Interview

Interview with Lala

Today’s interview is with Lala, who you will soon discover is an incredibly accomplished woman with one of the most beautiful Hermes collections out there. I adore Hermes and it is always a treat for me to find somebody with a passion for the brand like Lala. I loved selecting my favorite photos for this interview and I hope you will enjoy them too. Meet Lala!

A beautiful rainbow of goodies

First things first – who are you? What do you do, and where do you live? 

Who am I?  I’m still figuring that out myself.   I guess I’d say that I am a nerd at heart, more of a homebody than a social butterfly, and I like nice (not necessarily expensive) and unique things.  I’m also a parent, wife, full-time employee outside the home, dog owner, and more often than not, maid, chauffeur, and home repairman.

What do I do? Truth be told, I’m an attorney, but I prefer to think of myself as a “counselor” and “advocate” for justice.  But in all seriousness, I’ve done child custody and spousal support clinical work, mediation in criminal courts, employment law, corporate law, intellectual property litigation, electronic discovery, and ethics and compliance work.

Where do I live?  I’m originally from the Pacific islands, but have ended up here in the Great State of Texas, via Northern California, Pennsylvania, and New York.

 Louboutins, Medor clutch, Hermes bracelets and a Les Cles silk scarf

What is the piece that got you hooked on Hermes?  What are some other brands that you collect?

I’m not sure that I can name just one piece that got me hooked on Hermes.  Technically, it was a 90cm silk twill scarf that first got me started.  Aside from Hermes, I collect Judith Leiber vintage pieces, both exotic skins and crystal evening handbags; Giuseppe Zanotti and Christian Louboutin heels; Alexis Bittar jewelry; and a variety of bunny rabbit, crocodile, koi, and butterfly tchotchkes.

Etoupe Kelly

Are there any designers that you used to be passionate about before, that now you aren’t as interested in?

I can’t think of any.  It seems that the list of things I like has only grown longer over time.  Unless you consider Sanrio (My Melody, Little Twin Stars) a designer brand, which I used to be passionate about before, but less so today.

Can you share your Hermes collection now?  How big is it and what are your absolute favorite pieces?  Some pieces that you’re missing that you’d like to acquire?

My collection is not as huge as one might think, but it is definitely big enough for me.  I feel very fortunate to have what I have and don’t take any of it for granted. In terms of Hermes silk, I collect the GM cashmere/silk shawls, 90cm silk twill scarves, and 70cm vintage silk scarves, but also have more than a few of the pochettes, twillys, and mousselines. Because I find it harder to appreciate the design details in plisses, I have only a handful.

I collect Hermes bracelets – Clic and Clic Clac enamel bracelets, as well as the Collier de Chiens and the like.  I think the patterned enamel bracelets are quite lovely and enjoy wearing them in stacks with clic clacs and CDCs mixed in.  For me, the problem with the patterned enamels is that even the PM size is too big so I have to put cushioned adhesives in the interior of the bracelet to keep them from sliding off.

Black SO Black Birkin, Isidore horn necklace, Ex Libris Kimono scarf

I also collect the horn pieces like the Liao and Lena necklaces, earrings, and my absolute favorite, the Isidore horn and alligator necklaces.  To be honest, the Isidore isn’t something I would buy based on sight alone; it wasn’t until my SA had me try it on that I fell in love.  My first Isidore is in pelouse alligator.

I collect those little leather key charms – panda, horse, lion, ox, rabbit, raspberry, four leaf clover, horse shoe, boot, snowman, sail boat, race car, scooter, crocodile, and am on the lookout for the dragon, owl, and rooster!  Something I recently became interested in is the vintage sterling silver key charms and was lucky to find the Kelly and Bolide charms on eBay.  I know they are silly and not inexpensive, but they make me giggle, especially when I’m dressed conservatively for work and have one hanging from my bag discreetly.  I do enjoy Hermes shoes, some of the RTW lines, belts, and of course, their handbags!

My handbag collection is pretty diverse.  My oldest piece is a 1962 black box Drag, followed closely in suit is my 1966 tri-color box Kelly in Rouge H, Rouge, and Natural, 1981 Black Box Constance, 1988 black lisse crocodile Kelly, 1990 tri-color lizard mini Kelly, 1996 black agneau Bolide and vert cru Gulliver Kelly.  I didn’t add my first Birkin until the mid-2000s.  Thereafter, aside from a few more Birkins and Kellys, I added the Picotin, Massai, Kelly Pochette, and Lindy styles.

