From a young age, she indulged herself with art and fashion, first as a model, then moving on to makeup, before finally drifting towards styling. As an obsessive vintage enthusiast, she has been building her collection since the age of fifteen. From Detroit to NYC to Greece, then back to NYC, these life adventures have developed her senses. Her main influences come from French poetry, while she also believes in magic, and in those who are not afraid to pursuit their dreams. Her favorite color is black, and she loves leather.
Who would you describe as an important fashion influence in today’s scene?
Hedi Slimane for St.Laurent
Can you give us an insight into one of your most enjoyable shoots?
I actually love all my shoots because I am lucky enough to have stumbled upon very sweet creative types, but I would say that shooting for Flaunt Magazine with David Agbodji , and Missy X was one of the best. I love Flaunt, and when I was younger it was one of my first influences.
What are your ‘must haves’ for either men or women right now?
What money can’t buy: manners.
What money can buy: leather pants.
Have you ever tried working in Greece?
I tried and succeeded in working in Greece. I was under the umbrella of Liberis Publications, and worked as a makeup artist for Vogue, Ego Weekly, etc. During the Athens’ Exclusive Designers Week, I opened a Pop-up Boutique full of Vintage clothing from overseas. I also loved working with the local artists and creatives as a stylist, submitting to independent magazines, and to ones abroad.
What would you say are the major differences between working as a stylist in Greece, and working as a stylist abroad?
The difference is that there are some really dark inspirations in Greece. As a result, these intelligent artists in Athens are really emotional and poetic in their work, which I find romantic and chic. Whereas in NYC there are so many different styles, and one must be true to oneself, but there are so many amazing opportunities and visionaries. It’s a magical place to be.
What do you love most about your work?
I Love my job, because I love to make people feel and look sexy. Shopping for vintage, drives my heart and soul and traveling around shops is dream-like, it’s my obsession. I also aim to meet and work with super cool people.
What is your favorite boutique?
All the boutiques in Paris are divine. Freepstar, in Marias, is my favorite for vintage clothing.
Can you give us an idea of the sort of projects you have been working on lately?
The project I am currently working on is The Society of Vintage. I am also working along with NYC based and L.A based photographers for various editorials. The Society of Vintage, is a vintage collection from NYC, Paris, Athens, L.A & Detroit. It’s a society of people who care about the quality and individualism of style. We currently reside on Instagram under the name: thesocietyofvintage. We will soon be selling items and hosting pop-up shops.
What was the biggest challenge you met whilst working as a stylist?
As a stylist I believe you have to be a visionary, and I had to look beyond media and merchandising, instead looking within to find the answers.
What would be your dream shoot, or collaboration?
My dream collaboration would be with Joan of Arc for her tragic power, and Yves St. Laurent for his elegance. My dream shoot at the moment would be with Karl Lagerfeld or Alber Albez, each for their passion and dedication to quality.
Home town : Detroit
Interview: Nelly Skoufatoglou
Photo by Nick Suarez