FN’s 2018 Emerging Talent
Designer: Jasmin Larian
Brand: Cult Gaia
LAUNCHED 2012 for accessories; 2018 for footwear
BASE Los Angeles
MADE IN Brazil
BACKSTORY After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technoloy, Larian moved back home to Los Angeles and began making flower crowns and wire turbans just as Coachella fashion was beginning to reach critical mass. She moved to handbags in 2011, officially launching Cult Gaia as a brand.
SHOE PHILOSOPHY “There is a place to make timeless and classic pieces that you can wear everyday that also look like art.”
STOCKISTS The brand has a Net-a-Porter exclusive for the current debut collection (which initially sold out in days) and Lane Crawford has signed on for Spring 2019
SHOE COUNT 11 styles currently and 9 styles for spring ’19
BREAKTHROUGH STYLE The Instagram-famous Ark bag, which gave inspiration to the brand’s artful, open-weave shoes.
SPOTTED ON Jessica Alba, Emma Roberts
NEXT UP Sandals. “I haven’t been able to find that for myself, a good easy slide that doesn’t have a heel.”
INSPIRATION Nature and furniture. For Spring 2019, Larian made molds out of a collection of rocks she found on a recent trip to Iceland.
MENTOR “I just met with Sofia Amoruso. She was able to create a pathway for more women, for more female-led fashion brands. There aren’t really that many, it’s still a lot of men.”
SOCIAL STUDIES 306K on Instagram @cultgaia