Lisa is literally the inspiration for this site. It is her complete independent thinking and pure imagination when it comes to dressing that I have been continuously uplifted by for the 20+ years that I have known her. It is what led me to want to bring her and people like her “out of the closet.” In all of my years as an editor and stylist, I have never come across anyone with her taste and style. I would give her my credit card and unconditionally allow her to buy me a house, sight unseen, and I know that it would be original and genius, down to the hangers. She is so obsessed with beauty and originality that she will literally travel all corners of the world (either in cyber space or in actuality) to find the exact, perfect version of whatever she is looking for, whether it’s a white cotton robe or an indigenous sandal. The only requirement is that it is like no one else’s, and quintessential in its authenticity. Lisa’s closet is a museum of her artifacts that she has uncovered from every genre and continent, and in many cases, put together herself – a little ’70s sleeve with a boyfriend’s old shirt or an elaborately beaded belt buckle from a far-off continent attached to a piece of leather that is no doubt meaningful and memorable. Other examples are the endless mumus that she wears out, like her Sonia Rykiel navy “sweater robe,” blazers and coats from Chanel to Mongolian, at least 100 white crisp button-down shirts, from Neru to men’s night shirts from the 1800’s, shoes and boots from every decade and tribe, and jewelry that is indigenous, Victorian, or contemporary (but always lots of it and all mixed up in feeling, like a cameo attached to a string of rawhide).
It is how Lisa puts it all together that makes her an artist, and it often comes from being influenced by all parts of culture, mostly unrelated to fashion (like music, arts and crafts, and nature). The ultimate staples of her wardrobe are the basics like jodphurs, karate pants, the real jalapas from a particular clan in Senegal, and Mexican fisherman bags. She is completely unconscious of trends, except for maybe intentionally going against them. It’s much more about having all of the essential possibilites and then throwing them together as only she can do (usually extreme opposties juxtaposed, like a ’30s tap shoes with an outrageously amazing oversized pair of khaki pants that she is has no idea are Commes des Garcon until I ask her). I love the combination of the crisp white drop crotch pants with the navy military blazer and romantic lace lavender leggings peeking out. Lisa says that her timeless pieces, rich in history, are testimonials to the value of their quality by their eternal good feeling, like a glass of water. But for me, that describes her.