When I asked Ed Burstell how he described Liberty London back in 2008, when he left the American fashion industry to work for what is perhaps the most British of all British department stores, he said he told people, “It was one of the last great emporiums of its kind left on earth.” When I asked Burstell how he describes it now, after seven years as the shop’s managing director, his Brit-sharpened wit and American confidence cuts right through.
“I say it is one of the last great emporiums of its kind left on earth.”
For the launch of this month’s Liberty London Pop-In, Burstell defined the historical context of Liberty’s grand marketplace status, and he outlined what he calls his “subversive” polish on this British institution.
We visited Kate Young on the bright, sunny morning immediately following the Met Galaand not long before all the craziness of Cannes, and that right there is all the metaphor you really need. Every day in the life of this ultra-cool celebrity stylist is the day after something really major. And probably the day before and during something really major, too. Kate Young … she’s just major.
Celebrity stylist Kate Young showing us some of the tools of her trade on the morning after the Met Gala this past May; image by Kirby Calvin
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you know her by name or that adorable, blonde-fringed face. As a stylist and brand collaborator/consultant, her genius and finesse live largely beyond the camera’s gaze. Not our camera, mind you. No, Kirby Calvin and I brought our lens right up to Young’s downtown NYC office and talked to her about Kate Young for Tura, the collection of super-chic sunglasses she made in collaboration with the New York City–based eyewear brand and available now at Pop-In Goes Poolside.
If you’re prone to jealousy regarding other people’s sweet gigs, you may want to skip our series on the best pools, in which Instagrammer Kate Brien from View from the Topp catalogs the best swimming holes this side of Old Hollywood. When this shoe-selfie pro puts her stamp on a pool, it’s not just because the water is warm and the towels are dry. These places are swanky, sweet and super stylish—making them the perfect spots for Brien’s Soludos, her footwear brand of choice for poolside reconnaissance. Keep reading to find out where this pool is and how to make yourself at home there, and check back all month long as we count them down.
Jessica and Nicole Tracy, the sisters behind Kore Swim, can bring their notion of personal beauty and positive self image back to one simple phrase from a Jefferson Airplane song: “You’re only as pretty as you feel.” (The philosophy is right there on the So-Cal-based swimwear line’s About Us page.) And hey you know what? Same goes for a poolside summer: You’re as fun as you can dream yourself to be, girl. So let’s do this.
The Tracy sisters before business plans and conference rooms were a thing
Jessica and Nicole gave us their download on summer’s best entertainment—and the poolside’s best looks.
If you’re prone to jealousy regarding other people’s sweet gigs you may want to skip our series on the best pools, in which Instagrammer Kate Brien from View from the Topp catalogues the best swimming holes this side of Old Hollywood. When this shoe-selfie pro puts her stamp on a pool it’s not just because the water is warm and the towels are dry. These places are swanky, sweet, and super stylish—making them the perfect spots for Brien’s Soludos, her footwear brand of choice for poolside reconnaissance. Keep reading to find out where this pool is and how to make yourself at home there, and check back all month long as we count them down.
Looking for dreamy tunes to soundtrack summer hangouts? We thought you might be!
Check this exclusive mix from independent Brooklyn-based music label Mexican Summer–the brain trust which popularized Best Coast and Washed Out a few years back–compiled by the man in charge, Keith Abrahamsson. The music is a blend of the beautiful and the strange. You will find rock, pop and electronic music. Old styles and new ones.
And it all goes together fluidly.
If you like what you hear, we recommend spending more time with Mexican Summer and its sister labels Anthology and Software. In our opinion, Abrahamsson and his crew are 100% trustable.
If you haven’t heard of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, just wait. You will. There’s always a new neighborhood in New York—in America, in the world—and on the day we visitedPop-In Goes Poolside swimwear designer Malia Mills way out in this west-facing burg, this one seemed to have as good a chance as any—Berlin’s Kreuzberg? Fox Hills in L.A.?—at being The Next Big Place.
The area’s 100-and-some-odd-years-old former shipping and manufacturing lofts are getting infused with face-lifting food and retail capital, and the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets are, as we speak, transforming a 70,000-square-foot warehouse into a factory for dunks and rebounds. The stacks of gridded windows and rows of high ceilings are prime real estate, but for the record: this cool lady was here before all that. Mills has West Brooklyn pioneer status.
Malia Mills outside her Brooklyn workspace; image by Kirby Calvin
Actually, one suspects upon meeting her that Mills, with her elegant punk hair and Mad Max style, was born a pioneer. And then you learn that she was born in Hawaii, where the uniform of entrepreneurs and daredevils is a bathing suit. Does that make Mills a born beach pioneer? We think so, yes.
In advance of the just-launched Poolside Pop-In, stylist and photographer Kirby Calvin and I visited the Malia Mills studio and talked with her about blazing trails in bikinis in Brooklyn, women and their bodies, and beyond.
The easy answer to summer’s impending question is not much at all, but it’s what you do with that little bit that sets the season’s best dressed apart from the rest.
This month’s Pop-In@Nordstrom is all about the deck—the tiled, floatie-strewn, beach-towel-covered poolside deck, that is.
In our dream world, the poolside is a place that mixes Old Hollywood regency with present-day realness and global style. At our poolside lounge, Marilyn Monroe and FKA twigs are BFFs. At the poolside, the sun is always shining, the watermelon is always freshly sliced and the DJ is just about to drop our favorite cut—which is a mash-up of vintage girl group doo-wop and Fresh Prince-era feel-good pop. And in this fantasy, everyone is rocking just the right look.
For the skinny on how to wear the best one-piece bathing suits, killer bikinis and more in 2015 poolside style, dive right in.
At age 11, Carla Körbes saw Swan Lake and knew what she was born to do. Since 2006, the ballerina has been a principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet; she’s retiring this June at age 33 to begin a new adventure. We met with Körbes most serendipitously as she was picking up her Jesús Peiró wedding gown from the Nordstrom Wedding Suite. The shimmering silk dress with an embellished waist was as elegant as the Brazilian dancer herself, who spoke with us about pursuing and achieving goals with a little help from her girlfriends. And a Pilates class here and there.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes; image by Angela Sterling