I really hate shopping. And I only buy thrift. There’s so much junk out in the world, especially now with fast fashion, and it’s insane the amount of waste with clothes that there is. Thrifting and recycling fabric is what I see as my way of giving back for the small amount of damage that I’m doing for being a designer. Because my clothes have a vintage feel to them, it might trigger someone to go out and look for something vintage. Thrifting is rewarding. The chances of seeing someone else in it is slim to none.
I’m so out of touch with shopping in stores with regular clothing, I’d probably go to a thrift store.
It’s what I’m so conditioned to do now, it would be my initial thought! I don’t have a wishlist because I really don’t know what’s out there. I mean, I know what’s going on in the fashion world, but I’m a little bit disconnected.
When I was in college, I was such a fashion freak—I could name any piece from any collection. But it was a problem because all my grinds were coming out referential of another designer and I wasn’t inspiring anymore. I had to take a huge step away from being so on top of things. I use social media as my outlet to what’s happening. You’re not fully engulfed because you choose who you follow, instead of pouring over every fashion magazine.
When I first saw your denim patchwork, the first thing I thought of was Britney and Justin.
It wasn’t a direct reference for me. I definitely get the correlation, but I started the patchwork as a way to recycle denim. The early 2000s is a secondary reference.
And your yellow and plaid outfits gave me Clueless vibes.
Again, not intentional, but it’s something that’s brought up so many times. I had a presentation in New York, and my friend put it together like an old-school salon thing, where we had someone cutting people’s hair on stage. Then someone wrote up an article about how we were referencing the scene in Clueless where Dionne’s boyfriend shaves his head. We weren’t! But we can roll with it.
I don’t want to suggest anyone’s sexual identity as trendy, but a lot of celebrities are coming out as gender-fluid. Your clothes have a lot of androgynous themes.
Yeah. And I don’t view it as a trend thing, but at the same time, there’s awareness of it right now. People are being receptive to this idea of challenging what a male is supposed to be, what a woman is supposed to be, and hypermasculinity. I’ve constantly worn women’s clothes since I was maybe 19 or 20. They tend to fit me in a certain way because I’m really skinny. And there are styles for women I can’t really find elsewhere. I’m heavily influenced by Prince, Michael Jackson, and David Bowie, people who play across that line.
What do you wear on an average day?
I’ve always wondered, like, "Why do designers have such bland normal basic personal style?" I’ve gotten to the point where I’m realizing why: because so much of the creative energy is expelled into what you’re creating that you have no time to put in effort into what you’re wearing. I wake up and throw on the same pair of jeans and a vintage T-shirt and Vans. I’m trying to make more time for me again so I’m getting back to not being so blase but it’s pretty non-intriguing. I have my work to speak for me and I can kind of look like shit and not really care because I have this portfolio of clothing that’s somewhat interesting I can fall back on. Like, I was invited to this black-tie affair recently. I didn’t end up going, but I wouldn’t have had anything to wear anyways.