It’s almost fall! And you know what that means – the return of pumpkin lattes, rosy cheeks, and classic fall fashion. Today’s Sew & Tell guest puts a spin on classic style for her F/W 2012 collection – Lizz Wasserman of the L.A.-based popomomo creates women’s wear pieces that are heady, sophisticated, and still playful. The former creative designer for Free People launched her own line with the desire to make changes for the sustainable, and has found no shortage of fans for her collections. Each season is inspired by icons, cultural movements, and philosophies that range from Geogia O’Keefe to the Russian Constructivists. With that level of creative approach, it’s no surprise to discover that Lizz comes from a background in sociology and anthropology, and on today’s show, we’ll learn about how she made the leap from European squat culture to her own label, her method for developing one-of-a-kind prints, the inspiration behind her F/W 2012 pieces, and how her closet has changed as she’s moved into her 30’s.
All that, plus a stellar playlist, including brand new Yeasayer, samples of the new collaborative projects Poor Moon and OMBRE, and a gorgeous cover of the Arcade Fire from two San Francisco-based musicians. So grab a cup of cider and get ready to take notes – fall is fashionably early on BTR!
popomomo by Lizz Wasserman
(Photos by Eugene Wasserman, courtesy of popomomo)
Selections from F/W 2012: “Unified Field Theory”
Selections from Summer 2012: New French Wave
The popomomo family dog, Booker, in Lizz’s studio
Designer Q&A with S&T: A Few of Lizz Wasserman’s Picks
*What do you miss about the Midwest?
Honestly, other than my parents and littlest brother, I don’t really miss anything.
I’m nostalgic for things, like Lake Michigan, Kopp’s Frozen Custard, independent breweries and great thrift shopping…I had a great time growing up in Milwaukee, but I’ve found I prefer the memories of those things and the city itself, to the actuality.
*What are some of your favorite places in L.A.?
There are so many great places in LA, so I’ll just stick to my little corner of it, Highland Park.
I love that you can really walk around in Highland Park. We walk to: Good Girl Dinette, a great Vietnamese comfort food spot; Folliero’s, an old school pizza place; The Highland 3, our theatre that has first run movies for $3 two nights a week; La Cuevita, our local bar that finally opened up its outdoor space; there’s a giant vintage furniture store, a great farmers market, and a new record store called Mount Analog that just opened, too.
*What have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to my friends’ bands this summer a lot: Tanlines, out of NYC, and Kisses out of LA. My friend Brendan also has an amazing record label, called Paradise of Bachelors, and he works with special projects for older and newer artist alike. And I’ve been into 1960s garage rock lately, too.
*What’s one of your favorite fall foods or dishes?
My “pumpkin pie”! Which is pizza I make with finely sliced pumpkin, goat cheese, red onions and rosemary. (Editorial note to self: MAKE THAT!)
*Any favorite design blogs?
I’m working on our house blog, fifthfromthetop, because we are going to be building a house on land we bought in Highland Park: so mostly I’m looking at architecture blogs, dwell, etc. Honestly, and I think it’s the downfall of creative producers, and the beacon for creative consumers, but Pinterest has been helpful in finding good architecture and building blogs.
(Photo by Jason Nocito)
Aug 24 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
Aug 25 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE
Aug 26 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Aug 27 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 29 – Malkin Bowl – Vancouver, British Columbia
Aug 30 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
Aug 31 – McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Sept 1 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
Sept 2 – FYF Festival – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 3 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Sept 5 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Sept 6 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX
Sept 7 – Republic – New Orleans, LA
Sept 8 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Sept 9 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
Sept 11 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
Sept 12 – Rumsey Playfield, Central Park – New York, NY
Sept 16 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
(Photo by Mark Lunt)
Sept 8 – Valentine’s – Albany, NY
Sept 13 – Ashland Coffee and Tea – Ashland, VA
Sept 14 – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA
Sept 15 – Burlap and Bean – Newtown Square, PA
Sept 16 – Middle East – Cambridge, MA
Sept 17 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
Sept 19 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
Sept 20 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
Sept 21 – Tin Angel – Philadelphia, PA
Sept 22 – IOTA Club – Arlington, VA
Sept 23 – The Camel – Richmond, VA
Sept 25 – The Jewish Mother – Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 26 – Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC
Sept 28 – 5 Points Pub – Columbia, SC
Sept 29 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC
Oct 1 – Live Wire – Savannah, GA
Oct 2 – The Melting Point – Athens, GA
Oct 3 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
Oct 4 – Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC
Oct 5 -The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC
(Photo by Kyle Johnson)
Aug 27 – Easy Street – Seattle, WA
Aug 31 – End of the Road Festival – Sailsbury, United Kingdom
Sept 1 – The Ruby Lounge – Manchester, United Kingdom
Sept 3 – The Lexington – London, United Kingdom
Sept 6 – Botanique – Brussels, Belgium
Sept 7 – La Fleche – Paris, France
Sept 10 – Comet Club – Berlin, Germany
Sept 20 – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room – Seattle, WA
Sept 22 – The Media Club – Vancouver, British Columbia
Sept 28 – The New Frontier Lounge – Tacoma, WA
Sept 29 – The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
Oct 4 – Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
Oct 5 – Egyptian Theatre – Boise, ID
Oct 7 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
Oct 8 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE
Oct 9 – First Ave – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 10 – Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
Oct 11 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
Oct 13 – Kool Haus – Toronto, Ontario
Oct 14 – Club Soda – Montreal, Quebec
Oct 15 – Wilbur Theatre – Boston, MA
Oct 16 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 17 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
Oct 18 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 19 & 20 – Knitting Factory – New York, NY
Oct 23 – Black Cat – Washington, D.C.
Oct 24 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
Oct 25 – The Earl – East Atlanta, GA
Oct 26 – High Watt – Nashville, TN
Oct 27 – Circle Bar – New Orleans, LA
Oct 29 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
Oct 30 – LaGrange – Dallas, TX
Oct 31 – Opolis – Norman, OK
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