A pair of SoCal creatives—Charlotte Stone and Paige Smith—are bringing avant-cool to made-in-LA accessories.
Charlotte Stone’s eponymous shoe label and Paige Smith’s VereVerto handbag line are not new—meaning, if you haven’t yet heard of them, you may not be as cool as you think. The Ventura-and DTLA-based (respectively) designers’ pieces have wooed the likes of confident ladies Brie Larson and Solange with their vibrant palettes and unconventional silhouettes. And they’re marking new territory: Stone, with a new Platform LA pop-up running through April, and Smith, a visual artist, with an installation in LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal opening in April.
That undertaking is the biggest of Smith’s career thus far. The evolution of her Urban Geode street art project—in which she marries “man-made buildings with a man-made mineral growth”—will be “like a crystal cave right in the airport.” A creator since she was young, she is most proud of VereVerto (with co-founder Consuelo Chozas), which was directly inspired by the people in LA. “It has become an extension of my art in the way I think of designing the bags,” says Smith. “My designs are very geometric, utilitarian with no frills, almost exactly like my style when designing installations. I find beauty in simplicity and a well thought-out composition.” Convertible bags such as her new shape, the Octa, are ultrafunctional and, as influencers and celebs have proved, move from day to night seamlessly. For spring, VereVerto’s Tris and Mini Tris triangle bucket bags come to life in soft sage and cedar hues inspired by Italy’s countryside flora.
Stone, who studied shoe design in LA and Italy, gets as much pleasure out of the process of footwear design as from the nal product, although she’s over the moon when customers enjoy them. At Platform, she showcases her entire well-rounded line, informed by both Ventura’s beach vibe and LA’s after-dark scene, and holds events to “really connect with our girl.” But Instagram is how the likes of Larsen and Emma Roberts discovered her occasionally whimsical and ostrich feather-fringed, occasionally bold yet pragmatic ats and heels, many of which feature memory foam insoles to absorb impact. Seasonal standouts are the canary yellow Raf, for “dancing all night,” and Wim, a comfy molded cork-bottom at. “Both have a little ’70s thing going on, but the color and materials scream 1988—I’ll live in them,” says Stone. Additionally, last spring’s multiple sell-out Gloria sandal is returning in 10 shades. “We blew through the rainbow colorway in a week,” she recalls, adding, “Brie might have helped with that.” Charlotte Stone pop-up, Platform LA, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, charlotte-stone.com; VereVerto sold online and at LCD, 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424.280.4132, vereverto.com
Photography by: PAIGE SMITH AND VEREVERTO PHOTOS BY GREGORY TUZIN