I snagged some flea market photographs for the Tomboy Style book—these two 1920s photos in particular didn't make the final cut—but I really love them and wanted to give them a home here. Beyond book research, I am a pretty serious devotee to the flea markets, especially when I'm on the hunt for something. There are dozens of monthly flea markets in the L.A. area, including the storied Rose Bowl, so I thought I'd share a list of my three favorites. I'd love to know where your favorites are around the country too!
Irvine Valley College Antique Market
When: 1st Sunday: 7am-3pm.
Where: Irvine Valley College. 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine CA. 92618
Long Beach Outdoor Antique Market
When: 3rd Sunday: 5:30am-2pm.
Where: Long Beach Veterans Stadium. 4901 E. Conant Street, Long Beach CA. 90808
Santa Monica Airport Antique Market
When: 1st Sunday: 8am-3pm; 4th Sunday: 6am-3pm.
Where: Santa Monica Municipal Airport, 3223 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, CA. 90405
Photos of Jesse Kamm by Lucas Brower and Linlee Allen.
After my friend Agnes turned me onto Jesse's clothing line and then her blog, it was all over for me. Jesse embodies the laid-back Southern California surfer tomboy lifestyle, all while running her business, being a mother, wife, blogger and karate-chopper.
If not in Los Angeles, I would live in...Bocas Del Toro, Panama.
My dream holiday would be to...go on a surf trip to Mentawais, Indonesia with a bunch of bros for two weeks.
My current obsessions are...eating kale chips fresh from my garden and frozen plain yogurt topped with sea salt and maple syrup; listening to the Talking Heads; shopping for Rachel Comey dresses and at Kickpleat in Austin, TX.
I channel my childhood self when I...take my morning walk. I like to do karate kicks and chops to shake off the stress. It is super dorky and hilarious.
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...wear sunscreen, but expose as much skin as possible for max suntan. Take a hike, ride my bike, surf some waves, put my feet in the sand for as long as possible.
My favorite quality in a man is...loyalty.
My favorite quality in a woman is...honesty.
I'm terrified of...gravity taking its toll on my bod. But oh well, it is inevitable.
My dream car is a...anything from the 1985 Diesel Mercedes series. I have a wagon and a sedan, but the coupe would compete the collection. Hmmm, but I would also love a mint VW Westfalia pop up camper van. I am not actually a woman with many wants, but this is a pretty fun game!
My cocktail of choice is...a tie between a Jack and Coke and a Mojito.
My most important beauty item is...bronzer.
My celebrity crush is...Ryan Gosling.
My friends and I like to...have slumber parties, pretend we are not mothers and have no worries, drink lots, and laugh until someone chokes or pees.
If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...the 70s.
As a teenager I was totally into...Hammer pants, ghetto blasters, and walking down the empty country roads of Illinois dressed like Cindy Lauper while singing "Girls Just want to have Fun".
I tend to splurge on... shoes.
Spending six days out of seven in a hat, wearing overalls, and digging in the dirt...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
The "it bags" of Tomboy Style.
Jesse Kamm classic tote ($185); Tampico Lodge bag ($180); Sea Bags for J. Crew ($195); Ernest Alexander waxed tote ($195); Wm. J. Mills canvas tote ($110); Masai Tote ($130). See also: L.L. Bean ($18+), Filson ($85+).
I'd love to know, do you have a favorite tote bag?
Photos of Anjelica Huston via here and by Bob Richardson via Cat Party.
"You had to prove yourself to my father. And he liked courage. If you fell off the horse, you got back up. And that could go on for days. And as often as you'd fall off, as often as you'd have to get back up." —Anjelica Huston, in an excerpt from an interview with Lauren Bacall for Intimate Portrait.
Photo of an unidentified youth in a Tokyo by Michael Rougier, 1964.
I couldn't help but post another uniform from LIFE's 1964 Japan issue.
Heritage premium outpost jeans in voyager wash ($200); Saint James tee ($63); Muji document bag ($70); Sigerson Morrison ballet flat ($270).
