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A Creator’s Portrait with Leilani Bishop
of LEILANI BISHOP FRAGRANCE OILS
Leilani is one of those women who, upon meeting, you can’t help but be completely enamored. I mean, first, there’s her natural tropical beauty. A native Hawaiian, she moved to New York to model in her teens. But beyond the gorgeous looks, there’s this amazing warmth and glow about her– this is a woman who seems to have things figured out. When I was introduced to her and her (equally beautiful) family last summer outside of Bob Melet’s annual vintage yardsale in Montauk, I was immediately sold. When I found out she was also the creator of a new line of delicate fragrance oils using Hawaiian floral scents, it made perfect sense. The next time I saw Leilani, at a small gathering in the garden at the Crow’s Nest, she was wearing the coolest vintage dress, a worn embroidered piece from Central America inherited from mother (she divulged the details in our interview below). Her face bare of makeup except for a bold red lip, she was the sweetest vintage vision. As the ultra-fan of the strong woman entrepreneur, especially those with exquisite vintage taste, I had know more. Ever so gracious, Leilani was forthcoming about the inspiration and lifestyle that she has cultivated personally and in the LB brand.
Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration comes to me 80% in nature, especially on a beach walk and traveling. The other 20% comes from friends, magazines and current events.
How often do you get back to Hawaii? Your favorite part about going back?
I get back about once a year. I’d really love to spend more time there. My favorite things are getting in the ocean, going barefoot, eating fruit and hanging with friends– I can’t pick just one!
Is there a place you go in New York that reminds you of home?
Where I live out in Amagansett reminds me of home simply because there are a lot of similarities when it comes to living near the ocean such as fishing, surfing, boating.
Your favorite flower?
I will never choose! It used to be Plumeria hands down, but now I have too many favorites!
What LB scent do you wear most?
I go through phases withall of them starting with Pikake. I‘ve been told others have had this same experience.
You often talk about the ritualistic nature of applying scents. Are there any other health and beauty rituals you practice?
I would say that my rituals are mostly life habits such as laugh as much as possible, get in the water often, sweat a couple times a week, and talk to kids– they have the best things to say. Beauty wise– drink lots of water, create sacred moments, wash and moisturize your face daily.
How does music play into your family life?
Music is a big part of our lives. Our son loves to sing and dance, my husband collects records and plays for friends often. Music is always on in the house– it enhances life!
What is your style philosophy?
Stay true to yourself, dress according to mood, take risks, enjoy a trend or two to get you out of your normal dress habits.
Do you have a favorite vintage piece you love?
I have a Guatemalan dress my mother wore when she was a young mom in her 20s on Maui. It is has so much history in the fabric and is one of the coolest pieces of clothing I own– timeless.
Leilani Bishop fragrance oils are available on the Leilani Bishop website, The Reformation in New York and LA, Fred Segal in LA and Melet Mercentile in Montauk. For a a full list of boutiques, click here.
Shop Leilani’s vintage picks on Wiseling
Dear New York City dwellers and admirers of vintage,
Just a quick tip that the Manhattan Vintage Clothing show is running now. If you’re anything like me and enjoy the thrill of the search, rare Lanvin and Chanel, Vietnamese denim, and luxurious screen-printed silk scarves, this show is a must.
No need to thank me. See you there tomorrow!
The Manhattan Vintage Show runs February 1-2 at the Metropolitan Pavillion at 125 West 18th Street
Street Style: Our favorite street style photographer Lord Ashbury snaps Becca of FashionSheSays in the streets of New York.
Via Lord Ashbury.
Sydney Wayser was looking for an escape from the drudgery of a dreary New York winter and found it in a fictional land. Her new album, Bell Choir Coast, is the result of her journey to this whimsical place in her imagination. A grown-up departure for the French-American singer/songwriter, who split time growing up in Paris and L.A., Sydney has reconciled a childhood spent in two places by creating a world of her own. When first beginning Bell Choir Coast, listeners are immediately transported to Sydney’s fictional coast, but by the end of the album, they inevitably end up in a world of their own, be it sun-soaked beaches or snow-capped mountains. Uplifting and also introspective, Sydney’s music is just what we need to get through what promises to be another wet, gray winter. Here, the singer that has rocketed to the top of our “Most Played” list answers some of our questions.
Did you always know that you wanted to make music?
Yeah! Writing came naturally and I never had any questions as to whether or not I would play music, it was more a question of when I could get out in the world and start making it professionally.
Which musicians have had the biggest influence on you?
Rufus Wainwright, John Lennon, Feist, Damien Rice, Arcade Fire, Fiona Apple, Joni Mitchell, Serge Gainsbourg, Beck… I guess I’d have to throw a little Tina Turner in there somewhere too. I’ll never forget the late night dance sessions I had as a kid. “What’s Love Got to Do With it?” 80’s Classic!
What do you want people to take away from listening to your songs?
My most recent record, Bell Choir Coast, was written about creating my ideal world. I felt stuck in New York and needed a place to escape to. When people listen to the record, I hope they picture themselves floating in the middle of the ocean, or huddled around a fire with their tribe, or kindred spirits.
Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration comes in all forms. For Bell Choir Coast specifically, it came from the cities, stories, paintings, authors, films, and countries I love the most.
Do you have any exciting plans for the holidays?
I’m actually moving across the country! I’m packing up my van with all my instruments, boxes, books, my whole life basically, and driving it to LA. The plan is to spend New Year’s Eve in Joshua Tree and coast into sunny LA on the first of January.
What is your favorite vintage era?
