Inside The Studio With Lady Grey

After meeting at school in Boston, designers Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader discovered that they not only shared the same aesthetic, they shared the same entrepreneurial spirit. The ladies made the move to New York after graduating, and immediately began production on their line, Lady Grey. Martinelli and Le Guyader invited us into their Brooklyn studio space, and spoke to us about their experiences as female business owners, how they get inspired, and what it's like working with a best friend.. Photography by Kathryn Wirsing.


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    Lady Grey

    Marie Claire: How did you decide on the name Lady Grey for your line? 
    Jill: We knew the story about Lady Jane Grey, and at that time it really fit the vibe of our designs.

    Do you find new inspiration each season, or do you have an idea that carries through all of your collections? 

    Jill: Our aesthetic definitely carries through with every collection. And I think that dictates what the collection will turn out to be—whatever process we’re really in to that time combined with our existing designs.

    Sabine: We kind of work backwards. We don’t really start with photos or imagery to guide us. We start to make things and then when a piece is almost done we’re like, "Oh my god, this is so equestrian," or something. Then we hone in on that.

    Jill: We make a lot of prototypes. So instead of drawing things up, we just make a shape and start carving. And we work with each other and talk about shapes.

    Kathryn Wirsing
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