November 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Apparently nerds are sexy now. This development would have been helpful to me 15 years ago when I was in the midst of my socially crippling awkward phase. Now, the same giant rimmed glasses that led to rejection in high school adorn the faces of runway models and NBA superstars alike. The horror.
As a teen, I tried to convince the ladies that I was a trail blazer. To no avail. Vindication in 2013 is of little comfort to 1998 Donald. That young man is still scarred. Fortunately, some folks have been able to harness and capitalize on the nerd chic revolution.
Earlier this year, I met Harvard English major turned lingerie designer Laura Mehlinger at a party on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Rocking a side pony and a knit sweater, didn’t really give me an inkling of her chosen career path, but she did resemble friends of mine from my mid-90’s nerdery. Turns out we were at a 90’s party, and I was the one who came unprepared.
Despite once again being out of fashion, Laura agreed to sit down and chat with me about her work and career path.
What She Does: Founder and designer of LolaHaze™ lingerie company.
School: B.A. in English from Harvard University.
Goals: “I am excited about growing Lola Haze in the U.S. and abroad, as well as creating new collections that more people can enjoy at all different price points. At the moment, I’m trying to create the new Spring 2014 collection, and I have so many ideas … they’re really giving me the run around!”
What’s below: What makes Lola Haze™ unique even in the New York fashion world; Why traveling helps spur creativity; and How Laura’s love of literature inspired her to pursue design. Read more of this post