Photo Lou Doillon showing off her bespoke Tom Ford jacket at the Purple office in Paris by editor Olivier Zahm found via RDuJour.
In 1966 Yves Saint Laurent created the Le Smoking jacket for women. It was the first of its kind and pioneered the concept of a woman's power suit. YSL was the first, but Tom Ford has created my latest love.
Christiane Amanpour at Osama bin Laden’s compound in Hadda, near Jalalabad, Afghanistan by Brent Stirton for CNN.
Amanpour is the first journalist of my memory. She covered the democratic revolutions sweeping Eastern Europe for CNN, the then-fledgling international news network—one of the few English channels available to us while living as ex-pats in Switzerland in the late 1980s. Even if I was too young to understand the content of her reports, I clearly remember her presence in our living room. She's undeniably fearless and a great inspiration.
Photo of Cristin on her roof in Santo Domingo from her personal collection.
Cristin grew up in the woods of New Hampshire, but has been living the ex-pat life in the Dominican Republic for several years. She is somehow able to balance these two contrasting worlds seamlessly, taking inspiration from both and making it work. Just recently she started the PhD program for Sociology at The New School. So, if you see a brunette with a pixie cut in Brooklyn, DJ-ing with her three Chihuahuas. That would be her!
If not in Santo Domingo and Brooklyn I would live in...Amsterdam. It's a visually stunning and charming little city. And, in the worlds of art and music, there are truly amazing and innovative things going there. The Dutch are so quiet and cool. It's my home away from home.
My dream holiday would be to...attend the Hong Kong International Art Fair, followed by a week of decompression in a cave hotel, in Cappadocia, Turkey. I would need to relax in the natural world after that art madness.
My current obsessions are...eating ceviche made with passion fruit and jalapeno peppers in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone; listening to everything from Erik Satie to Detroit techno and DJ-ing (with turntables, of course) in my house (it's the best party around); wearing men's button downs, belted (or not) as dresses; and shopping at genius cult couturier, Ziad Ghanem. I think he's one of the few true artists in the world of fashion. He just sent me the most amazing dress and waistcoat. He's such a love. I mean, who says you can't wear couture with flip-flops?
I channel my childhood self when I ...am mucking about in the woods behind my parents' house in Freedom, NH. I named it "The Enchanted Forest" when I was six. It holds so many secrets.
The fictional character I most relate to is...Jo March from Louisa May Alcott's, Little Women. My father is a massive Bronson Alcott devotee, and he was the stay at home "mom" in our house.
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...be jumping horses on a cross country course, or exploring rocky tide pools with my three Chihuahuas.
My favorite quality in a man is...passion, and a love of adventure and change.
My favorite quality in a woman is...biting sarcasm, dry wit and a certain joie de vivre.
I'm terrified of...apathy, and people who don't stand up for their beliefs.
My dream car is a...1991 Nissan Figaro. They only made 20,000 and I managed to end up with one.
My cocktail of choice is a...very dry Belvedere martini, up, with olives.
My celebrity crush is...Matthew Barney.
My friends and I like to...meet up in distant lands, have marathon dinners, and rave.
If I could go back in time for one decade...Oh that's a very difficult question, as I tend to glean from many different time periods. I adore late 19th and early 20th century France. The artists, the writers, the absinthe—need I say more?
As I teenager I was totally into...studying, and traveling and hanging out with my parents and their friends. I received a lot of criticism for it at the time (so NOT cool), but I'm pretty sure I was having the most fun. I'm an only child, and my parents are pretty adventurous and fabulous.
I tend to splurge on...travel, random sculptural objects and music making toys.
A certain knack for keeping myself on my toes...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
Photos of Marina Muñoz by Maya Villiger for French Vogue.
I couldn't help but post about Marina for a third time on this blog. When I saw her article in French Vogue, the photos of her once again enveloped me. I was also so thrilled that she listed Tomboy Style as one of her favorite blogs! If you parle français, check out the full article; if not, enjoy the photo gallery from Dans le dressing de Marina Muñoz.
