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BOOTH MOORE
Los Angeles Times
Modified: June 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm •  Published: June 29, 2012
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/articleid/3688647/1/pictures/1762595">Photo - The quest for the perfect stripped boatneck T-shirt inspired Julia Leach, former creative director for Kate Spade, to launch her Chance line at Barneys New York which includes the LS scoop neck dress for $138. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)
The quest for the perfect stripped boatneck T-shirt inspired Julia Leach, former creative director for Kate Spade, to launch her Chance line at Barneys New York which includes the LS scoop neck dress for $138. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Everything has a pared-down, classic simplicity to it. Instead of a logo, for example, Leach has labeled a tote bag ($235) with the architectural drafting symbol for a body of water. "Graphic design is a rich place for me," she says. "And utility is important," she adds, pointing to the small towel included in the front pocket of the tote "for brushing sand off your feet."

Although nostalgia is part of the Chance sensibility (her website features a great striped shirt timeline from 1858 to the present), the goal is "to make pieces you would come back to again and again," says Leach, who lists hiking and lounging in Palm Springs as two of her favorite California activities.

Though she is not sure where the collection will take her next, travel and sense of place will continue to be her guide.

"I am always planning my next trip," Leach says.

Chance, $68 to $185, is available at Barneys New York and at ChanceCo.com.

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