While Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock were giving birth to their professional baby, Brock Collection, they also fell pregnant with an actual baby. ‘We did the math and realised that we got pregnant the night after our first presentation in Paris,’ Brock recalled. And in the two and a half years since its launch, Brock Collection has become one of the most exciting labels to emerge from New York. (The couple’s son, Charlie, ‘an intuitive Sagittarius who knows exactly what he wants,’ as Vassar explains, isn’t bad either.)
Although they have moved to California and are now in the final stages of transitioning a bulk of Brock operations out of New York, the brand remains anchored there as a sort of symbol of the new American fashion. It’s romantic and feminine at its most literal, but when you get deeper, it’s also emotional and amorphous – reflective of how it feels to wear someone else’s heart, heck, their whole family, on your sleeve. I met the designers to discuss partnership, how the CFDA has affected their business and the importance of doing what’s best for them.