we are completely obsessed with pamela loves, eagle claw cuff!!!
it is so bad ass and i needs it now, not to mention the rest of pamela's designs.
You've seen Pamela Love everywhere. Her jewelry at least. Her eagle-claw cuff is an editorial mainstay, and the Times hearts her bird-skull necklace. But the painter-drummer-designer, who's collaborating with Marchesa for their upcoming fashion show (along with fellow jewelry designer Eddie Borgo) has become the go-to girl for cool, amazingly chic, giant pieces. Though we're lusting after one of her birds, we had to know what she's coveting.
What's the story behind the bird skull?
I really wanted to make a bird skull for a friend of mine who I thought really needed a skull around his neck. But I didn’t want to do just a skull because I think they’re kind of cheesy. So I was like, "He needs a bird’s skull, like a raven or a crow." And I cast a few of them in metal and they were huge. And the smaller ones didn’t have the look I wanted. So I just decided to get a big skull and carve a smaller version of it from wax.
And your cuff has been shot in editorials a lot…
It’s supposed to be an eagle claw, and it actually was just in a Gap advertisement. My friend Julia [Restoin-Roitfeld] was in a Gap ad, and she wears them every day. And in fact, three of the girls in the Gap ad are wearing my jewelry [Julia, Lily Donaldson, Georgina Chapman]. You can’t see it on everyone.
Are you all about signature pieces?
I have a lot of signature pieces that I wear every day that aren’t my own. I wear a lot of stuff that I find, antiques.
What other jewelry designers do you love?
Elsa Perretti, obviously. I love what Derrick from Black Sheep and Prodigal Son has done — that stuff is unreal. I really love Digby and Iona.
How would you describe your personal style?
A mixture of high and low, like masculine-feminine, old and new.
What's the first designer item you ever bought?
My mom bought it for me. It was a Betsey Johnson full-length floral bodysuit with a chiffon skirt. And I have pictures of me wearing it, somewhere. It was black, full length, long sleeves, floral.
What trend do you love right now?
Hats. I love hats so much, because my hair is so hard to manage. I've been talking about these Sonia Rykiel hats that were on the runway in every interview in the hopes that someone will read it and send me the hat!
Pamela hard at work.
Photo: Melissa Hom
What trend do you hate?
Leggings. And every girl dressing the same. That’s not a trend, that’s life.
Hats by Sonia Rykiel! One pair of denim shorts by Alexander Wang that they sold out of, the long, baggy, crazy ripped-up ones.
What's something every woman needs?
A signature necklace, whatever necklace that you love, love, love or whatever ring that you never take off. A really amazing and wearable pair of heels, wedges, or pumps. And a really good pair of boots.
original interview source: nymag.com, by amina akhitar
we have been big fans of super knitter Yokoo out of atlanta, georgia for ages and we've been long chatting about a yokoo/bleubird collaboration and it is now in the works. these yokoo/bleubird exclusives will be sold on bleubirdvintage.com very soon.
Tell me a little bit about your background. how did you get into knitting? Who taught you how to knit?
I was just talking to my friend the other night and we were speaking on this very matter. She was claiming that she had finally felt like we had become “artists.” And I was complaining that I still don’t know what that is — and I never did.
I only knew that, from a very early age, there were things that I absolutely hated, and things that I absolutely adored. This allowed me to feel in some way, a little more special than the kid who was immediately diagnosed as an “artists” as if part of a cult or something.
But perhaps I would have been a little better off, I guess, because maybe I wouldn’t have tortured myself with not knowing why I would choose to spend an hour configuring my bedspread morningly, or why I would spend continuous weekends rolling wallpaper in my bedroom.
Another one of these many tortures included these outrageously overstated handmade Birthday Gifts. Most of which, had to begin almost months before the actual birthday. It was seriously pathetic. But out of it, came this amazing scarf bearing resemblance to a red carpet. Everyone was too ashamed to wear this thing, but when I did it got all types of compliments.
what does a typical day at work involve for you?
Well, if you never seen the ABC, serial drama, Lost, by season three, a bulgerly, baldheaded man has reconciled a hidden celestial force on an abandoned island has compelled him to abandon everything he is doing at the moment only so he can pelt back to this old rickety apple ll computer that he may perpetually type in this code. They call it, “PRESSING THE BUTTON.” He can never go so far, or commit himself to too much or else he will lose his ability "PRESS THE BUTTON."
Well, where at once I was free to spend my days bouncing in the sun at the whim of whoever needed me, I now begin to sweat at the moment I am more than two blocks away from my computer. I start sweating and looking disillusioned like Im about to fade into thin air. Its nerve-wracking.
where do you find inspiration?
I don't think I am one those that "find inspiration." But I am definitely of those that is constantly plagued by all of the cliched artistic-psychopathic illnesses like envy, depression, anger and revenge.
what's the best thing about what you do/your job?
and the worst?
I would say that the best thing is the ability to meet new and interesting young women who seem to be part of this new more grounded movement of feminism. It’s unspoken, but you definitely feel it.
We love your style! what or who would you say is your biggest style influence?
Well this changes seasonally. As of right now, I would definitely say Katharine Hepburn.