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Interview: Joe Segal of Pretty Snake

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.

Interview by Ally Mullen

Hi Joe! Introduce yourself with a quick bio!
My name is Joseph Aaron Segal, but you can call me Joe. I'm the creator of the fashion lines Pretty Snake and World of JAS. I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts and eventually landed in Providence, Rhode Island where my career in textile and fashion design materialized. I work full time designing and making my fashion lines here in Providence as well as teach a computerized knitting design course at Rhode Island School of Design. 

When and how did your first "Crazy Kitty Sweater" happen?
The very first Crazy Kitty Sweater was born while I was working on my MFA in textile design at RISD. I was working on a textile collection inspired by a historical Indian tunic that was part of the RISD Museums Costume and Textiles Collection. I learned that the tunic I looking at was created to ward off the evil eye, and eventually I came to the black cat as a source of inspiration for my project. The Crazy Kitty graphic was originally a tiny painting I made inspired by an old collectible tin full of kitties and then I first knitted it as a wool dress in 2009. When I realized that knitting graphic sweaters affordably was super hard as an emerging designer, I decided to print the cats on pre-existing sweaters and that's when the phenomenon began!

Why cats? Do you have any of your own?
I love cats because they can be cute and loving while also being really weird and mysterious. Somehow, I actually don't have any cats, but my good friend — and only full-time employee — Hannah Abelow, brings her cat Pablo to visit sometimes! I like to think though, if I wasn't surrounded by kitty things all the time, I'd have some real ones.

Do you buy the decorative eyes in bulk at this point? Or are you well known at the craft store for picking them up?
I couldn't believe it, but I completely bought out my first source of cat eyes. Now I import about 50,000 cat eyes a year! 

How many goggly eyes have you ever use on one sweater?
Well, the average sweater has 16-24 eyes, but for one of my looks in my Northern Quilts collection I used about 300 eyes. The I've also made wedge shoes completely covered in kitty eyes!

Since you're known for such a unique item, how do you feel you will branch out in the future to create new, cat-free creations?
I actually have an all new cat-free collection out right now! I used cake icing to create a colorful photo realistic print collection that is available in all sorts of dresses, skirts and leggings. You can find the collection in my web stores (links below!). I'm super excited about my next collection coming out in December: it's inspired by curiosity cabinets.

Sorry we can't help ourselves: give us the dish on Project Runway!
Project Runway was just as crazy as it looks on TV! You have to think fast and be good at working with all sorts of personalities.
1. Your favorite judge: I wasn't expecting to think this, but I thought Heidi Klum was a great judge! She was always surprising me because she really appreciated the more artistic and conceptual approach to fashion design.
2. Most embarrassing moment: I feel like I'm always doing embarrassing things, we even call it "JAS-ing it up" while working at the studio, but somehow I managed to not have a stand-out embarrassing moment. I'm sure if I were to ever go on the show again I'd do some embarrassing things now that I'm comfortable with being on camera.
3. Something we might not know about the show? One of the coolest things about the show that you don't see is that a lot of us are still really close friends! Even a year later, I talk to a bunch of my fellow Season 11 cast mates regularly.

Where else can we find you on the Internet?
WORLD of JAS, Pretty Snake, and on Instagram @prettysnake!

Shop the Pretty Snake One-Of-A-Kind Crazy Kitty Sweaters

Employee Side Projects

Over the past few months, Urban Outfitters has supported employee entrepreneurial efforts by creating Side Projects, a chance for employees to show off their amazing talents and get their products featured in local stores. Below were our first round of employees, with more coming throughout the year. Enjoy! -Ally

Zatara Skateboards
UO Sales Associate Andrew Cunningham has spent his time working with wood and building for the last 11 years. Recently, he's been making his own skateboards out of reclaimed wood, turning material that others might pass right by into hand-carved works of art.  The reason he started making these decks? "I couldn't find the skateboards that I wanted, so I went out into my parents garage and started making my own."  He's been perfecting his craft ever since. You can find his boards in our Santa Monica store (1440 Third St. Promenade).

Scout Vintage Minneapolis
Upper Midwest District Manager John Migala helps run this vintage shop which is described as, "American heritage with a touch of white collar flair referencing utility, work wear and military styles." Focusing on the needs of the quintessential "man," Scout manages to mix the outdoors with low-cost, unique clothing that will have even the most experienced male thifters at a loss for words. Go get some new digs before they run out at our NYC stores at 14th and 6th (526 Avenue of the Americas).

