Staycations, Vacations, & Cocktail Hour with Cynthia Vincent

By  November 06, 2013

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Speaking from experience, there’s a place in every woman’s closet for Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent. Her super-chic, contemporary aesthetic of fashion-meets-function is ideal for the girl-on-the-go.

As a result, I seized the opportunity to visit Cynthia Vincent at her Nolita boutique and chat about her most recent Resort collection – but what I really loved was getting to know the woman behind the brand.

Q: Glam: Congrats on 10 years with Twelfth Street! How did you celebrate?
A:
An intimate, casual dinner with amazing food at Goldie’s Restaurant in LA.
Q: Your designs are perfect for the girl-on-the-go – and for any event on her calendar. What’s your interpretation of the Twelfth Street Girl?
A: She’s boho – even if just in spirit. It’s more about the mindset – she loves fashion and trends but isn’t consumed by either of them.
Q: Totally. You can put on any item from the collection and not think about it the rest of the day – every piece is stylish, yet functional.
A: Yes! I think a woman looks her most sexy – but not overtly so – when she’s comfortable. For me, it’s always about how you feel great in what you’re wearing.
Q: Tell us about this year’s Resort collection.
A: Since it was my 10 year [anniversary] I focused on home – LA. I’m really embodying that right now, embracing what’s in my backyard.  It’s about a mindset and a spirit – you can put on a dress and take yourself away or be present and feel that boho spirit. Even in the city!
Q: Speaking of which, any dream vacations or exciting travel on the horizon?
A: We’re going to Sweden and Switzerland this winter. We were just in Tulum, which is sort of my getaway. I love to travel, whether real or imagined. I love what I do so I always try to I try to bring that into my collection. Although this summer was all about the staycation. I arbitrarily booked weekends at my cottage in Malibu and spent them there with my daughter and a few friends.
Q: And what do you do on your staycations?
A: Redecorate! I bring all of my stuff so that I feel at home – you’d laugh. My pillows, blankets and so on. We picnic on the beach, hike in the hills, and invite friends for lunches and dinners. They bring the food so I don’t have to do anything but host – it’s great. It’s fun, easy and I still felt like I was on vacation.
Q: What else did you do this summer?
A: We had a rollerskating party! I took the team and gave prizes for the best outfit.
Q: So fun! Okay, it’s cocktail hour and we’re buying. What’ll it be?
A: Ooh – I like a rendition of the Moscow mule. I love citrus and ginger, but I add real lime and hard-pressed ginger to give mine a contemporary twist.
Q: Just like you do in your designs.
A: Exactly! It’s how I approach life
Q: And do you have a favorite piece from the resort collection?
A: I have a couple, but I really like the scarf that’s emblazoned with a map of LA. I even put my favorite places on the index.
Q: Okay, last question. If you had to choose: New York or LA?
A: Do I have to?

Contributing Editor, Hallie Wilson is the blogger behind corals + cognacs, an almost-daily dose of life and style. Here, she shares outfit inspirations, wardrobe creations and general musings on her evolving list of latest obsessions. Offline, Hallie takes time to enjoying life’s little luxuries – like shoe shopping, manicures and Zara.