Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Lola SS14 "Pineapple Cap" {my personal favorite!}
Lola creating pom poms in the studio
Left to Right//Sweetheart Cocktail Hat and Mouse Ears from the personal archive
A view of the beautiful studio

SS13 "Horchata" {in progress, not finished}
Lola SS14 "Soap Bubble"

John SS12 "Graffiti News"
Left to Right//John SS14 "Front Door Two" and "Plasterboard"

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Lola FW13 'Pieced Brioche"
Lola FW13 "Pieced Brioche" made of recycled felts
Lola hats on display on beautiful, sculptural hat trees

Left to Right//Lola FW13 "Ricochet", Lola FW13 "School Ring"{top} and Lola FW13 "Upholstered"{bottom}
Lola SS14 "Willy Nilly"
Lola FW13 "Catty'

The SS14 collection is inspired by laundry. One of the things I found most interesting about Lola and her creative process is it's very organic.  She doesn't start with a singular theme for a collection, rather she creates pieces first and then develops a concept based on what she creates.

Left to Right//Lola SS14 "Flip a Coin", "Matrix", "Sunroom", and "Flip a Coin"

John SS12 'Broadsheet"

Each Lola hat is adorned with a lovely label

A few of the pieces featured in various fashion publications

I few weeks ago while I was in NYC for NYFW, I had the pleasure of visiting the Lola Hats/John studio in Bushwick. I have been an admirer of Lola's creations for several years and was elated to not only see her creative space but to meet her as well.  What started in 1989 as a small storefront has now progressed to a beautiful studio space overlooking the Manhattan skyline.  You may recognize her work as it has been featured in fashion publications such as Vogue, W, Elle, The New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, to name a a few, and boasts an impressive client list which includes Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, Phillip Lim and Tommy Hilfiger among others.  What I love about her designs is the beautiful craftsmenship and cool factor each piece radiates.  You can view more of Lola's pieces here!

Special thanks to Lola and Liz for graciously letting me visit the lovely studio

Photos by Stacy Suvino


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