So you want to stand out?
Perfect. That's why we're here.
We started Smells Like Crime because we believe you shouldn't have to sacrifice your self-expression at the altar of "professionalism." It's our mission to design clothes to help humans of ALL shapes, sizes, identities, and backgrounds dress to express how they feel on the inside and still look like they've got their shit on lock.
Smells Like Crime is a place for the unorthodox, the off-beat, and the outlandish. Go forth and represent.
We're Skye and Kinley Lingenfelter, the first and fifth children in a family of eleven. Kinley [on the right] is a nationally awarded fashion designer, finishing up her last year at Jefferson University. I [Skye, on the left] just graduated law school and passed the Uniform Bar Exam in the top 15% in the nation. We live together in Philadelphia, and we are the curators of all things Smells Like Crime.
Smells Like Crime, Co. is a Pennsylvania LLC, established in 2020. In the last 10 months we've grown so much that we quit our jobs and decided to do this full time.
We broke even for the first time in January of 2021 and we've continued a consistent upward trajectory ever since. Our Tiktok has 26,000 followers and counting, we've begun partnerships with several mid-level instagram influencers, and we've even interviewed with a couple of Nashville magazines (the articles are featured in our News tab).
We feel so blessed to be where we are today, and there's so much more coming in the next six months that we can't wait to share with you. Thank you for being here with us on this journey.
Unconventional jewelry, just your type.
We really love bold, weird jewelry. All of our earrings are one-of-a-kind designs, sketched into existence on an ipad, uploaded to a Glowforge machine, laser cut from lightweight, colorful acrylic sheeting or durable wood, and then engraved and hand painted for extra special detail. The ideas and combinations are endless, and the best part is that you'll never find earrings quite like ours.
Wait, there's clothing too? Yup.
Smells Like Crime produces clothing in two ways, both of which utilize recycled materials and focus on sustainable production.
1. Upcycling. We repurpose old garments into brand new, head-turning items by re-designing, re-styling, painting, and otherwise altering them into fabulous one-of-a-kind pieces.
2. Original Designs. Kinley is a phenomenal fashion designer; she designs her ideas on an ipad and brings them to life in our studio by patterning her own pieces on mannequins (or real-life humans, if we can schedule it in) from 100% recycled farics.
Art for Your Face
Some of our pieces are hand-painted designs. This means we do not laser-cut the design from our drawings, and we do not stock them in inventory, so each one is the only one in existence (like snowflakes). See our butterfly earrings on the left? All but one of these has gone to its forever home and has never been re-created. If you want to see which new styles we dreamed up, check out the listing L'Effet Papillion and get your own one-of-a-kind pair.