At a cocktail party in Los Angeles, Marlien Rentmeester came face to face with one of her favourite designers, Phillip Lim...
Taking one look at her necklace, he exclaimed how chic it was and asked if it was vintage Dries Van Noten. Without skipping a beat, Marlien replied, “No, it’s Forever 21.” Phillip was stunned, Marlien was proud and that quick conversation sparked the start of something special.
Having spent years building a career as a fashion editor at some of the world’s top publications, Marlien made the decision to launch her own platform – Le Catch. The premise was to provide Marlien with an outlet, and her readers with a guide, to mixing high and low fashion. Whether it’s Zara and Marni or Topshop and vintage designer, Marlien has a way of sifting through the best of what’s available in this golden age of shopping.
She’s now doing it all from her spectacular home in Los Angeles, where she’s raising two boys as undoubtedly the most fashion savvy mother in the city. We spoke to Marlien about her career, the difference between NYC and LA fashion, how she manages the juggle and of course, her styling tips.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family...
I am a native New Yorker living happily by the beach in Los Angeles. I have two sons, ages 10 and 13, who are, in my humble opinion, the sweetest and cutest boys in the world. We love spending our weekends in Malibu. They surf while I sun or run on the beach. Our other favorite place to hang out is in our backyard in Pacific Palisades, swimming, hosting other families, playing ping pong or volleyball.
Can you share the details of your career prior to starting your own venture?
I started working in magazine publishing directly after college, garnering writing and fashion styling experience at Seventeen, Self, and freelancing for Vogue, Elle, and New York Magazine. I joined Conde Nast’s Lucky Magazine, before it launched, and as the West Coast Bureau Chief, I wore many hats, writing celebrity cover stories, producing photo shoots and appearing on television. It was also exciting to be a part of a magazine that made for the first time fashion truly accessible. We were trailblazers!
What inspired your move out of Conde Nast, into Le Catch?
After working at Lucky for years (and years!), I felt like I could offer something women were looking for that didn’t yet exist online. I had so many ideas up my sleeve—stories, amazing shopping finds, and other things to share that simply would not all fit in a 1X per month magazine format. I also was aware that there were not many experienced fashion editors who were “self-publishing” and felt that gave me an edge. So, I launched Le Catch, and it’s really resonated, because, I think, it is authentic and truly reflects what I love.