September 2 2014

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LTHR Lover


BLK DNM may be known for, well, its denim. But over the past three years, Johan Lindeberg has built up a finely tuned collection of duds tailored to the downtown set. Vampy bohemian skirts, effortless T-shirts, smart blazers, and laid-back blouses have all become favorites. However, his leather jackets are a particular highlight. “They’re a very important part of our DNA,” said Lindeberg. Enter BLK DNM’s latest endeavor: Leather Project X. “X means collaboration,” explained the designer when asked about the name. With whom, you might wonder, is he collaborating? His customers. Today, Lindeberg launches a permanent custom leather-jacket station at his downtown New York flagship, where shoppers will be able to pick from a kaleidoscopic array of styles, leathers, and trims. For instance, you could finish a cropped silver-foiled lambskin biker with a shearling collar, top off a navy shorthair sheepskin pilot jacket with an electric blue croc-embossed back, embellish a reflective green lambskin look with purple goat hair…you get the idea.

Aside from the fact that they’re some of BLK DNM’s hottest-selling items, Lindeberg has a personal connection with leather toppers that stems from his childhood. “I bought my first leather jacket in Copenhagen when I was thirteen. It was a brown pilot style. And I actually shortened it myself after I brought it home,” he recalled.

The jackets—two versions of which debut above in Lindeberg-lensed images of model and The Wolverine star Rila Fukushima—are all made here in New York and range between $2,500 and $3,000. The project will roll out at BLK DNM’s international boutiques this month, and Lindeberg plans to launch an online version, as well as an iPhone app, later this year.

BLK DNM is located at 237 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012.

Photo: Johan Lindeberg

Meet The Muse: Rila Fukushima


Girl-about-town Natalie Joos spends her days casting for shows like ADAM and Yigal Azrouël and editorials for the likes of Mario Sorrenti and Mariano Vivanco, but her passion is vintage clothing. Joos’ blog, Tales of Endearment spotlights her “Muses,” impeccably styled girls and guys who share her secondhand obsession. In a new partnership with, Tales of Endearment’s subjects discuss their shoots right here on Style File.

“I have a weakness for buttons,” Japanese model Rila Fukushima, Joos’ muse of the week, tells “I’m always collecting ornate and nicely decorated ones.” Buttons aren’t her only weakness—Fukushima, who has appeared in everything from Dolce & Gabbana ad campaigns to Lenny Kravitz’s “We Are Running” music video, admits she also has a penchant for Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent. After a stint living in New York, she’s back at home with her family in Tokyo, where she’s still modeling, working on an acting career, and blogging. While she works toward achieving her ultimate goal—landing the cover of Japanese Vogue—she’s hoping to spending some time traveling. “I’d like to travel and see more corners of the world,” she says. “Traveling for modeling has been great, but I never really have much time to live the tourist life while in all the different cities.” Here, she tells how her modeling career began and what’s coming up next.

How did you make your modeling dreams a reality?
I actually wanted to become a model agent, and went into what ended up becoming my first agency for a job interview. They ended up suggesting I model instead. I guess I sort of fell into it.

What are you focused on these days?
I’m currently focusing on several different things—acting, I am still modeling, and I am also spending a lot of time blogging. There’s a few other projects I’m involved in, but I can’t really elaborate on them just yet. Continue Reading “Meet The Muse: Rila Fukushima” »