It’s no surprise that singer, songwriter, & Civil Rights activist Nina Simone was (and forever will be) one bad ass BANDIT. Not only was she wildly talented, but her killer style + signature statement jewelry just make her that much more extraordinary in our book. If you haven’t seen the Netflix Documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? – GET ON IT! Incredibly fascinating, this biography shows us the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of being a musical genius and revolutionary such as Miss Simone. Seriously, watch it.
Anyways, we’re here to talk about her Bandit Babe style! She always had the best accessories and loved to perform, dripping in statement jewels, giant earrings, cocktail rings and dazzling layered necklaces. Here, we’ve gathered some of the best photos featuring her favorite signature jewels…
(We couldn’t help but think of the Dart Earrings while watching this performance of “Ain’t Got No… I’ve Got Life”.)
Us bandits have a new girl crush, and she comes toting a guitar, a middle finger in the air, and some outlaw country tunes. Nashville-based Nikki Lane isn’t some southern belle; she’s a bandit through and through. With her album, All or Nothin’ produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, she’s changing the country scene from Pop Country, to “Country Country.” Nikki might look innocent but don’t be fooled. With lyrics like “Anyday or night time is always the right time… to do the wrong thing,” she’s the country bad girl we’ve been dreaming of. Not only is her music just the right amount of catchy mixed with bad ass but her style is the epitome of bandit perfection. Rockin’ Isabel Marant’s western collection, Nudie-esque bodysuits, and vintage swimsuits with cowboy boots… we want to wear everything she puts on! She even said… “I wish I had a fringe suit for everyday of the week.” Us too, Nikki, us too.
We are so happy and proud to announce our newest upcoming collection *drum roll please*… we are releasing a very special collab with Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors, “For Nudie by The2Bandits”. We’ve teamed up with the Valley Relics Museum to honor the Rhinestone Cowboy and legend himself, Nudie Cohn. 20% of the jewelry proceeds will be donated to the Valley Relics Museum, which is home to many of Nudie’s vintage creations, to truly honor Mr. Nudie and keep the museum and his vision alive. Nudie suits have been worn by every rock and country god; from Elvis’ gold lame suit, to Gram Parsons’ amazing marijuana leaf covered classic, Nudie made custom tailored suits for John Wayne, Jimmy Page, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Sonny and Cher, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and pretty much anyone who was anyone throughout music history.
This collection has long been a dream of ours, and someone extra special got in on the action as well. Ultimate bandit babe, Erin Wasson art directed, co-produced and modeled for the lookbook for this star-studded collection. Entirely shot in the museum, Erin dawns the actual Nudie suits worn by the stars that made them so memorable. The lookbook was co-styled by Erin and Coryn Madley, and photographed by David Mushegain. For Nudie by The2Bandits launches June 2nd and we can’t wait to share it with y’all and honor the true legend that is Nudie Cohn along with his family and friends that made this dream a reality.
If ever in the LA area, y’all should check out the Valley Relics Museum! For more details check their website x
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Every Bandit Babe idolizes Penny Lane, the stylish 70’s rock ‘n roll muse, free spirit, and star of our favorite movie – Almost Famous. She joined touring rock stars on the road to experience the magic of the music and had all of the long-haired hotties falling at her feet along the way.
Pamela Des Barres, better known as Miss Pamela, lived the real life Penny Lane lifestyle in the 60s and 70s and is said to be the inspiration for the character in this classic film. While she attended high school in Southern California in the 60s, she dreamed of meeting her favorite Beatle, Paul McCartney, and after discovering The Rolling Stones, she fantasized a sweet, happy go lucky life with the babein’ Mick Jagger. Once a school mate of hers introduced her to Captain Beefheart, who was also friends with Frank Zappa, there was no stopping that little heart-eyed groupie from making her presence known in the LA rock scene. Through these stars, she got to meet the Stones and started to party more on the Sunset Strip. Hanging with Gram Parsons and the rest of The Byrds, she made all the boys want her for her fun, carefree personality and her pretty little baby face. Miss Pamela dated and befriended rock gods, from Jimmy Page of Led Zepplin, to Keith Moon of the Who, manly-man Waylon Jennings, her idol, Mick Jagger, and even canoodled Jim Morrison. She got together her very own band-aid girl group called the GTO’s, Girls Together Outrageously, who hung around all the stars on the smokey Sunset Strip and in the hippie hills of Laurel Canyon. Miss Pamela and her GTO’s represented girl power in the dreamy music scene of the 60’s and 70’s, not to mention they had style for days.
“A real groupie is someone who loves the music …. someone who goes after what they want, so a groupie is a feminist thing. A woman who goes after what she wants is a feminist. So I’ve never been anything but a feminist. I took the birth control pill on the Strip in front of everybody and that was my statement. I control my body, I can do whatever the heck I want.” Well said, Miss Pamela. We salute you.
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