Episode 9: Fall Fashion: Exploring Designer Bonnie Cashin’s Archive

As a graduate student in the ‘90s, Stephanie Lake became friends with the legendary fashion designer Bonnie Cashin, who is known as “the mother of American sportswear.” Stephanie wrote her dissertation on Cashin’s legacy, and, along the way, they formed a close friendship. When Cashin died in 2000, Stephanie ended up with her entire fashion archive, as well as many of her personal belongings. Stephanie is the author of the monograph “Bonnie Cashin: Chic is Where You Find It” and has her own jewelry company, Stephanie Lake Design. We talked to her about Cashin’s impact, what it’s like to own a historic fashion archive, and how Cashin has influenced her jewelry designs.