It’s always such a treat to catch up with busy pals when we both manage to be in one of the A+R stores at the same time. Among the surprise visits this week was Jeremy Scott, whose studio is a rock’s throw from our new La Brea store.
Jeremy and I first connected when he escaped Paris for L.A. in 2001. I was a year into my gig as west coast bureau chief for fashion industry bible WWD, and he was riding high as the Kansas City, MO, born enfant terrible of the Paris fashion scene. We were fast pals as I helped connect him to a plumber and other essential contacts, and he made sure I had a FedEx package of saucy ribs by his BBQ whiz of a pop for the holidays.
He remains a rebel, maybe even one of the last in fashion, with his take-no-prisoners, life-is-too-short-not-to-be-me approach to life and design. To wit, are those winged Adidas. He sported one in red and another in blue to mark the patriotic mood of Tuesday, when the country was obsessed with the presidential outcome. From the sneaker collection, he gifted our daughter Nina a set topped with stuffed panda bear heads. A shoe attic was born.
So the occasion for the visit? Jeremy came in clutching a tear out from the New York Times depicting the Eau Good by Black+Blum. The timing couldn’t have been better because JC Obando was also in the house (more on his visit, which includes an exclusive A+R launch, later). JC is also a designer I’ve long championed, and despite their aesthetics being so incredibly polar opposite, I loved that they could connect here.
And, of course, we made sure Jeremy walked out ready to face his hydration needs.