The 1920s probably, although I am a sucker for Victorian furniture. Mix a little mid century modern in there and a few hats from the 70s, and I’d be set.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Not sure I have just one, but Paris, the Greek Islands, and Los Angeles would definitely make the cut.
Jacqueline Rousseau’s story reads like the script for a movie. Midwestern born and raised, she made her way out of Indiana to study at the London College of Fashion and has interned and assisted at Diane von Furstenberg, Roksanda Illincic, and Burberry Prorsum. Now, she lives and works on her locally sourced line of ready-to-wear women’s clothing in New York City, where her youthful, graphic designs caught our eye. Here, Jacqueline tells us about her inspiration, experience, and the holidays.
What sparked your fascination with fashion?
For as long as I can remember I have always been interested in color and texture. I was obsessed with Barbie dolls and that led to me drawing ideas of dresses.
When did you know that you wanted to be a designer?
I knew from a fairly young age, 9 or 10. I was always sketching and thinking about fashion, and always interested in what people were wearing. I had an especially stylish second grade teacher and I would look forward to her outfits everyday!
How did going to design school in London influence your aesthetic?
Going to design school in London took me completely out of my comfort zone and allowed me to challenge myself more. The fashion in London is always innovative and exciting, people really express themselves through their personal style.
How would you say your designs have changed since you started your line?
When I first moved to NYC, I was only doing women’s wear; now I am focusing on men’s and women’s accessories.
You assisted in the studios of some pretty big names. What is the most valuable thing you learned?
I’ve learned to trust my instincts, and to not be afraid to experiment and explore.
What were you wearing when you were a fashion student?
Haha. When I was a fashion student I was running around like crazy, working on projects and exhausted. My go-to was an outfit of this denim mini that I loved, thick wool tights and a t- shirt….during the damp London winter there would inevitably be layers (and more layers) of cardigans added. Definitely was more function than style!
What is your favorite holiday food?
Pie. Pumpkin or pecan. I also love to bake Christmas cookies and have been known to whip up several dozen batches to share with friends during the holidays.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation! Then I could pop over to London whenever I wanted to, dinner with friends, and strolls in Hyde park- and not miss out on things here in NYC either. :)
Working at Lucky, we're guessing you've got a lot of clothes/shoes — any tips for organizing in a small space?
Elana Fishman, Digital Fashion News Editor at Lucky:
Well, I got particularly lucky (pun intended), having two closets in a single studio. But, the key for me is to reassess my entire wardrobe on a seasonal basis and get rid of anything I haven't used or thought about in a year. There's no need to waste valuable storage space with clothes and accessories you no longer enjoy wearing — especially when there are so many places in NYC where you can donate or sell them! Also, stacking and/or layered clothes hangers: Use them, love them.
Closet Concierge from Wiseling is the ideal way to make space in your closet without the hassle of carrying all of those clothes and accessories around the city. We'll pick up the pieces you no longer wear, photograph them, list them, and ship them when they sell. Then we send you the money so you can find new treasures.
Coming Soon: Vanessa Bruno’s NYC Pop-up
French designer Vanessa Bruno, whose girly-meets-sophisticated spring ready-to-wear show wowed us in September, is planning to open a pop-up showroom in SoHo in time for New York Fashion Week in February. With a flagship store already open in Los Angeles and about 25 U.S.-based retailers buying the clothes wholesale, the brand hopes to expand their stateside presence in the coming years. “It is a first step before we open a standalone store in New York,” Elsa Poncet, Bruno’s international sales director, told WWD. “The U.S. currently represent around 10 percent of our business. Down the road, it could represent 20 to 25 percent.” Personally, we love the idea of infusing a little Parisian cool into American style.
Image via The Cut.
The Rad Vintage America crew made a stop in NYC on their cross-country tour. They arrived fully stocked, coming from a big pick in Mohawk, New York where they visited an estate full of vintage heirloom treasures. On Sunday, they spent a day at the Green Flea on Manhattan’s Upper East Side selling pieces from the pick. We were lucky enough to pull them away from their busy film schedule early this week to chat about their on-the-road documentary on the business of finding and selling vintage. Here we sit with Kate Jones, the beautiful and inspiring mastermind of the show, over tea at Cafe Gitane in the Jane Hotel.
Rhianon Stanford photographed by YoungJun Koo (I’M KOO) in NYC
We headed over to the Met today for an exhibit we’ve been buzzing about at Wiseling headquarters. If you’re in NYC and love fashion as much as we do, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” open to the public today, is a must-see.
It’s unbelievable how modern Elsa Schiaparelli was, not only with her designs but also her opinion about liberating woman in society. Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli share many similarities in their designs, but their creative process and many of their opinions differ. The juxtaposition of their work and attitudes make the exhibit most fascinating. Though Schiaparelli focused on decorating the upper body with hats and blazers and Prada emphasizes the lower body through skirts and shoes, one still gets the impression that they design with a common goal. One thing they agree on is the non-commercial beauty of their designs and the balance of being feminine while still obtaining power. “If I have done anything, it is to make ugly appealing,” says Miuccia Prada.
The short videos with semi-fictional conversations between Schiaparelli, played by actress Judy Davis, and Miuccia Prada as herself are both insightful and amusing. We couldn’t help but laugh when Elsa Schiaparelli raised one eyebrow and asked with a Italian accent “what is globalization?”
The exhibit is arranged in seven arrangements, all of which include a short video with Schiaparelli and Prada discussing a relative topic. They argue whether fashion should be considered art or not, Schiaparelli for and Prada against, but in the end agreed that they would probably be friends if they both had lived during the same time. Though they never settle on whether fashion should be considered art or not, the exhibition is truly amazing and inspiring, and so are these two strong and iconic women.