Meet Danielle Ribner, the designer behind the up-and-coming effortlessly chic label Loup that mixes Parisian cool with American styling. Since the launch of her own collection, Danielle has had the chance to dress celebrity style icons like Kate Bosworth and Emma Stone, and collaborate with talented artist Aaron Morris, as well as have her line carried in Urban Outfitters and sold on Piperlime. Did we mention she is also a graduate of Parson’s School of Design and, in addition to designing her own line, she also contributes as an editor at Go Try It On? Talk about busy!
We chatted with Danielle about her new line of handbags, her bi-coastal lifestyle and the spirit behind her latest collection.
You describe Loup as a mix of American sportswear and Parisian style. What drew you to this design aesthetic?
I’ve always been drawn to the Parisian sensibility – Women seem to look chic in all stages in life, while never looking like they’re trying too hard. There’s always a big menswear influence in their women’s everyday looks as well, and I think that’s just so cool. I’ve always wanted to mix that “cool” factor with functional, classic American sportswear so it never feels too fussy.
You are based out of LA and NYC. What about these two cities inspires you the most?
I absolutely love the Los Angeles ease and the influence of the 1960’s and 1970’s beachy style – old t-shirts, worn in jeans and natural beauty really inspires me. New York City on the other hand has this anxious, put together quality that I love, sort of finding your uniform and sticking to it so you can spend your energy on more creative endeavors.
What is your personal motto or mantra?
If it doesn’t feel right, just don’t.
Can you describe the spirit of the S/S13 collection in three words?
Matisse’s Mexican vacation.
You studied fashion design at Parsons. How was that experience for you?
Parsons taught me about self-motivation and discipline. There was a ton to learn, but if you didn’t push yourself no one was going to hold your hand to get you through it. You kind of immediately know if fashion design and production is something you love or not. Luckily I really fell for it, especially learning about fashion history.
If you could name one person who you would love to dress in Loup, who would it be?
There are so many! It’s a three-way tie between Anjelica Houston, Charlotte Rampling and Frida Khalo. They could all wear the same thing and make it distinctly their own. Luckily I’ve gotten to dress super cool girls like Emma Stone and Kate Bosworth and they give Loup their own chic touch as well.
Loup is launching three styles of leather bags soon. Tell us a little bit about your designs.
The bags are a collaboration with my good friend Maia Wojcik, and we both immediately wanted to do something extremely chic yet completely wearable. We both loved the idea of creating leather accessories based on bags we use everyday like lunch bags, shopping bags and laundry bags, and making them work seamlessly into your wardrobe. And of course, making them exceptional quality without costing the customer a fortune.
What are three secrets about yourself?
I can’t whistle, I love The Muppets, and when I’m working in the studio by myself I just can’t get enough Billy Joel.
If you could give one piece of advice to your 14 year-old self, what would it be?
Stop worrying about everyone else and enjoy yourself. And also, please read more!
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
2013 has already been a really exciting year with the addition of leather bags, and working with new and exciting stores. Right now I’m working with some filmmakers in Los Angeles on a short film for Loup, as well as other clothing side projects with designers and artists in NYC. Stayed tuned for exciting surprises!
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