This jacket was such a nightmare to make. For the longest time I attempted to sew the sequin to the leather itself (*tight eyed shudder*, *sign of the cross*) until one of my friends suggested I appliqué everything to a piece of mesh and then apply the mesh to the leather (she used to sew for Naeem Khan, so go figure). I was in total awe: such a simple solution to such a dramatic problem! Even with the mesh hack it’s still not a process I’d repeat for less than one — maybe two — billion dollars. But maybe I can persuade someone else to do it; someone who considers sewing a pleasure rather than a toilsome chore necessitated by the euphoria of wearing the final product.
Mia Vesper Scarab Jacket made from a vintage Schott Perfecto jacket and worn with metallic Caterina Lucchi bag, thrifted Pinky Otto top, thrifted levis cutoffs and thrifted &Other Stories boots.
Photos by @danliphotography
I'm so excited that this motorcycle jacket has been sold! I kept one that was cut from this same tapestry for myself , (1970's, Italian) and sold the other today. I've already started ordering more tapestries for the next round of production! Relatedly, I'm also thrilled to announce that I'm in the process of making a unisex cut as well. (That's not to say that men on the petite side can't wear the M/L in my current style -- if you have questions about sizing just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also, if anyone is interested, these abandoned appliances are for sale outside my apartment and have been for the past two years. Most of them don't quite work and in order to purchase you have to negotiate with a man over the screeching of his many parrots. Otherwise a steal.
Wearing Mia Vesper vintage tapestry jacket with thrifted J.E. Morgan's tank (Worship), vintage Lanvin belt (ebay), $5 thrifted leather shorts (Tropical Fashions), vintage art deco rings (etsy), vintage crocodile Prada bag (ebay), thrifted Giulietta velvet shoes (Beacon's Closet).
Photos by Jenni Flowaa (@photosbyjenniflowaa)
This Hunger Magazine editorial shot last fall by Magda Kmiecik is still my favorite Mia Vesper story to date. While it's true that I love all things Marie Antoinette and Spice Girls (two "more is more" icons often associated with my style), it's also true that I love simple, androgynous, sporty. I only make and wear colorful and textural pieces because A) theres not enough out there and because B) manufacturing clothing in America with tons of complicated design elements is very expensive. This means I use simple designs and rely on color, texture and pattern to lend interest to each piece. Sometimes I feel misunderstood as a designer because people assume that I appreciate only what's gratuitously shiny, sparkly, fuzzy or floral. Thankfully, Magda got the inner Scandinavian tomboy inside me and we co-styled the editorial seamlessly (I was in charge of the clothing and beauty and Magda styled the still lifes). And in case you wondered, you can feed this temporary tattoo paper into your home printer. Available at Blick and SO COOL.
Joyrich leather sweatshirt, Baby Slice hand made scarf boots, Saint Laurent silk jacket, vintage velvet dress, Baby Slice sequin pinwheel boot, vintage sequin sweater, Baby Slice tapestry pants, Pinky Otto floral dress, T by Wang leather jacket, vintage leather pants, Sandro loafers, Phillip Lim jumpsuit, Baby Slice faux fur bra, Baby Slice tapestry coat.
I feel like a baby bird version of the Queen's Guard in this outfit. The hat is actually a thrifted sheepskin find from Monk Vintage and my war medals are courtesy of Men's Diesel Black and Gold jacket that I scored on Ebay. The jacket is of the most amazing pieces of clothing I've ever seen, the only downside is that it weighs over ten pounds and I experience moderate to sever back pain every time I wear it. Somehow this just compounds my love for it because I'm really only a proponent of looking effortless; sometimes I sort of enjoy the annoyance of complicated or uncomfortable clothing, it makes me feel like I've earned the privilege to wear them.
Wearing Diesel Black and Gold thrifted jacket, Tripp NYC leather thrifted skirt, H&M thrifted top and Ariat thrifted riding boots.
I refrained from posting last week because talking about fashion seemed frivolous given the outcome of the election. I was wrong: while we need to work for a better America interpersonally and systemically, we must also do so within our lifestyle choices and (for the privileged among us) our professions.
For a long time I've struggled with what seems like two near mutually exclusive options: make an ethical brand or a profitable one. It shouldn't come as a surprise that designers who choose to produce slow fashion face a lot of challenges. The research, money and time spent to create one-of-a-kind, American-made goods with low minimums is many times greater than what most brands expend. Because of these tradeoffs, I've refrained from promoting myself as an ethical clothing brand and blog. Additionally, I just wasn't ready to deny myself a visit to Zara or H&M once in a blue moon. I also wasn't prepared to swear off partnerships and distribution deals with the big brands and retailers that put you on the map. For instance, you can scroll back in my posts to see that I recently participated in a contest sponsored by H&M. I thought the tradeoff for winning would outweigh my ethical incongruence with the brand but even then I knew that wasn't quite true... I have no illusions that Mia Vesper could fail to support me; that it will be much harder if not impossible to find investors; that I will have an insurmountable PR task in finding the customers willing and able to buy OOAK American-made clothing... But that's ok. Maybe I can't make this into a lifelong career but for my entire working life I've wanted a job where I didn't have to make concessions. Now that I have that chance, I'm not giving it up.
