January 24, 2014
[Vest by Jakett. Sweater by Isda & Co. Boots by Freebird. Denim by Mother. Scarf by Subtle Luxury.]
All you poets, put on your writing boots and roll up your jeans. Wordsmith, dreamer, rhymer, schemer--you wear your scarf and syllables well.
"Perfect Couplet" [Necklaces by One OAK]
January 1, 2014
Take a woman with original style, voice, strength, and beauty. Now double that. It's what you get with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn born Lucius. We first met the identically clad and coiffed Jess and Holly at Wilco's Solid Sound Music Festival where, in front of throngs of sweaty fans, they performed songs from their newly released and highly acclaimed album, Wildewoman. We've been listening to them at Ode ever since, fantasizing about getting to dress them. Our wish was granted when Lucius came through town again in early December, and they let us get our hands--and clothes--on them. Not only are Jess and Holly musical geniuses with harmonies that make Simon and Garfunkel sound like amateurs, but they are also insanely kind, sweet, gracious, and so much fun to be around. Not to mention they can rock a cat-eye like no one's business. You must listen to Lucius now.
How did you two meet?
Jess and I met in college back in 2003 through mutual friends. A few years later, we connected on similar musical influences, similar experiences and views, and began co-writing. When we realized how special our sonic kinship was on top of that, there was no going back.
What do you love about your job?
What's not to love? Being able to sustain ourselves by creating and sharing music with the world is the dream. There are so many incredible artists who don't get the opportunity to do that. The arts in general are under-appreciated in so many areas, so we consider ourselves very lucky and will always continue to work hard to keep it up.
Where do you find inspiration?
In so many things--stories, conversations, interesting visuals, other eras and what they encompass, other artists, but also normal everyday life. Children are a great inspiration--they keep us imagining and questioning and appreciating the small stuff. There really is inspiration wherever you're willing to look for it.
What embodies a ‘Wildewoman’?
A Wildewoman is strong, open minded, unabashed- or working towards those things, which takes strength in itself. It's someone interested in journeying off the beaten path.
What is your dream project?
One night with the dead: John Lennon, Roy Orbison, James brown, Joe Meek, Carmen Miranda. And David Bowie as our goblin king.
If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
A detective. There is a reason why I'm not one, but I love the suspense and solving puzzles
An architect. The idea of building a space from conception. Using my hands. Finding materials and interesting locations. I've been inspired by Gehry, Wright, and Richard Meier for a long time.
If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
A pair of 60's Go-Go boots because we feel like they're glued to our feet already. We love a sweet printed shift or romper, too.
What's your go-to "happy" song?
Anytime we want a good cackle we put on Flight of the Concords "Bowie's in Space."
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Holly and I got carried away head banging in den Haag, the Netherlands this Fall. Lets just say we were solid for 2 whole songs and couldn't move our necks for the 2 days that followed. It was worth it though!
Watch and listen to Jess and Holly's impromptu performance at Ode: