Lilyan James x Goodwin

Lilyan James

I move often. (12 times in the last 10 years) So, when Elise Joseph of Goodwin asked to shoot images of my current Nashville home it felt like a way to document another space representing a phase of life.

This home came together differently than any other. Instead of starting my process online, I went back to pieces that mean something to me. An old vase from my grandmother, photos of my sisters and I dancing on the front porch of the house my parents built, and my dad's straw hat hanging on the wall. They are things you cannot find anywhere else (or online) and maybe no one else would buy them . . . but they mean something to me.

I love that our current world allows us to be so connected and see what we wouldn't otherwise, but I also regret that in some ways it leads to more replication than originality. I have lived many places, but this is the first one in a while that has truly felt like my home.

For the full interview with images by Chelsea O'Leary, visit Goodwin's Journal.

Lilyan James On Nashville

Lilyan James

The first time I met Clare Bowen her blonde hair flowed past her waist and she was walking a glorious white creature that I later learned was an Irish wolfhound. If you have not seen her perform, you are missing a talent with magic energy and a haunting voice. In the last year, she bravely chopped all her golden locks for a young girl, created a beautiful song for her brother battling cancer and wrote stunning lyrics about the progress of discovering her own path.

This season on Lionsgate's "Nashville" her character, Scarlett O'Conner, carries the Bucket Backpack in Cognac.

TYPES OF WOMEN: 2016

Lilyan James

My mother collects things. Books - art, photography, geographic, craft, cook, spiritual. Textiles - new, vintage. People - all kinds. Until I was seven, we lived in a blue a-frame house that my parents built by hand far from city street lights. Their bedroom on the first floor had wooden floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with a rolling ladder that my father fashioned himself. I remember walking in, looking up, and then crawling into bed with my mom and staring at all of the book titles. To this day, I think my mother wanted to feed my mind first thing in the morning before she made my cereal.

Lilyan, my grandmother, does the same thing. "It is in the genes," as she says. Hours long conversations around the dinner table with her and endless questions are embedded in my perspective - food, fashion, religion, politics. She passes down her wisdom as easily as she does the Japanese lamp she gifted me from her time living outside of Tokyo where my grandfather worked as a journalist.

As fashion evolves, I cannot imagine that it is any less important to educate myself on ethical supply chains as it is to create beautiful accessories. I want more sustainable and environmentally aware options. I want to know where each piece of Lilyan bags originated. I want to keep learning together.

Here's a look back at a few of my favorite images and types of women from 2016. Heart and mind.

All the best,
--L

Photography Credit: Michaela M. Powell

Photography Credit: Michaela M. Powell

Photography Credit: Ashtin Paige

Photography Credit: Ashtin Paige

Photography Credit: Michaela M. Powell

Photography Credit: Michaela M. Powell

Photography Credit: Ashtin Paige

Photography Credit: Ashtin Paige