Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

The Sisters Behind Elkin Invite Us Into Their Cool L.A. Crib

  1. Begin Slideshow
    Elkin-opener

    165

    SHARES

    comments
    See All Slides

    The Mulleavys, the Olsens, and the Millers have all proven that when it comes to fashion, sometimes the best business partners are blood-related. But the siblings behind L.A.-based Elkin weren't always on the sister-act path: Kara was going to follow in her grandfather's footsteps as a fine artist, while Brit dabbled in film and jewelry design. All it took was a bit of turbulence (and maybe a few cocktails) to scare these sisters straight.

    Now, the duo is dressing Hollywood's PYTs and the cast of Girls. Their signature Lolita sensibility is ever-present in their edgy, but feminine silhouettes. Think ethereal dresses paired with combat boots, or sci-fi shapes matched with subdued hues. You get the idea — these girls know how to nail an L.A. look.

    But their envy-inducing aesthetic doesn't end at Elkin, the pair invited us into their Echo Park design studio, A.K.A. "The Elkin Cave", which was filled to the brim with good vibes and loads of inspiration. Scroll through our slideshow and you'll understand why we never wanted to leave!

    Photographed by

    Begin Slideshow

MORE SLIDESHOWS

Which Mary J. Blige Song Sums Up Your Life?

Ever since breaking through with her landmark 1992 album What’s the 411?, and hit single “Real Love,” Mary J. Blige has established herself as an enduring artist for more than two decades. The strength of her debut inspired Uptown Records head Andre Harrell to dub her “The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” and the title read

Shopping

The Best Plaid Button-Down, According To Math

Flannel button-downs are the kind of closet essential it’s easy to collect. There are the ones you’ve owned for years and years, the one you’ve only recently picked up thanks to ‘90s nostalgia, and the collection you’ve thrifted, inherited, and/or pretty much stole from your S.O. (or ex-S.O.). But, in there read