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Daily Inspiration: Meet Lindsay Chapin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Chapin.

Hi Lindsay, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started my career in fashion about eight years ago in Los Angeles where I worked as a fashion stylist. I quickly realized styling was not the facet of the fashion industry I wanted to be in; turns out dressing people did not ignite my passion in the way I had hoped. So I cut my ties with styling and moved to New York. I took a couple of classes at FIT in New York City to get inspired and explore other avenues of fashion and design.

I began hand making chokers and repurposing vintage jewelry and selling my designs on Etsy. I lived in New York for three years and then moved back to Los Angeles with my husband who owns a silkscreen and embroidery business. I always knew I wanted to expand my designs and ideas beyond handmade jewelry, so I started using my husband’s apparel contacts and slowly but surely built an apparel line. I still sell my designs online, as well as in boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Years ago, I had a dream that my late grandfather, whom I was very close with, told me I would start a fashion company called “Powerline” which was appropriate, as he was a lineman for the local telephone company in San Diego, where I grew up. I never forgot about that dream, so when it came time to give my budding apparel company a name, I figured I better listen to his premonition. Thus, Powerline was born.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I think most would agree that no road to accomplishing a dream is smooth. Even though I have always known I wanted to explore a career in fashion and spend my life doing something creative, it took many years for me to determine exactly what I wanted to do and how to achieve it. Throughout my adult life, I have pursued a variety of careers in fashion and worked for some awful people in unhealthy environments. It took a lot of persistence and trial and error to finally reach a place where I felt like I was doing exactly what I wanted to do. I am still learning and growing and in my mind, have a long way to go yet to achieve all the things I want for my business. It’s never easy, but I know if I don’t stop, I will get to where I want to be.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Currently, Powerline is comprised of specialty comfort apparel – mostly t-shirts, sweatshirts, and loungewear. I love basics that have a unique feature, like a great pocket design or fringe historical references. The idea is to elevate very classic looks, like your basic “white tee and jeans” to be more expressive…like your favorite 90’s supermodel on the pocket. Ever since I was old enough to dress myself, clothing has always been my way of communicating who I am and what I love, so I am making things I would love to wear that I’ve never seen before. All my designs are inspired by the things I am passionate about, specifically art history, mid-century Americana, the era of my childhood, the 1990s, and a deep lifelong obsession with old Hollywood. When I was about 7, one of my grandmothers (who is my style icon) took me to the Hollywood Museum of Wax in Buena Park, CA, where at the time, most of their wax vignettes were old Hollywood…scenes from Jean Harlow, Gary Cooper, Sophia Loren, Stella Stevens, and Marilyn Monroe movies…I was enamored with everything I saw, bought every postcard they had in stock, and since then I have been hooked on the period of silver screen. Like Owen Wilson’s character in one of my favorite movies, Midnight in Paris, I long for an era bygone, so I put that into my clothing.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Finding a mentor(s) and talking to people involved in any facet of the industry you want to be in is imperative. I have found that most people really want to help and share their knowledge. If you just don’t know where to start, my best advice is to be very vocal about what you want to do. Make it a conversation with your family, friends, and acquaintances, and if you’re like me and tend to feel a little shy or apprehensive about sharing your dreams or discussing something you’re working on, I would say you have to get over it! People will only take you seriously if you keep putting “it” out into the universe, and you will be surprised at how many people you know may know someone who could help you. I am lucky that my husband is involved in the production and manufacturing side of the apparel industry, so I was able to take a lot of knowledge from him and his contacts and build from there. Utilize anyone and everyone around you, as connections are what makes any industry go ’round. As they say, “it’s all about who you know.”


  • T-Shirts $30-$60
  • Loungewear $80-$200

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