With the purchase of the famed Bailey House, Aussie designer Lorna Jane Clarkson embarks on a new L.A. adventure.
Lorna Jane Clarkson.
“What’s not to love? I love the vibe of LA,” says Lorna Jane Clarkson, founder and COO of Lorna Jane Activewear and a recent LA émigré by way of Brisbane. This fall Clarkson gears up to live “bi-coastally” after finding the perfect home/workspace— The Bailey House, a Richard Neutra-designed home in the Pacific Palisades. “It just fits so perfectly with my lifestyle,” she says. “Our Lorna Jane HQ is in Santa Monica and it ticks all the boxes, the most important being my maximum-15-minute-drive-to-work rule.’”
On the house hunt: We wanted an inspiring and creative space where we could relax but also work: a peaceful space where I could practice yoga and meditation but also somewhere we could meet with our team. On Richard Neutra: I feel a real affinity with Neutra, who proved that as a designer your vision has to be unwavering if you want it to become a reality. For 27 years, I’ve had the vision of activewear being [worn] for more than just workouts, and only now people are starting to agree.
“The architecture of Bailey House is incredible and represents quintessential Californian homes of the ’70s,” says Lorna Jane Clarkson of The Bailey House, her new Pacific Palisades home/design studio, where she practices meditation and yoga all while designing for her ever-expanding luxury activewear line.
On LA vs. Brisbane: [Both have] amazing weather and, of course, active lifestyles! I still manage to discover a new juice bar or secret coffee spot every time I visit LA. On the LA effect: I’m obsessed with health and fitness, and everything I do influences my designs, so spending more time in Cali will definitely have some rub-off effect. You’ll just have to wait and see!