My tomboy childhood was spent clung to my dad's leg, literally and figuratively. I was his shadow. Everything he did, I wanted to do. When I'd see his car pull in from work I'd hide in his closet. When he walked in I'd announce in a deep ghastly voice, "This is the voice of DOOM speaking!" He played along and feigned fright each and every time and then we'd both laugh. His closet began to fascinate me. When my parents would go out for the evening, I'd lurk around organizing his neckties by color or stripe or label, clink around his cuff links, page through his old baseball card collection, thumb the stacks of dress shirts folded from the dry cleaners, stuff his silk pocket squares into different blazers to see how they looked, gleam at the white linen handkerchiefs perfectly ironed in a drawer, marvel at his bowl of foreign coins, breathe in the intoxicating (and toxic) aroma of shoe polish, and practice tying Half-Windsors on our golden retriever—a skill I mastered before my older brother, I'm proud to say. His closet is the perfect balance of chaos and order. My husband and I were recently talking about how there's nothing better than a father's closet, even now as adults, it's still a magical place—and one that I still sneak into now and again. Happy Father's Day, Dad.
I'd love to know, do you have a memory or memento from your dad's closet?
Photo of an unidentified youth in a Tokyo jazz coffee shop by Michael Rougier, 1964.
"The girl smoking and brooding in a Tokyo coffee shop represents a problem brought on by the abruptly changing society of Japan since the war. She is part of a phenomenon long familiar in countries of the Western world: a rebellious younger generation breaking from her country's past."—an excerpt from "The Young in Revolt", LIFE Magazine's Japan issue, September 11, 1964.
Niche Modern pendant lamp ($475); Jennifer Meyer studs ($200); Black turtleneck sweater ($32).
Photo of French actress Mireille Darc in Rome by Leonard de Raemy.
The Panama Hat is surely a signal of summer and as versatile an accoutrement as any. Its origin is actually Ecuador and traditionally made from plaited leaves of the toquilla straw plant. The lightweight hats were named for their point of international sale (The Panama Canal) rather than their home country, and were popularized by Teddy Roosevelt upon his visit in 1906. Today variations are made all over the world, but purists buy Ecuadorian-made only.
Clockwise from top left: Christys' Folder Panama made in Ecuador ($73); Spring Jillian Hat made in the U.S. ($135); Robert Geller hat made in Japan ($139); Carla Hat made in the U.S. ($135); Grevi Hat made in Italy ($129); Madewell Panama hat made in Ecuador ($58). See also: Michael Stars, J.Crew, Bencraft Hatters.
Photo of Mira Lehr, Vassar '56, (2nd from left) from her personal collection.
As you may have noticed, I'm more than thrilled about the upcoming release of the book Vassar Style: Fashion, Feminism and 1950s American Media, by Rebecca C. Tuite. She was kind enough to publish one of her interviews with Mira Lehr, Vassar class of '56 on Tomboy Style as a little taste. Enjoy! —LGM
As a girl over here in London, I grew up seeing Vassar in old movies, hearing the myths about ’50s Vassar Girls, and devouring any books about Jackie Kennedy’s early college career there. But my book research turned my simple intrigue into a cemented belief that Vassar graduates of the 1950s are some of the most phenomenal women, ever. The iconic Vassar campus style during this time was a great incarnation of tomboy style, but as most readers of this blog know, tomboy style is as much about a state of mind as it is about fashion, and this is something that my interviewees have come to represent. Caught in a moment of transition on campus and in America at large, these women were pushing the envelope in terms of dress, academics, ambitions and careers, while continuing to balance the expectations of family and marriage. I'm happy to share part of an interview with the wonderful Mira Lehr as a little taster.
