Jul 19, 2010 12:00AM

Viva La Veda

The search for the perfect leather jacket may well be the ultimate goal of every alt-fashion kid. Devoting herself to this worthy pursuit, Lyndsey Butler, founder of NY-based leather line VEDA, seeks to create wearable classics which exude their own brand of resistant femininity. We caught up with the designer to find out more.

Jacinta Mulders: How do you think growing up between Texas and Argentina influenced your design aesthetic?
Lyndsey Butler: I definitely have a strong affinity for any Latin inspired textiles and crafts. Growing up in south Texas we were really close to Mexico so the vibrant colors and prints of traditional Mexican art were everywhere. The aesthetic is different in Argentina, but the influence of the Indigenous people and culture is still very strong through out the country's arts, design and fashion.

What do you like about working with leather?
Leather is great because it is so malleable. The more I work with it the more ways I discover how to use it. When I first started doing VEDA I was nervous that I would run out of ideas for new collections very quickly. But it has been close to 3 years, and I don't feel like that yet.

What is the concept behind VEDA's Fall 2010 collection?
This Fall I was feeling a little more feminine than the last few seasons. So the collection has a more tailored and sophisticated look. There is a lot emphasis on the waist and more smooth lines, not as tough as some of the previous collections.

What do you take inspiration from?
Everything! Honestly, the greatest thing about this job is that I get to take all the things I am into at the moment and focus all those energies into creating something new. Working with leather is different than designing a full fashion collection because the inspiration always comes out in a much more subtle manner. For example, if I am really into astrology one season you aren't going to see a constellation print anywhere but I might do more draping or have some longer more cape-like pieces in the collection.

Ultimate rocker of the leather jacket?
Marc Bolan. Kate Moss and Johnny Depp circa 1996.

Who are your favourite artists?
Recently, I have been into the art of Walton Ford and Alejandro Cardenas (who moonlights as the creative director of Proenza Schouler), and I loved the Marina Abramovic exhibit at the MOMA. I also just finished reading The Last of the Savages by Jay McInerney. I couldn't put it down. I love The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham and any Raymond Carver short story. They always leave me feeling unsettled?its very subtle, but I like that they make me feel a little 'wrong.' For the summer I got this book of ghost stories, which I am anxious to get into.

Written by Jacinta Mulders.

www.thisisVEDA.com

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