Designer Profile: I’m With The Band
Posted on July 07 2015
We were introduced to I’m With The Band when our go-to barre studio began carrying their gorgeous pieces. Pretty quickly, they became a barre girl favorite. Stylish headbands and glamorous scarf turbans in unique, vibrant prints, they are not your typical workout fly-away tamers. These I’m With The Band bands have an elevated feel and are the perfect accessories that can effortlessly take your look from workout to night out- all with a cool, boho sensibility. We recently had the chance to catch up with the beautiful founders of I’m With The Band – Kailee Steward and Erin Frederick:
What’s the story behind I’m With The Band?
We are two childhood best friends who came together to create I’m With The Band, a line of headbands and turbans that takes inspiration from rock n’ roll music and original style icons and blends it with our love of health and wellness. We met on the ice-skating rink at age 8. I spotted Erin’s epic ice-skating outfit, told her how much I loved it and we’ve been practically inseparable ever since. We’ve always shared a love for fashion, creating and expression and dreamt of creating a lifestyle where we could do these things together on a daily basis as co creators of a lifestyle brand. We both went on to get an education in design and merchandising and start our careers in fashion.
Today we’re passionate about and inspired by music, nature, travel, exploration, positivity, love, being kind, spreading love, daily movement, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, fashion, beautiful fabrics, being your best self, making each day bright, spreading good vibes and so much more. We are focused on making quality American made products to inspire your daily life as they do ours. Each one of our headbands and turbans is handcrafted, packed and shipped out with love. We are committed to eco-friendly and sustainable practices. We love making products for our #BabesInBands and future babes in bands that are perfect for occasions ranging from a workout to a night out.
Where do you find inspiration for your line?
We meticulously source our fabrics from recycled / already printed materials that are both beautiful to wear and touch. This part of the process really comes naturally for us. We’ve been best friends for so many years, it’s easy for us to spot fabrics that speak to both of us, we pick out what we truly love. Lately we’ve been really gravitating towards tribal and retro prints, we always love leopard and paisley and anything metallic we’re obsessed with. It’s no secret we love the kings and queens of rock n’ roll, most of our bands are named after them. The list could go on forever but some of our ultimate favorites are Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marc Bolan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin.
Which are your favorite pieces from your current collection?
So hard for us to choose, we hand selected all our prints and fabrics because we love them! We’re especially into The Eos, The Birkin, The Cerridwen, and The Page scarf turbans! Our fave headbands right now are The Kalindi, The Hestia, The Clapton, The Tigh and The Patti.
Susan Suarez (SimplyWORKOUT) & Kailee Steward (I’m With The Band)
How do you style your headbands?
Well of course the headbands are the perfect workout accessory, we’re never caught sweatin’ without one! Our go-to workouts right now are barre classes (we’re lookin’ at you Studio Barre), yoga, walking and hiking. They’re also great for accessorizing a bikini at the pool or keeping your beach hair at bay. They look awesome under a hat or on their own with some beachy waves for a glammed up boho look. They’re really the perfect, most stylish way to get your hair out of your face, cover up day old hair, spice up a hair bun or ponytail. We say they’re perfect for any occasion because we really do wear them everywhere!
Any fitness style tips for our readers?
We usually wear an all black workout outfit and use our headbands as our pop of color and personality. Comfort is key for us, we find that when we’re comfortable, we’re more confident and there’s nothing more beautiful than a confident woman rockin’ her look. We really like to stay true to ourselves and what we love and choose our looks based on that.
Special thanks to Erin Frederick and Kailee Steward, Founders of I’m With The Band