Designer Samantha Pleet talks about movies that inspire her line, and how kids' clothes and shoes are next
The best way I could describe Samantha Pleet’s clothing is that it reminds me of a movie that hasn’t yet been made. Every collared dress, denim pant, and knotted swimsuit invokes dual feelings of nostalgia and fantasy, wrapped up together with a well-tailored bow. The whimsical details in her clothing (cut-outs that look like little windows!) and its colorful canvases are a feminine fever dream that would make even the least fashion interested person swoon.
Since launching the brand in 2007, Samantha has been able to add some of our famous faves like Lorde, Jenny Slate, and Tavi Gevinson, to her list of admirers. Being a new mom to baby Valentine hasn’t stopped the designer from embarking on new design ventures. It’s actually inspired her to expand her brand, as well as the designs itself. Her most recent collection included ruffled, off-the-shoulder tops and dresses that were inspired by both Shakespeare and her pregnancy cravings.
We got to talk to Samantha about the movies that inspire her designs, her skin care must-haves, and her new clothing line for little ones.
How and when did you decide to become a fashion designer?
Are there movies and TV shows that inspire your design aesthetic?
Is your personal style very similar to your designs or is there anything that you wear that is completely opposite?
What is your process like when coming up with a new collection?
Who are your style icons?
What are your skin care essentials?
I love organic skin care and there are just have a few things I swear by. I use Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturizer on my face before bed and in the morning. Soapwalla’s Restorative Face Serum is amazing, and I use RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream. I use it on my décolletage because it’s so natural and will not bother the baby. I use coconut oil on her too, instead of lotion. I am also in love with the SK-11 sheet mask for a special treat of an extra dose of moisture! I recently got this dreamy makeup palette from Make x Maryam Nassir Zadeh with the most beautiful colors to play with, and Glossier’s Boy Brow is great!