Black Pyramid Vintage
This vintage shop is filled with all of the things you want to fill your closet with but can never find in any stores. If you want some one-of-a-kind outfits (especially with festival season right around the bend), then this is your to-go shop for making you look cooler than you are.  Shop BPV by San Francisco Store Merchandiser Laura Cerri and her BFF Jessica Dega at the NYC Broadway Store (2633 Broadway) and in San Francisco (3322 Fillmore St.).

Hollywood Sales Associate Sean Tully (and our former Employee of the Month) is back for more Urban fun with a bunch of new zines, T-shirts and faux wooden spray cans he created in between his surf days at sea.  You can find his stuff in San Francisco and on 5th Ave in NYC. Get 'em while they're hot!

Looking for some new zines to flip through? Then Portland Sales Associate Sara Golden is your girl.  Just browsing through her photographs on Tumblr is like having a little kid on your leg begging you to take her on a trip to Disney Land (yeah, that's my idea of a getaway. Sue me.).  Her 'Zines are in San FranciscoCambridge, MA, and NYC.

Write More. Wrong Less.
You would never guess from employee Kat Mills' cat-filled Tumblr that she makes super gnarly zines. You can buy her satanic kitty zine (and more) here, or check her out in San Francisco and NYC.

Lila Ash
Lila Ash, assistant display artist at UO Space 15Twenty, is an illustrator, sculptor and performance artist from NYC who lives and works in L.A. Her paintings and comics have been exhibited at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and are published bi-monthly in L.A. Record Magazine. She is an alum of the painting department at the Rhode Island School of Design, class of 2011.

Art School: Amanda Goss

Meet Amanda Goss, a former RISD student who made us three Designed By: creations.  Here she talks about her designs, her inspirations behind them and her dream clients to work for.

Introduce yourself!
Hello! My name is Amanda Goss. I'm a recent graduate from the Apparel Design program at RISD, which is located in Rhode Island about 30 minutes north from where I grew up. 

Amanda Goss for RISD + UO Herringbone Jacket

Can you talk about the designs you made for us?
I created three pieces for my collaboration with Urban Outfitters; a jacket, a top and a skirt. For the jacket, I wanted something cropped and a bit loose. It's meant to be slouchy and left open. I love mixing patterns and textures, so it was designed with a large herringbone weave. The top is a sheer button up styled with a contrasting collar and again, a combination of patterns. Both pair nicely with the high waisted skirt I designed with an inset suede panel and small welt pockets. 

Amanda Goss for RISD + UO Conversational Blouse

What were you most inspired by?
Oddly enough, this collection was mainly inspired by my grandfather's style and the style of old men in general. I love their casual confidence. I'm also wildly inspired by tailoring and my grandfather is always perfectly tailored and pressed. The colors were derived from the cover of an old copy of the book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

What's your least favorite thing about going to art school?
My least favorite thing about art school is paying for it. 

Amanda Goss for RISD + UO Wool Paneled Skirt

What's the first thing you ever designed and made?
The first garment I ever designed and made was a dress created entirely of bronze aluminum grate covers—the pretty kind with geometric shapes cut into them. I was actually looking at it the other day when I was moving out wondering how the heck my model wore it without bleeding. 

Who is your dream client to design for?
My dream company to design for would have to be Proenza Schouler. They were the first brand that I ever felt an actual passion towards and after interning for Fashion Week and over the winter, I feel even more invested in that sentiment. I would absolutely love to work for them. Other dream clients include: Parker Posey, Amy Sedaris and Anna Wintour, haha. She kills it.

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Art School: Helen Wu

Here we get to know Helen Wu, one of the RISD students from our Designed By: collection, and find out what inspired her designs.
Interview by Ally Mullen

Hi Helen, introduce yourself!
I was born in Shanghai, and raised in various parts of South Africa, California and New Jersey, and now I am currently working in New York City.  I recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, where I majored in apparel design.

Can you tell us a little about the designs you made for us?
In a way, I wanted to create a look that was elegant but still maintained a sense of comfort and ease. The fabrics were meant to be tactile and supple to the touch—a sort of sensory experience. Clothes that one could lounge around in yet still look very beautiful.

