Dual Reality

Posted online: August 2016

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Written by Gina Tolleson

Co’s Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern’s creative partnership spans both the worlds of fashion and film. Stephanie, a Marrakech-born, Montreal-bred film producer whose family has been in the fashion and accessories business, and Justin, an Oklahoma lad turned Duke grad and film writer, combined their passions and designed a clothing line of luxury essentials that together form a considered, cohesive wardrobe for the grown-up sophisticate. “We wanted to dress the kind of woman that I was as a producer,” says Danan. “Someone who has to go from work to evening drinks or a film premiere and not have any time to change or think about it.” Now, with several collections behind them, the chic, minimal, and reasonably priced Co has won over the fashion/celeb scene and is receiving raves on the racks of Bergdorf Goodman, Maxfield, Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter, and a recent pop-up at the Montecito Country Mart. The couple, who annually spend summer weekends here with Kern’s family, recently shot their Pre-Fall 2016 campaign at Ganna Walska’s Lotusland. “It made sense to photograph there because we had chosen fabrications with a very naturalistic element—sand and sky tones, shaved shearling, pebble patterned fil coupe, and wave-pleated silk,” says Justin. “It was a bit of a love letter to our local ecology and landscape, and there’s no place better to capture that than Lotusland.”

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[SUMMER 2016]

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