NYC Together X Line & Label

Internships are often thought of as being for the benefit of the intern, but more and more we’re seeing what effect they can have for the company taking on the intern, too.

When Jerome arrived at Line & Label, Kate O’Riley’s hip Greenpoint boutique, she didn’t know what to expect. She said she partnered with the NYC Together internship program this winter simply because she wanted to pass on what she knows to aspiring designers.

“I always thought it would feel good to mentor or help someone, but never could I have imagined how good it made me feel,” she told us recently in an email. “It was a life changing experience for me. I think the bond that I developed with Jerome will be life long. I am truly thankful for the time that I get to spend with him every week.” 

When Jerome arrived, he loved clothes but he really didn’t know anything about making them, she said. He helped her mostly by taking packages to the post office, picking up sewing and trimming supplies, and doing inventory. She helped him by teaching him some basics in designing, draping, patternmaking, and sewing.

“What I wanted him to learn was first making a simple tote bag,” she explained. “He made the flat pattern, cut and then sewed the bag. I was pretty impressed, he had never made anything like this before from scratch.  Now we are in the process of making a custom fit button up shirt with his measurements.  He is learning that he can take an existing flat pattern, and make the adjustments according to his (or someone else's) measurements.”

Jerome is a senior in high school and hopes to continue his education at a fashion school next fall, where he’ll have some skills when he enters the classroom.

“There were a lot of people in my life who influenced me,” Kate wrote. “I would love to be able to inspire and help someone work toward their goals and dreams.”

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Photographer Nick Knight

 Past, Present & Couture, John Galliano, 2002


Nick Knight is mostly known for his fashion photography after working along side other visionaries like John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

I have totally fallen in love with his manipulated still life photos, known as 'Melting Floral Photomanipulation'.

They pieces have a painterly feel from Knight exposing the photos to various chemicals, heat and water during the printing process.

These colors are so unreal.  You can read more about Nick Knight and see more of his work on

10 Questions with Alynne Lavigne

We had a chance to chat with Alynne Lavigne + Eve Tobolka of the jewelry line Alynne Lavigne.  They told us all about their design inspiration and favorite things.

1) We've heard you gather inspiration from female rap artists & their music videos for your jewelry line which is so cool. If you had to pick your absolute favorite style icon out of these inspiring women, who would it be & why?

Alynne: Salt-N-Pepa had such bold iconic looks, lots of big gold chains and medallions.  They were also tough and funny, which gets projected (I hope) in my personal style on occasion.

Flat Chain Bracelet

Eve: Right now I’m trying to channel Njena Reddd Foxxx’s temperament coupled with a matching-is-overrated direction every time I get dressed. Needless to say it’s tough to do so in the winter time because I’ll put on an NRF “my-opinion-is-the-only-one-that-counts” outfit but then I have to cover up with full-on Canadian winter gear, not to mention long underwear.

2) What are some of your favorite eras or favorite style icons you draw inspiration from for your personal style?

Alynne: It changes EVERY WEEK! Lately I’ve been doing a lot of layering with 2 or 3 thin necklaces and pendants à la a 90’s D’arcy Wretzky or Gwen Stefani.

Eve: I’m with Alynne - this changes all the time. Right now I’m really into Anke-Eve Goldmann’s all leather all the time look.


3) So, you two started collecting vintage jewelry when you began working together, how did that transform into creating & designing your own line?

Alynne: A lot of the vintage needing repairs, so I started altering pieces and it snowballed from there.



Medallion Pendant

4) What are some of the very first pieces you two designed together?

The Brick Wall Earrings were probably our first thing.

The first piece Alynne + Eve designed together.

5) What are your absolute favorite pieces of jewelry you own?

Alynne: I have this Fortune Cookie Necklace that I can’t find to take a pic for you! But my vintage dinosaur pin collection is growing, and it’s pretty great.

6) Are you engaged in any other projects or collaborations aside from Alynne Lavigne?

Alynne: We’ve always got something going with NYC based stylist Solange Franklin, definitely another collaboration in the works. I would LOVE to start doing costume jewellery for movies and/or TV shows, especially something Sci-Fi or medieval themed.

Eve: I’m taking violin lessons.

Silver Spike Necklace
Silver Spiral Earrings

7) Describe your ideal day off.

Alynne: Reading, walking, going for dinner, drinks with friends.

Eve: Ideally, holding hands while snorkeling with my boo, like in the Turks and Caicos commercials. Realistically, cuddling and eating chips.

Alynne: I change mine, what Eve said.


8) Do you share any rituals or superstitions either before you start your day or to optimize creativity?

Alynne: No. Unless Mercury is in retrograde. Then yes.

Eve: It isn’t a good idea to start working on anything together before we’ve had coffee.

Gold Spiral Earrings
Gold Half Sun Earrings

9) If Toronto wasn't your home where would you live?

Alynne: Paris? Maybe Berlin. Love Toronto though.

