The following feature appears in the August 2016 issue of NYLON.
My fondest denim memories come from my teenage years during the ’90s. For my 17th birthday I begged my parents to buy me a Levi’s trucker jacket. To this day I still wear that jacket and love it the older it gets—it’s battered but in surprisingly good condition considering it’s been around the world with me. It’s like my safety jacket.
I don’t consciously save all of my denim, but I’m quite nostalgic about my clothing. (I’ll admit to having a big memory box of denim styles I don’t wear but keep for sentimental reasons.) I’ve been working in the fashion industry for 14 years and denim is something I wear 90 percent of the time. I spend my day-to-day researching and analyzing ever-changing fashion trends, but denim has become my go-to, my constant.
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I wear and collect all sorts of denim and indigo, from swaths of fabric all the way to boro kimonos and happi coats. I like classic, vintage, new, patchwork, threadbare, and workwear styles. One of my most prized finds is my pair of 1940s denim sailor pants, which I picked up at the Inspiration L.A. fair in Los Angeles, a specialist buyers’ fair for vintage lovers. They fit perfectly with a wide cropped style and have great lace-up detailing at the back waistband.
Discovering new denim trends and brands when I’m traveling is my biggest thrill. I’ve been visiting Asia for over a decade and I’m still mesmerized by it. I particularly love the Japanese brand Kapital for its unique handcrafted feel (I have a great pair of their 10 oz. denim overall apron-style pants I purchased during a trip to Tokyo in 2015), and the quirkiness of Korean brand SJYP. I’m equally at home in a pair of Paige skinny jeans. The fit for me is perfect and can easily be worn with a heel or sneaker. My go-to jean right now is a cropped kick-flare shape from J Brand.
On my last count, my collection reached about 120 pieces. I store it all in my walk-in wardrobe, categorized by shape and style. But I’m rapidly outgrowing this—I need another storage solution!