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  • Lyn Slater
  • THE OFFICE OF . . .

    Lyn Slater

    I met Lyn in New York when she walked into an event I was having with my dear friend and fellow designer, Suk Chai. I was impressed with her the moment she walked into the room. She’s the type of woman you see and think, why aren’t all women her age killing it like she is? Her confidence, her ability to push the boundaries of fashion, and the fact that she isn’t even in the fashion industry, but rather a professor with insane style, makes her all the more admirable. She is a woman fully comfortable in her own skin, teaching us that style need only get better over time.




Where do you live?
New York City
Where did you grow up?
A suburb about 30 minutes north of the city
Any siblings?
Yes I have 5 of them, 4 brothers and a sister. I am the oldest.
Tell us a bit about what you do, and how you got there? 
Right now I am living a kind of double life in that I am a professor at a university here in New York and as of two years ago a fashion blogger. I started my blog, Accidental Icon, first and foremost because I needed a platform that would allow me to express myself more creatively than what I was experiencing in academia. For the last several years I had been experimenting with different ways to represent this desire such as taking classes in jewelry design and fabrication, sewing, creative writing, photography and video. None of these forms by themselves seemed to give me satisfaction and meet the need. A blog allowed me to do a mashup of all the exploration I had done before so it is the perfect vehicle. I have always had a performative relationship with my clothes and a unique personal style. As I moved into a new stage of development, where work and family life were not so consuming, I started to focus even more on what I was wearing and how it could signify my attitude and approach to this time of life. Many people began to stop me and comment on my style and tell me I should start a blog. To me the fact that I was becoming so visible through what I had chosen to wear was a happy accident and not intentional, hence the name.
What does style mean to you?
Style is when a women’s true self is in harmony with the garments she chooses to wear. This synergy results in a feeling of excitement and delight for both the woman and for those who are looking at her. This definition can apply to everyone no matter what your gender is.


Who is your style icon?
There are too many to name as I keep meeting new ones everyday. One of the best things about living in New York City is that every day I will see one or more persons who have put together a look in a way that is completely different and unique. That is how I stay inspired in a way that is ever changing and fluid.
What is your most valued possession?
The first Mother’s Day card my daughter ever made for me. 
Name one woman dead or alive that you would want to meet.
Rei Kawakubo
What is your favorite sweet?
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
What is one song on your personal soundtrack?
Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
Piera Luisa Gelardi, the Co-founder and Executive Creative Director of Refinery29. I think she is one of the most creative and modern women I have ever encountered and her secrets for a more creative life have been very inspiring to me. I particularly like, “Ignore the rules if you don’t like them” and “Figure out what success looks like to you”.  I am in the process now of figuring out the last one and trying to identify what activities related to Accidental Icon make me feel pleasure and are energizing rather than stressful and draining.


Follow on Instagram: @iconaccidental

Lyn's blog: www.accidentalicon.com

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