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Couples With Style
Couples, brothers and sisters, friends, and other stylish pairs talk about where they shop, fashion secrets, and what they’d steal out of each other’s closets. Photographs by Matthew Worden. By Leslie Milk, Betsy Lowther, Jill Hudson
Comments () | Published October 1, 2008

Style > Fashion > Well-Dressed Couples

Pum Lefebure, 33, and her husband, Jake, 35, Owners of Design Army, a DC graphic-design firm

What is your fashion philosophy?

Pum: We do cutting-edge graphic work, and I think our clients expect us to dress the part. Growing up in Bangkok, where many people have clothes made to measure, I know how important it is to follow your body type regardless of what’s “in.”
Jake: I’m from Pennsylvania, where you don’t have someone making you perfect clothes. I have three simple rules: If it fits, wear it; you have to feel like yourself in clothes; and if it looks fancy, it’s likely not fine fashion.

What’s your favorite thing in your closet?

Pum: I love coats; they make me feel put together. My current favorite is a pale-yellow double-sided leather coat by Maison Martin Margiela that I got on sale.
Jake: Graphic T-shirts from Bangkok’s up-and-coming street artists and jeans make me feel good. But a nice suit makes me feel fantastic.

Where do you like to shop?

Pum: Relish in Georgetown. I know some of the pieces I get there—by Marni, Dries Van Noten, and Junya Watanabe—will be vintage one day.
Jake: That’s good because I just got the bill from Relish.
Pum: But it’s worth it to buy good quality, Jake.
Jake: Okay, Pum.
Pum: Jake doesn’t shop. I shop for him.
Jake: I do like shopping in Thailand when we visit. You can get great inexpensive stuff from street artists.

Do you have a fashion inspiration?

Pum: I admire the Japanese for being so bold in fashion. I can’t pull off the look, but I like how they mix and match.
Jake: The Fonz. I have my dad’s leather jacket from 1972.

What’s your best fashion advice?

Pum: Invest in quality, not quantity. And don’t look like it takes you two hours to get ready.
Jake: Trust your wife; let her dress you. Women know best.

What was your worst fashion disaster?

Pum: I was on a business trip, and my flight was delayed three hours. I had to go straight to a dinner in jeans. Good thing I had a pretty scarf on. But after that, I learned to travel in something stylish.
Jake: I only have fashion issues when Pum is out of town.

What was your biggest splurge?

Pum: That leather coat. And a pair of $800 shoes.
Jake: Prada shoes.

A dream item you’d love to own?

Pum: An amazing piece of jewelry, something I can pass on to my daughter, four-year-old Sophie, one day.
Jake: A motorcycle to match my jacket.

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