Fashion Editor and Stylist Ashley Furnival is one known for her sharp eye and California touch. She has been working with the sisters of Rodarte from the start, and has worked on numerous collaborations including a mind-expanding project with David Lynch, magazines such as Vogue Japan, British Vogue, and The New York Times Magazine with Ryan McGinley.
We love her outgoing, genuinely generous personality, and her great sense of style. She is the friend you want to have in L.A.: she has the keys to the bar of Neverland. Photographer Eva Michon caught up with our new favorite muse in L.A.
What is your biggest fear?
Finding myself in a pillow fight with the smallest pillow.
What do you do during your downtime?
So… I try to follow in the footsteps of the boy in the high concept Disney art film, Blank Check, in that with my spare time, I tend to find myself exploring the best of Los Angeles: miniature golf courses (putt putt for you East Coasters). Which, by association, includes laser tag, air hockey, bumper boats or cars, roller-skating, go-karts, places like the Wig Wam Motel, water parks, and if I’m feeling macho I’ll even mess with the batting cages.
Favorite places to eat in L.A?
Eating in L.A. is a lot of fun. Our long history of animatronic themed culture includes many places that indulge in a full dining experience. That being said, my ideal space to enjoy food is Clifton’s Cafeteria on Broadway, which is sadly under construction. In terms of when I need something that tastes insane, I always find myself gravitating toward Bestia and Bar Ama. Bar Ama’s cocktail menu is mind-blowing. Also Sqirl is great for a quick lunch or brunch.
Favorite places to go out in LA?
When I go out I have a couple demands: a sparkling cottage cheese ceiling, 70s wood paneling, and jukebox are an absolute must for any drinking experience. Thus, I find myself at the Tee Gee most nights. I also love 356 Mission, which is owned in part by Laura Owens. It’s cool it has an Ooga Booga inside. Other than that, I’m usually at a friend’s house. L.A. is more about going to people’s homes and backyards than it is going “out.”
Any secret spot?
If I tell you then they aren’t secret anymore! That being said, there are a few places I am in support of bringing more patrons to in order to keep them alive and well.
The first is the Museum of Jurassic Technology, where else can you find an in-depth exhibition on white trash trailers along side scary spiders?
The second is very near and dear to my heart. The ultimate superman among all super heroes, Richard Simmons, still hosts a workout class every week. You get the opportunity to relive the glory days of when your mom would burn calories to his tapes and dance around the living room to the most tragic adult contemporary 80’s Proto-EDM tunes.
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is a masterpiece as well. In Topanga there is an incredible vintage store called Hidden Treasures. And the Brand Library is a gem. But my true secret spot is Little Dume beach, which is in Malibu where I grew up, you need a key to get in but it’s the best beach around.
What do you listen to these days?
Orange Juice, Girls, Felt, Tami Tamaki, Foxygen, Broadcast, Yes (especially sweetness). Always on heavy rotation: Belle and Sebastian, The Kinks, New Order, Van Morrison, Otis Redding, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Brian Eno, Buddy Holly, Catpower, ELO, The Smiths, Yes, The Radio Dept, T. Rex.
What is your biggest inspiration?
In all honesty? It’s my friends. Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Lauren Dukoff, Brandon Andrew, Sandy Ganzer, and Shirley Kurata. I’m so lucky to have them in my life. They are the most creative and talented people I know and push me to be a better person. I also see Kate and Laura’s mom, Vicky as a major inspiration and probably my biggest role model. She is the definition of strength and beauty.
As a stylist, which collaboration have you enjoyed the most? The one you're dreaming of?
My collaboration with Rodarte HAS been a dream. Working with them has been the most incredible experience of my life. They are visionaries who have truly broken ground. I've also worked with David Lynch, which was mind-blowing.
My next dream? It would be to work on a project with David Lynch and Kate and Laura together! That would be explosive!
If you could go back, which era would you live in?
Maybe I’d go back and revisit the 90s for some fun and be an extra in The Craft or hang at the Peach Pitt with Luke Perry. I always was more of Dylan girl than Brandon girl…
What are five things can you not live without?
Can my answer be 7? In the words of Serge Gainsbourg, sea, sex, and sun are my top three. Followed by my great grandma (Bubbe) Sarah's fur coat, my Rodarte lock earrings, my Maison Kitsune x Oliver Peoples flip sunglasses and always those yellow mechanical pencils that you twist to make the lead come out (I always have them spilling out of my purse).