We recently had the privilege of spending an afternoon with our good friend Elias Grey and his handsome pup Louis. Eli is the owner and designer of Lemolo Bags. If you have been in Communion, chances are you have seen one of his beautiful bags in person. We dressed Eli in some of our favorite pieces from spring from Lifetime, WeSc, and Cheap Monday and shot some photos at the store and in his shop. After having fun in front of the camera, Eli sat down with us to discuss fashion, Lemolo, finding inspiration, beer, and life in Portland. Here are some of our favorite pictures and highlights from our conversation.
M- Describe your personal style.
E- Bruce Springsteen meets Steve McQueen! Ha, i wish! I don’t like to go over the top, with the exception of polka dot socks once in a while.
M- You admire Steve McQueen’s style. Why?
E- He’s the man! He’s a real man’s man. He’s a real ladies man too.
M- What are you the most comfortable and confident wearing? Describe an outfit for me.
E- A white t-shirt, a nice pair of worn in denim, and leather boots.
M- We are huge fans of your bag company, Lemolo. What inspired you to start it?
E- Well I wasn’t happy with the bags available to me as a consumer. When I started making them there were a lot of cool messenger bags, but not backpacks. I started making them for my friends and then it sort of took off. I was home schooled growing up, and was always creating, so I felt a need to continue making things.
M- What do feel separates your bags from others in the marketplace?
E- They are a good mix of heritage vintage looks with modern materials which make them functional in an urban setting. They are simply styled and clean.
M- What inspires you?
E- Inspiration strikes at weird times. Nature for sure. Being away from the city. Vast bodies of water.
M-What motivates you to buy something?
E- 70/30 function fashion. Necessity mainly, but if it’s something I really like I’ll create a reason to need it.
M- Why do you like shopping at Communion?
E- It’s open and comfortable. There is a wide range of clothes in my price range that fit my style.
M- What brings you back to a store?
E- Being able to find my size. Knowing that I can afford the clothing, and not being overwhelmed by too much merchandise.
M- Okay, let’s break it down. T-shirt or button up? E- T-shirt.
M- Tent camping or hotel? E- Tent camping.
M- Boots or oxfords? E- Boots.
M- Rain or sunshine? E- Sunshine.
M- Flannel or Hoodie? E- That’s an unfair question! Flannel. (after much debate)
M- Whiskey or beer? E- Beer.
M-Speaking of beer, you work at Apex as well which is one of my personal favorite spots for good beer. What is your favorite beer at the moment?
E- Rodenbach Grand Cru Flemish Sour.
M- Were clothes important to you as a child?
E- (smiles) Well, I did have a short modeling career.
M- Do tell!
E- I made a pair of hammer pants with an elastic waist and velcro closure. They were very bright! I modeled them at a fair.
M- Do you have a picture?
E- I Wish!
M- Did your siblings influence your style?
E- Yeah, I adapted my older brother’s biker style. I don’t mean Harley Davidson!
M- Is there a style trend that you loathe?
E- The resurgence of neon. 80′s snow jackets are something I don’t need to see on a regular basis.
M- Do you think your style is influenced by where you live?
E- Yes! You have to have a nice jacket because it’s going to rain a lot.
M- What are your feelings on footwear?
E- I like to own a few quality pairs of shoes. A nice pair of boots can make an outfit.
M- It was great talking with you Eli! Can we expect Lemolo to expand?
E- It’s already in the works!
M- We are looking forward to that!
It was a pleasure hanging with Eli! Look for his bags online and inside Communion! If you like good beer visit him at Apex.