Wendy Mullin: Creating The Soft Rock Equivalent In A Clothing Line
This 'easy listening' inspired collection is simple, sophisticated, chic, and comfy.
What would clothing look like if it were easy listening? Yes like eeeeeeasy listening, AKA “Adult Contemporary” …as in the music genre…in the best possible way of course, like Cat Stevens or the Carpenters, strolling down the grocery aisle.
This thought crossed my mind as I was organizing my music one day, endless amounts of stoner jams and indie rock collected during my days as a record store clerk downtown throughout the nineties. It was there I began my Built by Wendy clothing line, all handmade from my apartment on the Lower East Side, pre-Guiliani days, where drug dealers lined the streets offering “body bag” and “big apple.” A place that was outed in Time as “the corner where suburban teens flock to buy drugs” in the wake of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. I was there, stunned, at Kim and Thurston’s apartment of Sonic Youth working on the X-Girl collection when we got the news. Those were weird dark times but also really fun.