Meet Designer Sophie Buhai & Tour Her Dreamy Silverlake Bungalow

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The folks over at The Coveteur love playing to our voyeuristic side, and each week, the OG closet invaders will let us peek into the designer-laden digs of their — and our! — favorite tastemakers. Just one warning: The lust-worthy displays may cause an undying impulse to hang your jewels on your kitchen sink’s faucet. Now, let the swooning begin!
Crop tops, chokers, beanies, and lipstick shades stolen straight out of The Craft; when it comes to the '90s resurgence that's been impossible to avoid for several seasons over, we like to think the bi-coastal design duo behind contemporary label Vena Cava are at least partly responsible.
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The label, which Sophie Buhai co-founded with Cov-alum Lisa Mayock, has pretty much been our go-to for playfully printed separates for what feels like forever. After all, the pair has been doing the whole '90s revival thing long before we found ourselves digging up our dad's plaid-splashed flannels or hacking up oversized mom jeans into artfully slouchy cut-offs. Fast-forward to us stopping by Buhai's dreamy Silverlake bungalow. As we toured around her space, Buhai filled us in on the life of the line: "Vena Cava was started because Lisa and I felt there was a way our friends were dressing that did not exist on the sales floor. It was a mix of old designer, thrift store gems, and current staples. We wanted to offer the way we (and our friends) were dressing to more people."
And, so is it any surprise that Vena Cava's aesthetic extends to the designer's wardrobe, too? Among Buhai's belongings, we found a seriously mean collection of vintage jewelry and one-of-a-kind accessories, including a bracelet Buhai made herself from beads collected from junk shops in the Valley. But, it's not just about vintage for the designer. According to her closet, Buhai also a serious weakness for Isabel Marant, Prada sandals and Céline bags. Oh, and just in case you required any further proof that VC is literally the best thing ever? Allow Buhai to describe the Vena Cava girl in her own words. "[She] likes road trips, sculpture parks, flea markets, botanical gardens, '70s cinema, and '90s simplicity. She likes to reference the past, but always feels current." See what we mean?
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Jewelry: Various Designers
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Shoes: Prada
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Harness: A Détacher
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"I had a hip-hop phase in the 7th grade that was unforgivable. I wore baby tees, shell toes, and dickies…It was not me and very weird. Shortly after that phase I returned back to bowling shirts and my OG grunge uniform." Dress: Vena Cava; Sunglasses: Céline; Clutch: Mansur Gavriel
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"I love going to the library and getting lost in books to find inspiration, you really get to the source and find things that exist well beyond the Pinterest circulation. Inspiration is always changing, but I always return to the late 1970s, '90s, and the '30s. 1990s Prada, Jil Sander, 1970’s YSL, Issey Miyake, Geoffrey Beene, Eva Hesse, Vignelli, Spratling, Eileen Grey, Barbara Hepworth, Agnes Martin, Josef Hoffmann…the list goes on."
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"I like to eat at old Hollywood restaurants like Musso & Frank Grill, and Dan Tana's. In my neighborhood, I love Cortez, Café Stella, and the Silverlake Oyster Bar. I found this shirt at a random Goodwill and the weird thing is, it’s the same exact shirt that my dad used to wear in the 1980s. I always imagined Hunter S. Thompson would also have this shirt. No one would ever make a shirt with cigarettes on it. It’s really a time capsule '80s gonzo Hawaiian.'" Shirt: Vintage
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Top: Christophe Lemaire; Jeans: Levi's
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"I can't live without my Moscot Sunglasses, CHANEL red lipstick, French twist braid, Vena Cava blazers, vintage high waisted jeans, red licorice, Moon juices, Christophe Lemaire blouses, Robert Clergerie shoes, and Dos XX beer." Top: Christophe Lemaire; Jeans: Levi's
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Top: Christophe Lemaire; Jeans: Levi's
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"This painting is by my grandfather, he's a colorblind Abstract painter. I love his paintings because the colors are totally wild and unpredictable. No one has really seen his paintings, there are about 500 crammed in his garage. If anyone wants to buy one, tweet at me! I have always dreamed of hosting an art show for him somewhere." Jumpsuit: Reformation; Dress: Vintage
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Top: Christophe Lemaire; Jeans: Levi's
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"I made this black gauze dress in my home studio before the shoot!"

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Jacket and Pants: Vena Cava; Shoes: Maison Martin Margiela; Hat: Vintage
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Jewelry: Various Designers
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"I made this necklace from beads found at a junk store in the Valley. I never wear it, but I love hanging it on different things in my house."
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"Lisa and I started the ‘Zina Cava zine three years ago around the time blogs and tumblr were blowing up. We love being on the internet, but wanted to do something tactile, that was a big contrast to the internet branding we saw around. Something that would show what our world was about, that had a limited quantity, and could involve contributors that were our buddies." Sunglasses: Céline; Clutch: Mansur Gavriel
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Sunglasses: Moscot
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"This hat is from a flea market in Santa Fe."
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"Vena Cava was started because Lisa and I felt there was a way our friends were dressing that did not exist on the sales floor. It was a mix of old designer, thrift store gems, and current staples. We wanted to offer the way we (and our friends) were dressing to more people. We also just wanted to create a brand, and have fun with the story telling that goes along with that." Top: Isabel Marant; Bag: Céline
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Sunglasses: Moscot; Bracelet: Vintage Gucci
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"The Vena Cava girl likes road trips, sculpture parks, flea markets, botanical gardens, '70s cinema, and '90s simplicity. She likes to reference the past, but always feels current." Vest: Ann Demeulemeester
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"When I first moved to L.A. my friends were always asking me if I had just come from a business meeting (because I always wore black blazers) it was hilarious how 'formal' my NYC style was. Since moving home, my style has become way more relaxed and spontaneous. Some days I wear kaftans, other days I wear gauze jumpsuits; it’s still me, but a more 'chilled out' version." Dress: Vintage
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"The way I shop for my home is a lot like the way I shop for my clothes: It’s a mixture of hand-me-downs, flea market finds, select new pieces, and hand-made stuff. My favorite place to shop for furniture is my grandmothers house – she was an early adaptor of modernism and loved fiber art and Native American pottery. Family pieces always feel more unpredictable and special." Shoes: Maryam Nassir Zadeh