What inspired you the most?
Taking the imagery of veiled women, I wanted to emphasize the idea of revealing one’s form through the utilization of sheer versus opaque fabrics. The overall silhouette of the garments are also meant to enswathe the wearer, as a nod to the way these sculptures appeared. 

Helen Wu for RISD + UO Tuxedo Short

What's the most cliché "art school" thing you do?
Be anti-social!

Do you ever make clothes for yourself? For your friends?
I wish I had the time! I hate dressing myself so my own wardrobe consists of an all-black uniform.

Helen Wu for RISD + UO Textured Sweater Jacket

What is your favorite fashion item of all time?
My silver rings. I make all my own jewelry because I can never find what I want in stores!

Art School: Emily Shaw

Meet Emily Shaw, one of the designers behind the Designed By: RISD collection. Hear about her inspiration, the details behind her Ecote designs, and how she feels that going art school was a little bit like going to Hogwarts.
Interview by Ally Mullen

Introduce yourself!
I'm Emily Shaw from the little town of Randolph, NJ, although I just moved to Brooklyn, NY. I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design this past June from the Apparel Department. 

Can you tell us a little about the designs you made for us and what you were inspired by?
I designed two pieces for Ecote for the RISDxUO collaboration; the look was inspired by '90s pop culture and subcultures I remember from my childhood, such as characters in movies I loved (and still love), musicians and clothes I used to wear. I loved that the '90s had a sort of reincarnated and reinvented idea of '60s bohemia. 

Can you describe the details and fabrics?
The Emily Shaw for RISD + UO Furry Friends Sweater has a webbed yolk, inspired by fishnet, while the body has lots of fuzz and volume. 

The Emily Shaw for RISD + UO Textured Knit Maxi Skirt is long with a slit, made of a sort of spaced dyed, mermaid-y knitted fabric. 

What was your favorite part about going to art school?
My favorite thing about art school was the freaky talents everyone had. At times, I felt like I was going to Hogwarts; the array of projects my friends were working at any given time was spectacular, and it was totally on their own accord. It's a wonderful network too; I've worked on a few projects recently where I've really utilized friends skills in graphic and industrial design.

Did you grow up knowing you wanted to design clothes?
I've always known I've wanted to design clothes. I wouldn't say I'm a 'fashion girl,' or even necessarily trendy, but clothing has always been something I've payed attention to. My first memory of loving clothes was my fascination with the scene in Sleeping Beauty when the three fairies are fighting over the color of the Aurora's gown. And that cake—I love me some cake. 

Who is your favorite designer of all time?
Favorite designer of all time? Hmmmm. Miuccia Prada. She is such a bad ass. You can just tell that she doesn't give a seconds thought to trend, because she makes some of the most bizarre pieces of all time with so much conviction. I'm always a sucker for whimsical and romantic designs like hers, and I've also realized most of my favorite designers are Italian.

UO's Night Out: Recap

People packed into our SoHo store (628 Broadway) for our first ever Fashion's Night Out party, UO's Night Out, to celebrate the Designed By: RISD and PhilaU collection. 10% of sales during the event were donated to NURTUREart—shopping, booze, and music, all in the name of charity? Fuck yeah! 

Everyone sipped on fancy drinks courtesy of Open Bar Hospitality and bopped around to DJ Mike Simonetti while watching some super talented designers live sketch in the midst of it all. Maria Minerva kicked off our in-store performance with her one woman show. The ladies from Icona Pop turned the store into one giant sweaty dance party! Yeah, you probably should have been there. 

For more photos, just check out all of your friend's instagram pictures at #uonightout—it was wild.  Thanks to everyone who came out, we love you!

UO's Night Out

Help us celebrate the launch of our Designed By: RISD and Philadelphia University collaboration with free drinks and a party at UO's Night Out at our SoHo store (628 Broadway).

Enter our in-store sketch contest for a chance to win your own Designed By: collaboration. Have your work judged by Dossier Journal’s Polina Aronova, stylist Doria Santlofer, designer Katie Gallagher and Urban Outfitters’ Director of Concept Marissa Maximo.

Plus, share your #UOnightout photos on Instagram and Twitter to score special prizes and giveaways all night!

