So you want to stand out?
Perfect. That's why we're here. If you're anything like us, you've struggled to find clothes & jewelry that look adult af but still feel like you. We started Smells Like Crime because we don't think you should have to sacrifice your identity and personality at the altar of "professionalism," or for some contrived idea of what you have to look like to be "taken seriously." Whatever that means.
Getting ready for a date, for work, or for a night out at the bar shouldn't feel like putting on a mask. You should be able to appear on the outside how you feel on the inside and still look like you've got your shit together.
Smells Like Crime is a place for the unorthodox, the off-beat, and the outlandish. Go forth and represent.
We're Lingenfelters, the co-founders and creators of Smells Like Crime. There are actually ten Lingenfelter siblings, but specifically you're looking at number one and number five. Kinley [on the right] is a nationally awarded fashion designer from Philadelphia, PA. I'm Skye [on the left] and I hail from Nashville, TN. I just graduated law school and sat for the 2021 February Bar. Now Kinley and I run a company together.
The Smells Like Crime story isn't complicated. In spring 2020 when the pandemic hit Kinley moved in with me. We finished our respective semesters from my living room couch, watching a lot of Dexter, eating a lot of vegan burgers, and writing a lot of papers.
When the semester ended and we both went back to work, we ended up sharing a closet for convenience; we're the same size and we both have a fairly expressive sense of style, so the arrangement worked well. Over the years we've spent time searching for and collecting unique pieces, but honestly, it's difficult to do without spending buckets of money or doing an extremely time-consuming internet deep dive. For these reasons most of our best pieces came from thrift stores, obscure online listings, or the occasional gem retail shop. Essentially, we were at the mercy of good luck and creativity to expand our repertoire, but that strategy didn't lend itself to a dependable method. Instead, we often found ourselves with clothes that didn't make us feel good in our skin - especially at school or other events - and we hadn't even faced the biggest challenge yet.
Unfortunately, as we entered the adult work-force we realized that having an expressive style wasn't just difficult, it was damn near impossible. Given the nature of business wear, we struggled even more than before to come up with professional but unique looks. Even our years of collecting and refining our wardrobes couldn't fully remedy the issue. That was when we first conceptualized Smells Like Crime.
Living together made us unstoppable. After some mad summertime creating and collaborating we had a plan for our very own clothing label - We just needed a name. I contracted COVID-19 in July of 2020 and completely lost my sense of smell. One day a few months later, Kinley and I were walking the dog when she suddenly scrunched her nose and remarked "do you smell that?" I couldn't smell a damn thing so I said "No, what does it smell like?" She couldn't identify it, so after a few moments I offered, "smells like crime?"
We looked at each other and knew right then that we had a name, and dead-ass that's the story.
Unconventional jewelry, just your type.
We really love bold, weird jewelry. All of our earrings are either handcrafted from lightweight, durable polymer clay or UV resin, or cut precisely from 100% recycled vinyl. Occasionally pieces are even hand-painted for an extra special touch. The ideas and combinations are endless, and the best part is that you'll never find another pair quite like ours.
Wait, there's clothing too? Yup.
Currently, Smells Like Crime has two clothing lines: The Upcycled & Lingenfelter Suit Design (LSD). Each one of our clothing pieces is 100% planet friendly and one-of-a-kind.
Our upcycled line is created from repurposed, restyled, hand-painted thrift store gems. LSD, on the other hand, is Kinley's unique, business-formal, designer suit label. Each suit is handmade from recycled fabrics; some are recreated from old, dated suits, and some are hand-sewn straight from pattern pieces that Kinley draped herself.
Sometimes when we create we can't decide which color scheme to go with so we just make all of them. That kind of attitude results in big collections and lots of options. This is great for you because now you've got color and theme choices for every mood.