Charlotte photographed at Zion National Park in Utah.
I would love to introduce you to Charlotte Lewis, a former fashion editor who is behind Ven Store that is your one-stop source for modern travel essentials. She is a mother of the sweetest four month old baby girl, so I am beyond excited we were finally able to pull this feature together as a holiday treat. As told by Charlotte:
Tell me about your style.
Classic, simple and a little masculine. I rather buy less, save and invest in timeless pieces I know I will be wearing forever like coats, accessories and classic knits. I buy a lot of second hand and spend a lot of time sourcing The Real Real and Vestiare for pieces I missed out on or perhaps didn’t want to make the investment on at the time. The Real Real is a gold mine for vintage Manolos at great prices!
I mostly wear knits or a t-shirt, preferably from Phoebe Philo’s Céline or Khaite, or one of my own cashmere pieces. Those are my weekend staples, which I like to combine with jeans or tailored trousers from Céline and wear with a classic flat or a lower heel. There is definitely some menswear in there as well! When it is warmer I go for a simple shirt look paired up with jeans or wear a pared back dress from Totême. I also like to load up a few high street staples from Arket or Uniqlo and mix them with more special pieces.
Departure essentials from Ven – in love with their newly launched blankets.
How was Ven born?
The idea for a cashmere travel set actually came about when I was working at a fashion magazine, travelling constantly and endlessly searching for pieces that would make 12 hours in economy a little more bearable. I had been looking for one to invest in to make the journey more comfortable but had never found quite what I was looking for. So on a slight whim I started to research knitwear manufacturing to see if it would be possible to have one made and the brand sort of evolved from there.
Once we launched the sets I started to think about seasonless cashmere because I also struggled a lot with what to wear on long haul flights. I wanted to make simple staples that were easy to wear and easy to pack. Thoughtless pieces that you could throw on and still feel pulled together, which after a long haul flight is pretty hard.
What is on your current wish list?
All I am buying at the moment is either baby clothes or furniture since my house is still pretty bare, but there are a few things on my wish list.
I am searching for a pair of The Row’s Egon sandals in black in because I wasn’t quick enough! Actually, I am obsessed with buying sandals. I would love to find a new pair of raw denim jeans as well, as I have a few and I am always on the lookout for more. Matteau’s cream top and skirt from their Resort collection would be perfect to wear over Christmas, as we will be spending the holidays at the beach.
What are your favourite beauty products?
I only used natural products whilst pregnant, so I have been excited to buy into some more brands. I love the Augustinus Bader cream and have been using that a lot recently! I also invested in a ZIIP device shortly before I got pregnant so I never had the chance to use it and am excited to try it now!
The softest cotton cashmere blend reinvents the sweatshirt.
How do you wind down?
I have have a four month old baby so there is not much time to wind down currently, but my favourite thing to do is to watch cooking programmes with a glass of wine!
What are your plans for the holidays?
My father lives in the Caribbean so we are going there to visit him for two weeks. It is where I got married and my favourite place on earth. I can’t wait!
Finally! The 9th issue of Unconditional Magazine is out now and you can get yours here. Unconditional is one of the few quality prints you want to keep forever and go back to from time to time. When I studied in Scotland my mom would send over every issue of Styleby, and now I am obsessed with Unconditional to the same extend.
The new issue comes with two covers featuring Giedre Dukaiskaite in Prada (see above) and the Italian beauty Bianca Balti in Chanel and Nina Ricci. See the credits for Giedre’s cover below:
Image courtesy of Unconditional Magazine.