Special performances by Maria Minerva, Icona Pop, and DJ Mike Simonetti.

10% of store sales will benefit NURTUREart.

Free drinks and cocktails compliments of Open Bar Hospitality.

Behind the Scenes of Designed By: RISD

We collaborated with fashion students to create a collection that's almost too cool for school. Check out these behind-the-scene shots from the making of our Designed By: RISD Collection, and get introduced to the three winners of the competition here.

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Home Catalog: Zoe Latta

Zoe Latta is the 24-year-old founder of PRINCE RUTH, a design studio based out of Brooklyn, NY.  Get to know the girl behind the textiles and find out the process that went into Scandances, the bedding and home goods collaboration we recently did with her!

Introduce yourself!
My name is Zoe Latta. I'm from Northern California. I'm 24 and I live and work in Brooklyn, NY. I founded PRINCE RUTH in 2010 as a design studio that generates textiles aiming to transcend conventional notions of materials, imagery, pattern and texture. 

Scandances by Prince Ruth Print 509 Tapestry

Where did the name Prince Ruth come from, since your name is not Ruth?
Ruth is my middle name and also my grandmother's name. I named the company Prince Ruth to serve as a pseudonym for this facet of my practice, as an alternate character, a peddling prince.

How did you become interested in textiles?

My father is a jeweler, so the mindset of creating ornamental yet functional things was definitely part of my conditioning. I also grew up in a town that has a lot of refuse textiles, antique traders, and hippie importers. As a result, I have always been fascinated with fabric—it's function, provenance and tactility. After dropping out of high school, I spent most of my time thrift shopping, drawing, and taking art history courses. It seemed a natural extension to apply to RISD, which I did. After being accepted, I enrolled in printmaking, but switched into the textiles department because I realized that I wanted to produce work that people could physically interact with. After RISD, I got a job at the Ratti Textiles Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While I was there, being inspired by centuries of swatches, I started PRINCE RUTH.

Scandances by Prince Ruth Print 532 & 507 Duvet Cover

What are some of your favorite types of textile patterns?
Nathalie du Pasquier's prints with the Memphis Group, Gary Panter's sets for PeeWee's play house, and Atelier and École Martine prints (Paul Poiret and Raoul Dufy's school for "young girls without formal artistic training"). I just got back from Marrakesh and I am currently obsessed with Boucherouite rugs.

How do you create your patterns for Prince Ruth?

I usually try to generate imagery in diverse ways, from drawing to painting to photographs, and then use what I come up with to create unique patterns.

Scandances by Prince Ruth Print 546 Curtain

How do you know when a pattern is done?
It just is!

What are some of your favorite color combinations?

Dirty soft pink, baby poop green, poppy red, almost black green, and acidic yellow.

What is your favorite font?
I can't remember its name. Something soviet. I'm usually a sans-serif person, but recently serifs are catching my eye and making me feel serious (in a really good way). 

Scandances by Prince Ruth Print 71 & 513 Pillow

How would you describe your patterns?
I don’t know if I can answer this question. Each print is its own exploration. I see PRINCE RUTH more as a sum of many parts, references, and ideas, the result being more sensational than explainable.

Tell us about your collaboration with UO. What is it?
PRINCE RUTH and Urban Outfitters have joined forces to make a line of bedding and home goods called Scandances. For this specific collaboration, I digitally manipulated my own patterns and ready made textiles with a scanner, and then used those images to create repeats. 

Scandances by Prince Ruth Print 77 Sham

How is it different from the other stuff you do? How is it similar?
I usually design for fashion applications and work at a much smaller scale. Some of the prints in this Scandances collection were originally developed to be very small. It's mind blowing to see an image that was originally three inches wide the size of a queen-sized comforter.

Home Catalog: Caitlin Mociun

Meet Caitlin Mociun, the multi-faceted artist behind the Brooklyn-based shop Mociun.  Find out how she got her start in design and what inspired the exclusive line of bedding she created just for us.

Hi Caitlin! How did you become interested in fashion and design?
I have always been interested in fashion since I was really young through playing dress up, making customs, and making entire worlds and wardrobes for my dolls. I became more interested in design when I went to collage for textile design.

Mociun Mandala Pillow

You have created so many types of products (from clothing to jewelry and home and prints) in your career. How do you decide what to do next?
Whatever seems like it will be fun. I like small sculpture and functional objects so my interests cover a pretty board range.

