Photography by Trevor Smith

Laura Vassar and Kris Brock

Husband-and-Wife | Designers, Brock Collection

| Newport Beach

Have you ever come across something you couldn’t help but be drawn to— it feels rare and special, yet somehow comforting and familiar? Well, this is how we’d describe our first encounter with Brock Collection, a women’s line currently defining modern, unbuttoned elegance. Fittingly, it’s exactly how we’d describe our feelings when meeting its designers, Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock, too. A couple in studio and in life, the duo couldn’t be more lovely: they’re big-hearted, humble and have spirits that instantly put you at ease (it’d almost be strange if their Parsons couture class hadn’t ended in a friendship-turned-workship-turned-romance). Inspired by architecture, French textiles and antiques, Kris and Laura drew upon their unique skill sets— he, as a tailor and pattern maker for the likes of Calvin Klein and DVF; she, as a design apprentice of Olivier Theyskens— to launch their namesake label in 2014. Three years and a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award later, and Brock Collection has blazed the trail for a new way of dressing: one that blends romance, history, order and disorder. Take, for example, their newest Spring 2018 collection where sweet, cherry-printed dresses mingled with fallen-off-the-shoulder peasant tops and Marie Antoinette-like brocades. On the one hand, Vassar and Brock are exacting when it comes to the tiny details (ahem, did you guys catch the craftsmanship on this stunning little number?!); on the other, they’re the first to fray a hemline in the pursuit of cool (never precious). Look, we’ll put it this way: when our moms used to say, “act like a lady,” we never really understood it… that is, until we slipped into a Brock piece and we’re not sure we could ever feel any other way. Here, Vassar and Brock sit down with CITIPHILE to reveal their little black books on LA and Newport Beach.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: LV: Wild Taco in Newport Beach (MAP IT, x) for a margarita and tacos!
KB: Bear Flag Fish Company (MAP IT, x).

COFFEE OR TEA: LV: Coffee from Al Cappuccino Coffee House (MAP IT, x)— they have coffee ice cubes and the best peach smoothie in town!
KB: What she said…

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: LV: We love Nobu (MAP IT, x).
KB: Casablanca (MAP IT, x). It has the best Mexican food including their home-made tortillas!

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: LV: A margarita at A (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)!
KB: A mezcal margarita at Nobu (which is new in Newport!).

MEAL WITH FRIENDS: LV: Haute Cakes (MAP IT, x).
KB: Backyard BBQs are always the best. This is where my Texas roots come out!

MUSIC PICK: LV: I love Fleetwood Mac. The jukebox at The Balboa Saloon (MAP IT, x) has great music!
KB: I love country music. The Shamrock in Newport Beach (MAP IT, x) has fun playlists.

BEST BRUNCH: LV: The Cannery in Newport Beach (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— it’s only a boat ride away from home.
KB: Wilma’s Patio on Balboa Island (MAP IT, x).

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: LV: Any Dodgers game. We’ve become huge baseball fans out here.
KB: The Chateau Marmont (MAP ITx).

HEALTHY STAPLE: LV: Wild Taco for a taco salad.
KB: Whole Foods near our DTLA studio for tuna poké!

GUILTY PLEASURE: LV: TK Burgers (MAP IT, x) for a cheeseburger and fries.
KB: Steak and fries from A.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: LV: The always blue sky!
KB: The beach.

REGULAR AT: KB: Al Cappuccino Coffee House. I go there every morning to get smoothies and coffee for Laura, Charlie and me.

DELIVERY GO-TO: LV: Laventina’s Pizza (MAP IT, x).
KB: Yep, a big cheese pizza!

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: KB: The Beverly Hills Hotel (MAP ITx).

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: KB: The Montage Laguna Beach (MAP IT, x).

TO GET INSPIRED: LV: Pasadena.
KB: Any beach.

GO-TO GETAWAY: KB: Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club (MAP IT, x)!

CLOSET CHECK: LV: My style is relaxed and ever-changing. I like to shop at A’maree’s in Newport Beach (MAP IT, x) and, in New York, Marie-Hélène de Taillac (MAP IT, x) for accessories.
KB: I love mixing formal brands with more casual ones like Tom Ford or Kiton with RVCA and Quicksilver.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: LV: I’m into gustation architecture mixed with French antiques. Tom Stansbury Antiques (MAP IT, x) is the best!
KB: I also like old French, but lived-in. Tom is our go-to.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: LV: A’maree’s.
KB: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa (MAP IT, x).

FOR HIM: LV: No Beach Plastic.

FOR HER: KB: La Perla (MAP IT, x) 😉

FIT PICK: LV: My kickboxing instructor at Equinox (MAP IT, x).
KB: I try to do AOJ–art of jujitsu– as much as I can (MAP IT, x)!

ULTIMATE LA MOMENT: Every day is an LA moment for us! CP

Laura & Kris’s LA

From L to R: First Row: Brock Collection; Seafood at Bear Flag Co.; Chateau Marmont; Coffee ice cubes at Al’s Cappuccino Coffee House. Second Row: TK Burgers; Brock Collection; Baked goods from Haute Cakes; The Montage Laguna Beach.

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