The 12 R's with Laurel Hill
Laurel Hill: Owner/Designer/Maker
What pieces and/or designers in your closet do you find yourself wearing again and again?
Comfort is key, especially in the studio, so I usually keep it simple with utilitarian vintage jumpsuits, or jeans and gray tees. When I need to get fancy, I pile on the jewelry!
Favorite dining spots?
This tiny place called Tlaloc in Athens, GA has the best pupusas and exterior wall art.
Mood boards from Laurel Hill's studio
Where in the world do you travel to for peace of mind?
I’m so lucky to live in a place that I would want to visit on vacation, across the street from a mountain, surrounded by trails, with a view of an elk herd from the studio. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I do love snorkeling though, can’t get that in Montana.
What’s currently on your nightstand?
Besides Harry Potter, forever and always? Usually a businessy book like Rework to keep me inspired, and because I’m seriously lacking knowledge in that department.
Trail running! There’s nothing better than spending hours running in the mountains. I’ve been battling an injury for what feels like forever, so to get myself back into it I’ve been supplementing the running with a strength routine and yoga. I’m pretty late to the yoga game but I’m glad I finally caught on, it’s so wonderful for resetting my body after spending the day hunched over the workbench (or worse, the computer).
In terms of emerging designers, who is reinventing the wheel?
I really love Ilana Kohn’s pieces, I’m dying for some of her Lola Coveralls. Her clothes are unique, comfortable, and simple without being too plain. (Nothing wrong with plain basics though, I live in them.)
Any beauty rituals you swear by?
I have incredibly dry skin which also loves to break out (fun combo!), so I make a lot of my own cleansing and moisturizing products from oils. I love knowing exactly what’s going into each bottle, and it’s fun to feel like a witch making potions.
What music are you currently listening to?
I usually gravitate towards older stuff, from Neil Young to Bach. And I love almost any kind of folk music.
Any art galleries you frequent? Who is hanging on your walls?
My walls are mostly filled with vintage landscapes and wood carvings from the thrift store, plus a few special pieces by friends.
Hill's Montana studio
Something fermented, like beer or kombucha. Kombucha is so easy and inexpensive to make at home, so I always have a batch going.
What film could you watch over and over?
3 Women. I can’t put my finger on why, but I love that film, I even designed the Sage Collection around the mood. It’s based on a dream that Robert Altman had, and that vibe really comes through in the film.
And, of course, the LOTR trilogy.
Most coveted fashion decade? In which time period would you have lived, and how does it inspire your way of dressing?
I’ve always thought I’d feel at home during the 60s, it seems like a time of reinvention and awakening.
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