Back to the basics…We all love a comeback.


  Adam Lippes, is almost never caughtAdam-Lippeswearing anything other than a perfectly fitting t-shirt of his own design and jeans. He’s been around the block. Adam has never been design school, but studied in Paris for a year, after earning a psychology degree at Cornell University. Let’s talk about hitting the ball out of left field. Although, I myself and others could argue fashion is psychology….another blog entry we’ll discuss!

Working as an assistant to Electra Toub, then manager of Polo Ralph Lauren’s flagship stores. Moving along with Toub to licensing at Oscar De La Renta, shortly after joining her.

At Oscar De La Renta , Lippes moved up the ranks from assistant to international creative director. His signature style — a t-shirt and jeans — was not the standard attire most of his colleagues were wearing, especially de la Renta, who was always “suited and booted”. By 2003, entertaining the ideas for his own basics line. He created the collection — originally called ADAM + EVE — while still employed by de la Renta.  Who later become his first investor.

Lippes’ basics line was picked up immediately by Saks Fifth Avenue. The collection grew rapidly. Almost like over night. In 2009 he renamed the brand simply, ADAM. By 2010, Adam lost his ally at Kellwood and decided to leaving the brand/licensing company,too. He didn’t like the direction they wanted him to go in. Leaving his company name and trademark behind, he walked away.

Not long after Adam bought back his trademark from Kellwood. Adam wont say “how much it cost”!

He’s now back better than ever moving from contemporary to designer clothing.

Will it work?

Yes, I say. Adam is a force to be reckoned with and I admire his tenacious spirit!

He is a comeback kid you should continue to watch………….

I’m already on board with two pieces, a graphic tye-dye dress (same print as below) and white t-shirt. We all know off season is the best time to snag a bargain….click here to see what NET-A-PORTER has to offer. Of course he still has the best fitted t-shirts, ever.

I would love to work on Adam Lippes team…. please mentor me!

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About crazechameleonstudio

Craze Chameleon Studio established in 1999 by founder Aisha Keys, a native Washingtonian, is one of the must vintage clothing collections in D.C. At the age of 23, her distinct fashion style turned the heads of many people on the streets of D.C., thus propelling her into a career as a personal shopper and fashion stylist to aspiring models, vocalists, musicians, and local fashionistas. Because of her ability to change her look from day to day, she was nicknamed the Chameleon; thus creating Craze Chameleon Studio. A studio of vintage clothes from the 20’s – 60’s. At the Studio, Aisha creates masterpieces utilizing her creative eye and vintage pieces. “…through my original style and vintage apparel, I show people how to put it all together and create their own unique fashion statement.” Aisha Keys. Craze Chameleon Studio has carved out its own niche among vintage retailers by providing up to the minute fashion that looks as if it is off the runway today, but is an original garment from fashion past. Since opening in 1999, CCS has been one of D.C.’s vintage clothing resource and one of the most celebrated vintage destinations in the D.C. area; supplying clothes to many retailers in the metropolitan area like Kaur, Nana, Meeps, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange, Reddz Trading and Mustard Seed. CCS has an incredible array of vintage clothing from cocktail dresses, furs, suits, designer garments, accessories for men and women, and household collectibles and furnishings. There is an exclusive collection of used and dead stock items at the studio. To make an appointment call 2022008892 or email

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