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Power Players: Pia Arrobio, the Brains Behind Cult-Fave Fashion Label LPA
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Girl Boss. It Girl. Girl About Town. Few women embody these labels quite like Pia Arrobio, the creative director of namesake fashion line LPA. One minute she’s hosting the likes of Erin Wasson and Janice Joostema at an LPA dinner in Los Angeles, the next she’s sunbathing on a yacht off a remote Greek island, the next she’s gallivanting in a vineyard with her man candy. “I don’t sacrifice my personal life because if I’m not happy my work suffers,” says Arrobio, who wears her confidence like some might sport a spray tan and rocks her brand’s ’70s-style slip dresses and grungy floral-embellished hoodies with equal enthusiasm. “How I dress is a reflection of how I feel.”
But how did she get here? After studying everything from fashion to management, Arrobio parlayed four years at Parsons School of Design in New York City (she was just four classes shy of a degree) into an apprenticeship with Kelly Cutrone, then into a designer gig at Reformation. When retail giant Zara approached her with a creative director job in Spain, she was all set to accept—until a fateful meeting with Revolve, set up by Arrobio’s bestie Emily Ratajkowski, presented an opportunity for her to start her own fashion line closer to home in Venice Beach, California.
“I wanted to live in Europe but I didn’t want to leave my family,” says Arrobio of the doubts that plagued her during that time. “I wanted to be a creative director, but what if it failed? What if LPA failed?” Two years later, that hesitation proved unfounded: According to Revolve, LPA managed millions in sales in its first year, capturing a swath of cool-girl fans from Kim Kardashian to Violet Benson and cementing Arrobio as a fashion force to be reckoned with.
“Nothing is better than a sexy, confident woman.”
- Pia Arrobio
Describe the LPA aesthetic.
Lara Pia Arrobio: “Studio 54 meets Casino meets ’90s Venice Beach.”
How would you describe your personal style?
LPA: “Very sexy with some masculine elements.”
Do you have a go-to power-player look?
LPA: “An LPA slip dress, my boyfriend’s blazer, and some very sexy heels. And I only wear Chapstick, but loading on mascara makes me feel like a queen.”
What about shoes? Do you have any that make you walk like a champ?
LPA: “Vans—the dirtier the better!—or Manolo stilettos.”
How does what you’re wearing affect how you’re feeling?
LPA: “When I’m in an outfit that makes me feel good, I’m a different person. I feel like I can take over the world, and that confidence translates to everything I do. Nothing is better than a sexy, confident woman. She doesn’t even have to speak—it’s all in the way she moves.”
Who are some other powerful women you admire?
LPA: “All the women I know are disrupting the industry: Whitney Wolfe [founder/CEO of Bumble], Emily Weiss [founder/CEO The Gloss and Glossier], Audrey Gelman [founder The Wing]. They consistently make me want to do better.”
“When I’m in an outfit that makes me feel good, I’m a different person. I feel like I can take over the world, and that confidence translates to everything I do.”
- Pia Arrobio
What makes you feel empowered?
LPA: “I feel powerful when girls message me that they feel good. A girl DM-ed me on Instagram that she was desperate for a skirt for her 30th birthday, but it was sold out. I found the sample, overnighted it to her, and she was elated. That makes my world go ‘round.”
Is there a certain time of day when you are your best self?
LPA: “When I drive to work in the morning after a workout and a strong coffee. I blast music and
rip to my office like a champion.”
Do you have an anthem?
LPA: “Vic Mensa’s ‘U Mad’—I scream that song in my car when I’m mad or stressed.”
Written by Jennifer Fernandez. Photo by Tory Rust.
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