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On the Radar: Lucy Akin's New Clothing Line Is Resort-Ready

Courtey of Ciao Lucia; Amy Graves/GettyImages
Ciao Lucia Isabella dress; Lucy Akin (inset)

The designer and founder of Shop Super Street talks about the inspiration behind her newly launched collection, Ciao Lucia, and her summer must-haves.

Los Angeles style setter Lucy Akin is channeling her experience in retail into a new line of resort-ready pieces for summer.

The Angeleno worked for L.A. designer Jenni Kayne before transitioning into a buying job at Satine, where she became the boutique's head buyer at the tender age of 21. In 2014, Akin ventured out on her own, launching the ultra-hip Shop Super Street brick-and mortar store on La Brea Avenue and e-comm site created to appeal to the girl who likes a mix of designer and street-wear brands. (Stussy, Rochas and Alexander Wang are a few of the labels offered.) 

Akin's newest project, Ciao Lucia, launched Monday and is sold exclusively on Shop Super Street and ciaolucia.com. The pieces designed by Akin range from $95 for a jersey top described as “the perfect new T-shirt” to $425 for her simple maxi dresses.

Below, Pret-a-Reporter caught up with the fashion "it" girl to chat about summer style and the inspiration behind her new line.

What is the inspiration behind the Ciao Lucia line?

Ciao Lucia is all about travel. I travel a lot for work and in my own time, and I really needed some pieces that I could throw in my suitcase and go. It was also important to me for everything to be transitional. When designing the clothes, I pulled a lot of inspiration from the glamor of the Amalfi Coast, French New Wave Film, old Italian alcohol advertising from the 1940s, vintage postcards and actually a lot of early '90s silhouettes. It’s a very fun and happy line. 

Can you describe the "Ciao Lucia girl”?

The Ciao Lucia girl is a girl on the go — shes traveling around and is on a lot of adventures. From exploring a new seaside city to having a long dinner with friends at night, she’s definitely having fun. 

Is there a certain piece in the line that you are particularly excited about? 

Im so excited about the Souvenir print. It’s a fish and coral themed print that was inspired by all of the gorgeous painted ceramics that you see in Capri, Italy. I love that we called it the Souvenir print, too, because it feels nostalgic to me. Souvenirs are something you covet and bring back great memories and stories to tell.

What are your three must-haves for summer? 

A must-have for summer would be the Bianca top. I love this top styled over a bikini, or with a pair of high-waisted Levi’s for day. For the beach, the Isabella Dress in tangerine; it’s simple but very stylish and you can style it to your body. And lastly, the Simona dress in periwinkle is just a great silhouette. It’s flattering for a lot of different body types and it’s so light, you can just throw it on and go.

Are there any fun things around the L.A. area you are looking forward to doing this summer?

Im dying to go to the Museum of Ice Cream! It looks like a lot of fun. I will also be taking an inspiration trip to the MOCA to see the Kerry James Marshall exhibit. I love his paintings. I’m also fitting a few concerts in at the Hollywood Bowl — a summer isn’t complete without a few of those! 

What piece of advice would you give to other young people just starting their career in fashion? 

I think its important to experiment when you’re trying to figure out what you want from your career. I tested out everything before landing on retail/buying. I worked for a magazine in the fashion closet, I worked for a fashion PR company, I worked in design, etc. It’s been very valuable to have the experience where I know the industry from the top down, from the conceptualizing of a garment to it being in the customer's hands and everything in between. 

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