When it comes to change, Natasha Chambers doesn’t embrace it so much as she gives it a bear hug. Take this: She and her husband, Oliver Clegg, fell in love with NYC during a trip and decided, then and there, to make it their new home. “We moved from Cornwall, England, to New York City without knowing anyone really,” she says. And then, right on the heels of that big development in 2012, she decided to launch an accessories line Lissy Verkade, named after her Dutch mother.
In her previous life, Natasha worked as a model and then an artist, creating a series of prints influenced by her life in a small fishing village. Her fresh start felt like a killer opportunity to switch up her medium—to move away from pieces that hang on walls to ones that hang from necks.
So she took her multimedia illustrations and used them in a new context—colorful scarves, wraps, and beach cover-ups with strong ties to nature and her travels, including the six-month-long, life-changing adventure through India that Natasha took at 18. “I don’t like when things are supposed to be out-of-fashion or when clothing is called ‘last year.’ I like the idea of staple pieces,” she explains. And sometimes those come from totally unexpected places: “Very often it’s the mistakes or the things I didn’t expect that turn out the best.” —jane gauger