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Lucky Brand Clover #05
A style guide for culture lovers
December 2013
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Party People
Party People

Get your fashion fix for a very
festive December

Unzipped
Unzipped

Take denim from desk to deck
the halls in 7 easy pieces or less

instant update
Instant Update

Be bash-ready in seconds with
the easiest beauty trick ever

Behind the Scenes
Behind the scenes

Ever wonder what goes into a
legendary guitar?

Riveting Right Now
Riveting right now

Explore our art, music and
pop culture picks of the month

Ritual Habitual
Ritual habitual

Hang out with French indie band
Phoenix in Austin, Texas

Style Files
Style files

Steal style cues from a few of our
favorite scene stealers

Art of Community
Art of Community

Actress Kristen Bell brings luck
to those less fortunate

Indie Index
Indie index

Check out our cheat sheet to LA’s
most iconic rock n’ roll hangouts

Lucky Genes
Lucky genes

Meet Senior Design Director
Michelle McCormick

Local Loves
Local loves

Stay out late in Austin, Texas
with our food trucks guide

Lucky Genes - Meet our textiles guru Michelle McCormick – and her insanely inspired family at their 1920s English Tudor in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. Indie Index Local Loves

Lucky GenesBefore Lucky Brand Design Director Michelle McCormick fell in love with her husband Tracy McCormick, an interior designer and contractor, she fell in love with a disco ball. “I was living in Philadelphia. There was a salvage house near my apartment I liked to visit. One day I walked in and saw this incredible disco ball, it was odd-shaped and art deco. I’d never seen anything like it.” As the story goes, one of Michelle’s friends ended up buying the ball, and promised to leave it to Michelle in her will. The bequeathing wouldn’t be necessary. Word quickly spread among Michelle’s design-savvy crew. Soon enough, she was the proud owner of not one pre-disco disco ball, but two.

“I’d never consider myself a traditionalist but I like mixing traditional and found objects together for unusual compositions. Everything in the house has a wink to it,” says Michelle, who’s been frequenting Los Angeles flea markets, like the Rose Bowl, and auction houses, like Abell’s and Butterfield’s, with her mom since she was her eldest daughter’s age. Savannah McCormick is three years old (her younger sister, Saffron, is one. Both are shown above with their cousin, Kate, eight). Already Savannah’s starting to speak the family language. Her aesthetic, in her own words? “Crazy cool.”

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Michelle describes the collection of disco balls that hangs in the
McCormick’s living room as “1920s pre-disco dancehall from a speakeasy.” She
also insists that they be strung from chain taken from a park in England
(complete with original spikes).

As luck would have it, Michelle and Tracy’s early romance revolved around design. They both met as neighbors in Koreatown’s historic Gaylord building, a building Tracy would later go on to help restore.

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Among the objects Michelle collects? Clockwise from left:
A vintage thread sampler, Turkish embroidery, an Indian block print, Japanese
Boro and a Hungarian beaded purse. A ceramic skull and a zebra-print Osa
Johnson book. A complete collection of love letters written by strangers.
Gesturing wooden hands.

Lucky GenesFour years later, after Tracy had proposed to Michelle on the Gaylord’s rooftop and they’d wed in Michelle’s parents’ Hancock Park backyard, they bought the nearby Tudor duplex that has become their home, and an ongoing project. Most recently, Tracy refurbished the kitchen with a white Wedgwood stove and custom cabinets created to house the McCormick’s growing collection of heirloom silver and china. Michelle is busy hunting for wicker basket chairs for the garden. In the meantime, Savannah is trying her hand at curating flea market finds. Her first foray? Russian nesting dolls.

The storybooks in Savannah’s bedroom are organized by color, so that Savannah can easily keep them organized (and get to know all the words of the rainbow at the same time).

Want to see more of the McCormicks’ inspiration?

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Follow Michelle’s blog http://inspirationresource.blogspot.com/
Follow Tracy’s blog http://tracymccormick.tumblr.com/

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