Hamilton's Jasmine Cephas Jones Is Launching a Collection with Lou & Grey
What does one do after starring in the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time? If you're Jasmine Cephas Jones, who played both Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in Lin Manuel Miranda's musical juggernaut Hamilton, you take a much-deserved vacation, then team up with an up-and-coming clothing brand on a limited-edition collection of laid back-yet-cool staples, ideal for lazy days off.
Lou & Grey x Jasmine Cephas Jones, launching today, features 14 super-soft T-shirts and sweatshirts, and 14-karat gold necklaces that nod to Jones's Brooklyn upbringing and, of course, her innate love of music. "I've never done anything like this before," she told InStyle recently. "When I started working on the collaboration, more and more ideas kept coming to me. I love exploring what I'm capable of."
Here, Jones talks more about the capsule and divulges a beauty secret from set. Scroll through to shop five of our favorite pieces, available now at louandgrey.com. Prices range from $45 to $240.
How would you describe your day-to-day style?
I like to be comfortable. My style changes constantly, but I always love a baggy, ripped-up vintage jean with combat boots and a button-up shirt.
What inspired the collection?
Since it's limited-edition, I wanted people to get a sense of who I was, as an introduction to the fashion world. It's a positive collection that comes from my inspirations: home, love, and music. Brooklyn is a big part of it because it's where I was raised, music is my sanctuary, and love is a light that always outshines the darkness in the world. I think we forget that sometimes.
Hamilton notably had gender-blind casting calls. Are these pieces meant to be worn by both men and women?
I'm open to anyone wearing and rocking out pieces from this collection. All persons!
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Were you involved in costuming for the show?
Paul Tazewell did all the costumes, but I did a lot of experimenting with hair and makeup. The classic Maria Reynolds red lip and side-swept hairstyle was my idea—I clipped the hair to one side because it kept falling in front of my face when I was singing. It had to stop!
You were on set for three hours, eight times a week. When did you find time to design?
My schedule was pretty crazy. You've got to give it up to anyone that works in theater. I started meeting with Lou & Grey during my last months in the cast. But I was happy to do it. There's no greater feeling than knowing that you helped in transforming someone and moving them through art. It's a beautiful thing.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.