Lauren Lein — Chicago Fashion Designer
Lauren Lein — Chicago Fashion Designer. We could’ve talked for hours. #ReallyThough. Lauren Lein and I have so much in common — our passions for fashion and spreading compassion are the two elements that come to mind as I focus on our meetings.
I actually met Lauren Lein, one of Chicago’s top womenswear fashion designers, twice! Once back in November atop her Michigan Avenue studio and then again, a few Saturdays ago for brunch in Rogers Park. Lauren is *technically* the first feature in this year’s Duffy Dossier Design Series — she’s witty, she’s whimsical and she’s all herself!
Lauren was my first <3 … my first interviewee in the Duffy Dossier Design Series, that is 😉 And as many of us creative individuals know — there is a process to our art. The first time (or second, third and forth times in some cases) you attempt to create something — it doesn’t always hit the nail on the head. Which, BTW, does not mean imminent failure, it only means that you need to try again!
Which does not mean imminent failure, it only means that you need to try again!
During our first meeting, I was taken by Lauren’s breadth of wisdom and fashion experience; all I wanted to do was share EVERYTHING I learned from her. Lauren walked me through her ENTIRE life. I enjoyed the little antidotes about fashion she gave to me … I learned of Elsa Klensch — a fashion TV show host who dubbed Chicago’s style unafraid and unique on it’s own. Lauren also taught me the recognized Molloy Theory of Power Dressing (we shared giggles over the irony of a man telling women how to “properly dress for success”).
After the first meeting — I spent HOURS putting together the first draft of her Design Series feature. I wrote, I back-spaced, I underlined and struck through. Yet, with all that preparation, the words on the pages, featuring one of Chicago’s most vibrant fashion individuals, flopped.
Yet, with all that preparation, the words on the pages, featuring one of Chicago’s most vibrant fashion individuals, flopped.
UGH. I thought about giving up on my blog Series — all together. Lauren’s write up was only the first interview, and in my eyes, it wasn’t quite a success … how could I possibly keep this up?!
“No, Alex! You’re not a quitter!” I heard my higher self and admittedly, a little bit of my Father, say to me.
I had a few interviews scheduled early in 2017 — Gidi and Wanda Cobar — and those went well, I found a groove and decided to ask each designer the same set of questions, record it (sort of like a Podcast) and upload it to a blog post.
After my first encounter with Ms. Lein, I knew I had to switch her Series post to this format. Be sure to listen to BOTH parts of my interview with Lauren Lein —