Meet Sade Lythcott: The Inside Source Contributor
Sade Lythcott is a myriad of creative energy in the urban jungle that is called New York. Raised around her mothers prestigious Harlem-based theater, The National Black Theater, Sade was raised backstage, with colorful outfits, music, incense, and free spirits. Her career journey included a production gig for MTV, to traveling the world on styling assignments for musicians and A-list magazine clients. Now that Sade has hung up her styling chops in pursuit of writing, we can still count on her to share her online shopping secrets while excavating eBay. Here’s a little more from our new writer on The Inside Source…
Jauretsi: Growing up, where did you get your style influence from?
Sade Lythcott: Growing up I was probably most influenced by my mother [Barbara Ann Teer] and her eclectic wardrobe, her theatre costumes, and all of the characters that use to hang out in the theater. Also, my mother’s older sister Fredrica. I just remember loving the balance between my mother’s eccentricity and Fredi’s elegant, effortles chic style.
Q: You were a stylist for several years, including going on tour with Lenny Kravitz. How would you describe his closet overall?
A: Well, I think I look at my closet the same way an artist looks at his palette. It is a collection of all the pigments (colors, textiles, prints, silhouettes, etc) needed to communicate a story. It’s artfully curated to be able to fully tell the story of who I am, where I’ve been, what I believe in and how I perceive the world. In the end, it’s also a statement of how I want the world to perceive me…unapologetically so. Lenny and I were like minded in that way.
Q: As a resourceful stylist and general fashion-phile, what is your relationship with eBay throughout the years?
A: I started my obsession with eBay over a decade ago. My love of vintage and unique pieces from all over the world drove me to make eBay a staple for the pursuance of the perfect pieces. Whether it’s my favorite vintage Chanel boots (sold out in stores but got them in every color over the years on eBay) or adding to my collection of Tribal/Ethnic Hermes shawls, I buy everything from Polaroid Film to Antique Massai jewelry on eBay….Obsessed!
Q: What is one of the genres of things you often search for online?
A: Vintage Kimonos, Textiles from Kazakhstan, Indian Bridal Jewlery Sets, Ethnic Hermes scarves, Massai acessories, Victorian Cotton Lace Slips & Dresses
Q: Today you run your family’s theater company in Harlem, The National Black Theatre as CEO. Congratulations on premiering your first written play this month. Is this the beginning of a career in playwriting?
A: I think as artists and creative people we are always looking for new outlets to express ourselves. For most of my life, I used fashion, clothes and personal style to express my creativity, but I have to say it was so painstakingly rewarding writing my play, A Time To Love. I think, for sure, that writing has officially been placed in my arsenal of creative expression.
Q: Is there one area you have yet to explore as an artist and creative spirit?
A: Outer Space!
(Photo- Left: Sade’s mother, Barbara Ann Teer, Founder of National Black Theater. Right: Sade Lythcott)
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