• About a Girl: Taylor Reynolds

    We spent a winter day in Toronto with creative, podcaster, and self-starter Taylor Reynolds (@taylurreynn) — dive into our conversation about storytelling, the art of self-expression and being bold in every way. 
    Photos by Arden Wray

    Above: Taylor wears Dickies overalls, Beverly cropped sweater, and Tassel Statement Earrings

    Can you introduce yourself please: tell us more about who you are, where you’re from, and what you do? 
    My name is Taylor Reynolds; I am a 20-something living in Toronto. My day-to-day is spent balancing between a tech accessory start-up where I’m the marketing and creative lead, a local podcast series that I produce, and my undergrad where I study Media Production.

    What are you working on right now: what projects are holding the most focus?
    I started developing my podcast series this past fall and it’s been the forefront of my work since then. The show is called Best Practice and surrounds women in creative fields, specifically visual artists. I really wanted to create an environment where I could have these conversations with female creatives and find a way to talk about the challenges and processes they undergo - so that it doesn't feel like it's this romanticized experience, and I love the idea of connecting women together to create a sense of mentorship. I host and produce the show as well as creative direct the brand – it’s been really crazy (good crazy!) and it’s an added bonus that my work has allowed me to meet so many hard-working females. But also s/o to my team, I couldn’t do it without you.

    Above: Taylor wears an Out from Under hoodie with our Purple Rain skirt

    What do you love most about what you do? 
    Being able to share my voice. As a female working in media I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be part of storytelling, both vocally and in art and design.

    What are you looking forward to in 2017? What are some of your goals?
    I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge. There’s a concept in Yin yoga called the “edge,” often referring to a challenging place, usually physical, but can also be mental. My goals for the year all surround this philosophy, putting myself in uncomfortable and nerve-wracking positions in order to grow, in both my work and personal objectives. But on a less abstract level, finding a new hobby – maybe pottery, maybe cooking? We’ll see.

    Above: Taylor wears a utility jacket from UO — shop a similar style here

    Describe your personal style — what colors, silhouettes, styles, fabrics do you love?
    A lot of my style is built around key oversized pieces and the fabrics always need to be comfy! I like to mix things up - some days I gravitate towards clean lines and menswear tailoring, other times I’m more 1990s minimalism meets dorky dad wear lol.

    Who/what/where/when do you look to for fashion inspiration?
    The streets on a day-to-day, but secretly Monica Geller in all of season 1 and 2 of Friends - ok you too Rachel. 

    At what moments in your life do you feel most like yourself?
    When I’m surrounded by “my people”- you know who you are. I’m lucky to call my sister my best friend and I’ve got some great gal pals (and guy pals) who genuinely bring out my true spirit.

    What are some of your favorite spots in Toronto?
    Right now I’m loving Offsite for its turmeric latte, Embassy for its DJs, Detox Market for organic beauty needs, and a new recent fav: The Communist’s Daughter on Monday nights.

    What artists, ideas, places, or books are most exciting/inspiring to you right now?
    Lately I’ve been really inspired by polarities and obscurities, specifically in photography. All of Can Dagarslani’s work is is absolutely brilliant. His most recent work for the brand Ader completely disrupts the boundaries of fashion and age using elderly models for their new editorial. I’m also loving all these creative duos that keep popping up, like Sukeban (which means girl boss in Japanese). And back to my roots in technology and design, I’m pretty stoked on textile innovation via 3-d printing (eee!)

    Shop Taylor's edit at UO