March We Are LEONE Babe(s)
Introducing: The Pollak Twins
Who are you? Antonia & Francesca Pollak
Occupations/What do you do?
Antonia: Co-Founder of The Pollack Persuasion together with my twin sister, Talent Agent and also creating and producing films
Francesca: I work in film as a talent agent, story teller (I write freelance & make films) and (most recently) co-founded The Pollak Persuasion with my twin sister
Where are you from?
Antonia: Originally from Munich, Germany but I'm the least German person you'll meet
Francesca: Munich, Germany
How did you discover we are LEONE?
Antonia: My sister and I used to live on the same street in London as Ruby and Tallulah so we would see the girls swooshing around our neighborhood in their beautiful maxi cardigans…
Francesca: When Antonia and I lived on the same street in London as Tallulah and Ruby did, we saw the girls wandering the streets in their beautiful maxi cardigans. It was love at first sight.
If you could pack a suitcase with only 5 things to bring on an island holiday, what would you choose?
Antonia: We Are LEONE Maxi Cardigans & Luke Pants, Hunza G swimsuit, cut off denim shorts and oversized sunglasses
Francesca: Sunscreen, Hunza G bathing suit, Celine oversizes sunglasses, We Are LEONE Luke Pants & maxi cardigan
What is the most exciting accomplishment or project you've been working on this year?
Antonia: Launching our bi-monthly visual and narrative diary, The Pollak Persuasion
Francesca: The Pollak Persuasion. We launched at the beginning of the year and it’s truly been a labor of love.
Who is your style icon and why?
Antonia: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen because their style transcends beyond time and they ALWAYS look elegant… even the horrible legging trend (circa 2006) looked classy on them
Francesca: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen. Always!
What movie or book character are you most similar to?
Antonia: Valentine from the movie Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas
Francesca: Brit Marling as “Prairie” in The OA. The highly-sensitive character that she portrays, full of wisdom, intuition and the unique ability to feel things invisible to the naked eye, that’s all pretty similar to me. That and my belief in quantum physics!
What are you most passionate about/what inspires you?
Antonia: I’m most passionate about films and the power of images. There’s nothing better than leaving the cinema inspired because something moved you so deeply. I’m also inspired by women who turn their passion into their living (i.e. we are LEONE babes)
Francesca: I’m passionate about telling stories and learning about other people’s stories. I find myself most inspired when, through any form of art – be it a film, novel, piece of music or art installation – I recognize something in myself that speaks truth. It reminds me that we are all connected energetically on some deeper.
What would be your perfect date?
Antonia: Going out for dinner and then walking home under a starlit sky on a warm summer evening...
Francesca: Dinner at Pace (nothing beats a big gluten free plate of pasta) followed by a movie
Where is your go-to place to get your favorite statement pieces?
Antonia: we are LEONE! I think I have a piece from almost every collection. I usually stick to designers I know that fit me well and make me feel confident
Francesca: I don’t really have one specific place because I tend to stick to specific designers for specific pieces: I get my jeans and trousers at Frame, skirts and chunky sweaters at Ganni, print dresses from The Reformation or Rixo and silk capes & pants at we are LEONE. My shoes are almost always Balenciaga…
What is the biggest lesson life has taught you?
Antonia: It's not about succeeding at your first attempt, it's about integrity and tenacity, getting back up when someone knocks you down.
Francesca: Manifestation really works.
What doesn't exist but you desperately want or need it?
Antonia: Everything I need already exists
Francesca: The perfect long coat, with structured, padded shoulders, tailored at the waist and a high back slit. I’ve literally been looking forever...
What is something weird that you recommended everyone try at least once?
Antonia: Going to the container store!
Francesca: A hydra facial? That would probably seem weird to others...What piece of culture or trend has died but you would like to see it make a comeback?
Antonia: Etiquette and manners.
Francesca: Shoulder pads
What is the best piece of advice someone has given you?
Antonia: 'No' is a full sentence
Francesca: Fear only exists in the mind ( I still have to remind myself sometimes)
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Antonia: In LA with Francesca and my best friend Elena
Francesca: Pretty much whenever I talk to my best friend Elena
What have you recently become obsessed with (fashion, art, music, etc)?
Antonia: I've recently been spending a lot of time on Zillow.com looking at houses in LA...
Francesca: Blue bottle coffee with oat milk
What's your favourite travel souvenir that you have?
Antonia: A Book
Francesca: Currently my Thalia Strates bag from my visit to Cape Town in January
What's the closest thing to magic that actually exists?
Antonia: Manifestation! It really works
Francesca: The fifth dimension
What do you love about we are LEONE?
Antonia: How confident and beautiful they make you feel
Francesca: Elegant, timeless & completes every outfit.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Antonia: My mom for being an independent woman, standing on her own two feet, allowing her daughters to grow up in a world where they could be whoever they wanted and go to wherever their heart desires
Francesca: Boss babes that have turned their passion/talent/artistry into their job. All of the women features on The Pollack Persuasion.
What's one thing people don't know about you that you would like them to know?
Antonia: I'm a sagittarius and my path number is 8 (google it!)
Francesca: I'm single and open for suggestions (preferably LA based) hahaha!
What's your favorite piece from we are LEONE PS19 or SS19 Collection?
Antonia: Luke Pant in MJ Night and I'm desperately waiting for the butterfly pieces
Francesca: Luke pant in yellow rose and already drooling over the butterfly maxi cardigan for Pre Fall!
Check out Antonia and Francesca Pollak's The Pollak Persuasion