I’m exited to introduce you to one of my favorite stores here in LA, Weltenbuerger on Vermont blvd. Meet Jillian Cainghug and Bryan Sanderson(owner) :
Bryan: I’m wearing a lot of linen button ups these days. Also business man with Japanese avant garde wardrobe … design and warmth … futuristic elements in the detail …
Jillian: My style is a mix of art teacher and crazy aunt. If you have a crazy eclectic auntie in your family or can remember how your art teacher dressed back when you were a kid, that’s me. And sometimes, I am a bit of a boy.
What do you treasure most in your closet?
Bryan: I just found an amazing Issey Miyake Plantation jacket … I wish the winter would hold on longer because I love this piece … I have a small closet … I love to buy less and buy quality – either great vintage finds or small high end designers … For those, I dont mind spending more because I know the work behind it.
Jillian: My black LA Gear over sized button down. It’s comfortable, and can be worn day and night and worn dressed up or down. It’s from the 80′s before LA Gear went neon. By the looks of it you’d never guess the brand.
Bryan: I don’t have one favorite designer, but when it comes to vintage, I would say Issey Miyake and Yamamoto … parachute … and flax … As far as new designers, I do like the ideas of my friend, Desiree, from Berlin. Her lines are Mirror & Klein Corpse … She is very invintive with basics … I love the designs from labels like Boessert Schorn, Hui Hui, Isabell de Hillerin, JuliaandBen, Ohta – there are so many! If it’s about shoes, surely LD Tuttle. I wish they made men’s shoes … Jewelry – I just discovered FAUX/real and really love them. They are pretty amazing!
Jillian: I don’t have a single favorite designer. As of right now, my favorite designers are up and coming designers Hui Hui, for their use of colors and print, Klein Corpse for her geometric designs and minimal weave details and W/// because it embodies Weltenbuerger’s own ideas. You can find all of these designers at Weltenbuerger.
Who’s closet would you raid?
Bryan: There are a few really, really stylish older ladies and gentlemen I have as customers who have amazing style and knowledge. I would love to have both their knowledge and their closets …
Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence?
Bryan: Berlin – the city, it’s atmosphere and fashion. And the southwest of the U.S. – its colors and nature.
Jillian: This is a tough one. In a nutshell, for me, different forms of art and music all act as tremendous fashion influences. Anything or anyone that is nostalgic or presents a sense of nostalgia to me is influential. But the greatest would be the dozens of women throughout my life that have had the most influential impact in terms of their own style, personality, individuality, humor, wit, spontaneity; anything that defines a woman influences my take on fashion.
Favorite places to shop in LA.
Bryan: If Joey had men’s, it would probably be Scout L.A. – by far the store with the best vintage! … I love Gogosha Optic (just got glasses) … Guild in Venice … Believe it or not, I don’t go thrift shopping because I don’t have time … There are stores I surely admire. One of them is the Tavin Boutique.
Jillian: I don’t have any specific places to shop in LA. I do my shopping when we select pieces for Weltenbuerger. Most of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe stem from selecting for the store.
Bryan: I like INDIVIDUALITY by Joey Ma! It’s really fun …
Jillian:I don’t have any favorite blogs simply because I don’t read them.
What would you like your customer to experience at Weltenbuerger?
Bryan: Because our style tends to be outlandish at times, and since that can sometimes be intimidating, I’d like to create a forward, futuristic, yet warm atmosphere. I don’t believe that I know anything better, I only know my own vision and love to direct the customer in an unexpected or comforting direction. I would like to fuse the influences. I do carry a lot of German designers, not because I don’t like U.S. designers, but because I like to fuse my two worlds in the store. Something I do experience through the customers – a trend right now – is that we are becoming more and more a mom and daughter store … father and dad store … and the parents always push their ( 20 or 30 year old ) children to go bolder!!!
Jillian: Overall, have a positive experience.
What are your future plans for Weltenbuerger?
Bryan: To introduce more totally unknown international designer to the U.S. and L.A. … To develop and release more Weltenbuerger designs … And the rest is a secret !!!
Is there a new direction in which you would like to see fashion move?
Bryan: I think it is really exciting right now. L.A. is really open for the different influences of the world, so there is not just one fashion happening … And wherever fashion moves, I’ll be moving in the other direction !
Jillian: Forward !!