Halina by Cathy Carey

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1. Name/Age/Occupation: 
Halina McNabb / :) / Account Manager at a tech start-up.

2. Tell me about your outfit. 

  • Coat COS (5 years ago!)
  • Playsuit is Zara, 
  • Striped polo H&M, 
  • Scarf was a gift, Zara 
  • Bag Maria Lamanna : I worked for them briefly (sample)
  • Boots, Buffalo London, 
  • Watch, Cluse (bought in Munich)
  • Bracelet Alex and Ani
  • Earrings COS
  • Necklace COS (you can see a theme here!)
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3. What influences the way you dress?
My mood definitely influences how I dress. Some days that means yoga pants a cashmere jumper, other days I carefully curate and enjoy the process. I am a big believer in the confidence an outfit can bring. At the moment I seem to come back to stripes, reds (red lipstick never fails) and a statement jacket or coat. Coats and jackets are a bit of an addiction for me. I try to buy a new one every winter but still look after and wear the others. Other influences are blogs such as Man Repeller: Leandra is like my spirit animal. Dressing for herself and not having much time for the fluff and judgment found in the fashion world at times. I look at her Instagram almost every day and first got into street style via The Sartorialist,  and then Advanced Style. Last but not least I'm influenced by those around me. I've lived in a few different cities around the world and do notice my style evolve depending on the aesthetic of that city or the neighborhood I choose to live in.

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4. As someone with an interest in fashion, how much do you think trends affect how your style evolves? And how do you decide which trends to buy into?
I am not much of a trend person, I am inspired by people around me. People who have a style all of their own or a style which encapsulates their personality. I decide on trends entirely based on what I think suits me and my aesthetic, with more spend on accessories. Also, although not a fan of rules I do think it's tough to buy into a trend when you saw it the first time around when you were 14! 

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5. Last question... over-stuffed wardrobe or organised rail?
I can't say I am one or the other. Some of my fashion friends say that I manage to have a relatively small wardrobe but know what suits me. I am not sure I would call it organised though! I recently watched The Minimalist and the simplicity of enjoying a small number of beautiful things resonated with me. That would be my preference. Really enjoying quality items rather than amassing a lot of belongings.

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Tiberio by Cathy Carey

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1. Name/age/occupation?
Tiberio Ventura / Age 24 / Photographer.

2. Tell me about one thing you're wearing. 
I am wearing an old watch that my father gave me for Christmas. It's a watch with a winder that you have to manually charge everyday, I really like it and I have been wearing it since I got it.

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3. What influences the way you dress? 
I don't think I really have an influence for the way I dress. Until a year ago I didn't pay much attention to what I was wearing. I used to do shopping for necessity and if I liked something I would buy two or three different versions of the same item. Now I like to try out different things and to wear clothes I really like and I am comfortable with, but I'm still not a big fan of the shopping process!  

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4. You photograph a lot of people, how much does what someone’s wearing contribute to the final image?
I think that definitely the clothes that someone is wearing during a shoot have a big impact on the aesthetic of the image and also on the connotation of the image. But at the same time they don't have to steal the attention from the person portrayed in the photograph. That's why sometimes when I do test shoots with new faces I ask them to bring some of their own clothes because I want them to feel comfortable in what they are wearing and I think you can capture more of their personalities.

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5.Last question... individual or collaboration?
I really enjoy working with a team especially when you have a good chemistry and you are sharing a common vision. At the end everybody is adding something of their own to the final image.  

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Thanks to Tiberio for this week's interview! You can see see his photography and follow him on his Instagram at @tiberio_ventura. And as always, thanks to Gavin for the photos. Until next time.

Desmond by Cathy Carey

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1. Name/age/occupation?
Desmond Everest Fuller, 27, Community College Tutor, Client Services at non profit organization Community Warehouse.  

2. Tell me about one thing you're wearing.
I was really excited to get this news-boy cap. It's linen and medium cut. I bought it from small artisan hat makers here in Oregon called The Hat People. I had bought a corduroy version of the same cap when I was 18 from the same hat makers. That hat came with me on many adventures over the years and over three continents. There were so many moments when I thought I had seen the last of it. I found myself at the end of many a circuitous evening believing I'd dropped it somewhere along the way, neglecting it on a bus station bench or left behind at a cafe/bar. But, it always had a habit of turning up – right where I'd left it. After moving back to Portland I finally lost it at a beach party. When I went back to replace it, they didn't have it in corduroy but this linen version stood out to me and I think is actually more fitting with my current fashion sense. It was kind of a nice mile marker, looking back over past decade, reflecting on the most dynamic period of my life, and recognizing even the subtle changes.  

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3. What influences the way you dress?
If I'm being honest – Cost. There are a lot of clothes I would love to get but I'm too cheap to spring for it. The shirt I'm wearing is second hand from Goodwill, the shoes were free and those pants must be four years old. On the other hand I try to dress for the weather. The Northwest is similar to Ireland but with more of a summer, and in winter a chance of snow depending where you're at. I try to have a few comfortable choices that are warm. I think I have used music icons that I've admired over the years as role models for how to dress, sometimes for worse, but I notice even today that I gravitate towards the styles sported by the artists I'm currently excited about. As my tastes in music have matured over the years, as has what I like to wear.  