Graduating Vassar in 1956 with a major in Art History, Mira Lehr is now a highly acclaimed artist, living in Miami with four grown children. Lehr's work has been featured in numerous public and private collections and solo exhibitions. In 2008 her oral history was included in the archives of the Getty Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Her achievements and accolades are voluminous, including a feature in the book Miami Contemporary Artists. Lehr's current work is a fascinating mix of fire and paper (Yes, fire. Gunpowder, to be exact. On paper. And it’s amazing!). She’s a quintessential Vassar Tomboy, both in terms of her style and her attitude. —Rebecca C. Tuite
Mira on the Quintessential Vassar Campus Style:
“My mother always accused me of looking like a nun during those years because I started wearing less make-up and very simple clothes and haircut – kind of a female version of what the guys were wearing at Princeton and Yale. Looking too feminine was not in. Gender there – the more you looked like guys the better, it was unisex. And if you were ‘going out,’ you didn’t go out with frilly, fancy, girlie things, you went out with classic things from Anne Fogarty. [Mostly] the guys and the women could be interchangeable in a way because you wore these button-down shirts, the grey pants, the bermudas, the blazers.”
Mira on Brooks Brothers at Vassar:
“I wanted to fit the mold and ran to Brooks Brothers to buy everything even though I would have looked better in something else. The store also had an attitude that made you feel you were part of this select group who were smart and privileged and had great futures. Brooks Brothers treated me with respect and they knew all about Vassar and were giving me the wardrobe.”
Mira on Forging a Career after Vassar:
“It was a very sexist time. But that was why it was good to have four years of just women. All the ads in the paper were about your new refrigerator or your special vacuum cleaner and it was disgusting. I never wanted to be like that. I was kind of a rebel. It was a struggle [having a career] because of the views on women and Vassar helped me hold my own. Also the men respected you because of Vassar because they knew you were smart and lots of times you didn’t fall into the traditional way of being treated. I would never have married a man whose expectations were ‘little woman in the kitchen.’ Ever. I was a maverick.
When I graduated I wasn’t sure if I would be an artist or an art historian, and it took a while to find my place in the world. I had four children and worked hard to be a ‘good’ mother and my husband was a physician, he helped me raise the children and freed up many hours so I could paint. My husband would even drive car pool and it seemed like other women hated me: ‘She has her husband driving? What’s she doing?’ And I was painting!”
Mira on Her Latest Artwork:
“My latest art is about setting a gunpowder fire to the paintings and collage elements. It leaves a beautiful lacy burn through on the Japanese paper and great markings of burn fuses on the paintings, like thorn tracks. This gives a whole new meaning and appearance to the work. It refers to creation/destruction and the edgy times we live in. I just had a show of these works in NY. The lacy edges are beautiful, fragile yet strong and born of fire. One painting is called, The Power of Lace. I am also starting to work with a young NY choreographer and director who will use my paintings as screens for projections and narrative of a figure traveling through the fire and into the map like paths - finding and losing her way. All in all exciting and dramatic stuff. Fire absolutely holds ones attention!”
Photo of Hannah Harte by Alex Hoerner, Kobe Bryant cover image from the May 2, 2010 issue of The Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Hannah is one of my best friends from high school's best friend from college, don't you love when that happens? She took over as the photo editor at The LA Times Magazine a few years ago and her first big cover was the above shot of Kobe Bryant. I remember when that came out, which I can't say for most magazine covers. She's super talented, hilarious, laid-back, smart, and just insanely cool.
If not in Los Angeles, I would live in...Rome. I studied there in college and fell in love how well the first class art, architecture and food melds with the chaos and grit of the streets. And Romans are so leisurely! There's always time to sip a cappuccino, not matter how late you are.
My dream holiday would be to...Brazil. It’s such a sensual, beautiful country. The music is infectious, the people are gorgeous and the wildlife is awesome.
