Kym and Alexis McClay designers for Los Angeles based clothing label Naven
LA has a style all its own. How does that come across in your clothing line? What about LA is inspiring?
Los Angeles is a fashion forward city that combines bold colors, comfort, and Hollywood glamour to form its own unique style. To exemplify how Los Angeles inspires us in our designs take a look at our Spring 2011 Collection and where our inspiration was derived from. For Spring 2011 we wanted to convey a “California Cool” vibe and incorporate all the pastel colors and elements and the overall “breezy” feel of Venice beach, which is such a landmark of the California Coast. We wanted to stay true to our sexy and empowering fits but incorporate the ease of the true California “Beach Bum”. Think of the following images when considering our inspiration: Malibu Barbie, Sweet Valley High, Venice Beach, Abbott Kinney Road, California Blue, crashing waves, marine mist in the morning, pale sand at your toes, the carnival at Santa Monica pier, all these images led to the creation of the Spring 2011 Collection.
How did you come up with the name Naven? Tell me more about your European influences.
My family is Irish from a small city called Navan. Because family and upbringing is so important in our lives the name for our brand was very much inspired by Navan. My sister and I spent summers in London, Paris, Saint Tropez and Cannes travelling to Cities with my family and vacationing in summer homes. Being able to experience European culture consistently throughout our lives has very much shaped our sense of style.
I noticed you both attended FIDM in LA. What did fashion school teach you that you could not learn on your own?
We actually did not both attended FIDM we attended different Universities I have describes the brief history below.
Naven was founded in 2007 by identical twin designers, Kym and Alexis. After graduating from FIDM in Los Angeles, Kym obtained a BA in fashion design while interning at various Los Angeles fashion houses. Alexis graduated from Pepperdine University with majors in French and Marketing with an emphasis on Business before interning at a Los Angeles fashion houses and gaining marketing and administrative experience in various businesses. Alexis brings a business and marketing skills to NAVEN and Kym brings her creative talent and together their focused is on building NAVEN into a major fashion company.
Who’s celebrity style is most like your own?
Katy Perry (for going out outfits), Blake Lively (all around style), Anne Hathaway (for event gowns)
What is your essential going out for drinks in LA outfit?
Naven’s Party Dress in Pop Pink with studded shoulders, stiletto Black ankle boots, a fitted leather jacket and matching clutch, my hair tied back in a tight “vintage vogue” style bun, black thick eyeliner and red lips.
What is your go to daytime outfit for shopping and lunch with friends?
A Naven Kimono top with pocket in Peach paired with a Naven Skinny mini Petal Skirt (as seen on Giuliana Rancic on E! News)in Black, Tan studded stilettos with matching studded shoulder purse and a cream Naven Blazer with the sleeves slightly rolled. For a day time look I would wear my hair down in loose waves with peach lips and soft natural eyes.
What is the essential fashion accessory that everyone in LA needs?
an oversized ring
If you could offer one piece of fashion advice to our readers what would it be?
Know how to dress for your body type, and always incorporate color into your outfit- why blend in with the crowd instead stand out with bold colors.
When not designing, you can be found doing what….?
Being active and outdoors is a must, you can find us during the summer at Venice beach biking the board walk or snowboarding in the winters at Mammoth Mountain. We love the cinema (we adore super hero and comic book movie remakes), dinners out with friends and going to watch our favorite bands such as Miike Snow at the local theatres.
Where are your favorite places to shop and dine in LA?
Robetson Blvd and Beverly Blvd and two of LA’s hot spots for shopping where you can find all the good shops such as; Kitson, Intermix, and Divine. Great restaurants can be found in the same neighborhood such as Cecconi’s, The little Door, or Izaka-ya which is the best sushi in town.