Girl We Heart: Larry Leong Of LZL


The designer takes us through her fall collection and NYC favorites

We don’t know what we’re currently obsessing over more: Australian accessories label LZL or the brains, Cool Girl Larry Leong, behind it.

With more indie and emerging handbag lines making waves in the industry, we must say that Leong’s LZL has to be one of our favorites.  We took on lower Manhattan with her to talk about her brand, touching on everything from its very beginning stages to its current fall collection.

Leong’s story is pretty inspiring. After a successful run as a stylist and DJ—working with the likes of Adidas, Sofia Coppola, and Louis Vuitton—the Aussie native decided to make a career change and move on to a brand-new endeavor: designing. After realizing that she wasn’t into any handbags on the market, she decided she would make her own. “I didn’t really like what was available, so I ended up going out and buying all of the materials and sewed my very first bag at a friend’s studio,” she tells us. From there, the rest is history.

If there’s one way to describe LZL, it’s that it's unique; there's just nothing else like it out there. Its latest geometric-themed collection includes everything from perfectly rectangular crossbody bags to cylindrical and pyramid-shaped party clutches. In addition to the usual black- and jewel-toned fall color palette, you’ll also find pops of neon yellow and bubblegum pink—refreshing shades for a typically dreary season.

While Leong’s roots may be in Australia, she spends almost half of her time here in New York each year, a city she credits as having a strong influence on her designs. But, all in all, her design inspiration comes from taking something typical—such as a shape—and presenting it in a way that’s unexpected.

Above, watch Leong as she takes us through her new offering, as well her favorite parts of New York City this time of year. Then, take a closer look at the latest styles, below.

Produced and Directed by Tina Vaden
Shot by Daniel Huskey & Tina Vaden
Music: "Smokey Goodbye" by Daniel Gunnarsson via Epidemic Sound

Photo courtesy of LZL

LZL, Pyramid Bag, $495, available at LZL.

Screenshot via Youtube

While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images.

As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.