How did you become interested in fashion?
A combination of people and timing: Mom x Dad x Sister x Seventeen Magazine. My older sister Krista was a real influence because in the '90s she worked at the GAP (probably during their best years), which I thought was the coolest at the time. She also used to make a lot of her own clothing, even sometimes stuff for me, some of which I wore until it fell apart. My mom would take me out shopping, and we wouldn’t spend a lot of money but we would spend entire days just walking around the mall—we did this for years. At that same time I remember being at home watching TV with my dad, and between Bugs Bunny and the news we would watch Fashion File (It was the Tim Blanks years, and I think my dad just watched it for the babes). I bought Seventeen Magazine, and tore out all the ads to put them on my wall and spent afternoons going through thrift stores. Fashion and retail just become something that I loved.
Who are your favorite clothing designers?
At the moment Hannah MacGibbon for Chloé, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler, and Eviana Hartman for Bodkin. My all-time is Karl Lagerfeld.
Who are your favorite shoe designers?
Currently Alexander Wang, Acne and Rachel Comey.
What are your favorite shoes you own?
Acne Atacomas: I bought them in Toronto before moving here to Philadelphia. These shoes and I are in a serious relationship of sorts, purely based on looks though—the shoes make me so tall but still are easy to walk in.
Low-cut leather-soled mocassins: I bought them at a farmer's market in Toronto. They're like walking in your bare feet and great in the summer to wear with jeans or jean shorts. I went through three pairs last summer—next time I am home, I will have to buy a couple of pairs to bring back.
Alexander Wang Ines Oxford: These are from Opening Ceremony and they make me feel a little bit like a cowboy without the commitment of any other part of that look. Also, I like the clean details of the heel and the fact it has a hidden elastic, not laces.
What big shoe trends do you see for spring?