As a teen growing up in Minnesota, Maria Stanley had two fashion icons—Jane Birkin, because of course, and her mom, who wasn’t a movie star but worked her vintage wardrobe like one anyway. Fittingly, Maria hightailed it to Hollywood as soon as high school ended to attend the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, which landed her exactly where she wanted be, working her way up the ladder as a designer for ladylike labels like Tulle and Harlyn.
In 2016, Maria claimed her own headliner status and launched a line of Victorian-inspired blouses (don’t worry, you can unbutton them low enough to do right by Jane B.), drapey silk blazers, and cozy, mottled wool jackets. Says Maria, “I love a vintage blouse, but it’s also really important to me to be comfortable—so I’m basically just designing my dream wardrobe.” She’s stayed loyal to her adopted city, setting up a studio in her picturesque Silver Lake home with her pet pup, Rue, and producing most of her pieces at a woman-owned factory downtown. Just think of her creations as the indie sleeper hits of your wardrobe—stunning, low-key, and worth returning to, over and over again.