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At yesterday's A.L.C. trunk show at Intermix, we learned many things about the celebrated brand's designer Andrea Lieberman. For one, she's effortlessly cool and laid-back. Rocking a navy sweater, jeans and Céline slip-on sneakers, she graciously greeted guests to the boutique and was quick to give big hugs.
She also has an impeccable memory and raved about Racked's A.L.C. sample sale coverage, which made us feel a little giddy. Amidst hosting duties, Lieberman sat down to chat about her superstar styling past, LA shopping and letting go.
You were born and raised in New York. What inspired you to move to LA?
"Styling allowed me to work bicoastal for many years, so I came here all the time. I eventually met my boyfriend here and we decided to buy a house. He's now my husband and we have two kids!"
Speaking of styling, do you have any fun celeb fitting stories to share?
"From working with La Toya Luckett on the first Destiny's Child video to dressing Jennifer Lopez in that now-infamous green Versace dress, it was all pretty memorable. I've also loved working with Gwen Stefani—we're great friends. Working on her solo record was one of the most exciting times of my life."
Racked readers are diehard A.L.C. sample sale fans. Have you ever been to one of your sales?
"Yes! I went to the first one for a few minutes and it was just insane. The second one was on another level. I remember it being a ghost town in our office that day because everyone was working the sale. It was really intense."
Your sales are generously priced and filled with A.L.C. archive pieces. Is it easy for you to let go?
"Definitely. I'm a true believer in letting go to make room for something new."
So, you're not a hoarder.
"Well, if you speak to my husband, he'll tell you that I'm a hoarder. [Laughs] But he has no idea of the amount of stuff I've gotten rid of! I do like to archive, though. In addition to special A.L.C. pieces, I hold onto all of my designer vintage, especially shoes. I used to have a lot more, but when I was a world traveler I would give my friends garbage bags filled with items from designers like Comme des Garçons before I left. I definitely regret it now!"
Where do you like to shop locally?
"Besides Intermix, I really enjoy The Way We Wore, Catwalk and Decades. I also love the Rose Bowl Flea—I'm excited to go this weekend. But for me, the pinnacle of everything is definitely Lily et Cie in Beverly Hills. The owner Rita Watnick is my hero of epic proportions. She is so generous and special, and loves to share the history of everything in her store."
That's a great list. Do you have any favorite dining spots?
"I'm a bit of a homebody because I have two kids. However, I do visit Bar Bouchon in Beverly Hills a lot because it's in my neighborhood and also makes me feel like I'm in Paris. I also love Bottega Louie in DTLA."
What can we expect next from A.L.C.?
"There are a lot of things that I want to do, but everything is in the planning stages right now. Growth is a huge focus. Line extensions. I'm gearing up to go big."
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