All of us have had a love affair with the Classic boot. It’s a trusted staple in every gal’s wardrobe. For Creative Council member, Alicia Lund of Cheetah is the New Black, it all started with a trip abroad and a college boyfriend. A few years removed, that boyfriend is now her husband and she’s added a new classic to her arsenal of wardrobe essentials: the Classic Mini Bailey Bow … but this time in fall-perfect Corduroy.
Creative Council member, blogger and self-proclaimed flower child, Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon, leads a busy life. From 6AM flower market meanderings to sunset sipping, she’s always on the run. When it comes to her time – moments with friends, taking in a beachside cocktail – she takes a much-deserved respite and slips into her favorite UGG boots.
When you’re 22, staying out all-night is part of your DNA. But for Langley Fox Hemingway, great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, pulling an all-nighter has a completely different meaning. An illustrator of the finest order, the creativity running through her veins comes out on the sketchpad. She works as an artist and illustrator, covering the walls of boutiques and pages of fashion magazines with her delicate pencil drawings. “The only thing I have patience for is drawing,” she says. And it shows.
Producing such magical sketches takes dedication; something Hemingway has a wealth of – sometimes to the exclusion of everything else. Working on her drawings can be so absorbing that she often loses track of time, completely caught up in the moment. As a visual storyteller, this creative force allows her to redefine the all-nighter, and connect with her sketchpad, charcoal and watercolors deep into the night.
At our shoot we got a window into Langley’s private world. We saw an artist in her element, completely at ease. We’re brining a glimpse of that world to you. Langley looped us in on life as a Hemingway, what inspires her, and her fashion must-haves. Plus, between takes Langley sketched a few fashion illustrations capturing two of our favorite fall boots style – the Finney and Dandylion.
Q&A with Langley:
What inspired you to team up with UGG?
I have admired the UGG Australia brand for a long time and used to wear the short classics in middle school so they have always been with me! I think we have a mutual understanding about what style and comfort should mean to people.
What is your UGG moment about?
My moment is all about creativity and spontaneous bursts of passion for what you truly enjoy doing in life. In the campaign, you will see me pulling an all-nighter, completely engrossed in my illustrations
When did you start drawing?
I’ve always drawn – my parents used to give me pens and pencils as a child, but it was only as I grew older I realized I was good at it.
What drew you to illustration?
When I got to about 15/16 I actually realized that I was good at drawing – and then it was at that age I also realized I could make a career out of doing it – something that I loved.
Can you remember your first pair of UGGs?
Yes – my classics! We all used to wear them when we were younger. Now I wear the fashion styles more – I love them.
How would you describe your style?
Quite eclectic. I like to mix and match but also choose what works for my shape. I have always thought style is a very personal thing. I take inspiration mostly from art, literature, the music scene; anything which is creative and can have a story of its own. I don’t think conforming to a certain style is right for anyone – it should be about freedom.
What is your staple wardrobe must have?
Anything black – and a good pair of UGG boots!
What was it like to grow up as a Hemingway?
It’s always been an honor to be a Hemingway – something that’s always been there, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve really come to appreciate it more.
In what way does your great-grandfather’s work inspire you?
It is so awe-inspiring sometimes, to think what he achieved. I would say if I can be half as successful, I will be happy.
For women, the Classic boot is an on-standby style staple. For men, however, styling the boot can be a bit daunting. Enter Marcus Troy, Creative Council member and ambassador of all things cool. We asked him and a couple of his friends to re-envision the Classic boot. The result? A dose of swagger and a lesson in styling. We have to say, the barometer has been set.
Photography by: Naskademini
Harry Gesner’s life reads like an adventure novel. His chapters unfold like fiction. Widely known for his work as a world-renowned self-taught architect, who still designs at 89 and whose designs influenced the Sydney Opera House, he once turned down the chance to study with Frank Lloyd Wright. Few know that he also survived Normandy, excavated tombs in Ecuador, rubbed shoulders with the likes of Marlon Brando, and still surfs and water skis with expert -like panache.
But to Gesner, life’s accolades come second to shared moments with family. As Gesner puts it, “Many have inspired me in my lifetime, but the association of being in the ocean with my children, grandsons, and son Zen is a wonderful feeling. It’s really inspiring. Absolutely makes my life.”
Californian to the core, Gesner is the great-great-grandson of the Spanish captain of Santa Barbara, so it’s no wonder that he feels right at home in the water. It’s in the waters of Malibu, where he’s been longboarding since the late 70’s that he connects with three generations of Gesner’s – sharing the perfect set in the sun together. The waves bring them together. Common ground. An equalizer.
Gesner’s Son Zen captured this sentiment best; “My father has always been the source of inspiration for me and my boys. Seeing his connection to the ocean, it was always his place to go. Growing up, whenever there was a problem that I was having, we’d always go surfing, my father and I. It was a really special bond. A very, very special bond that we have now and I’m able to do that with my sons. We spend incredible time out there just discussing life, or nothing at all.”
We have no doubt that architect, adventurer and visionary Harry Gesner will continue to ride the wave.