As I’m walking into Madison Square Park, the delicious aroma of bourgeoisie burgers from Shack Shack, shade from an above canopy, and stringed white light bulbs create a fantastical capsule of low-key New York wonder. I see by the entrance a young, midnight and leather clad couple walking towards me.
Greazy, I think to myself. I shake Erica’s hand first, making a mental fan-note of her cut-up Harley Davidson tee and leather/mesh cutout jacket. Mix in her sweet smile and patience with her blackish nail polish and sheer maxi skirt, she’s a laid-back nice girl laced with downtown attitude. Her partner in crime, David, grants a starkly similar (but with testosterone) vibe with his motorcycle jacket, chinos, boots, and bowler’s hat. Professional, witty, and unwaveringly focused, it’s clear this dynamic duo has their artistic vision on lock and drive.
GG: So, CEOs of LP Fashion Philosophy. Can you tell me what you’re all about?
E: We are 23 years old, and we met in college, and have been roommates for about five years. We were assisting different stylists and then two years ago, we just decided to do it ourselves.
D: We learned a lot assisting other people and we just thought, ‘you know, we can just do this ourselves’ – especially if we teamed up together.
GG: New Yorkers need more self -sufficient starters! I like that. So Fall is finally here, the kick-off to everything new — but it’s still a little muggy…what’s your advice/tips on transitioning wardrobes between Summer and Fall?
E: We dress like its fall almost all the time! It’s our personal favorite season! I wear a lot of leather jackets, chunky sweaters, t-shirts and maxis.
D: A lot of layering! And you gotta have leather.
GG: So a guy + girl dynamic duo – do you guys ever butt-heads?
E: No — it’s the truth!
D: We actually don’t at all, which is an exception to the rule. It’s why we’ve been so successful.
E: We’re just really good friends, and that’s basically all it is. Business aside, we’ve been able to live together for so long and we’re basically inseparable. We’ve been through so much – a lot of things come and go that transitions you from young adulthood and now, in our twenties.
GG: Yea – 5 years ago for 23 year olds is a huge coming of age! I take it you’ve gone through some growing pains together?
D: Yes, absolutely. We’ve been all over the place in the past two years with apartment hunting especially.
E: We honestly wouldn’t be where we are if it weren’t for each other. I remember our lease was up the next day and we were running around with backpacks and air mattresses, looking for places. We’ve also shared the smallest rooms you can possibly imagine.
GG: Haha, yikes! But it does seem like you two are a magical duo – who would you say is your dream client?
E: That’s such a good question…
D: …That we always struggle with. We really have been focusing a lot with bands and solo artists and the music industry; it’s been our niche over the past year and a half. Watching emerging artists come into fruition with their careers and us helping them grow is what we love about what we do. I can’t say that our dream client is someone that is already super established or branded already — we like to have a lot of fun in the creation of someone new.
GG: The city is so accessible for all things artsy. What inspires you?
E: We live in a city where everything is at our fingertips. Lately for us, its been our families — my mom and grandma are really fashionable! I have some really great hand-me-downs!
D: We’re definitely also inspired by old, classic things. They’re our favorites.
GG: Creating your own classics, nice. Everyone should practice that. Besides that, your peers are all pretty young and semi-broke. What do you recommend for young people building their wardrobes while on a budget?
E: You really need to buy pieces that you absolutely love. I’d rather save up and think about making wise purchases. We also second-hand shop! We love mixing and matching old and new. Things can be a little more on the expensive side paired with something thrifted.
D: It’s definitely the merging of timeless pieces you invest in with hip things.
Styling: David & Erica of LP Fashion Philosophy
Photography: Adriel Luis
Reporting: Thao Ngo