Who have been some of your biggest influences and most important collaborators?
Bauhaus design has been my biggest influence. The use of simple form and color. The people around me also inspire me. From going to art school, I am friends with a lot of artists and designers. They and their work always keep going. By being open to people and the things around me, I am constantly being exposed to new things, ideas, objects, designs, projects, etc.

Mociun Mandala Curtain

How has Brooklyn inspired you?
There are so many people in Brooklyn and NYC doing interesting things. Also since it's NY, so many people come through here—visiting or for short stays—so I get to meet inspiring people doing cool things often. I feel very connected to design and designers living here.

When making something new, what is the most fun part for you? What is the most difficult? 
The most fun is brainstorming. Researching, pulling references—kind of just dreaming things up. The most difficult for me is sometimes getting all of these ideas out of my head and into workable pieces, projects, and objects. What's in my head doesn't always translate into the physical world. 

Mociun Vines Duvet Cover

What inspires your prints?
So much. I often look at artists drawings, paintings and sculptures and draw from them. I pull motifs and create repeated pattern from that.

You went to school at RISD. What do you think was the most important thing you learned there?
Learning to critique my work and others', editing, and pushing yourself to do something great even if it's harder. Also to not be attached to an idea and understand that something might not be working and needs to change. This could be tossing out a repeat that I worked for days on and starting over, or working on something even after it's looking passable.

Tell us about your line for UO. What is it?
For the UO collaboration I was mainly looking at Turkish and Russian textiles as well as tiles from different places in the Middle East. I also looked a lot at KENZO's work to see the different pattern and color combinations.

Mociun Patchwork Quilt

How is it different from your main line? How is it similar?
It's very different from what I am doing with my work now.  I do mainly jewelry these days so that's pretty different from textiles.  For the most recent textiles that I have designed, they are a lot simpler and more gestural. Both my work and the work that I have done for UO have my hand in them for sure. I always work on my textiles first by hand—painting and drawing—and you can see and feel that in all my work.

Sales pitch! Why should people buy your collab?
Because it's one of the only places to get my textiles right now! They probably won't find home textiles like this anywhere else right now, I hope. I really strive to do something different with my textiles. I hope that I do create textiles that are unusual and not like other things out there. Also, since I use so many combinations of patterns, these will go great in most people's homes.  I think they will be great for mixing and matching with what a lot of people have in their homes already.

OBEY THE GIANT-The First Narrative Film About OBEY

OBEY THE GIANT is the recently funded Kickstarter film about OBEY creator Shephard Fairey.  The project is the first narrative film about Fairey's legacy (think of it as The Social Network for the art world) and depicts the origin of his Obey the Giant street art campaign at RISD. The film shows us where it all began and gives hope to all artists who are trying to do something bigger than themselves.  You can back the film here!


Shoe Club: Osborn Shoes

While helping his father run one of the largest orphanages in Guatemala, Aaron Osborn never expected his chance encounter with an out-of-work cobbler would lead to a full-blown business venture.  Less than two years later, and Osborn shoes are gaining a reputation for their ethical construction—handmade by a team of artisans who sign their name every pair they make—and eye-catching prints and graphics. We caught up with Aaron and his co-founder Carla to talk business– and walking in Obama's shoes.  

How did you end up working with your dad in Guatemala? 

My father moved there when I was 15, and I visited once, then went to school. After I finished, I decided to go down and visit my pop and that’s when I just ended up staying there for, like, five years. 

What made you decide to stay? 

I really loved it. The type of work that was going on there, it felt really good. I liked working with the kids and creating activities using my skill in art and knowledge of painting and silk-screening, and taking that to the kids was satisfying.

What types of crafts did you do with the kids? 

During the school year, I did an afterschool art class twice a week and whoever wanted to come could come. We did a lot of painting; I taught them how to mix colors and we did a lot of silk-screening work too. We used the film, where you hand cut the silk-screen out and then eventually started buying fluorescent lights and burning the screens. Our final product was a shirt, but they ended up printing everything. One kid brought in his Nike sneakers and printed his design on them. 

How did the transition from working at the orphanage to manufacturing shoes happen? 

