She's Got FLARE: Designer and Singer Chase Cohl

The free spirit discusses her love for vintage clothing, Chanel ballet flats and YSL eyeliner

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She's Got FLARE: Chase Cohl

Photo by Adam Moco

Toronto native Chase Cohl, 24, is a modern-day rolling stone. As the daughter of the band’s long-time tour manager, Michael Cohl, she grew up around a motley crew of artists. After majoring in Native American Arts and Poetry at The New School in New York, Cohl now juggles design duties for Littledoe (her line of headdresses and jewellery that has been worn by everyone from Taylor Swift to Shakira) and a budding music career as a neo-folk singer-songwriter. In constant shuffle between her bases in New York City and Los Angeles, she rolled by Toronto hot spot The Harbord Room just long enough to have her free-spirited style captured.

Designer loyalty: “Chloé, Phillip Lim and Isabel Marant. Everything in my closet is mixed in with vintage though. I am drawn to clothes that tell a story.”

Signature scent: “I mix my own essential oils: a little patchouli, a little sandalwood and a little lavender for that feminine touch.”

Restaurant tour: “Milos in New York serves the most amazing Mediterranean seafood and this almond dip that is truly life-changing. Or L’Ami Louis in Paris, a tiny bistro with classic French food.”

Wish list:
“The classic Chanel beige and black cap-toe ballet flats. I can’t seem to justify spending $500 on a pair of ballet slippers quite yet, but I dream about them all too often. Also now that it’s cold out you can’t own enough Pendleton blankets.”

Valentine’s gift: “I just received a copy of Joni Mitchell’s Blue on vinyl, which is probably my favourite record of all time.”

Preferred getaway: “Algonquin Park in Ontario. It is the most serene and beautiful place on the entire planet.”

Beauty essentials: “Fresh Sugar Lip Balm. I hate sticky gloss and it keeps my lips super hydrated for all the smooching I do. I swear by my black YSL liquid eyeliner. I wear it almost every day. It gets that perfect 1960s Brigitte Bardot look and never smudges. Also Yon Ka exfoliating face masks keep my skin fresh, which is essential because I travel a lot and airplanes, as well as change of climate, can dry out my skin really easily.”

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