheffield (of Bing Bang) chipped in with the sterling silver, ruby, and black diamond jewelry; her friend Chase Cohl, of the burgeoning accessories line Littledoe, collaborated with her on a small range of brushed felt fedoras bedecked with raw crystals and feathers. The hats summed up the city-Wiccan vibe of the Fall ’11 collection, which saw Thornburg riffing on her signature Pendleton-fabric cloaks, turning them into blanket wool trenches and overcoats, and branching out into slouchy, casual suiting. “I feel like I’m at the point, now, where I can start to push the things I’m known for in new directions,” Thornburg explained. “The inspiration always comes from the same place, from nature, but there are endless ways to interpret that.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/

In The Studio With Nate Lowman


Hospital-room art, such as it is, tends to be of the “Hang in There” cute-kitty poster variety. And according to the New York-based nonprofit RxArt, there’s not too much that’s comforting about that. The organization’s stated mission is to place contemporary art in patient, procedure, and examination rooms to inspire patients and promote healing. Over the years, it’s developed a healthy roster of art-world friends, many of whom have donated to its annual benefit party and auction. James Franco, Terry Richardson, and Rob Pruitt are hosting this year’s event, which takes place this Monday, November 15 (tickets are still available here). As for the auction items, from the likes of Alex Katz, Ed Ruscha, Terence Koh, and Dan Colen, they’re on view at

Well, all except one, that is. Artist Nate Lowman is donating a piece to the auction (as well as taking on DJ duties for part of the evening), but he’s working down to the wire to get it completed in time. He’s offering, he told last night, one of his drop-cloth paintings, created from pieces of fabric that began life on his studio floor, where they become splattered as he paints standing above them. It’s a surprisingly ingenious process: He works on his projects—like the recent, de Kooning-inspired Marilyn series, details from which appear above—and what doesn’t end up on the canvas takes on a second life on the drop cloths. “[They] develop this whole crazy aesthetic history on their own,” he explained from his studio (pictured). “That body of work becomes recycled from whatever didn’t make it into the painting. They also have the dirt from the bottom of my shoe, and from being on the floor…Some of them have other things on them. Some of them have spilled whole paint cans crusted on them.”

“I work on them for a short period of time or a long period of time—at a certain point I look down at them and go, that’s cool, and put them aside,” he continued. “Then maybe I take part of them and crop them and stretch them as a canvas. It happens really naturally. It’s not like I’m making two paintings at once. I do it really unselfconsciously. The editing process comes in—I wouldn’t say arbitrarily, but serendipitously.”

Serendipity in action—yours on the auction block.

Photos: Nate Lowman