I’d always been interested in fashion and have done sewing and designing on my own. I went to the Rhode Island School of Design, so I have an art and design background. I wanted to do something like that, but wasn’t sure how I wanted to do it. Well, actually, I knew I wanted to do it well so all my practices were ethical. Living in Guatemala, I learned a lot about the manufacturing business because there are so many sweatshops there. I got to know the workers from the other side, as our neighbors. Then when hurricanes Wilma and Katrina hit, we went and did a lot of aid–I was translating for doctors. My translators from Spanish into the local dialect were always cobblers or tailors. That’s where I met these skilled guys in their mid-to-late 30s who just wanted work, so we bought the fabric and just had little foot pedal sewing machines. 

How many craftsmen did you start with and what has the growth been like? 

Just one. Now we have 34. For a few years it was just the cobbler and I, but we weren’t focusing on that project full time. We were doing a lot of design work in the States as well to fund the whole thing. About a year and four months ago, we went down to Guatemala with the one guy and two women. A month later we had 25 people, quit everything else and just focused our energies. 

How did that happen so quickly? 

We’d been working in markets around New York and the shoes were getting more and more attention. Our studio is in Greenpoint, and Oak was our first inquiry into wholesale. So that was our whole “Oh, do we wholesale?” moment. 

What materials do you use? 

We weave our own material now, but we used to use old flannel shirts, corduroy dresses and blankets. We used the traditional women’s shirt along with the corte (the skirt). Then we started using used fabrics, sometimes carrying back suitcases full of fabric we bought in New York. 

What’s your favorite style to wear? 

I just started making tire-sole bottoms for our shoes, and I really like those in an oxford. I rotate through what I like. I try to wear stuff I’m experimenting with to see if I like it, so that would be my favorite–the one I’m not sure about. 

Is there a certain type of person who wears Osborn? 

It would be that person who is bubbly and exuberant, full of life. An independent who is setting a trend. That person does something for them, not for anyone else. We get emails from people who are hestitant, who don’t know if they can wear the shoes and we encourage them to give it a try. We’ll hear back from them saying, “People stopped me in the streets to compliment me!” 

Do you think people are starting to care more about where their clothing is coming from? 

Aaron: I’m going to relay to my partner Carla! 

Carla: There is a duality. People want a good product, but also to know where their shoes are coming from. We’re trying to marry making good shoes with good practices. 

Aaron: We started the whole thing with the goal of having a product that speaks for itself, and we’ve found that the more we make stuff for ourselves and not for the market, the more people relate to Osborn. There’s been this ambiguity of manufacturing for the past 40 years, and now there’s a movement of people wanting to know about it.  Look at the underside and it will still be beautiful–no ugly side to our business. 

Since you split most of your time between New York and Guatemala, where would you like to vacation if you ever get the chance? 

Aaron: When we’re in the states, we love going to Martha’s Vineyard. Internationally, we want to go everywhere! Carla? 

Carla: I really want to go to Ireland. 

If you could walk in someone’s shoes for a day, whose would they be? 

Aaron: I can’t tell if I want to be some playboy or some die-hard, like Obama. What the hell is it like for Obama, man? Or [Richard Branson] the president of Virgin? 

Richard Branson? 

Aaron: Yes! Him or Obama. This is a tough question. 

Carla: Somebody who does things I would never do. Not politically, but more like a monk. 

Aaron: A Chinese peasant? 

Carla: No, I didn’t say that! 

Aaron: So a monk? Someone who’s given their life to something spiritual. 

Carla: More like the opposite of the fast track. How about the Dalai Lama?

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Spotlight On: Lauren Manoogian

Photos by Zoe Jet Ellis

After studying textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design, Lauren Manoogian started making her own jewelry in a hotel room in Japan, and it grew into a line of brightly colored necklaces and bracelets that were made from painted leather and paper-clips hand-wrapped in bright-colored tape. 

Since, Manoogian has expanded her collection to include knitwear, which debuted this fall, and metal pipe, which included custom cuffs in collaboration with Glasser for the singer's "Mirrorage" video. 

Manoogian has already been featured in Elle, Nylon, Dossier and Teen Vogue, among numerous other publications and websites. 

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Tim Laursen

File Tim Laursen's Etsy shop under "Stuff I will have when I can have everything I want." The carpenter and RISD grad builds, among other wonders, this swinging bed and custom stained glass.