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4. You've lived in Spain and Chile, and traveled plenty throughout the USA and Europe. How has time spent away impacted on the way you feel about your personal style and clothing choices?
Growing up in a small town on the west coast [of the USA], fashion was always a little lax. In Chile, Spain and various countries of Europe, I noticed that people generally dress well, or had a higher standard of fashion when they were going out. While I still only rarely buy clothes, I take more care in choosing what I buy and wear, trying to find things that I'd feel good about wearing out instead of just wearing what's free and lying around.  

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5. Last question... familiar or exotic?
That's hard, but ultimately I'd say I lean more towards familiar. I've traveled and I'm always excited to explore and try new things, but I notice travel comes with homesickness, and a tendency savor the little things that are familiar. In art as well, the music and writing that rings true to me mines essential themes that ground me in a way of making sense of the world from a certain emotional view point. I suppose that's one way to define home or recognize it in the familiar or exotic. Regarding fashion, put me in jeans, a flannel shirt and a white t shirt and I'm happy. I say that with a bit of tongue and cheek, acknowledging that every guy in the Northwest from mid century lumberjacks to Kurt Cobain to the barista who makes my coffee wears basically that. It's what my dad wore, so I guess it doesn't get more familiar than that.  

We can't express enough gratitude for Desmond's hospitality while we visited Portland last month! He was a great host AND he took the time to do an interview with us. See a video he and Gavin (our excellent photographer) made the last time he was in Dublin here and check out his band's Facebook here! Until next time.

Siobhán B by Cathy Carey

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1. Name/Age/Occupation?
My name is Siobhán Brett, I'm 27, and I'm a journalist.

2. Tell me about one thing you're wearing.
This entire outfit is chaos, and symptomatic of what it is to live in a city that vacillates from 30° to 12° for between two and three weeks each year. During the summer, I wear a dress a day, with either sandals or loafers. This is a freeing way to live, one I cannot recommend enough. It suits somebody who likes to leave the house within 20 minutes of getting up, and it doesn't get old unless your pool of appropriate dresses is so small as to be repetitive, or otherwise disappoints.

These...pantaloons...were purchased for the princely sum of $12.00 at Crossroads, a consignment store in Williamsburg, near where I live. They're from J. Crew. When I lived in Dublin, I used to spend significantly more on clothing, priding myself in things I considered "investments". There are so many competing priorities in New York City.

While very clearly NOT an investment, there must have been something about the pattern that I liked. Since, they have become the thing I wear when it is neither warm nor cold, and nothing else is clean. I guess this length would be "capri" – a bad term and a bad look – on a regular leg, but on my leg, being shorter than regular, it kind of skims. I have liked to have my ankles and wrists out for as long as I can remember.

It is difficult for me to recall this now, but I actually wore these pants to a freak interview at a serious, high-profile, long-admired magazine shortly after arriving to New York. I wore them with a pair of red suede Calvin Klein shoes with a grey acetate block heel. I did not get the job.

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3. What influences the way you dress?
I have an inconveniently stylish mother. I'm pretty sure she would never wear the J. Crew polka dots. While I don't at all dress like my mom, I have for years subscribed very closely to some of her tendencies. I like a white shirt, I like wearing collars and cuffs, I like good quality knits, leathers, old garments, neck scarves, and incline towards a palette that involves blue, black, grey, and white, almost exclusively. My closet is very much redeemed by a lot of her hand-me-downs (some of these items not exactly "handed" to me..). Hi mom!

I am glad to have her, even subliminally, as a sartorial north star, but we part ways quite abruptly on accessorizing (I don't, or not really), embellishment (I will never, for example, sport a sequin, bead, or similar), lipstick (although I notice myself coming around), and precious metal (gold 4eva, vs. silver). Further, I refuse to use an iron.

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4. New York style is known for being eclectic, glamorous and a little bit edgy. Is this true in your experience? And where do you fit in?
The city is all of those things, in style terms, and more. It can be mega elegant, it can be sloppy...imaginative at best, carbon-copy clothing on loop at worst. My sister, a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, came to visit last year. "Everybody here is SO DRESSED UP," was an early, surprised assessment.

I like living in a place where you can get away with wearing everything you like and nothing at all. I am neither edgy nor glamorous, and I suspect my most eclectic days are gone. But I get a sick kick from being able to attend the store beside my apartment clad in an XXXL, ink-stained cardigan, a pair of cycling shorts, studded maroon brogues, all presided over by a topknot, and have even one credulous Brooklyn hipster think of it as "a look".

It's more rare for me, but no less great, to deliberately put together something smart, bright, or bold, or formal, and make the same journeys I often make in leggings.

If I'm not wearing a flamboyant jacket, large earrings, eyeliner, or a hat, I still drink that in on the subway and on the streets. I would hate to live in a place where everybody wore technical fleeces and denim.

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5. Last question... Manhattan or Brooklyn?
One bicycle wheel, or two?

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Thanks so much to Siobhán for taking time out to meet us in NYC! We hope you've enjoyed this week's interview, it was the first shoot we did on our American road trip - we have a couple more to come soon. In the meantime we'll be updating our Instagram so pop over there for updates! Until next time.