Vibrato Bolide with Turandot scarf

I’ve gotten bolder over the past couple of years – first, the Toolbox, and then the Roulis and Catenina bags this year.   Aside from exotic skins, my favorite handbag leathers are Box, Fjord, Barenia, and Togo.  (I wish Hermes would bring back vibrato!)  Some of the vintage bags I’ve acquired from the resale market are the Jige and Faco clutches.  Some pieces I’d like to acquire in the future include the vintage Lady clutch and the vintage patterned enamel clic bracelets.  Oh, and last, but not least, a Lisse Vert Emeraude crocodile Kelly!  If I’m going to dream, I might as well dream BIG!

Some amazing neutrals…and look at those Louboutin booties!

What about some of your favorite and most worn pieces in your wardrobe?

Truthfully, Editor style pants from the Limited/Express; these stretchy sleeveless “shell” blouses from Target, which are now retired, that I wear under every suit jacket I own; a silk/cashmere Chanel sweater that I bought in 2001; this amazing wool/silk blend collared cape with arm holes and a Sherlock Holmes style belt that I bought from Forth & Towne (another offshoot of the BR/GAP family of stores that stayed in business for less than a year); vintage Chanel and Gucci dress suits; camel suede Prada wedge mules; Ralph Lauren Broadtail lamb fur high heel boots; and Donna Karan nudes nylons (control top).  I’m not very delicate with my things so I try to avoid fussy pieces (plus anything in white which I will inevitably spill coffee on).

What’s inside Lala’s Birkin..

What are your thoughts on Hermes price increases throughout the years?  Any tips on budgeting?

I think that as long as there are buyers interested, Hermes will continue to increase their prices.  Whether their asking prices are unreasonable or not, depends on the individual buyer, and as long as we live in a capitalist market, it’s difficult for me to say their prices are unjustified.  For me, it all comes down to choices.  I’d rather secure a solid education for my children than buy a diamond encrusted Birkin.  I’d also rather drive a non-fancy American car so I can afford fine luxury accessories from time to time.

Hermes tri-color Faco clutch and an amazing, amazing Hermes gown

What are some of your other passions and hobbies?

In my work, I’m very left brain oriented so in my personal life; I turn the left brain off and switch my right brain on.  One year I did ceramics and painting every free moment I could find; another year I decided to make fancy hair bows and beaded ankle socks for my DD; yet another year I decided to sew matching outfits for my younger children plus the dog (my oldest son and husband drew the line at matching boxers); then I moved on to decoupage and origami.  I’ve also gone through my power tools hobbies and handyman projects.  Lately, I’ve been really into photography.

Can you share some overall life advice?

My advice about life is best summed up by the 1989 movie “Parenthood” when the grandmother says, “Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride! I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.”

Happy Year of the Dragon from Lala!

Finally- please share something surprising about yourself!

I can cite the prepositions in the English language by memory in less than 60 seconds.

 

Okay I have to admit that I didn’t remember what prepositions were and had to Wikipedia it (link here). Isn’t Lala’s collection simply beautiful? She has a very talented eye for matching colors and accessories and I’m so glad that she was able to share some of her favorite items with us. I also love that she mixes these luxury with items from Express and Target, and that she has a healthy appreciation for Sanrio. I have plenty of Little Twin Star paraphernalia if you ever want to trade for some Hermes goods, Lala! Just putting it out there!

Thank you again Lala for letting us peek into your gorgeous, amazing closet!

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  • pjlatte
    February 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    What a gorgeous collection!!!!

    Follow me & my bags, shoes, and all things dainty at:
    pjlattesbagbook.blogspot.com

    or on BLOGLOVIN' at pjlatte's bag book

  • Samantha
    February 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    LOVE this interview Katherine! Thanks for sharing!! {I've always been interested in Lala and her H collection from her pics on tpf!!}

    xo, sam

  • rolala
    February 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    What a stunning Hermes collection!

  • Adele
    February 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Wow! What an amazing collection, I love all the colour & it's clear she really has a passion for the brand. I really enjoyed reading about it xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • carlinha
    February 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I DIE. I ADORE LALA <3 <3 <3 She has the most amazing taste, fabulous collection, AND is beautiful INSIDE and OUT. Best interview ever!!!!!!

  • Ginger
    February 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Wow !! what an amazing clothes collection !!!
    She's got a very fine taste !!
    Lamia
    http://ginger-chocolateandhoney.blogspot.com/

  • couturecoco
    February 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    W O W!!! Not only is her collection beyond beautiful I LOVE, LOVE how she groups the colours/tones and patterns togeher in each photo. Oh to have a collection that stunning it looks like a piece of art 🙂

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    February 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I always look forward to your Wednesday interviews. Lala has an incredible collection. My jaw just dropped looking at photos after photos of her Hermes beauties. What wonderful advice. Wisdom only gained from experience – both good and bad.

