Lisa Mayock & Sophie Buhai, Vena Cava
How did you meet?
Lisa: "Sophie and I met in the summer of '99 on a blind friend date set- up by our mutual friend Tini. We had a very awkward lunch at an Italian restaurant, and then discovered we loved the same secret thrift store up the street. After thrifting together, our friendship was solidified."
Was it love at first sight?
Sophie: "Yes, and now we are official life partners. We always joke that our partnership is like a marriage without sex."
Do you have any BFF-tricks you guys do like outfit-matching ESP?
Lisa: "We totally have outfit-matching ESP! It's usually funny and sometimes really embarrassing, like when we have an important meeting and show up in identical outfits. We also have weird references that only make sense to us, like when Sophie says 'Fiona Apple,' I understand that she means that we need more long-sleeved crochet pieces or something."
How do you guys collaborate?
Sophie: "We've been working together so long that we don't have to talk about our collaborative formula anymore. We both work on overall concepts and designs. Lisa is really involved with the color story and the fabric, and I tend to work more on the prints. In terms of business, Lisa handles the production aspects and I play accountant with our wads of cash...we really complement each other well."
Dorkiest nicknames for each other?
Lisa: "Mine is Lisaface and Sophie's is Count Sophula."
What's the best gift you ever received from each other?
Sophie: "Lisa gives incredible gifts. One year she gave me an 'I owe you' to reorganize my kitchen, the next year she gave me a kanasta kit with an ashtray from the George V, vintage playing cards, and a nifty kanasta pen."
What's your dream project to work on together?
Lisa: "A store!!!"
Any tips for working with a bestie?
Sophie: "Make time for fun, trade shoulder rubs, go to steak dinners on the company card when you can."
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