Although I live in the La-La-land
of bootylicious velour tracksuits, not far from the epicenter of Valley Girls
, I am not big on Juicy Couture products. But then again, I am not 12 years old.
But I have to give it up to Juicy Couture founders and BFFs Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy. The brand's over priced pinkness is omnipresent in Juicy flagship stores and department stores. And every little girl wants one.
A partnership with Barbie seemed only natural. And the fact that the dolls are a copy of the founders themselves? Well, that's pure Juicy. The dolls are sold together for $110 on both the Juicy
's site and the Mattel
Gela, you be on the left.
Now switch places.
Let's go Hampton-ing.
The story goes that the two old gals joined up in 1994 to create the label while both living in Pacoima, California
, a place so far into "the Valley", most Los Angelenos have not heard of it. They sent their signature terrycloth tracksuits to Madonna, even embroidered them with "Madge" - now what celebrity could resist that! Mad Madge started wearing the look everyday, presumably extinguishing her love life
with Guy Ritchie for good. And there you have it. Juicy Couture became a known brand and sold to Liz Claiborne in 2003 for a reported $53 million. The end.
They sure like to be photoed together! And they sure are fond of that tiered ruffle dress.
Juicy Couture's Pamela Skaist-Levy (at left) and Gela Nash-Taylor.
Gela on the left; Pam on the right.
Pam (left) and Gela (right).
Gela and Pam.
In a 2006 interview
, the writer asked Gela Nash-Taylor, "What is something people are surprised to know about you?"
She answered, "We come to work everyday and love it as much as we did as when we first started and that Pamela and I are still best friends. We are the first phone call of the day, everyday." Aw.
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