Identity Crisis is an awesome brand that features some extremely original designer tights and thigh high socks among other legwear products and one we’ve been wanting to feature on our website for a long time ever since we were approached by Elysia Panda, the brand’s founder. Elysia was kind enough to send us some items and we loved everything about them starting with the way they were packaged within a large strip of fluorescent malleable plastic with the logo stamped on them in black labeling tape which gives it an electro-punkish feel that’s visible throughout the Identity Crisis product line.
We sent Elysia a couple of questions about the brand and she was awesome to take some time to answer them, lets jump right ahead and get to know more about Elysia and her awesome legwear brand, Identity Crisis:
Why did you have this idea of starting a new designer’s brand dedicated solely to legwear?
I have been infatuated with legwear for a LONG time!! One day I was visiting my grandmother and she noticed a pair of thigh highs that I was wearing. She went back into her bedroom and brought out this box. In the box was a gorgeous pair of silk stockings that my grandfather brought back to her from Italy after the war. It was this shared sentiment that really brought forth my love for legwear.
Beyond this personal sentiment, I find it incredible that legwear is such a timeless accessory; always taking on a new form of trend in every decade, every season. It never dies and unlike many trends that come and go, legwear is always prevalent in some shape or another. Ex. ankle socks, tube socks and pattern-heavy socks for men are the “in” trends at the moment. Tomorrow the trend could be something completely different!
Your brand was originally called Stocking Noir, what made you change the name to Identity Crisis?
Identity Crisis is StockingNoir 2.0 ! Since last May when the legwear business began, we sold a mix of curated pieces from other designers and created pieces that we designed for collections of own. With the growing technological trend in “custom print” and creative freedom to design (…whatever the hell we wanted!), I found the creation process more fulfilling and quite frankly, a wave of the future. So, Stocking Noir was rebranded as Identity Crisis to redefine the direction of the company to speciality / custom print socks, thigh highs + tights.
Can you tell us about some of the collaborations you have with artists?
Our next collaboration will be out next month featuring designer, Xtina Lee (xtinadraws.com). Xtina is an illustrator and graphic designer, who recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon, interned with VICE mag and studied with the University of Arts in London. I originally saw her prints at a CMU Senior Showcase and thought “oh good lord, those discombobulated limbs would make the raddest socks.” So, I sent her an email (pretty much the second I got home) and we’ve been planning this collection ever since!
I am personally really excited for this collaboration as it is a 4-piece collection of socks, thigh highs and tights in super weird-yet-playful prints. It is everything that the young at <3 can get down with! Xtina describes her design style influenced by “kitsch, comics and a bad sense of humor.” I think that people will definitely be able to see and enjoy that…
(You can see some sneak peeks of the patterns she designed below.)
What’s your main inspiration when you think about new collections, can you guide us through your thought process?
Each collection basically depends on who is designing. It ties back into the name Identity Crisis that way…as each collection is a reflection of the designers personal style & identity. I do play a creative role in each collection but that has more to do with deciding how to best showcase the designer and shooting all the content for web. My philosophy is to offer creative input but pretty much let each designer do their own thing~
Please, tell us a little more about yourself, Elysia, who is the person behind this fantastic brand?
Haha, Elysia is just as much in a state of Identity Crisis as the name might suggest. I’m a wearer of many hats. I’m an entrepreneur / event planner / fashionista / model / visual artist / stylist / web junkie. And that’s A-OK.
I read this article recently about how all great fashion icons have one “signature” look (Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Twiggy, etc). It’s true. Personally however, I have always preferred to wake up and put on something entirely different than the past day. It is a liberating expression of feeling that varies on the day-to-day. That has always been my favourite part of fashion; the ability to be able to wear whatever the hell you want, whenever you want!
Can you guide us through your daily routine and tell us what are some of those things that you can’t live without?
Every day is intentionally different. Routines scare me. On top of overseeing Identity Crisis, I usually have a handful of creative projects going on as well (styling, modelling, design). Even if I say to myself that I’m too busy, I’m always finding new photoshoots and small projects. It keeps my life interesting and most importantly, creatively stimulated!
Also, things that I can’t live without: An inspirational trip to the art museum, Japanese culture (especially the Studio Ghibli films), gourmet cheese, 80’s synth pop, finding cool sh#t / good reads on the internet, my googly-eyed Japanese Chin and my handsome boyfriend <3
What a fantastic read, thank you very much for your time Elysia! What are you waiting for? Visit the Identity Crisis website right now!
It is a great pleasure to be able to try and review two pairs of these fabulous Inkkas tennis shoes. Inkkas was created by Danny-Ben-Nun, a designer and traveler that, during a backpacking trip to South America in 2012, wandered upon a pair of shoes made from authentic local fabrics in Peru. Danny was fascinated with the beautiful intricate colorful patterns and decided that he had to sell those beautiful creations globally hence deciding to create the brand Inkkas.
