meet lisa

 

Over many years I developed a passion for clothing and art from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. People had such a strong reaction to my vintage wardrobe that I decided to start designing my own line, inspired by that groundbreaking era. My design aesthetic is always grounded in clean lines, geometric shapes, bold colors and minimalism.

 

I can attribute my eye for style and color to my parents. My mother, Bacine, introduced me to those iconic effortless chic silhouettes like the caftan. My father, Leonard, who was a kind of cool Beatnik, created drip paintings in the basement of our house in Chicago.

My family also owned a successful textile company and I always planned to work there. I moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology, where I immersed myself in studies of textiles, color theory, as well as fashion and art.

I began designing clothing in October 2006. I was making custom dresses for friends and acquaintances with a local couturier; my first sales were out of my second-floor loft on West Broadway in SoHo. Now we have built a complete women’s clothing line, as well as accessories, children’s wear, and home products.

 

My inspiration starts with vintage clothing and modern design. Growing up in a house filled with modernist classics by Saarinen, Eames and Marimekko certainly informed my aesthetic. Add pop and modern art and photography to the mix and I have enough inspiration to last a lifetime. I love wandering through museums, galleries and vintage stores taking pictures and coming back to the studio to transform the images into dresses and accessories! It’s a fun creative process.

I spend a lot of time at our new flagship store on Madison Avenue and 77th Street. We have our offices and design studio there too, so I can split my day between designing with the team and talking to clients.

 

I just became a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and I am thrilled about that.

I am also so proud of the amazing artist collections we have created using inspiration from works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons. The dresses from these collections are incredibly special and they came out more beautiful than I ever imagined. As a vintage collector, I can imagine that they will live on as very special iconic pieces. And I am really excited about the next artist we are going to work with – a secret for now!

But I am the most proud when someone comes up to me and says, “I just want to tell you that I feel great when I wear your designs. They are happy, modern, chic, and best of all – comfortable!” Nothing is better than that.