C California Style

The expansive backyard of Amoruso’s 3,000-square-foot MIDCENTURY house.
Amoruso’s bedroom takes inspiration from a pair of suede shorts for its color palette

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by C California Style

Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso teams up with designer Pamela Shamshiri to create a stylish L.A. retreat befitting a high- powered fashion mogul.

The tattooed word inadequate peeks out from beneath the flared silk sleeve of Sophia Amoruso’s Nicholas dress—a harsh judgment softened by its curvilinear script, scrawled down her forearm.

It’s not the first adjective one expects to find north of Amoruso’s wrist, especially when encountered against the backdrop of her stunning steel-framed midcentury Los Angeles home, built on the success of her fashion empire Nasty Gal.

Add to her list of accomplishments the 2014 New York Times bestselling memoir/ professional manifesto #Girlboss (and spin-off podcast by the same name) and October’s Nasty Galaxy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), a new stream-of-consciousness-styled coffee table book comprising Amoruso’s musings (on falling in love, on having it all), how-tos (writing thank-yous, making deviled eggs), and interviews with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Leandra Medine. Not to mention a 2017 Netflix show based on Amoruso’s memoir, starring Tomorrowland’s Britt Robertson and created by Kay Cannon (New Girl, 30 Rock), who is also executive producing with Charlize Theron and Amoruso herself. Inadequate doesn’t exactly spring to mind.

She pushes her sleeve higher to reveal the word is part of a quote referencing a piece by artist Jenny Holzer: “Words tend to be inadequate.” “I think it means that action is what we’re judged by,” she says.

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Photography by Sam Frost.
Written by Melissa Goldstein.