We’ve been following Brooklyn-based label J.Papa for some time now. Self-described as a line that blends the European atelier approach with a “DIY sentiment,” each piece is handmade by designer Jillian Papa in her Bushwick studio. The result? High fashion silhouettes in high-quality fabrics with a nod to streetwear—and always a hint of coziness.
Inspired by young people's influence on today’s culture, Papa’s Fall 2018 collection is an ode to her own childhood. Being that she just turned 30, she looked back to the late-‘90s and early aughts for inspiration. “I think today, more than ever, the influence of youth—especially in fashion—is just undeniable,” she says. “For the Fall 2018 collection, I tapped into what I remember being influential during my own youth. I grew up in the ‘90s and early 2000s, which was a lot of fun fashion-wise.” Fuzzy leopard print fabric, flared pants, and plenty of zippers pay homage to this era—it was the time when the Spice Girls reigned supreme after all.
New designs include a cropped, faux fur-lined jacket—a seasonless silhouette that she plans to keep a part of her collections going forward. She’s also added horizontal chest zippers that “serve as air vents” to turtlenecks and hooded pieces. “Turtlenecks and hoods can make your chest sweaty, so I thought this would be a fun detail to add to some of those pieces—it’s a sexy way to air it out,” says Papa. Fashion with function!
Despite being entirely handmade in New York, the collection still falls within an accessible price range. Pieces range from $65 to $325, with the majority under $200.
The full collection is available to shop online. Feast your eyes on it in the Sophie Hur-lensed lookbook, below.
Photographer: Sophie Hur
Styling: Kwanzaa Periera
Hair and Makeup: Schanica Pickens
Model: Hailey Borrero
J.Papa, Rose Dress, $168, available at J.Papa.
J.Papa, Krystal Dress, $268, available at J.Papa.
J.Papa, Victoria Dress, $215, available at J.Papa.
J.Papa, Cami and Pants, available soon at J.Papa.