Hi hi, how’s it going!
Great- extremely busy but great!
I was living on the road literally, and after a series of catastrophes in my life I started selling on ebay. It was during the golden years before that market became so over saturated. I’m really lucky I started when I did!
Oh lord, long for me. I’m very particular about the vintage which in turn makes me work harder to find just the right pieces for our audience. That’s why I don’t source just from the cities I live in, but constantly take road trips to find the best of the best.
My three categories of qualification for a vintage piece are: is it “top shelf” as in extremely unique or intricate you wouldn’t be able to see it anywhere else? Is it currently a trend? Is the fabric soft to the skin and in good condition? No matter how awesome something is, if it’s scratchy or a gross feeling poly, I won’t buy it. My goal for our vintage section is to always have a very tightly edited collection. I don’t want my buyers to ever have to wade through a bunch of mediocre pieces to find what they’re looking for!
American Gold is my personal clothing line that’s manufactured in Los Angeles. Everything for the line is done in America, in the Golden State – hence the name. We only use cashmere and fine soft wools, silks, cotton, antique crochets & velvet burnouts, so the quality of what you’re buying and the attention to detail is unparalleled. We’ve had 3 seasons- the first two I was really getting into the swing of design and testing the waters. Our third collection is for Fall 2010 and I’m really proud of it : ) It’s inspired by Stevie Nicks and travelling all girl bands. The sheer velvet florals can really be worn to the beach in the summer or in the winter as a sexy dress. I’m making velvet a summer time fabric! You can see the lookbook at theamericangold.com. Our Spring ’11 line is my favorite of all time!! I cannot wait until it comes out!
Jane Birkin, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Lou Dillon, MK Olson ofcourse, Marianne Faithfull, and our fashion forward customers tend to buy all of my personal favorite pieces, they would be: Erin Wasson, Sky Ferreira, Scout Willis, Daisy Lowe, Ruby Stewart – they are all my style icons so I’m very honored they love what I do.
Expanding the SMV magazine, working on American Gold, having an ever growing collection of vintage and independant designers. Being able to hire more people to do some of what I do so I can write books and possibly get a PhD.
Both! Peet’s coffee with cream every morning, Earl Gray with cream in the afternoon, cold unsweetened green tea all the time!
Hayley Mills or Lindsey Lohan Parent Trap movie? (I go for Hayley everytime.)