Eve: That’s a tough one because I’m only a year into my relationship with the dumpling place up the street.


10) Any favorites from the Line & Label collection?

Alynne: Love that Calf Hair Satchel!

Eve: Leather Cargo Skirt for sure!


Meet Gia, the Designer of Unearthen

We had a chance to stop by Unearthen's booth at (capsule) in NYC and check out the new collection! Unearthen is one of our favorite brands at Line & Label.  We love their unique settings and designer Gia Bahm's juxtaposition of refined and raw materials and design.
A preview of the new Unearthen pieces we tried on at (capsule).
Unearthen sophisticately mixes classic and polished shapes with rough and rugged stones and metals. We love the look of a perfect gold chain with a chunk of garnet or a braided gold ring with a smooth pearl.
Smokey Quartz Prism Studs
We had a chance to interview Gia about her favorite things, scroll through below!

How did you come up with your brand name?

I thought of the name by word association...hours and hours of it! One word kept leading me to the next through thesaurus etc...and then finally the word "Unearthen" popped into my head, and it just felt right! It's funny cuz it's not even a real word.

What inspires you? 

Nature mostly, music, perfume and cooking. In that order.

Animal, vegetable, or mineral? And why? 

Minerals, of course! And at the moment it would be Opals and Geodes. It's what we used in tons of the AW15 collection.

What is your favorite thing about LA? 

I just feel like it's a really happy and healthy place. And there's so many things to explore just outside of the city - head north to Big Sur, south to the beach, east to the desert. There is space for quality time that I personally couldn't find for myself before living here.

What is your favorite type of stone to work with? 

Besides opals and Tabasco geodes of the moment, I will always love just plain quartz. It's like the vanilla ice cream of stones. So simple and so perfect. Add stuff to it, or enjoy it on it's own, either way it holds it's own.

A new quartz Unearthen piece that we saw at (capsule).


What is your favorite kind of jewelry to make?

Rings! I make way too many!


If you had to pick 1 Disney cartoon character to describe yourself, who would it be? 

Ha! This is a funny question. I have no idea - but can I be Ariel?

Meet Christian Joy: Costume Designer for Karen O, Santigold, & Oh Land

For designer Christian Joy, textile prints are just as important as a garment's silhouette.

1. What brought you to Brooklyn/NYC?

It was always my dream to move to NYC. My brother was living here and so it made it easier for me to move. I really never thought of being anywhere else in the world. 


2. Did you always dream of having your own line?

More than anything I wanted to be an artist. I fell into creating clothes by accident and after meeting Karen O, I became her costume designer almost by default. I really didn't have any idea what I was doing, but I decided that if I was going to pursue making clothing and costumes that I would need to learn all of the different aspects of design and so I began buying books and taught myself. 


Karen O performing in an outfit by Christian joy. Photo Credit: Rachel Warner


3. Tell us about the musicians and performances you've worked with. Any fun collaborations?

Well of course, Karen O is my favorite. I really couldn't ever ask for better than the relationship I've had with her. It's endlessly inspiring and always fun and exciting. I've also worked with the Klaxons, Santigold and Oh Land, and I have really enjoyed making costumes for each band and performer. One of my favorite parts of working with performers is learning to understand how they move on stage and complimenting their performance style with a great costume. Recently I've also had the privilege of working with two amazing dancers, Anna Sperber and ballet dancer Isabella Boylston who was just promoted to a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater.  


Christian Joy's "Bok Joy" exhibit at the Knockdown Center.


4. What inspires you?

Food, l love eating with friends and having exciting conversations. Artists who inspire me are John Waters and Sonia Delaunay. My husband, he has a really amazing voice. I wish I could sing like him. My whole life would be made.


5. Describe your ideal day off.

Eating my way around the city and thrifting. 


Dancing Amoeba's. Photo Credit: Ioulex


6. What is your favorite thing about what you do?

I have to say that I love almost every moment of what I do. I find it so exciting to constantly get to come up with new ideas. 


Linen Dress by Christian Joy, available at Line & Label. Click on the photo to see other Christian Joy pieces available at the shop.


7. Talk to us about your process.  It seems like you design many of your textile prints as well as the garments.

Yes, I love creating prints and embellishments. I really prefer fairly simple pieces that have a lot of flow to them. They're a lot more fun to print and I love the idea of them drifting through the air on stage or making a big statement with a pose. I love movement so in my costumes especially I try to create movement whether through an optic print or color combo or by using lots of fabric and fringe. 


Yarnz Teal Hen Woman Cashmere & Silk Scarf


L&L Grey Leather Bucket Bag


8. Besides your collection, do you have any favorite pieces at L&L?  

Well, I have to say that it looks like my favorite pieces are also everyone else's because they're sold out! I love the Batik pieces especially the skirts. The Yarnz scarves and of course the Line & Label Grey Drawstring Bucket Bag. Sounds like my perfect combo of prints and a bold color in a beautiful shape!