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Nicole Richie is every girl's friend-in-their-head. Besides being the daughter of iconic singer Lionel Richie and one of the first reality TV stars (The Simple Life, never forget), the hilarious LA-based talent also has impeccable personal style and is the mastermind behind a growing fashion empire, House of Harlow 1960.
Launched in 2009, HOH 1960's geometric necklaces were an instant hit with trendy-fashion-loving Angelenos, thanks to being stocked in iconic retailers like Kitson (RIP). Since then, the brand has expanded its vintage-inspired offerings to a full-range of jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Most recently, Richie tapped model Kenya Kinski-Jones (daughter of Quincy, sister of Rashida) to front the line's new 2016 campaign.
Here, Richie tells us more about House of Harlow's past and future while revealing some fun trivia, including the first song on her karaoke playlist.
What attracted you to working with Kenya for this campaign?
Kenya embodies the spirit of House of Harlow 1960. She is exotic, alluring, elegant, and totally true to herself.
What is one of your favorite memories about HOH's early days?
I would go out and see women wearing the Five Station necklace. It was so exciting. I wasn't sure whether to say something to them or not, but I was dying inside!
How has the brand evolved since you first launched it?
House of Harlow 1960 is a lifestyle concept that continues to evolve as I grow and change. While the essence of the collection remains true to its musical inspiration rooted in the late '60s and '70s, each collection represents where I am in life. I started the brand with jewelry and have had the privilege of designing apparel, footwear, accessories, and home fragrance over the course of its life. Each project affords me an opportunity to flex my creative muscles.
What are your big dreams for the brand? A permanent store?
I'd love my own store! We did a pop-up at The Grove last summer and I loved the process, using the space as a blank canvas and being able to tell a story.
You're the queen of retro fashion. What is your most epic vintage find?
I have so many! I have found coats for $10. There's a vintage Louis Vuitton trunk in my living room that was a steal. I find that you get the best deals outside of LA or NY.
What is one beauty product that you've been using for years?
Lucas Paw Paw Ointment as a lip balm.
What is your go-to karaoke song?
"Forgot About Dre" by Eminem and Dr. Dre. Duh!