ARTICLE SARAH CRISTOBAL

PHOTOGRAPHY PHILIPPE VOGELENZANG

STYLIST BRANDON MAXWELL

CREDITS ARTICLE CONTENTS

THE ROCKER

THE VIDEO: BODY PARTY BY CIARA

JEN BRILL & OLIVIA KIM

EXTRA CREDITS

Set Design Erin Swift (Kate Ryan Inc) Digital technicians Charles Lu, Toto Cullen, Mark J. Davis Photo assistants Pavel Woznicki, Diederik de Groot, Janneke de Jong, Fiona Makkink Stylist assistant Hayley Pisaturo  Production assistant Allan Kent Set design assistant Adam Santucci  Locations MetroDaylight Studios, Neo Studios

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JEN BRILL & OLIVIA KIM

PHOTOGRAPHY PHILIPPE VOGELENZANG
FASHION BRANDON MAXWELL
TEXT SARAH CRISTOBAL

CREATIVE COHORTS & BEST BUDS

The very modern friendship of creative consultant Jen Brill and fashion magpie Olivia Kim (formerly the creative director of Opening Ceremony, now director of creative projects for Nordstrom) was solidified over iChats and Chinese food. The pair credits Sophomore designer Chrissie Miller with staging an e-troduction after they admitted to fancying each other from afar. “Among other things, Olivia is pure eye candy,” says Jen. “I loved her from a distance and was dying for her to be my friend. Our mutual friend, Chrissie, gave me her iChat and I wrote…” One fateful night they met for dinner (at a noodle shop called Big Wong) and realized that they were a match made in sartorial heaven. Since then fashion mags and style blogs have tried to keep up with Brill and Kim’s brand of unadulterated cool, and party photographers pop away in their petite presence.
 
Their bond is so palpable that even corporations couldn’t help but take note. Shoe giant Cole Haan hired the duo to create four colorful capsule collections—the latest of which hits stores this May. Not surprisingly, the fashion community cannot get enough of the Jen & Oli kickers (Chloe Sevigny, Leigh Lezark, and Visionaire’s own Cecilia Dean are among their biggest fans). “Jen is the other brain that I wish I had,” says Olivia. “She asks a lot of questions, questions lots of things, and is so observant. I love the way her eyes see everything. Working on a creative project with her is a constant reminder of why she is my best friend.”
 
The only thing keeping these besties apart these days is the continental United States. Olivia is currently stationed in Seattle for her job, but frequently makes it back to New York. It’s but a hiccup in time for these two who plan to be “swimming in the ocean, together” in 20 years time. 

EXTRA CREDITS

Set Design Erin Swift (Kate Ryan Inc) Digital technicians Charles Lu, Toto Cullen, Mark J. Davis Photo assistants Pavel Woznicki, Diederik de Groot, Janneke de Jong, Fiona Makkink Stylist assistant Hayley Pisaturo  Production assistant Allan Kent Set design assistant Adam Santucci  Locations MetroDaylight Studios, Neo Studios

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