To former stylist and interior designer Veronica M. Toub, marrying the concepts of fashion and food trucks made complete sense. “I saw a food truck driving around one day, and thought, ‘That would make the most luxurious mobile shop.’ I wasn’t interested in opening a store because I can’t sit still for a minute. I prefer to always be on the move,” said Toub.
Soon after, Toub acquired a 1973 Sovereign model Airstream, which she outfitted as a backdrop for her fine jewelry and apparel collection, VMT, launched for resort 2014. Inside, Toub also offers vintage home accessories, bags and scarves sourced from her travels around the world. In addition to private sales, VMT jewelry is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, where Toub will host a trunk show on Oct. 26 and a dinner (with the Airstream parked out back) on Dec. 9.
Toub had been developing fine jewelry, ready-to-wear and beach cover-ups for the past two years, based on pieces she contracted local tailors and artisans to make during her travels to Lebanon, Turkey, Italy, Greece and India. “The craftsmen there can create a near-perfect piece of jewelry without a CAD design. The clothes took a bit more tweaking, but people would always ask me where I got my things, and that got me thinking,” she said. “When I moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to raise my family, I moved all the production here.” Toub sources her fabrics and trims from Italy, France and Japan.
Raised in Switzerland by an English mother and Persian father, Toub spent summers in New York and once interned for Bill Blass. After earning a degree at New York’s Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, she moved to Paris to pursue set design, where she began collecting vintage fabrics and trims.
The 14- and 18-karat gold and diamond jewelry, ranging from $400 to $14,000 wholesale, comprises six groups including hexagons, zippers, serpents and personalized nameplates. The bold designs in yellow, rose and white gold include rings that can be worn three ways, convertible chains and bracelets meant to be layered. The hexagonal motif, inspired by Moroccan tiles, also adorns the outside of the trailer in a silver laser-cut border and is repeated inside as metal and wooden shelving.
Based around elegant caftans, tunics and blouses, the 14-piece rtw collection “is shapely and sexy but not in your face,” noted Toub. Fabrics include geometric cotton lace, silk charmeuse, silk georgette and dupioni. Toub sticks to a black-and-white palette with just a few pops of color. The all-white beach cover-ups feature hand-loomed mesh detail, lace insets, pom-poms or cotton fringe. Apparel prices range from $100 to $840 wholesale.
Toub plans to expand her wholesale reach, but in the meantime, her Airstream will travel to fashion weeks and fairs such as Art Basel and Coachella because, she said, “The spirit of the collection is based on travel and exploration.”
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye