Ernest Hemingway once said there’s nothing noble about being superior to your fellow humans—and his great-granddaughter Langley Fox continues to carry that humility with her, regardless of the fact that she’s descendant to one of the most lauded and beloved authors of all time.
“I can’t say I have any of his talents, because that would be presumptuous and egotistical,” she tells us. “Ernest made a mark on the world that no one can ever take away; he touches millions of people to this day. If anything I ever do hits even 5% of that, I’m honored.”
She’s off to a good start. The recent Los Angeles transplant is a talented illustrator who’s already achieved remarkable commercial success; she’s created whimsical designs for Louis Vuitton’s Timeless Muses exhibit in Tokyo, Marc Jacobs’ Daisy pop-up fragrance store during New York Fashion Week, and a series of backstage illustrations for Love magazine, among numerous other projects.
“Fashion and art go hand in hand, because they are both creative fields, so obviously collaborations of all sorts are waiting to happen,” Langley reflects. “We see this in high-fashion brands almost every season. I have some new collaborations in the works, and I’m focusing on creating more things for interesting commissions as well as for myself.”
It’s a compelling hypothesis, that art might run in a family; in addition to Ernest, Langley’s mother Mariel Hemingway is (and late aunt Margaux Hemingway was) a successful actress, and her elder sister Dree Hemingway also models and acts.
“When I was about five, I used to draw ‘star people’ everywhere. I’m not sure if that was officially my first drawing, but it was the most memorable,” she says. “I always drew as a kid, since I can remember, and when I discovered it could be my career and that I could create things throughout my whole life, I had no choice but to do this.”
Langley’s work achieves a delicate balance between fantasy and realism, as she elegantly breathes new life into her subjects: mostly human forms, animals, florals, and imagined creatures who reside somewhere therein.
“I’m always inspired by characters and photography,” she says of her work. “My art is detailed and precise. I try to convey a little bit of emotion, maybe sadness or eeriness, when I get the chance. I like to admire other people’s drawings and techniques as well.”
This self-described precision is perhaps part of the reason she takes a more laidback approach to dressing, making her a natural muse for J Brand. Our LA roots, innovative creation process, and fit expertise combine to make Langley a dedicated believer.
“Denim is great for LA, because we admire a more low-key lifestyle, and it’s easy to throw on,” she says. “J Brand has great fits and something for everyone. I really like the new Maude cigarette leather pants. And the denim skinny Maria you can wear from day to night, from work to play.”