I should stress that I'm definitely not promoting myself as the perfect model of ethical and eco integrity (there's lamb leather in the current collection for Sheep's sake!), but there are things I promise not compromise on. I'll list them here and now: I promise to keep my production batches small and my manufacturing fair wage (I refrain from promising exclusively American-made goods as there have been instances where the expertise necessary is unavailable in the US). I also vow to stop buying fast fashion but to choose instead thrifted or vintage clothing and small designers with conservative distribution (like myself). Finally, and most importantly for me, I vow to never design for sales. I won't produce a product unless I truly believe it's artistically worthwhile and worth its carbon footprint. I refuse to saturate my follower's feeds with "passable" fashion. (You might argue that most designers and artists try not to do this but that's a total lie -- we 100% know when we've made something that doesn't deserve to be seen or consumed).
In closing, I'll say this: no matter who you voted (or didnt) for, the President has more control over environmental issues than almost any other. 3 million people die each year from pollution; more than malaria and aids together. This is a number that's on track to double by 2050. We may not have control of what happens if Trump pulls out of the Paris Agreement or drops bombs, but we can make changes in our daily lives that cost us virtually nothing and help the environment hugely: swear off fast fashion; use a re-usable cups for iced coffee; cut out beef, STOP ACCEPTING A PLASTIC BAG FROM THE DELI WHEN YOURE A BLOCK AWAY FROM HOME AND YOU ONLY BOUGHT CHIPS. Lets work together to leave a better world for our children/kittens, k?
And in case none of this interested you and you were just wondering what materials I used for this cherub shirt, the answer is acrylic paints on silk! Silk is a great canvas for paint (it's also a natural fiber!) because its oh-so smooth. Make sure to water down your acrylics so they glide well and your creation doesn't look too overworked.
Photos by Vrinda Jagota @confident_leader
It always dismays me that leather jacket season is so short in NYC. I know the Mayflower voyage was probably incredibly fatiguing but I wish the Pilgrims had held out for a few more miles and built the center of the world a little farther west or south. Actually: I just looked it up and it turns out they landed in early September -- one of the few irreproachable weather moments in a New York year. The subsequently harsh winter caused mass deaths, prob because they wishfully assumed their motorcycle jackets had more life in them.
Wearing a thrifted leather Diesel skirt that I painted with Angelus direct leather paints (should I start selling painted leather goods?), Sandro studded leather jacket, Express sweater, vintage pleated blouse, Tripp NYC fishnet socks and thrifted golden Goose sneakers.
Photos by @danliphotography
Another slip iteration for Spring! I feel like despite the massive popularity of this trend, i've never been able to find the perfect cut so finally I just decided to make one. I can't wait to release these... the lace is so beautiful layered over pale green satin and the cut is just-so!
Mia Vesper slip worn with thrifted Philip Lim shearling jacket (the Real Real), vintage glass jewel choker (etsy), vintage leather belt (ebay), pink patent bag from Lokis Bags (etsy) and thrifted Zara loafers (Poshmark).
As my handful of readers know, I usually design clothes to fill the holes in my own wardrobe. This week, the hole in my heart -- i mean closet -- could only be filled with a lacey beaded slip dress. Despite the obvious vainglory of this design method, I feel like it's the truest form of market research: what does the modern woman need in her closet? I'm modern, I'm a woman, I has closet.
I paired the dress I made with my vintage snake Nina Ricci bag (ebay), vintage Chanel boots (Poshmark) and vintage Chloe belt (ebay), and threw on one of my tapestry jackets. This tapestry is from Turkeyand is finished with a metallic navy lamb leather piping and silk-satin lining. It will hit the shop next week but keep your ear to the ground because there is only ONE like it!
Photos by Jenni Flowaa (@photosbyjenniflowaa)
I've decided to retire the name Baby Slice (stay tuned to see the replacement!). I'm only a couple weeks away from my first show and I need to start to think about the future every so slightly. I've decided to opt for a brand name that has the potential to grow with me; something that represents the brand as I see it now, rather than what I thought it was. As much as I love Baby Slice, I have to admit I chose it in part because it sounded so ephemeral. In fact I probably chose it to sabotage the longevity of the project ("oh its nothing, its just this silly blog I do called Baby Slice! ha ha ha ha). I know a lot of people were attached to the name ('scute no?) but I also think you're really going to love what's coming next <3