What is your role at J.Crew?
I design for the women’s wovens team, currently focusing on denim and washed product.Where are you originally from?
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.Do you have any local Nantucket spots you can share with us?The Downy Flake
for the world’s most awesome doughnuts, Henry’s Jr.
for sandwiches, the Cottage Hospital Thrift Store and the take-it-or-leave-it area at the dump (you can find awesome pieces of clothing, furniture, books, art, etc.).
Madequecham Beach on the South Shore (infamous for its epic annual summer beach party during the ’80s), the Madequecham Jam, Cisco Breweries
for after-beach hanging out, Black Eyed Susan’s
for the most amazing food and relaxed vibe on the island and the Chicken Box for live bands/dance parties/having too much fun.Tell us about your whale shorts.
They’re the original whale pants from Murray’s Toggery Shop
on Nantucket, also famous for their Reds. I got my first pair of pants when I was in middle school, and I’ve been collecting them ever since. I like to look for old ones at the thrift store, the take it or leave it or Murray’s Warehouse, where they keep all their dead stock.You’re our muse of the week, but who do you look to when coming up with an outfit?
I get a lot of inspiration when getting dressed and designing from people who aren’t trying to be fashionable but just have killer personal style, like little old ladies who can’t be bothered or some musician on the train. When we were taking one of these pictures, I saw the coolest lady wearing a black floral caftan and a black felt hat just to run out to the bodega or something—awesome!
Another huge inspiration is my Nana…she had a pretty rocking look, and I see a lot of her in what I wear…albeit it’s a lot shorter than she would approve of, but her vibe is definitely there. You’re a mother of two. Do you have any style tips for looking put together but still being able to run after your kids?
I don’t think you have to dumb down your style because you have kids— you just need to make a few adjustments. Things that can be washed are key, and save the heels for work or going out…being on crutches and chasing after kids is a deal breaker.