VIEW ON FASHION //
For me fashion is a way to express myself; it speaks a language without using words. I think it’s interesting that the way you dress enables you to communicate with your environment. A certain style can make you part of a subculture, or show that you have certain ideals or maybe a particular mind-sets. Most of the times I like to play with this concept — One day I may look like a skinhead, the other day I’ll have a nerdy look. Occasionally this raises questions from my surroundings.
When it comes to the fashion industry I actually am quite against it. Not because I don’t like fashion but because it’s not a sustainable industry at all, especially the fast fashion industry! Of course media, advertisement, and trends also influence me and sometimes I get those longings and I’ll feel the need to buy new stuff. My solution is to buy everything –or at least most of my belongings– second hand. Since many years I’ve been working part-time at a second-hand clothing shop in Amsterdam and in my free time I love to visit markets and thrift shops. This makes my wardrobe a mix of (vintage) designer items and second hand trash(ures). For me it’s almost become a lifestyle and I can’t really imagine buying clothing in normal shops.
SIGNATURE STYLE //
It’s hard for me to describe my signature style. It truly depends from day to day, it’s influenced by my mood, the weather, and/or the occasion. Overall I think my signature style is best to describe as a cocktail. It’s a mixture of styles, brands, and different time era’s. Because I buy all my clothes second-hand its easier for me to mix and get the best of everything, When you go to a certain shop, which sells a specific brand, and they only have the current collection I think you actually can put limitations on yourself. Besides that, these pieces are also accessible to everyone. When you buy second hand it sometimes really feels that you bought something unique; a one-of-a-kind item. Of course this isn’t always they case but at least it feels like it!