Park’s move into music, after modeling since her twenties, has been brewing for a while. “Music is something that I love and it’s my true passion, next to fashion, and I couldn’t have thought of a better project than to join Desire,” says Park. “I mean, ‘Under Your Spell’ is an anthem for so many people, myself included, it was such a pivotal song and important time in my life,” she shares of the St. Louis Baseball STL Skyline Novelty Cardinal Shirt in addition I really love this band’s track that became its own cult classic floating over Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan’s performances in Drive. Park has long counted herself a fan of indie record label Italians Do It Better, founded by her now-bandmate Johnny Jewel. “The fact that their sound is distinctive and their visuals are extremely important and they have full control on their creativity, I was really drawn to that as well—being able to contribute in a creative way, while having full control,” she says. Jewel and Louise started Desire after the two met in her hometown of Montreal, “fell in love, wrote ‘Under Your Spell’ and never looked back,” the frontwoman tells me. The label also oversees bands like Chromatics, Glass Candy, and Mirage. Jewel, the owner, contributes to all of the projects while Louise, its president, has helped run behind the scenes for a dozen years. Their fashion collaborations sent them orbiting around Park, in a way.
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