"We don't have to pay attention to the simple, classic, everyone-loves-Céline thing that's taking over right now. That's what's so great about making just jackets," said Nonoo Lyon's Misha Nonoo last night.
I'd wanted to meet her for ages -- I love jackets -- or since she and her business partner Deborah Lyons launched their collection to critical acclaim less than two years ago. They believe that jackets can make or break an outfit, like the perfect bag or stellar shoes. "If you throw on all black, even just black leggings and a black shirt and then make it pop with a colorful, detailed jacket, your outfit's brilliant," Nonoo explained.
She was wearing Miss August, a coated leopard trench with puffed sleeves, over skinny leggings and black boots and looked impossibly polished (so much so that I went to buy the jacket afterward, only to discover it's sold out in anything close to my size--polished isn't for me). And if the jacket you're wearing is as well made as these, it is all you need. Though their fabrics are sourced internationally (their tweeds come from the same French mill providing Chanel's), everything's made locally. Their metal work, like on the Miss September jacket at left, is done in Brooklyn, they sketch out of Misha's apartment, and the collection's assembled in the garment district.
"The best part is that we can do so many things in one collection. If we're only doing 22 jackets, we can make them all totally different, and have fun with it. We don't necessarily have to have a cohesive collection, because no one wants three blazers in the same story."
The jackets themselves run the gamut from a cobalt blue tuxedo blazer, a pink tweed jacket, a waxed leopard trench and a shiny gold vest they're determined to get on someone at Coachella. For fall, Lyons and Nonoo were inspired by female explorers, and even shot their look book at New York's Explorer Club, surrounded by taxidermy polar bears and leopards. They've added a couple of dresses, leggings and a single leather look to their collection, all designed to showcase their jackets.
And considering their only physical stockist in New York is the soon to be gone Takashimaya, they've launched their e-commerce site just in time.