UO couple Ben and Olivia share the same laid-back attitude, reflected in their cozy home surroundings and unfussy personal style. With a meet-cute story worthy of a Nicholas Sparks novel, we hope this creative pair will continue to make appearances at our holiday parties for years to come. Photographed by Colin Leaman
Last week, Urban Outfitters opened a permanent Urban Renewal shop inside of Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles. Bringing to life the Urban Renewal concept (a line of one-of-a-kind pieces crafted from vintage, deadstock and surplus materials from around the world), here you'll find anything and everything vintage-lovers could possibly want. Unique pieces made from denim, leather, and beautiful printed fabrics mingle with antique treasures and the perfect selection of pre-worn denim. From the candles and crystals by Spellbound Sky to the succulents hanging from the ceiling, this is a shop you'll want to take a few hours to explore. —Maddie
Fifties new wave film noir heroes, ’60s mods, ’80s Ska punks and ’90s minimalists: Each decade has had its own monochrome menswear moment. Our new arrivals, with a distinct lack-of-color palette, are the simplest way to hit refresh for Spring. Ready to clean up your act? Trade your lumberjack shirt for a slick two-tone button-down, step into a pristine pair of box-fresh white or blacked-out sneakers and get your hands on a classic black bomber jacket. In a full-color world, some things just look better in black and white. Read the full feature here.
With my birthday being the day before Christmas, I always get asked if I get screwed over when it comes to getting gifts. The answer depends: Are you going to buy me a gift if I say yes? Because if so… YES! I get totally ripped off! Look at poor lil' Ally, getting cheated every year. If you feel bad and want to buy me gifts to make up for it, below is my wish list for this year (I especially want the shoes). —Ally
1. Wildfox Couture Lolita Sunglasses
The tint on these shades look just like twilight and would look perfect for a day at the beach, checking out babes. Also, the shape of the frames put out a youthful, fun look so you'll look approachable — even if you're surrounded by your girlfriends. Sigh, is it summer yet?
2. UNIF Lore Velvet Hat
Velvet, floppy and red? It's like my heart but in the form of a hat! This totally reminds me of all the legendary groupies from the late '60s and '70s — their style, beauty and power over their rockstar prey that they'd snag (or shag) for all of America to see. GIRL POWER!
3. BAGGU Leather Drawstring Bag
Spring break forever… seriously! I am still SUCH a huge Spring Breakers fan that my BFF gave me her special hot pink unicorn mask. I would cry through it but WWBBV? (BBV is our affectionate term for Vanessa Hudgens.) She wouldn't drop a single tear unless it was for Alien.
4. Jeffrey Campbell Mulder Treaded Platform Boot
These give me a cool but tough military vibe like: Stand up straight, ya wimp. They command power, respect and should be feared! I wouldn't want to get kicked in the butt by these babies.
5. Butterfly Specimen Poster
Before I knew what a tramp stamp was, I was obsessively in love with butterflies. As a kid, my mother had coasters with wooden rims and glass-encased butterflies within them. I played with them as much as my Barbie! (BTW did you know the Queen Alexandra [cough… full name… cough] is the largest butterfly in the world? They're supes valuable and I want one!)
Ah, Christmas-time—a season that makes me very bitter because I am an atheist from a Hindu family so I’ve never done the gifting or getting. Luckily my birthday comes not long after, so I always try to treat myself to a few things. Because I suffer from severe buyer’s remorse, I made a very concerted effort to convince myself all the items on my wish list are practical or reasonable in one way or another. (Spoiler alert: they are neither.) —Maitri
1. This Is How You Lose Her
This stunning illustrated version of Junot Diaz' latest masterpiece is just outrageous. GIVE IT HERE!
"I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany."
3. Soap Revolt Organic Solid Lotion Bar
'Tis the season for my eczema to take it to the next level. I love the no-nonsense packaging of this hand cream. Lavender scent to relax ya.
It's almost the year 2014 and I still don't know how to make earbuds stay in my ears, so I'm making the switch to headphones. I like the monochrome pink - it's berry cute, ha ha ha. I'll use these to pretend I'm listening to hip jams on the L train when really I'll be listening to Harry Potter on audiobook.
5. Zodiac Nameplate Necklace
To declare to all the world that I am a stubborn little seagoat and I can't be tamed. [Editor's note: As hard as I tried, Polyvore would not let me pull in the Capricorn necklace. Stubborn indeed.]
6. Deena & Ozzy Tassel Square Backpack
Bulky winter coats are not conducive to shoulder bags. I like this little square shape with the tassel zippers. Very Ten Things I Hate About You.
A new year, a new journal! Ideally when I start new diaries I hope to fill them with my dreams, desires, insecurities, mixed with poems and sketches - a stream of consciousness self-portrait. But eventually they just degenerate into scratchy to-do lists and bewildered questions to myself like, "Did I pay my credit card bill?! Check on this!!!" At lease this journal is beautiful and stately with a pen-holder so it will always look dignified even when the contents are not.
This precious ball of ambient light shaped like the moon just delights me!
