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!
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.