My current obsessions are...food. All food. Especially wine and cheese. But recently I have started to truly understand and feel the virtues of eating "clean". I’ve become a little obsessed with finding the best ways to work whole, organic foods into my regular diet without driving myself crazy. It's not easy, but I'm trying. Also, listening to classic soul artists like Shuggie Otis, Darondo, Hall & Oates, some old Tribe Called Quest, the Brazilian singer Marisa Monte, and I love Miike Snow, and of course, Erik Janson (Hannah's boyfriend); wearing color, I’m so happy bold colors are back. When I was little, my mom used to dress me in Oilily, a Dutch company that paired together elaborate, bright patterns. At a young age it taught me to have fun experimenting with clothes and not shy away from funky combinations; shopping at my mom’s shop in Mexico, Sollano 16, a beautiful home/lifestyle store tucked away in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. I’m always asking for a piece of jewelry by Vaubel or Aurora Lopez. And now I’m currently saving up to buy one of Joesph Scheer’s huge moth photographs.
I channel my childhood self when I...am completely at ease with my parents and younger brother. I'm truly myself with them. Even if it's a ridiculous self.
The fictional character I most relate to is... Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Is that cliché?
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...be happy. As I kid I went to a camp on a farm in Northern California. Later I worked there for a summer, leading hikes, milking cows, taking care of the kids. You just feel better on the inside when you're always outside.
My favorite quality in a man is...confidence, a sense of humor, intelligence, empathy, humility, kindness, I could keep going.
My favorite quality in a woman is...a quick wit and the ability to laugh at herself.
I'm terrified of...getting older and regretting the choices I’ve made.
My dream car is a...functional subway throughout all of Los Angeles.
My cocktail of choice is... the "Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic" from Rivera in downtown LA. Rye whiskey, lemon, basil, chili peppers and bell peppers, and a little agave syrup all muddled up together. Seriously delicious!
My celebrity crush is...Johnny Depp in Cry Baby (he was my first official crush). Now, definitely the Obamas, Barack and Michelle.
My friends and I like to...cook, drink outside, and laugh.
If I could go back in time for one decade it would be... the 1960s in the US. The social movements, the music, the art; it's hard to pick another era.
As a teenager I was totally into...nerding out at school, playing soccer and listening to Fiona Apple.
I tend to splurge on...nice dinners with friends and every once in a while, a little something from Balenciaga.
The fact that I think my white Jack Purcell's go with everything ...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
Ray-Ban Bausch & Lomb ad found via Zone7Style.
Ray-Ban Aviator for flying planes ($99 and up); Ray-Ban Outdoorsman for building forts ($139); Ray-Ban Shooter for taking aim ($144).
There's no question that Ray-Bans are timeless, ageless and ubiquitous. I've been through my fair share of Aviators and Wayfarers, but I'd love to know: What are your favorite kind of Ray-Ban shades?
Photos of Jessica de Ruiter by Deborah Jaffe for Domino Magazine and The Sartorialist.
All of these Q&As have been such a blast for me (and so many more great ones in the hopper!), but I have to single out this one as hugely special. The photo on the left appeared in the March 2008 issue of Domino Magazine. I remember turning to it, seeing it, and without missing a beat getting my scissors, cutting it out and tacking it to my bulletin board—something I do not regularly do. Everything about this photo, this woman, this outfit was simply my idea of perfect style. The sunglasses, the vintage Cartier tank, the Boy. by Band of Outsiders shirt, the leather file bag. Then, years later I saw the photo of Jessica on the right (not even knowing who she was or that it was the same person at this point), taken on the street by The Sartorialist, and that's when I wanted to start this blog. No joke.
If not in Los Angeles, I would live in...Toronto, where I grew up and where my family still lives.
My dream holiday would be to...travel the Hawaiian island of Kauai and to spend a month exploring Morocco.
My current obsessions are...buying produce at Cookbook in Echo Park, eating out at Forage in Silver Lake, and eating in whenever my husband Jed is cooking; listening to Paul Simon's Graceland album; wearing my mother's brown leather Ralph Lauren belts from the 1980s; shopping at Lost & Found, Jenni Kayne, Vivier and Bentley, South Willard and Heath Ceramics.