Attention shoe lovers! For one night only, Friday December 13th, at Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd), UK shoe brand Miista are hosting their very own pop-up shop. Recently, Miista has collaborated with Urban Outfitters on a few pairs of totally rad shoes, like the Miista x UO Metallic Lace Up Boot, and the Miista x UO Georgie Heeled Oxford. From 6PM - 9PM this Friday, you'll be able to meet the Miista crew, plus see all of their wonderful sartorial creations. Enjoy drinks by Tequila de la Riva, and tunes by DJ Amy Pham. Plus, there's an Instagram contest you should totally enter: just post a photo of your favorite pair of Miista shoes, using the hashtag #URBANLOVESMIISTA, and you might just win a new pair of kicks from them! —Maddie
My holiday wish list combines everything that satiates the rambling, barefoot hippy in me, while helping me adjust to the bright lights, big city of my new Philadelphia home. —Natalie
1. The 2 Bandits Sunshine Daydream Cuff Bracelet
I collect turquoise jewelry and this cuff is calling my name. I also have my eye on this ring by Rejoice The Hands and these earrings, also by The 2 Bandits.
2. Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera
A digital camera that prints instant Polaroids and fits in the palm of my hand? Whoa, it’s like I’m living in the past and the future at the same time. Plus, it’s a rather pretty looking piece of tech.
3. BAGGU Small Leather Zip-Pouch
Small. Suede. Understated. Just the way I like my accessories.
4. Ferm LIVING spear vase
I’m on a ceramics trip right now. Until I start pottery class in the New Year, this hits the spot nicely.
5. Sole The MANHAPPENIN Bike
I am yet to graduate from wanting a bike for Christmas. Please Santa, can I have this pretty green fixie?
6. Anchal X Urban Renewal Zigzag Quilt
This beautiful one-of-a-kind quilt is made from vintage Indian saris, but my favorite thing about it is that a portion of its proceeds go towards the Anchal project’s effort to provide alternative careers in textiles to marginalized and exploited women in India. The greatest gifts are the ones that pay it forward.
7. The Wild Unknown Tarot Card Set
This Tarot set has become cult amongst both lovers of Magick and design. I happen to come from both camps, so I’ll be gifting these as well as wishing for one of my own.
8. Musi O Tunya Wings Of Africa
I am proud to say that I work for a company with a seriously expansive and eclectic vinyl selection. This 1974 Zamrock pioneering gem will be a delightful addition to my record collection and I'll likely display the gorgeous sleeve somewhere prominent.
9. Antler & Co. Sacred Sage Campfire Cologne
I just moved into a new apartment, so I’ll be using this sage bundle to clear the energy and set positive vibes for the year ahead.
All throughout December on the blog we'll be bringing you Holiday wish lists from our nearest and dearest, creative collaborators, stylish individuals and UO staff, and yours truly is kicking it all off. My choices are obviously a beautifully curated collection, only suitable for the fanciest adults out there, and filled with the essentials. Let's take a closer look at some things I've chosen. —Katie
1. Taylor Swift Red LP
If you've never wept in your car to Taylor Swift, then you're really missing out on a life-changing experience. Everyone deserves to feel like a teenage girl every once in a while, and that's why Taylor Swift's Red on vinyl is a must-have.
2. Etta + Billie Horchata Soap
I am dying to try this Horchata soap. I wish I could reach through the screen like that kid in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, because I want it, and I want it now.
3. Kewpie Doll Figurine
My bedroom looks like the room of a teenage serial killer. I love taxidermy and vaguely creepy knick-knacks (like teeth molds), but I also love pop music and rainbow unicorn Pillow Pets, so when all that mixes together it makes for a very... interesting aesthetic. Anyway, this beautiful, slightly terrifying Kewpie doll would fit right in.
4. Animal Ears Beanie
"One can never own too many animal hats." -Abraham Lincoln
Jessica DeCarlo first started selling her handmade jewelry at the age of 16, participating in local fairs in New Jersey. Since her youth, Jessica has built her craft both locally and internationally. She has gone from studying with goldsmiths in Florence, Italy, to working with talented designers in Philadelphia and Vermont, learning the ins and out of creating and making a business out of jewelry along the way.
We've been seeing super cool model Stella Maxwell around the office all week, so today we had a quick chat with her to find out where she's from, her secret talents, and her plans for Halloween.
Interview by Katie Gregory
Hey, Stella! Where are you from?
I'm from the U.K. originally. Both of my parents are from Belfast, but I ended up coming here [to the U.S.] to work.
And where do you live now?
I live in New York! I live in Chinatown. I just moved there last week, because before that I was staying near Union Square.
What are some of your favorite places to hang out in NYC?
I have some favorite spots to eat. It depends on what you're looking for. Like, for cafes, Cafe Select is a really cool place to go get a drink. I don't really go to clubs, unless I really want to dance.
Do you have any secret talents or weird hobbies you're into?
Secret talents? I don't know! I guess I'm pretty into fashion and pretty into dressing up and wigs and having fun with fashion. It's so easy to have fun with. I'm really looking forward to Halloween.
Do you know what you're going to be for Halloween yet?
It's a secret! It's gonna be awesome. Last year I was an Avatar. That was really good. Not sure where I'll end up, but I'm sure it will be somewhere cool.
You've seen them on Tumblr, you've seen them on Project Runway and now you can see them all over the Urban Outfitters website! Of course we're talking about the Pretty Snake Crazy Kitty Sweaters! Here we talk to Joe Segal, the designer and man who makes those magical cat prints come to life with fuzzy sweaters and 50,000 (yes I said 50,000) googly eyes a year.
The forever fab Danielle Guizio is back with her Fall 2013 line and the video for the look book has me all revved up for the weekend! The clothes, the girls, the cars... it sounds like something out of a teenage boys' daydream.