Every collectista gets to a place in her fashion life when she steps back in shame, realizing she has the ability to clothe an entire nation with her closetful of frocks. It was at this pivotal time that I decided I am only collecting clothing with a story. I mean, how many white, YKB, green, and ballet-slipper-pink items do I need? I know what looks good; been there, done that—it was becoming gluttonous. Fashion inspired by a story is forever. These items are wearable snapshots of some designers’ fleeting moment, emotion, or epiphany. Chances are, you share that same feeling or wouldn’t have connected with the piece! The following are my current favorite fashion poets.

 

Olympia Le Tan Literary Clutches

OLYMPIA LE-TAN
Literature Clutches

You should definitely judge Olympia Le-Tan books by their covers. Since 2009, this young, London-meets-Paris designer has been creating impeccably embroidered, limited-edition clutches that are faux books. No joke: I carried my “Great Gatsby” bag to an event and sophisticates all around me were questioning why I brought a book to a black-tie affair. Artists are often advised to focus on what they know and love; Olympia Le-Tan loves books. The daughter of a French illustrator, Le-Tan creates her bags as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to classic stories. Each season brings a new theme. Most recently, we enjoyed Disney themes and classic notebooks.

 

Just One Eye
7000 Romaine Street
Los Angeles
888-563-6858
justoneeye.com

 

Blazer in forest4

LIBERTINE

If you know anything about me, then you know I can’t go a season without proudly promoting Johnson Hartig’s latest stroke of genius. I am a die-hard fan of Johnson’s designs as well as his inspiring stories and experiences. Just look at his Instagram feed for a single day. Libertine creates whimsical collections that include one-of-a-kind, some-of-a-kind, and collaborative goodies. Each and every piece tells a story of a time, a place, or literal literature. One of my faves was last season’s Yeats sweaters and blazers. Libertine clothes are statement pieces—highly collectible, wearable art.

 

Gratus Beverly Hills
427 North Canon Drive
Suite 209
Beverly Hills
310-276-8200
gratus.com

Shari Schmeltzer
Bergdorf Goodman
754 Fifth Avenue
New York City
800-558-1855
bergdorfgoodman.com

 

each x other

EACH X OTHER
Collaborative Art Fashion

Each x Other is a collaborative brand that embodies everything Collectista stands for: accessible, exclusive art for everyone. Their French design team produces limited-edition clothing each season. They collaborate with artists to produce artworks, books, and design objects in conversation with their fashion collections. Recently, they have created several text-art-inspired pieces like my new Lucy + Jorge Orta sleeveless tee and Robert Montgomery’s “Poem Knit Sweater” for pre-fall 2015. Is this the greatest use of poetic license or what? Sheer brilliance, if you ask me.

 

Gratus Beverly Hills
427 North Canon Drive
Suite 209
Beverly Hills
310-276-8200
gratus.com

Each x Other
Boutiques in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, and Düsseldorf
each-other.com

Xx Lottie Dottie