Londyn Douglas talks vintage finds and creative minds with her returning vintage boutique The Club.
2017- Pulling into the parking lot of the Line Hotel, I was filled with nervousness and anxiety. This was my first official interview for the Indigo Stop. I had this idea to interview fashion designers based in Los Angeles. I was excited to tell their stories, share their products and expand their reach. I sent out over 50 emails to various designers in the area and the first to reach out was a young African American woman from DC. Londyn Douglas told me how she dropped her accounting career in D.C. to pursue a fashion career in Los Angeles. She also told me her stories as a wardrobe stylist to her development as a fashion curator. She left me in awe and inspired many as the first subject on the Indigo Stop. Two years later and I now consider this woman a friend and mentor. A lot has changed in the life of Londyn from taking a little hiatus from her brand to gaining more exposure in the fashion industry as an assistant and head stylist. Here she discusses with me the return of the Club, working in fashion and music.
The Cool Babe and her Club
IS: It's been almost two years since our first interview, what all has changed since then?LD: I’m still the Queen of Cool Babes, haha no a few things have changed. I moved around a little bit to NYC to DC then back to LA. I also started exploring a new passion (DJ-ing) and I relaunched “The Club”.
IS: What inspired you to bring "The Club" back?
LD: The Club has never left me. Between the moves I was sourcing and collecting bomb vintage. Once I settled back into LA, I started working on the relaunch.
IS: What is the new method of purchasing products from the online/social media brand?
LD: I moved the online store directly to Instagram. Cool girls can now shop directly on the app by commenting on the photo or sliding into my DM’s to make a purchase.
IS: It's probably a secret, but can you explain to me how the vintage finding process works?
LD: I can share a secret. I like to make a moodboard/ shopping list before I go thrifting. that way I have a general knowledge of what I want and when I’m scanning the racks the pieces I envisioned stand out. Finding vintage takes a lot of patience, If you come in with a game plan you’ll ultimately win.
IS: What is your fave piece from your collection? I have so many! Where to start?
LD: My latest obsession is this crazy Babyphat monogram purple denim jacket. It looks like a piece Supreme or Louis Vuitton would currently design. I loved baby phat as a teenager, so the jacket is super nostalgia.
Styling, Thrifting and DJing, Oh My !
IS: Do you still double as a curator and stylist? How does doubling as a designer and stylist further the brand?
LD: Yes, it helps alot! It cut the middle man out with getting my brand worn directly onto clients/ celebrities. I take my vintage to every fitting/job I do. I also have a strong network of stylists, my first pull was for Singer Summer Walker (shout-out to stylist Chasidy Billups). Summer wore The Club in her “Up Next” Apple Documentary.
IS: What skills as a stylist do you bring to the brand?
LD: Stylist and Vintage curator go hand in hand. I bring my stylist eye when finding vintage. I can pick up a piece know exactly how I’m going to style it. I offer styling advice with each piece that I sell.
IS: Outside of thrifting & styling, what do you do for fun?
LD: I love to listen to live music especially jazz. I check out this monthly event called Jazz is Dead in highland park. Its curated by Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe called Quest and producer Adrian Younge. Last month I saw the legendary Roy Ayers.
IS: Does music inspire the pieces you choose and design? If not, what is your inspiration?
LD: Most definitely! I'm super into funky tropical music right now which translates into airy, bright and fun pieces.
IS: What made you want to add Djing on ygour list of things to do?
LD: I love music just as much a I love fashion. I always wanted to DJ but didn't see many women pursuing it. Last year I decided I wanted to go after it and started going to DJ workshops and classes. I jump right in and haven’t turned back since!
IS: How long have you lived in Los Angeles?
LD: 5 Years
IS: What is your fave place to get some inspiration from in LA? (Coffee shop, museum, store, etc.)
LD: I love visiting Hammer museum in Westwood for their contemporary edgy art and Recess vintage store on La Brea for major vintage inspiration.
IS: What is your fave LA nightspot for listening to good music and vibing?
LD: My friend Earry Hall is an amazing DJ and throws parties at Standard and Sho Sho Baby with the best vibes.
IS: What is your fave LA vintage shops?
LD: Recess and Squaresville
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