Lily Mandelbaum and Elisa Goodkind, the women behind online style zine StyleLikeU, might just be fashion’s most well-traveled closet-raiders. They also happen to be mother and daughter.
Here, they share with us what it’s like to work together, just in time for Mother’s Day.
“We’ve been so much about everybody else the whole time,” shared Elisa, “but we recognize that we have a story to tell as well and that, with our relationship, the reason we’re doing this is super deep and personal so that it’s important to also show that to the world.”
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I’m embarrassed to admit the insane number of hours I’ve spent on Style Like U. If you’ve never heard of the site, it’s an inspiring hodgepodge of fashion editorials, content, images and documentary-style videos that feature the closets of interesting people with interesting style.
Shooting a stylish person’s closet isn’t a new concept, but Style Like U is definitely in a league of its own. Unlike most fashion publications that solely cover the closets of celebrities and socialites, Style Like U features everyone from New York City students to RZA of the Wu Tang Clan to fashion industry bigwigs like artist Terence Koh and super stylist Lori Goldstein. And the videos go beyond the subjects’ clothes. Founders Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum uncover interviewees’ thoughts and philosophies about style and life.
Big changes are on the horizon for the site–their book Style Like U will be available next April–so I caught of with the mom-and-daughter team at their East Village
apartment, the Style Like U headquarters, for this installment of “How I’m Making It.”
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