I channel my childhood self when I...want to be inspired by my mother's amazing style and effortless ease.
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...be walking around the Silver Lake Reservoir with my sweet baby girl, James. Even my daughter has a tomboy name!
My favorite quality in a man is...authenticity.
My favorite quality in a woman is...authenticity and grace.
I'm terrified of...poor health.
My dream car is a...1970s Porsche.
My cocktail of choice is...coconut water.
My celebrity crush is...Meryl Streep.
My friends and I like to...make Sunday brunch at my house after an early morning shop at the Hollywood Farmer's Market.
If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...1960s.
As a teenager I was totally into...grunge and Claudia Schiffer (what a dichotomy but it was the 90s!), reading Mademoiselle, bleaching my hair, listening to Pearl Jam on my yellow Sony boom box and not getting caught smoking in the park after school in our uniforms.
I tend to splurge on...fresh flowers, beautiful baby clothes, good food and white cotton nighties.
Always feeling my best when dressed in a men's shirt...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
Photos by Jed Lind.
Photo of Jan Lewis, co-founder of JanSport via JanSport.
"I've always loved hiking and mountain climbing and just being outdoors. So for me, there's nothing better than getting out and testing products to see how they perform on the trail." —Jan Lewis
1970 reissue JanSport Heritage Backpack ($93); Solid Navy Heritage Backpack ($40).
Photo of Wandie via Closet Visit.
Wandie is originally from Zambia and now lives in L.A. as she starts raising money for her first venture into movie production for the upcoming film Negative Space. She's circled the globe as a blogger, planting her feet everywhere from Cape Town to Catalonia. I think I just need to stop there, how unbelievably cool is Wandie!?
If not in L.A., I would live in...Barcelona. I’d be learning Spanish and drinking café con leche all day and hanging out at the beach.
My dream holiday would be to...travel through Spain, Portugal, and Italy for a few months.
My current obsessions are...studying French; hiking, and taking dance classes; making salads from my garden; listening to Otis Redding, Roxy Music, and the Talking Heads; and shopping at Creatures of Comfort.
I channel my childhood self when I...spend the day at my parents’ house, sleeping the day away, and watching bad television.
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...start the day with a hike, then take a long nap outside. I like to immediately follow exercise with extreme laziness.
My favorite quality in a man is...humor, strength, and respectfulness.
My favorite quality in a woman is...strength and creativity, and not being afraid to give men a hard time.
I'm terrified of...remaining stagnant, never changing, or evolving.
My dream car is a...an Aston Martin DB5. So dreamy!
My cocktail of choice is...Maker's Mark.
My celebrity crush is...Amy Poehler. I just finished watching Parks and Recreation. What a hilarious and amazing woman!
My friends and I like to...gossip over food and drinks.
If I could go back in time for one decade...I wouldn't. There are certain
romantic decades that I might love to visit, but there’s no time like the present.
As a teenager I was totally into...books, music, and television. I’m an only child, so I spent a lot of my childhood and teenage years in the house researching and discovering things.
I tend to splurge on...beauty products. My skin can be really problematic when I don’t hydrate or take care of it. I love Kiehl’s products. I also splurge on teas. I’m a dedicated tea drinker!
Being independent and driven...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
Photo via Wandieing.
Photo of Nancy "Slim" Keith via On This Day in Fashion. Idea came thanks to a comment chain on Amid Privilege.
"In my day, different meant not having your hair done in a pompadour and adorning it with a snood, or not trying to hide your intelligence behind a sea of frills. I somehow knew there was a glut in that market. I opted for a scrubbed-clean, polished look. I thought it was more important to have an intelligence that showed, a humor that never failed, and a healthy interest in men." —Slim Keith in an excerpt from her memoir, Slim.
Queen Hill Equestrian Jacket ($575, currently sold out); Poet shirt ($250); Snake Belt ($195); vintage men's Rolex (prices vary); Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($37); Tuxedo trousers ($30).