Monday, March 29, 2010

Interview with Otis & Maclain

I've had the fabulous opportunity of interviewing Otis & Maclain. Their designs have been worn by Lauren Conrad, Kloe Kardashian, Mischa Barton, Lindsey Lohan, Tori Spelling, et al. 
I absolutely adore this line- simple and chic!

About Otis & Maclain
Otis & Maclain was created by co-owners/designers, Shamani Hall and Andrea Cheatham.  Shamani has attended both the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.City and has a degree in visual communications.   Andrea attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and management and a minor in business.  She also has a jewelry line, Andrea Cheatham Vintage.  

Shamani and Andrea have both managed Madison, a chain of clothing boutiques in Los Angeles, where they met in 2006.  Otis & Maclain originated out of Andrea and Shamani’s desire to create a unique clothing line that uses simple, versatile body styles mixed with hand-picked silks and rayons that are easy to wear but fashion forward.

1. Who are Otis and Maclain? 
Otis is Ryan Jackson, Shamani's cousin. Their mothers are twins. Maclain is Andrea's godson, her cousin, Bethany Ruoff's son.

2. Who is your ideal client?
Clarissa Wong

3. When did you launch Otis & Maclain?
Spring 2007

4. Biggest achievement:
Our biggest achievement has been being featured in WWD 

5. We are obsessed with:
DJ Pauly D

6. Which designer do you admire the most?
Karl Lagerfeld 

7. A city:
New York

8. A book:
We both love: Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me by Pattie Boyd

9. A quote:
Basically anything Karl Lagerfeld says, but here are a few favs:  “I have no scene.  I go everywhere.  I adapt.”  “I’m rather pro-prostitution.  I admire people who do it.  It can’t be much fun.  Thank goodness for it.  People need relief or they become murderers.”  “Friendship is often used to describe something you are indifferent about.  You shouldn’t trivialize these things.”

10. A fashion advice: 
All black everything

11. You would never leave your house without?

Where to buy online?
Follow Otis & Maclain on Twitter

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