  • makeupandpearls
    February 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    holy WOW. absolutely amazing! thanks lala for sharing!

    Pieces of love

  • janettaylor
    February 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    What a collection!

  • Tabitha
    February 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    What stunning pieces and what an interesting woman. The emerald and neutral collections are divine.
    Oh but I'm the opposite, I love the merry go round and hate the roller coaster both at the fun fare and as a metaphor for life!

  • Geri Looker
    February 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I have the utmost admiration for her style and collection. I am turning green with envy by the way. Great post!

  • Aesthetic Alterations
    February 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Lala has the most beautiful Hermès and accessories collection I've ever seen documented at tPF. And such a beautiful spirit! Her sharing of it is really extraordinary, because most of the time, I think a collection like this would be kept too much in private. It's like looking into the windows of Didier L in the Palais Royale–only BETTER due to her styling.

    Another beautiful thing about Lala and this interview is her passion for vintage and used Hermès pieces. The research that went into this collection is awe-inspiring–and I hope *action* inspiring as people potentially interested in vintage look at the array displayed here.

    Lala, *thank you*!

  • Lindsay
    February 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Wowza! It was a like a foreign language reading that. I know the basic style of Hermes, but not all of them. She is definitely an expert, which probably means an excellent collector!

  • katattack2000
    February 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I loved the photos!! They were so beautiful and well put together 🙂 Another great interview Katherine 🙂

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

  • kt
    February 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Spectacular. Absolutely spectacular collection! Thank you so much for sharing, and thank you for interviewing Katherine!

  • Minnie and Daisy
    February 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Always love to admire the Hermes collections of the women you interview 🙂 xoxo Minnie&Daisy

  • xJOLE
    February 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    The photos are so beautifully styled!

    http://xjole.blogspot.com

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    February 2, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Lala has such a gorgeous collection of H goodies, especially exotics! I really want to start collecting exotics too!

    Sanrio rules! 😉

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  • Call me M
    February 2, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I'm amazed with her collection! And the pictures are so beautiful! It was like I was looking at a magazine editorial! Wow! I'm impressed!

  • Rola
    February 2, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Wow, talk about eye candies:)

  • jin
    February 2, 2012 at 1:58 am

    never seen so many amazing hermes pieces!
    thanks for sharing 🙂

  • audrinajulia
    February 2, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Hi there! just read your post last night befo going to bed and waking up still picturing Lala's collection on my mind that inspired my morning a lot.Now I'm here posting my comment and looking at the pics all over again. such a fabulous collection that anyone will dream off. thanks for sharing fabulous photos and great interview.:)

  • Latkes and Dim Sum
    February 2, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Too fun! 🙂

  • Chloe
    February 2, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Wow! What an amazing collection!! I am dying for that Medor clutch! The photos are stunning too. Great interview!

  • Ann
    February 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Crazy huge collection!

    Glitter and Glaze Blog

  • Marie
    February 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I should have been either a successful lawyer or doctor to afford a lot of luxury items. Ugh! Lala must be very successful in her career. 🙂 I'd love to see her full collection.

  • Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Just saw a modelling pic of her here. She's so cute!! http://forum.purseblog.com/hermes/isidore-horn-necklace-700997-3.html

  • Katherine
    February 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I agree – she's adorable!

  • Madame B
    February 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Lala's really someone to admire! Family, work and that TDF Hermes collection.. Wow! Great interview!

  • littlemissandrea
    February 3, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Her collection is amazing – I love all the mixes of colour she's got in there! Thanks for another fantastic interview!

  • kaloka
    February 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    To die for…..bang…Hermes in my dreams….

    http://kaloka.livejournal.com

  • Prêt à Porter P
    February 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I remember when Express had very good quality–when they used to be a less expensive Theory. I love the way she styled the pictures–absolutely beautiful.

  • La Professionnelle
    February 13, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I've been MIA for a while and just now catching up with your posts. I was going to wait to comment but OMG I had to write on this one!! The pictures look like magazine ads!!! Simply amazing!! The pieces are each great on their own but coupled together, OMG. -That's a closet a girl could die happy in 🙂

  • flower71
    February 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Oh thank you Katherine and lala for such a lovely interview. For me, lala is an inspiration, not only has she got the sense of photography (all her pics seem to come from a luxury magazine) but she shows a deep interest in Hermès and the essence of it. I feel that we are lucky to have lala here with us, sharing one of her passions with us…Thank You.

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