“Danny met with the local producers of these exquisite shoes to discuss the possibility of teaming up with them, so that they could produce products that were even more beautiful than the ones he had seen.” and started producing and selling them on a global scale. Besides working together with these craftsmen the company is also engaged with the local communities and has “teamed up with other non-govermental organizations, such as AmazonWatch and Cuipo, to funnel some of its earnings back to the communities and areas that breathed life into its products.” If you want to know more you can read the story of the company and their mission on their website or watch the video below.
It is really awesome to have a chance to showcase these shoes on our website and to try them on. They are extremely comfortable and perfectly suited for the great sunny summer that’s surely ahead. On these photos you can see a pair of women’s Shadow High Top combined with Gatta Riyo black leggings that have a subtle yet playful texture and a simple cut blue dress whose minimal approach helps create focus around the shoes’ explosion of color. The men’s pair are Blackbird Low Top and fit perfectly with a pair of basic blue jeans or, now that summer’s approaching, maybe some navy blue or dark green shorts.
The stitchings on the shoes are sturdy and durable and the fabric is light and well cut. The shape of the shoes seems perfectly suited to accommodate our narrow built feet but should easily fit larger feet soles as well so they are an awesome buy and should be a very welcomed addition to your wardrobe.
This Odd Pears campaign by Leta Sobierajski really caught our eye with its carefully picked bright colored sceneries that merge beautifully into the white tights and multicolored circular patterned socks.
What’s so cool about Odd Pears is that instead of selling just one pair of socks they actually throw in a third sock with inverted colors, thus allowing you to wear the matching socks normally or, when you’re feeling in the mood for a little change, wear the odd sock on one of your feet. Like they point on on their website: “You are now free from the constraints of ‘normal’ sock etiquette! Odd socks, matching socks, one sock, two socks. Go crazy with it.”
We find it a really awesome idea and at the cheap price of 15 USD a “pear” we think that this brand is on the right track to become a favorite brand of all legwear aficionados and become very popular very quickly. In order to drive the necessary attention to the brand they got Leta Sobierajski to develop this amazingly colorful and playful campaign that will undoubtedly generate a big buzz throughout the web.
Iben Bergstrøm is a Norwegian fashion blogger and communications consultant with a truly unique genuine style.
We discovered Iben’s blog sometime ago and we fell completely in love with her awesome multicolored looks and the way her choice of legwear plays a huge part in the way she expresses herself through clothing.
We asked her a few questions in order to get to know her better, her favorite legwear styles and brands and her advice to anyone that wants to start revolutionizing their wardrobes and express herself through the power of color!
If you had to describe your style how would you do it?
Colorful, eclectic and preferably with feathers, glitter, brushed pastel colored wool or lots of volume involved.
When you’re putting together your outfits where do you normally get your inspiration from?
I’m very inspired by shapes, I watched two Disney Movies the other day (Candyland and Cloudy with a chance of meatballs) and I found both very inspiring, hahaha. Oversized food and candy – you got me.
Can you name two people who have had the biggest influence on your style?
My boyfriend – he’s always told me that I should dress in whatever I want.
Do you consider yourself to be a trendsetter?
No, I don’t – because that’s not what I’d like to be considered as either. Trends will always pass, but true and genuine style lasts forever. I hope to inspire people to dare more, to choose that pink dress they think they can’t wear to that dinner party. Or like my greek teacher which is dressed in all black with black nailpolish; she went a nuance brighter to a dark grey after she had seen something on my blog. That’s more than good enough for me.
Do you receive mails from fans of your blog asking you for style tips? What’s the main advice that you normally give them?
Yes I do. Usually people would like to get more knowledge on how to dress in colors. I usually say that it’s like working out, you need to make an effort. Plan ahead, lay the outfit out the night before, start with a yellow pantyhose and then move on to bigger things. But most importantly: never ever care about what others may think.
What are some of your favorite hosiery brands and shops?
Falke is my favourite. Long lasting and nice colors.
What was the priciest legwear item you’ve ever bought?
Around 40 euros, a pair of wool Falkes.
What was the last pair of pantyhose/leggings you bought?
A petrol blue and lilac magenta pair of Falkes.
Walk us through your legwear drawer, what are some of your favorite items and why?
I use orange and bright magenta a lot, one of these is from H&M, the other one from Century 21 in New York. Then I like to do blue nuances so I use three different shades of blue – depending on what I’m wearing all from Falke. Then I have a mint green one from H&M and a pink nudeish one which I use with dresses in the same color. All my pantyhose are matte.
How does legwear influence the outfits you put together?
Hugely, they are essential to most of my looks.
Your blog features a whole range of legwear looks, what are your favorite type of motifs, prints and textures when it comes to tights, leggings and socks?
I like simple, medium thick solid color pantyhose. The only thing which is a bit off is that Falke does not make a solid hold in on the top, so I need to do a bit of dragging often. Don’t like that.
What do you think is going to be the next big trend in the legwear universe?
I do believe I’ve seen some embellished stockings around – I hope those get mass produced!
We’d like to thank Iben for putting up with all of our questions!
If you’d like to get in touch with her be sure to drop her a comment at her blog Despite Color.
(Photos by Martin Tuft Torvund, Malin Bergstrom & Mia Aadland Stolen)