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get to know leah mcsweeney of married to the mob

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photos by suzanne darcy

she’s the ultimate supreme bitch.

Name/Brand Name: Leah Christine McSweeney
Occupation: CEO of Married to the Mob Clothing
Hometown: NYC
Current City: NYC
1) What inspired you to create a clothing line with a feminine street wear aesthetic?
It was all very organic and innocent back in 2004. I wasn’t planning on or hadn’t even considered that the brand would grow the way it did. I was 22 and barely had completed high school. I was smart but couldn’t hold a job because I hated having a boss. I was surrounded and had grown up in the city and in skateboarding “streetwear” culture. I was heavily influenced by my boyfriend and now father of my child Jest, founder of Alife. I was also heavily influenced by Ruslan Karablin and Aaron Bondaroff. They all had these cool lines and were doing creative shit. I wanted to rep for the female side of things. I wanted to express my take on what it was like to be in this community and be a female. 
 
2. Has it been hard gaining recognition in an industry that is dominated by street wear geared towards men?
Of course. Its hard getting recognition in this industry no matter what gender. You have to prove yourself. After being in business for a decade, having my company tried to be taken away from me not once but twice, overcoming tons of obstacles, creating a place in the market for women’s street wear and working with brands like Nike, Burton and artists like Kaws…And I will still get thrown shade and what not. Its not a pretty industry. Its not for softies.
 
3. Describe the ultimate, “supreme bitch”!
Get to know me.
 
4. You’ve done a ton of collaborations already - which brand would be your dream collab if you could work with anyone?
I always answer this question with the same answer.. Chanel.
 
5. What will the MOB do next? (Future plans for the brand)
MOB will continue to grow steady. Never following the trend of the moment but constantly reflecting the lifestyle of the MOB girl.
 
6. Anything else we should know about you?
I was a teenage delinquent…

Shop Leah's killer looks at NYLONshop!

married to the mob: leopard bomber jacket—$125. since 04 fleece sweatpants—$60. supreme bitch beanie—$30. (available here.)

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO] www.youtube.com

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video) www.youtube.com

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House www.youtube.com

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.

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"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."