Mallyce Miller is very outgoing, knows how to hustle her brand Laeken, a great collaborator and like us is obsessed with the "NEW, THE NEXT, and THE INNOVATIVE." Designer and Trend Forecaster, Mallyce has been a part of the fashion industry for 11 years and now consults with contemporary brands like Kill City, Guy Baxter and Wasteland. What is Trend Forecasting? "It’s about paying attention to the different & the diverse, the patterns that we recognize & the anomalies that disrupt & confound them."
(For the novices) What are Do's and Don't for designing in tie-dye?
Do be creative and invent your own. Do try one crazy dye on top of another. Right now I am doing a collaboration with JOLYN a swimwear line (http://jolynclothing.com) and I'm putting one crazy snake print dye over a marbled dye. I'm excited, the designs will be out in a couple of months.
Don't have expectations.. Dyes are really hard, dyes change depending on the amount you dye, the fabric, the weight, the color, the treatment. You can tell them "make it look like this" and you will get a completely different outcome. I'm used to it by now, but you have to sample A LOT, because you never know what it's going to look like. Sometimes the samples come out horribly, and other times they come out completely different than wanted but turn out more amazing than I could have imagined.
10 Things I Love About New York City
An EAST COAST/WEST COAST collaboration with Tatiana from Supadupa Vintage and Jason from SGC-NY
[east coast] Jason Alfano of SGC-NYyour favorite NYC vintage store?
Without a doubt The New World Order in the Lower East Side. Owner Renee Bejil curates one of the most meticulous shops with amazing high end brands, Lanvin, Thierry Mugler, YSL, Dior & Vivienne Westwood. If you're looking for more rock and roll vibe, hit up Search and Destroy in the East Village.
favorite NYC resto?
I am Italian and really lean towards that when I go out. So, places like I Sodi, Lupa, Osteria Morini, The Modern, Flex Mussels, The Dutch, Dell’ Anima, A Voce Madison, Socarrat Paella Bar, ABC Kitchen and Roberta's.
what's your city's best jewelry lines?
Assad Mounser, Pamela Love, Nettie Kent. I also think the world of Low Luv, Luv Aj, TomTom Jewelry and Fleet Out on the West Coast.
best kept secret/hidden gem in NYC?
I'd have to say that hidden gems are rather scarce. I think any place you can get a moment of peace is a great hidden gem. Not sure if it's a secret, but Fort Tilden has become a really popular beach destination.
how does the SGC-NY x Supadupa Vintage collaboration represent NYC?
I really love that our shirts play with length. I think that is just very modern and reps that New York City style
coast] Tatiana Bolanos of Supadupa Vintage
favorite LA vintage store?
Shareen Vintage I used to always shop at her warehouse during high school. She has amazing one of a kind
vintage finds at great affordable prices. I would go crazy in her store, since it looks like a huge closet in a big warehouse. Great
50's dresses and vintage swimsuits!
favorite LA resto?
Yen Yen Cafe is one of my all time fave thai restaurants, best Pad Thai, good portions, great prices, BEST Iced ThaiCoffee!
what's your city's best jewelry lines?
Best and most favorite is Luv Aj and
CC Skye. I just received the fabulous crystal chunk knucklebuster
ring and a body chain from Luv Aj, wear them everyday. Such
amazing, eye stopper pieces and can wear with everything.
best kept secret/hidden gem in LA?
Freak City L.A. Shop on
Hollywood Blvd. A lot of people think it's just a venue, but really it's also a
fabulous shop filled with awesome vintage finds especially from the 80's underground scene.
how does the SGC-NY x Supadupa
Vintage collaboration represent LA?
We also agree with SGC, we love lengthen shirts and that soft shredded look,
it's so LA and so trendy for anyone.
COLLABORATION. Two designers, two lines, two coasts, and two limited edition
shredded tees available exclusively in (the shop). Click here for the
Tie-Dye Shredded Tee and here for the Kukkoon
Johanna Bloomfield of Johannes Faktotum menswear line
You've studied in London, Paris, Berlin, and New York. What's your favorite city and why? I find them all equally inspiring for different reasons, but in the end New York feels the most like home. Paris is amazing for its decadence, Berlin for its raw energy and New York…well it really has everything.
Favorite NYC neighborhood: I find the redhook area of Brooklyn to be one of the most intriguing neighborhoods in NYC. It is virtually unreachable by train and has a large artists community. It used to be a major sea port and has maintained much of the maritime architecture and ambiance. It also has some very cool and quirky restaurants and bars.
In your opinion, what's the biggest difference between NYC and European style? Europe has some very forward thinking designers, so the overall style tends to be a bit more experimental. I think people are more open to this aesthetic there. The NYC style is deeply rooted in commercial design so it tends to be more conservative.
What are your summer staples? Water + Air conditioning :)
Name one thing you can do in a New York minute? Free summer concerts...it is such a luxury that this city truly has so much going on, every day.
Amanda Thomas of Luv Aj